The Gardner offers perfectly adequate hostel accommodation, but it was the weird and wonderful old building and the friendliness of the staff that really made for a memorable stay. One thing I would wholeheartedly recommend would be to go on one of staff member Antonio's tours, if he's still offering them; our day trip to White Sands, which included innumerable little diversions to the kind of out-of-the-way sights and attractions (including foraging for pecans and stopping to look at swallows' nests under a bridge) only a local could know about, was just about the best (and cheapest!) tour I've ever taken. Antonio also -- just out of sheer friendliness -- accompanied me and another guest on a short trip across the border, and while I'm not sure I'd return to Juarez knowing what I know now, Antonio's presence made the whole thing far less daunting. In summary, I guess I'd give the Gardner around 3.5 stars on its own merit, but I'd give it TEN for Antonio if I could!
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- ** Under New Management ** The historic Gardner Hotel is under new management but has maintained its history and is still a family business. The Gardner Hotel is the oldest continually operating hotel and hostel in the city of El Paso, located near Downtown and all the pubs, cafes and clubs that encircle the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The rooms still have their original antique furniture, with the exception of a few necessary upgrades, to give you a small taste of the history we have to offer. Check out the famous people that have stayed in our hotel and the the El Paso history. ... more less
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