Four-star hotel proposed for Downtown Midland

A four-star hotel project that pays tribute to the Permian Basin’s oil and gas industry legacy is being proposed for Downtown Midland.

The Hotel Santa Rita, named after the legendary oil well Santa Rita #1, which provided the first proof that oil existed in the Permian Basin, is proposed to locate across from Centennial Park, at 300 W. Texas Ave. Plans call for 135 rooms, an 8,000 square foot ballroom, four separate meeting rooms, a 4,000 square foot restaurant and bar and first-floor retail. An 800-space parking garage would be open to the general public, not just to hotel guests, according to the project website.

Project partners, which includes local investors, major downtown employers and foundations, anticipate planning, designing and construction of the project to take 36 months, with an anticipated opening of the hotel in late 2026 or early 2027.

The hotel’s name pays tribute to the Permian Basin’s energy legacy and also “embodies the hard-working spirit that defines West Texas,” said Al Escamilla of Escamilla Media, a spokesperson for the project.

“Just like our oil-producing community, this remarkable hotel will be built to impress and designed to exceed your expectations,” Escamilla said.

The hotel project would complement and further enhance a revitalized Downtown that consists of the thriving Bush Convention Center and Centennial Park, according to project officials. It will bring economic benefits to the city for years to come, they added.

“The Hotel Santa Rita is an investment in our future giving our residents a place we can be proud of to host business partners, family and friends. It will also be a space for families to utilize and celebrations to be held,” the project website states. “It is the perfect spot for Midlanders and travelers from around the world.”

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