A charming, historic hotel, the Hotel Paisano offers 41 rooms and suites, a seasonally heated pool, extensive gift shop and art gallery, GIANT memorabilia room, ballroom/conference space, fitness center, and a casual restaurant and lounge with relaxing courtyard seating. The Hotel Paisano is a social hub for the area, a meeting place and oasis for travelers, and a West Texas destination.
A locally run hotel since 1959, Bob Harris of Lake/Flato Architects reinvigorated the Thunderbird’s classic ‘50s horseshoe shape and interior courtyard for its 2005 reopening. The renovation transformed the structure into a model of modern design and livability while maintaining the original hotel’s bygone feeling of leisure.
The Thunderbird is everything a small hotel should be, providing privacy, hospitality and stylishness without pretension. With its pool and pale blue exterior reflecting the desert sky, a sensation of light and spaciousness pervades. Stands of native plants and cacti anchor the hotel in its environment, and a latticework of salvaged oil-field piping shades the breezeways and poolside lounge with orange honeysuckle vines. Careful landscaping, attention to detail: the Thunderbird is characterized by a wealth of inviting spaces.