Hotel Paso del Norte among first hotels to open with virus-killing air filtration system throughout
Highly coveted amenities at this luxury hotel include optimal air quality
(El Paso, TX) – In El Paso, Texas, a stunning historic hotel built in 1912, Hotel Paso del Norte (Marriott Autograph Collection), has been undergoing a multi-million-dollar, multi-year renovation to bring it to the grandeur of yesteryear with a wide array of modern amenities. As part of the final touches before re-opening later this year, the hotel will be among the world’s first Marriott Autograph Collection Hotels to install a state-of-the-art air filtration system throughout the hotel’s entire HVAC system. The Plasma Air system has been shown to kill 99% of bacteriophage in the air after 10 minutes of use. Common areas, bars, restaurants, hallways, ballrooms, meeting rooms, spa and fitness rooms, and all guest rooms will utilize the filtration system shown to kill viruses through ionization.
This is a much-needed asset for locals and travelers in search of safe options rich with history and culture. Nestled aside the Franklin mountains of El Paso, Hotel Paso del Norte brings a distinct sense of luxury to this cultured cowboy destination where Texas and the Southwest converge. The property is noted on the National Register of Historic Places and captures the soul of El Paso with art, history, and numerous culinary offerings that offer the distinct flavors of the region. Native American carvings, a bronze statue of Mexican General Pancho Villa and a 25-foot Tiffany-style stained-glass dome ceiling are among the hotel’s architectural treasures.
“We are among the First Marriott Autograph hotels in the world to install a system that cleans air to this level,” said Carlos Sarmiento, General Manager of Hotel Paso del Norte. “Being in the renovation process when this crisis occurred gave us the unique opportunity to implement additional safety features before opening our doors. When we undertook this project; we were prepared to restore the 108-year-old property’s architectural elements, create stunning event spaces and amenities, and curate a distinct culinary destination—but Covid-19 gave us the need to enhance air quality in all areas of the hotel.”
Made by Plasma Air, the system being installed at Hotel Paso del Norte features HVAC-mounted ionizers that use proactive air purification technologies to deactivate airborne viruses safely. The system incorporates bipolar ionization, which creates millions of positive and negative ions, a proven method for virus destruction. Tested in simulated hospital ICUs and hotels used to house medical personnel in isolation during the pandemic, the Plasma Air system was shown to reduce 99% of bacteriophage after only 10 minutes of exposure to ionization.
“In 2020, there is no amenity greater than safety,” added Sarmiento. “Reopening during a pandemic means that offering an authentic destination experience is not enough. It’s imperative that we employ advanced safety precautions to promote health and peace of mind. Then guests will truly be able to enjoy this beautiful hotel.”
Other safety measures at the highly anticipated Hotel Paso del Norte include but are not limited to:
A Commitment to Clean Plan that ensures hygiene and cleanliness throughout the hotel
A dedicated position committed to the oversight of hotel safety efforts
Training for all associates
Sanitizing stations throughout hotel
Sanitizing of high-touch areas at a minimum of every two hours
Associates wear personal protective equipment, receive temperature checks prior to each shift, and complete wellness questionnaires
Vendors wear masks and have their temperature checked
All guests required to wear masks in public areas as mandated by local and state laws as well as Marriott
Safety signage and protocols posted throughout hotel
Implementation of social distancing
Floor signage to encourage guests stay six feet apart
Plexiglass barriers at the front desk, bell desk, concierge, and all restaurant host podiums
Hotel shuttle cleaned and sanitized after each trip
Valet services temporarily suspended; self-parking encouraged
Bell carts sanitized after each use
Mobile check-in promoted via the Marriott Bonvoy app, including the request of items, chat features, etc.
Hotel room keys sanitized between stays and prior to distributing to guests
Use of trays to hand items to guests
Credit card machines positioned for easy guest access, reducing associates handling of guest credit cards
Disinfecting wipes provided to all guests upon check-in
Thorough cleaning of all guest rooms with 24-hour window between guests for each room
Rooftop pool use is available through a reservations system to ensure there is no overcrowding
Reservations for Hotel Paso del Norte can be made at www.hotelpdn.com.