6355 Gateway Boulevard West, El Paso, Texas, United States
"Early November 2019: I just found out that I was going to have to go to El Paso, TX to work for 30 days. The more I thought about it, the more I was not looking forward to it. I would be away from my family during Thanksgiving again, and I have lived in El Paso for 13 years. El Paso is a decent city but not the place I was itching to go back to. I started making my travel arrangements and decided, what the hell I’m going to make the best of it. My plan was to go to work, get back to the hotel, drink a beer and kick back in the hot tub. Then do the same thing the next day, the 30 days will fly by I figured. So I looked around online and found Residence Inn by Marriott El Paso, they had a pool and hot tub, free breakfast and free beer 3 days out of the week. I showed up at the hotel kind of exhausted after traveling half way across the country, so I checked in went upstairs to my room, unpacked and went to sleep. The next day while waiting for a co-worker I saw the window to the pool and walked over to look. I looked left, right (I even looked up just in case); there was no hot tub to be found. I was angry, but I also didn’t want to be late for work so I figured I would address it later. When I got back that evening, I asked the front desk to speak to the manager. She told me he would be in the next day. I was not a happy camper. The next day came and I went down to talk to the General Manager (Dereck, aka the warden). While talking to the manager, I got the impression that he actually did not care what my plans were for the 30 days and that he was kind of put off about having to speak with one of the inmates (I have worked for years in prisons and jails when I used to live in Florida). The warden advised me that they had remodeled and the hot tub was taken out and they “forgot” to take the picture off their official page even though they had pictures posted from after the renovation. The warden offered me some points that were good toward my next incarceration. I advised the warden that I would not be a recidivist, so I would not be needing those points. I returned to my cell angrier than I was before talking to the warden. I decided I would send a kite to the governor (Corporate). I explained my grievances to the governor and was told that the governor would tell the warden about my grievances (didn’t he pay attention? I already spoke to the warden and the warden did not care). After work release the next day I received a kite from the warden that said his decision was final, I would get points towards my next incarceration. What follows are some notes I was able to scratch out on a smuggled piece of paper: Day 3: This place is starting to feel like a prison, how did I end up here. I’m a law abiding member of society! Day 7: I am drifting off to sleep, thinking about the 3am alarm clock for my work release. It must be bring your kids to work day at the prison because there are small screaming voices racing up and down the hall outside of m"
"This is a fantastic hotel. The room was very nice and spacious. The hotel recently underwent a remodel and they did a fabulous job. It’s a little bit hard to enter the property by car there is only one sign and it’s a little bit hard to enter getting off the highway and coming off from the side streets. The hotel staff is very nice and friendly and outgoing and welcoming. The property features a gym, a little market place, a tennis court, basketball court and a little public sitting area and a indoor pool. The room was great with a stove, microwave and full size refrigerator. It was all very clean with pots, pans and plates forks and knives and spoons. It had a nice living room with a nice soft bed. It had a very modern look to it with many USB ports. My only issue was with the remodel I wish they redid the bathroom. As the toilet and tub looked out of date and seemed like they been there since the hotel originally opened. I travel to El Paso a lot and nice time I go and visit I am most definitely staying there again!"
"Our second stop in West Texas. Nicely updated and nice breakfast area. Even though it’s the holiday, i10 is busy and you’ll notice the very loud noise when you get out of the car. Thankfully! Inside it’s peaceful and quiet. It’s pet friendly here but we wished for more green space. Not much of an are for dogs to meander. That’s the only real drawback. Tip: to avoid the thrill of the i10 entrance with heavy traffic try entering the parking lot from the back, off of Edgemere Road. "