After decades of darkness, then years of renovations, then a couple months of delays due to a pandemic, the Plaza Hotel at Pioneer Park has opened its doors once more.
The Plaza officially opened 10 a.m. Wednesday. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was live-streamed through Instagram and Facebook, and El Paso Inc. reporters were given a tour of the hotel Wednesday afternoon.
The hotel first opened in 1930 and was a Hilton hotel designed by famed architect Henry Trost. The property had been vacant since the early '90s until renovations began in 2018.
El Paso businessman Paul Foster purchased the historic building around 2006, and the property spent the last couple of years under major renovation. Work includes new HVAC, plumbing and elevator systems, fully redone rooms and historic restorations of the hotel’s interior and exterior.
There are 130 rooms at the Plaza, and they are now available for reservation at plazahotelelpaso.com. The rooftop bar, La Perla, will open in the fall.
The Plaza’s restaurant, Ámbar, will also open Wednesday. The restaurant is under the direction of executive chef Andres Padilla. Reservations are available through opentable.com.
The new parking garage next to the Plaza is also open and available for use.
To watch a replay of the ribbon-cutting event, visit facebook.com/plazahotelelpaso or plazahotelelpaso on Instagram.