The Historic Pasano Hotel
The Historic Pasano Hotel, Marfa, Tx - The Hotel Paisano was built by Charles Bassett of El Paso and opened in June 1930. It was one of five hotels that he built in west Texas and eastern New Mexico of the Gateway Hotel chain. He commissioned notable architect Henry Trost of Trost and Trost in El Paso for the architectural design.
The construction company was McKee Construction out of El Paso that had built most of the early Hilton Hotels around Texas in the 1920's and 1930's as well as most of the office buildings in downtown El Paso of that era.
The Paisano was for the most part a cattleman's hotel for its first 40 years. Ranchers from all over the area had business meetings here and bought and sold their herds from the lobby of the hotel. The railroad depot was two blocks away so many rail travelers stopped in for a night in their travels between California and San Antonio. The hotel was also the prime location for social events within a 100 mile radius of Marfa. Many weddings, parties, receptions, proms and meetings were held at the Paisano.
In 1955 Warner Brothers chose Marfa as the location for the filming of the epic movie Giant. In June of that year the cast and crew including James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson made the hotel their headquarters. Today, the hotel still has many visitors that come to see and remember Giant. James Dean's hotel room here is one of the most popular that we have to offer. In July 2005 the Chamber of Commerce is having a 50th anniversary celebration of the movie with hopes to attract some of the stars from the movie.
The hotel closed in the late 1970's as a working hotel. In 2001 the building was purchased with plans to be restored back into its 1930's splendor. After three years of renovations we now have 33 rooms and suites available for the public. Like in the 1930's the Hotel Paisano is again becoming a destination in and of itself in far west Texas for guests visiting local art foundations, (The Chinati Foundation), the Marfa Mystery Lights , Big Bend National Park, Mexico, and attractions such as McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis National Historic Site, and the Davis Mountains Scenic Loop Highway .
While we visiting the hotel the clerk told us that there had been reports from various guest who have experienced strange things happening in James Deans suite as well as Rock Hudson. We cannot confirm any of this but it would be fun to try! I had heard this rumor from several people several months prior to our visit.
If you get hungry, there is a great restaurant in the hotel, Jets Grill. We will have a restautant review by our food editor in the section Best Texas Restaurants.
Room and Restaurant prices are reasonable. We give the Hotel and Restaurant two 4 star rating for the hotel and the atmosphere and lodging experience.