El Paso is said to be the origin of Tequila’s favorite drink, the Margarita. Trying to live up to its glorious past, El Paso is a town busy recreating itself as a hip and historic standout in the Lone Star State. Minutes from the border with Juarez, Mexico, these three hotels recently opened to accommodate El Paso’s transformation.
Set between historic buildings, some restored and some in the process, Hotel Indigo took over the 1960s Downtowner Inn and brought its own style of artistic creativity, vibrating with a Southwestern flair. Rooms feature modern space-age lighting, a wall of street art, plush bedding and a floor-to-ceiling window showcasing the magnificent sunrise or sunset over the downtown skyline. The pool and bar lounge are on the fifth floor, as is the front desk. Step out of the elevator to gaze over the buildings of downtown from the adjacent courtyard where guests chill by the pool with the best urban view. When the sun sets, love seats and sofas around the lit pool are the perfect place to see the lights of the same high-rises glittering in the night. Inside, friends gather around the bar or in one of the communal couches. A rectangular fire pit warms others sitting on the other patio. Staff is warm and friendly, willing to help orient you to the retro city. Opened in 2016, the boutique hotel boasts 12 floors of 119 rooms, five of which are suites. Rooms begin at $100 per night.
If a sophisticated city vibe is more your style, the boutique Stanton House hotel, residing in a 100-year-old renovated furniture store, will make you feel like you’re in a posh metropolis residence. The modern black-and-white lobby, with edgy art pieces displayed throughout, leads to restaurant Taft-Diaz set in an atrium-like space with dropping “flowers,” featuring a light show during its regular display. Named after a historic meeting between Presidents Taft and Diaz in 1909, the eatery serves fusion takes on traditional dishes. Rooms exhibit the same muted elegance with clean lines, and a smartspeaker to customize room settings and music. Full-sized bottles are available in the minibar and no two art pieces are the same within the hotel. Opened at the end of 2018, there are 42 rooms available in the four-story hotel, including four suites that open to the rooftop patio. Rooms start at $180.
Across the street, in the old Art Deco O.T. Bassett Tower is the Marriott property, Aloft. A bank of gold elevators takes you to your modern room with popping colors and daring designs. The bold motif extends throughout the hotel with a round front desk comprised of lines of light circulating around and an asteroid-like chandelier floats above. Wait for friends in one of the blue oversized chairs or meet them at the W XYZ bar, which occasionally hosts live music. Opened in May 2018, there are 15 floors with 89 rooms, two of which are penthouse suites on the 14th and 15th floors. Rates start at just more than $100.
There’s no reason to shiver your way through the holidays this month. Family travelers can escape to Mexico for the season with family-friendly Christmas offerings at Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and beyond.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
As family travelers get ready for the holiday and gift-giving season, this thrilling and unique offer from SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain Resort should be on all travelers’ radar. The new SkyBridge Michigan Flex Ticket is the perfect experience-style gift for your adventure-loving loved one.
The end of the year is a great time to plan family travels — kids have time off and the holiday season is the perfect time for bonding and making memories. But while there are plenty of destinations known for big New Year’s Eve parties, it can be tough to find just the right spot for a family-friendly trip to celebrate this annual milestone. This year, Door County in Northern Wisconsin offers the perfect solution.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a colorful, festive time filled with holiday spirit, a perfect choice for a couples’ getaway to shop without the whole family in tow. It’s worth traveling to this historic seacoast city to be part of the weeks full of twinkling lights, decorated shops and streets, holiday music, theater and merriment, all of which led Portsmouth to be called the Christmas Capital of North America.