|Earth Troll at the El Paisano Hotel|
The main customers of the Hotel Paisano during those early years were area cattle ranchers who came to Marfa to buy and sell their herds and tourists who came to West Texas for the benefits of the dry desert air. The Hotel Paisano became the social hub for the area and continued to serve this function all the way through the 1960’s.
|T-shirts and other Giant memorabilia for sale|
in the hotel's Giant Room.
Over the next 46 years, the hotel was sold to several new owners, each of whom let the elegant building deteriorate more and more. Finally, in early 2001, the group of real estate investors in Houston who had purchased the property decided to abandon it rather than go to the expense of restoration. The building sat empty and forlorn with daylight coming through ceilings and plywood covering several doors and windows.
After the city foreclosed on the property and sold it for back taxes, the new owners began restoration in late 2001. Today, the Hotel Paisano has been completely renovated with 41 rooms for rent, including a number of original historic rooms. There is also a seasonally heated pool, 3,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space, a 3,000 sq. ft. ballroom and conference space, fitness center, a Giant memorabilia room, and a restaurant and lounge with courtyard seating.
|The comfortable lobby where Elizabeth Taylor, |
Rock Hudson, James Dean and
Earth Troll relaxed.
|Patio for relaxing while listening to the |
calming water fountain.