The rooftop at the new Plaza Hotel at Pioneer Park in El Paso, Texas
The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park, a landmark in El Paso, Texas, reopened in June following a head-to-toe renovation. The 130-room property now features two new restaurants and about 7,600 square feet of meeting space.
The art deco high-rise dates back to the 1930s, when it opened as one of Conrad Hilton's first hotels. In the center of the city's arts district, the Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park is across from the El Paso Museum of Art and overlooks the San Jacinto Plaza. The Judson F. Williams Convention Center is just down the street.
The hotel's crown jewel, the 17th floor's La Perla Rooftop Bar, is expected to reopen this fall, once again offering sweeping views of the surrounding city, the Rocky Mountains and the Mexico border. The Ambar Restaurante and Lobby Bar currently is available at 50 percent occupancy, by reservation only.
Wolfgang Jonas, who once oversaw the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows and has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, is general manager of the revamped hotel, and chef Andrés Padilla is in charge of the hotel's food-and-beverage experiences. Padilla's specialty is regional Mexican cuisine, and he has quite the résumé: While serving as the chef de cuisine at Chicago's Topolobampo restaurant, he received and maintained a Michelin Star in 2011 and was awarded the Chicago Tribune's Dining Award in 2015.
For fitness buffs, the property's facilities feature two Peloton bikes, two elliptical machines, free weights and three treadmills.