El Paso Journals

Down in the West Texas Town of El Paso

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A travel journal to El Paso by lubmac

El Paso Marriott Photo, El Paso, Texas More Photos
Quote: No longer a remote outpost on the Rio Grande, El Paso is a cosmopolitan city brimming with history, art, and culture. It's a city of contrasts, ringed by mountains and bracketed by deserts. A city separated from Mexico, yet flavored by it.

Down in the West Texas Town of El Paso

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Overview

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A trip to El Paso is not complete without a shopping trip across the border into the Mexican city of Cuidad Juarez. You can take a taxi across the border, or walk across one of the downtown bridges. Having a good Mexican dinner should be on your list of things to do also - you won't find any better or more authentic. There are outlets for western boots and clothing, art galleries displaying great Southwestern sculpture, pottery, and paintings, and a zoo that has undergone a huge number of improvements. A visit to the Chamizal National Memorial, where a final border dispute with Mexico was resolved in 1963, is a winner. They have a wonderful museum about the area's history, beautiful grounds, and many...Read More

El Paso Marriott

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Hotel

El Paso Marriott Photo, El Paso, Texas
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Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! This has been my experience at the El Paso Marriott. Absolutely impeccable service with genuine care and consideration. The people that work at this hotel have shown me a new level of service that I only wish could spread throughout the industry. The Marriott is a very well appointed hotel with a whole list of creature comforts including an indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise room, gift shop, a fine restaurant, and a sports bar. The rooms are just as well equipped with data ports and work desks for the business traveller, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, comfortable firm beds, and nice furniture. The rate includes a delicious breakfast buffet with fres...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2000

El Paso Marriott
1600 Airway Blvd.
El Paso, Texas 79925
(915) 779-3300

Camino Real El Paso

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Hotel

Camino Real El Paso Photo, El Paso, Texas
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The Camino Real El Paso is an elegant, older hotel in the downtown area of El Paso that has all the amenities you would look for in a hotel of its caliber. Valet parking, impeccable service, nicely-appointed décor, and an array of fine room accommodations are a part of what I found during my stay there. The lobby is impressive with its crystal chandeliers, grand staircase, and handcrafted Italian marble. The Dome Bar is an elegant, yet comfortable, place for drinks with friends and associates under the 25-feet diameter, Tiffany-cut, glass dome and surrounding original stained-glass windows. The rooms were large and comfortable, offering high-speed internet, in-room movies, and a view of the city fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2004

Camino Real El Paso
101 South El Paso Street
El Paso, Texas 79901
(915) 534-3000

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar

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Restaurant | "Applebee's"

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Applebee's was a nice spot for dinner while I was visiting El Paso. The relaxed atmosphere, good food, and fine service was just what I needed after a long day. I walked to the restaurant from the Marriott, giving me a chance to stretch a little and get a little fresh air after being cooped up inside all day. I was able to be seated right away and the service was prompt and friendly. I had the grilled Lemon-pepper Whitefish with a baked potato, steamed fresh veggies, and a crisp green salad. It was delicious! The fish was perfectly grilled, moist and tender, nicely seasoned with the lemon pepper. The baked potato was loaded with bacon, chives, cheese, and sour cream - just the way I like it, and the v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2000

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
1766 Airport Blvd.
El Paso, Texas 79925
(915) 833-8899

Smitty's Pit Bar - B - Que Photo, El Paso, Texas
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Smitty's is a part of the landscape in El Paso, having served their delicious barbecue in the city since 1955. The exterior of the restaurant doesn't have the best curb appeal, nor is the interior decor very fancy, but once you sink your teeth into their smoked meats, all will be forgiven. The menu selections include beef brisket, beef and pork ribs, turkey and chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, and sausage, all smoked to a juicy and tender perfection. They also have some jalapeno hot links that will make even the strongest fire-eaters in the crowd look for drink refills. You can order the barbecue in a basket with just bread and sauce, or try it with Smitty's German fried potatoes, cole...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Smitty's Pit Bar - B - Que
6219 Airport Road
El Paso, Texas
772-5876

World Trade Center El Paso Juarez

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Attraction | "The Main Market in Juarez"

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If you like to haggle over prices and look through booths of merchandise from jewels to junk, get yourself to the market in Juarez. You will find a whole variety of selling techniques at the market: the barker out in front of his shop hawking his wares at the top of his voice, the fellow that grabs your arm and intimates only the best prices to new friends like you, the guy that follows on your heels while dropping the price on his goodies by the minute until you'll listen to him, and of course the more stern looking gentleman who hopes his gruff way will scare you out of price slashing tactics and pay more than 50% higher than what the stuff is worth. It's all there - leather vests and jackets, Mexic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2000

World Trade Center El Paso Juarez
123 W Mills Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79901
(915) 544-0022

Chamizal National Memorial

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Attraction

Chamizal National Memorial Photo, El Paso, Texas
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Chamizal National Memorial is a park located on land that Mexico and the US disputed over until 1963 when the Chamizal Treaty finally brought an end to the debate. On this 55 acre park, a venue to show off the local arts and cultural expression has been constructed in glorious fashion. The first thing that just grabbed my attention when I arrived was the enormous outdoor mural, Nuestra Herencia, that is a testament telling the history of the El Paso area, as well as depicting the vast cultural diversity that has shaped the place. It is a potrayal in a myriad of scenes and colors. Inside, you can view a short movie on the Memorial and check out some local artwork that is always on display. There is an ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2000

Chamizal National Memorial
800 S San Marcial Street
El Paso, Texas 79905
(915) 532-7273