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We stayed at the Camino Real.  It’s not close to the Sun Bowl, although we walked there.  It’s a grand hotel that was a bit tired when we were there (Mac was coach) but was scheduled to be re-modeled.  It’s very near the main entrance/exit into Mexico and close to the double or triple A baseball stadium.  UT El Paso is a pretty campus with all the buildings with the same colors and design.  While you’re there, ask to go to “Rosa’s Cantina.”  The cab driver will laugh as there are about 50 Tosa’s Cantinas.  

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If I were going to EP as a visitor for a UTEP game, I would consider these:

Near/On Campus: The Hilton Garden Inn at University/Oregon.  Convenience
Downtown: Hotel Paso Del Norte (formerly the Camino Real).  I played too many gigs at the beautiful, famous Dome Bar.  Would welcome any and every excuse to visit it again.
WestsideHoliday Inn Express & Suites, Sunland Park.  Further out, but it is right off the highway and closer to where I grew up and where my parents are.  very close to the NM border, where you'll find the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino (I have never gambled there, but lots of live music and a restaurant), plus fantastic steaks and BBQ between Billy Crews and State Line

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7 minutes ago, greenjoe said:

We stayed at the Camino Real.  It’s not close to the Sun Bowl, although we walked there.  It’s a grand hotel that was a bit tired when we were there (Mac was coach) but was scheduled to be re-modeled.  It’s very near the main entrance/exit into Mexico and close to the double or triple A baseball stadium.  UT El Paso is a pretty campus with all the buildings with the same colors and design.  While you’re there, ask to go to “Rosa’s Cantina.”  The cab driver will laugh as there are about 50 Tosa’s Cantinas.  

The Camino Real has been rebranded as Hotel Paso Del Norte

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5 minutes ago, greenminer said:

If I were going to EP as a visitor for a UTEP game, I would consider these:

Near/On Campus: The Hilton Garden Inn at University/Oregon.  Convenience
Downtown: Hotel Paso Del Norte, Autograph Collectionn.  I played too many gigs at the beautiful, famous Dome Bar.  Would welcome any and every excuse to visit it again.
WestsideHoliday Inn Express & Suites, Sunland Park.  Further out, but it is right off the highway and closer to where I grew up and where my parents are.  very close to the NM border, where you'll find the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino (I have never gambled there, but lots of live music and a restaurant), plus fantastic steaks and BBQ between Billy Crews and State Line

 

There is a hotel at the Casino/Track

https://goo.gl/maps/XJDjT4tERw7JupaPA

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I just came back from El Paso after a business trip this past Thursday and it was my first time too. I stayed at a place called "The Hotel" at Sunnyville or something like that. I believe I saw the bill at $70 and it was nice. They offer no breakfast. It is next door to a casino but there is just a snack bar  there.
It is really hot and man you get some strong sand storms there.
 

1 hour ago, emmitt01 said:

Going to El Paso for the first time and want to know where the best place to stay is.  
 

Near the stadium?  Downtown?  Are the apartment rentals worth it?  
 

@El Paso Eagle @greenminer???

 

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4 hours ago, Danish43 said:

I just came back from El Paso after a business trip this past Thursday and it was my first time too. I stayed at a place called "The Hotel" at Sunnyville or something like that. I believe I saw the bill at $70 and it was nice. They offer no breakfast. It is next door to a casino but there is just a snack bar  there.
It is really hot and man you get some strong sand storms there.
 

 

I'll agree with the occasional sand in your teeth, but what makes it any hotter there than in Denton? Most sources I looked up showed El Paso with highs maybe a degree hotter than Denton, and lows maybe a couple of degrees lower. And definitely drier feeling there.  The lack of large shade trees in that part of Texas might make it seem hotter, but that's nothing that would matter inside a football stadium, especially at night. Hot? Yes, but so is northern Texas.

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El Paso is a dry heat.  East Texas is a humid heat.  Dry heat feels - for lack of a better term - "external" to me.  You feel it on your skin and it seems hot, but it doesn't weigh you down like humid heat.

Humid heat can feel like you're wrapped in layers of fleece blankets, and your entire body feels heavy and weighed down.

Pretty hard to convey if you've only felt one your entire life.  at this point, I've spent over 20 years in each.

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15 minutes ago, greenminer said:

El Paso is a dry heat.  East Texas is a humid heat.  Dry heat feels - for lack of a better term - "external" to me.  You feel it on your skin and it seems hot, but it doesn't weigh you down like humid heat.

Humid heat can feel like you're wrapped in layers of fleece blankets, and your entire body feels heavy and weighed down.

Pretty hard to convey if you've only felt one your entire life.  at this point, I've spent over 20 years in each.

Agreed. Grew up in Midland and the difference is staggering.

I'd take 100 with zero humidity in West Texas over 85 and 60% humidity any day of the week

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2 hours ago, MGNation92 said:

Agreed. Grew up in Midland and the difference is staggering.

I'd take 100 with zero humidity in West Texas over 85 and 60% humidity any day of the week

I actually prefer East Texas heat.  I had to get away from that dry heat because that, coupled with the allergens that get blown down from the Franklin Mountains, just wreak havoc on my system.

One thing that doesn't get talked about enough is the dramatic swing in temperature in a desert/dry climate.  During certain times of the year, El Paso temps can swing wildly by 40+ degrees from day to early evening.

