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Hotel El Capitan

100 E. Broadway, PO Box 667, Van Horn, TX 79855-0667
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Ranked #1 of 13 hotels in Van Horn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband has wanted to stay at El Capitan since our daughter moved to Texas several years ago, and since we were planning a visit to Carlsbad Caverns, we took the opportunity to spend a night at this lovely hotel. My only regret was that we couldn't spend a few more nights to truly experience this historical hotel. Our room... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were traveling to San Antonio from New Mexico and decided to stop over night somewhere along the way. We decided on Van Horn, Texas. We checked on the hotels in the area and picked the El Capitan. We made a great decision. The hotel was quaint, clean, and had a great restaurant. The receptionist was friendly.... More

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Austin, Texas
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6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were traveling to New Mexico and needed a place for the night. This hotel was on our list of potentials and we were more than pleased. The courtyard with fountain and hummingbirds leading to the lobby was our first clue and it just kept getting better. Our room was pure luxury with a delightfully comfortable king bed and elegant... More

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Ennis, Texas
12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband grew up in Van Horn. We went back there for a family reunion and a 50th wedding anniversary. We lived in Van Horn back in the mid-80s and return occasionally because we have family there. The El Capitan was originally a hotel. It was later turned into a bank and was such for many years. But it has... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We chose The El Capitan in Van Horn because it was a middle ground between the McDonald Observatory and Carlsbad Caverns. Such a lovely step back in time. The hotel has been lovingly restored with an attention to detail. Be sure to sink into a leather chair in the lobby and appreciate the fine details of the building's architecture. Choose... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A really nice place kinda like stepping back in time, it was built in the 30s or 40s I think, nice staff,nice bar onsite,staff was excellent and the food was tasty. I'm honestly not sure what there is to see around Van Horn but this was a nice place to stop while traveling I-10.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were actually there in July of 2013, on a road trip from San Antonio to San Diego. We were originally supposed to camp, but before leaving, we decided it was going to be too hot and found this place online. I'm so glad we did. When we pulled in, it started pouring rain and the lightning was incredible. We'd... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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46 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Between San Antonio and points west, this is a great stopover. They have a small handicapped accessible room with a large roll-in shower. If you have a large power wheelchair, it's a little tight, but a manual chair would have no problem. The outdoor patio is great for morning coffee or to enjoy their breakfast offerings. The train makes it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Anna, front desk clerk, said the hotel had been all redone. Cute hotel, inside and out. Beautiful tile in the lobby area, patio has lovely fountain. AC and elevator. Rooms are quaint, keeping with the era it was built originally. All the normal amenities: fridge,microwave,coffee pot makes 4 cups not just one, room AC, ceiling fan. Lamps have outlets, nice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Pros: A lot of work has been done on this old hotel. Exterior of building is very crisp, clean and colorful. Very nice patio with a large, splashy fountain. Lobby has colorful tile and very nice seating areas. There is an elevator. Room is very clean with a microwave, refrigerator and a CEILING FAN. Located a couple blocks away from... More

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Address: 100 E. Broadway, PO Box 667, Van Horn, TX 79855-0667
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Location: United States > Texas > Van Horn
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The Hotel El Capitan is the only historic hotel in Van Horn. The hotel was established in 1930 and built by the famous Trost & Trost architecture firm of Texas. The owners of the hotel are native born Texans and have established a reputation for buying and restoring historic inns in Far West Texas. The hotel is on the Texas Mountain Trail as well as the crossroads of the Guadalupe Mountains and the Big Bend National Parks off Interstate 10. ... more   less 
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