The Historic El Fidel Hotel,at 500 Douglas Avenue, was first built ca. 1921-23, by M. M. Sundt, who called it ‘The Meadows Hotel,’ and was intended to provide for tourism stimulated by increased automobile travel. The Meadows Hotel barely survived the depression. In 1946 Toufick Fidel – one of the Fidel brothers (a Syrian family who built a chain of hotels in the Southwest) – bought the hotel. The El Fidel has been under its present ownership and management since the 1970s and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. 505-425-6761.
Historic Plaza Hotel at 230 Plaza is one of the spots in town where the past is the most alive and accessible is at the Historic Plaza Hotel. Built on the Northwest corner of the town Plaza in 1882, the Italianate-style structure houses a casual Victorian dining room where you can taste local cuisine, Byron T’s Saloon which features live local entertainment most Friday and Saturday nights and often has a ‘real’ cowboy or two perched on a barstool, the Ilfeld Ballroom which can cater conferences, banquets and, of course, features entertainment and dances, and lovely guest rooms with historic décor and ambiance. 800-328-1882
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