Renovations to begin soon for Plaza Hotel in downtown El Paso

Renovations to the Plaza Hotel will begin in early 2018. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

A historic hotel in downtown El Paso will open its doors soon.

The Plaza Hotel is bare bones at the moment, but once Winterfest wraps up at the end of the year, restoration will begin.

“The project is a very large and very significant undertaking involving a lot of people and a lot of disciplines coming together to make this possible,” said William Kell, of Franklin Mountain Management.

The media was given a tour of the building on Tuesday. The building sits at 106 Mills Avenue.

The development in downtown El Paso has made contractors enthusiastic about the restoration of the Plaza Hotel.

"I think you're seeing a lot of momentum in the downtown area," Kell said. "It’s just really an iconic and historic building, and certainly worth preserving."

Plans are officially in motion to restore the landmark.

"The personality and the romance and the aura of the 1930s will be incorporated into the design of the building. That will be impressive," Kell said.

The Plaza Hotel is expected to have 131 rooms including suites. Adjacent to the building, developers are also constructing a parking garage with more than 500 spots.

All this included means the price tag could be left at upwards of $78 million.

"We want to give guests an experience that is like no other in El Paso," William C. Helm with IN*SITU Architecture.

Construction is expected to begin in January and could take up to 15 months. Reservations can be made as early as fall 2018 but doors won't open until spring 2019.

The building was purchased in 2008 by El Paso businessman Paul Foster, who announced renovation plans.

The building was designed by Henry Trost, who designed it for the Hilton Hotel chain.

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