I'll never forget my first year in DFW and experiencing night time temps that could match/exceed the day time temps...even at 90+ degrees! It was a shock.

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4 hours ago, greenminer said:

El Paso is a dry heat.  East Texas is a humid heat.  Dry heat feels - for lack of a better term - "external" to me.  You feel it on your skin and it seems hot, but it doesn't weigh you down like humid heat.

Humid heat can feel like you're wrapped in layers of fleece blankets, and your entire body feels heavy and weighed down.

Pretty hard to convey if you've only felt one your entire life.  at this point, I've spent over 20 years in each.

It only took getting off the plane in El Paso, around April 1, 2019, after experiencing what had been a pretty wet spring in the DFW area. Temps were probably around 80 then, and felt damned good. This was on the way to do some hiking at Big Bend National Park, where my hiking buddy mentioned what I had been thinking, "hey, it's convenient not having to pee". I guess whatever liquids were consumed, which you need a lot of, were used for other purposes.

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1 hour ago, eulessismore said:

It only took getting off the plane in El Paso, around April 1, 2019, after experiencing what had been a pretty wet spring in the DFW area. Temps were probably around 80 then, and felt damned good. This was on the way to do some hiking at Big Bend National Park, where my hiking buddy mentioned what I had been thinking, "hey, it's convenient not having to pee". I guess whatever liquids were consumed, which you need a lot of, were used for other purposes.

That is the danger out here.  Folks don't realize they are losing liquids due to perspiration because it evaporates immediately and they forget to drink water.  I love the dry climate, because it doesn't cool off after the sun goes down.  It is 101 here now and I just spent about an hour outside and didn't sweat through one piece of clothing.

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Don't let them fool you, I remember driving home from dates and seeing the temp billboard on I-10 at 1 am still at 101 and oh yeah I was running over 1000's of grass hoppers on the interstate- to be young again lol.   I grew up in EP and yeah dry heat but hot is hot.  Yes shade works better in EP than DFW and the nights over all do cool down.  I don't miss the hot dry temp with high winds-like opening your oven when it has been on for a while.  

I worked in landscaping during summers in my youth in EP.  I don't know how I did it.

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23 hours ago, emmitt01 said:

Going to El Paso for the first time and want to know where the best place to stay is.  
 

Near the stadium?  Downtown?  Are the apartment rentals worth it?  
 

@El Paso Eagle @greenminer???

I’m from EP too. Double Tree downtown is nice. Close to the stadium. Quick Uber. Camino Real or whatever it’s called now is cool. The dome bar is great. There are bars on Cincinnati street I use to hit before games. Make sure you get some good Mexican food. My favorites are Riviera on Doniphan on the Westside. La Posto in Old Mesilla is great too. Steak joint hit Cattlemen’s in Fabens. 

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41 minutes ago, UNTLifer said:

That is the danger out here.  Folks don't realize they are losing liquids due to perspiration because it evaporates immediately and they forget to drink water.  I love the dry climate, because it doesn't cool off after the sun goes down.  It is 101 here now and I just spent about an hour outside and didn't sweat through one piece of clothing.

So, just wondering, how much liquid (water I presume) will you consume for that hour outside? It seems to require a conscious effort, because of the perspiration going unnoticed, as you mention.

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4 minutes ago, eulessismore said:

So, just wondering, how much liquid (water I presume) will you consume for that hour outside? It seems to require a conscious effort, because of the perspiration going unnoticed, as you mention.

In my early 20's I hiked Guadalupe Peak in July/August give or take. 

I drank a gallon up and a gallon down and didn't have to pee once. Anecdotally, it'll be different for everyone as I'm prone to sweat a lot, but it's definitely a lot more than you'd think.

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49 minutes ago, UNTexas said:

I’m from EP too. Double Tree downtown is nice. Close to the stadium. Quick Uber. Camino Real or whatever it’s called now is cool. The dome bar is great. There are bars on Cincinnati street I use to hit before games. Make sure you get some good Mexican food. My favorites are Riviera on Doniphan on the Westside. La Posto in Old Mesilla is great too. Steak joint hit Cattlemen’s in Fabens. 

Cattleman's is definitely a great visit. There is also Billy Crews and State Line in the area. On a more casual and "El Paso" flavor, there is L & J's, and of course Rosa's Cantina as mentioned before. Very good Mexican food all over.

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1 hour ago, El Paso Eagle said:

Cattleman's is definitely a great visit. There is also Billy Crews and State Line in the area. On a more casual and "El Paso" flavor, there is L & J's, and of course Rosa's Cantina as mentioned before. Very good Mexican food all over.

Billy Crews is greatness. I use to live right next to it in that neighborhood behind the roundabout before moving back to the metroplex. I use to hit L&Js for Gordita day all the time. So good. I may need to go to the game just for the food alone. Although last time I bought the ticket, flew out, got a hotel then NT lays an egg and gets destroyed. Terrible trip. 

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5 hours ago, eulessismore said:

So, just wondering, how much liquid (water I presume) will you consume for that hour outside? It seems to require a conscious effort, because of the perspiration going unnoticed, as you mention.

I was outside last night doing yard work and trimming trees.  It was 104 when I started.  Drank 5 bottles of water and some tea.  Clothes were bone try and never peed once.

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