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Hotel El Capitan

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100 E. Broadway, PO Box 667, Van Horn, TX 79855-0667
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Antonio, Texas
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36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Pros: The décor and the historic ambiance, very pleasant. Staff friendly and helpful. Cons: The hotel has WiFi, but unsecured, so this limits the usefulness. Given that El Capitan charges twice what a regular traveler/business hotel charges, a hot breakfast would be expected, some scrambled eggs and a slice of bacon would do the trick.

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had wanted to stay in this hotel after visiting the lobby last year but timing on trip would not work out. Having travelled Interstate 10 for the last 30 years, when we noticed the neon sign from the highway we had to go see what El Capitan was. We were so glad it had been restored and brought up... More 

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Houston, Texas
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117 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a lot of hotels off I-10 in west Texas, but we decided to give this one a try. Lovely old historic hotel. The bedroom and bathroom were small but we were delighted to find the refrigerator and microwave in the closet. We had the front corner room and noticed we could see the train tracks a block away. We... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is now a very nice buffet, including hard-boiled eggs and whole wheat toast included in room rate. As atmospheric and aesthetically pleasing as this hotel is, the actual accommodation is very very small. Though the fixtures are attractive, the bathroom was hard to turn around in, with no good place to open a toiletries bag.

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Granbury, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Due to this being a small town, there aren't many hotels to choose from. We chose the El Capitan obviously for the historical aspect of it. The hotel lobby is GORGEOUS! The staff weren't overly friendly when we checked in. We took the stairs to the 2nd floor and proceeded to our room, #210. All the drapes were open on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I stayed at El Capitan for 3 weeks for work. I usually stay in chain hotels, but our crew decided to try it out. This hotel was adorable and worth it. It is a historic hotel from the 30's and has been remodeled. The rooms were a bit small (historic), and the breakfast was meh. But it has a gorgeous... More 

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Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States
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37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Returning to Arizona from a long road-trip out east, I had made reservations at the El Capitan Hotel in Van Horn, Texas. The road we traveled would take through El Paso, but that is not a place I want to stay again. We will simply add 120 miles to the journey for the following day by staying in Van Horn.... More 

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Del Rio, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We only stayed here because the elevator at the Hampton Inn was broken. We paid $179.00 plus tax for a suite or what they call a suite. This old landmark hotel had been renovated and the pubic areas, lobby, gym etc. are quite nice. The rooms, not so much. Our room was old, creaky, kind of dirty and looked like... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

First off, I'm not a picky person. I can handle a stain, crack, a bit of dust...but this room we got was small, hot (ac didn't come back on), comforter was stained, Ceiling fan is extremely dusty. turned it off immediately. My 3 year old randomly got nauseous and threw up because of the old musty stench of this hotel.... More 

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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

An Oasis in the desert, except: Loud train goes by just across the street. No phones in rooms. Our A/C didn't work. Desk chairs do not adjust well. Small "off brand TV's". Really small rooms compared to chain hotels. Clocks not set, and hard to set. Good restaurant and bar on site. Established in 1930.

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