New downtown hotel set for old CPS Energy headquarters

El Portal hotel will begin construction at the site of the former CPS Energy headquarters at 145 Navarro St.


The historic building is just a four-minute walk away from Main Plaza.

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Come April, Blueprint Hospitality will begin a $55 million renovation of the former CPS Energy headquarters building with the purpose of transforming it into a 243-room hotel.

Dubbed “El Portal,” the nearly 230,000-sqft hotel will be part of Marriott’s Autograph collection of standalone luxury hotels.

According to a public filing on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, hotel amenities will include a full service restaurant on the first floor and a bar + lounge area.

Blueprint Hospitality purchased the building for $22.25 million in early 2021 and submitted initial plans to the HDRC in July 2021 for approval.

Gensler was originally contracted to design the building’s makeover. However, Cleveland-based Sandvick Architects, Inc. is the new firm noted to be leading the design in the recent filing.

The renovation will wrap up late September 2024.

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