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Hotel El Capitan

100 E Broadway PO Box 667, Van Horn, TX 79855-0667
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#1 of 14 hotels in Van Horn
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The Hotel El Capitan offers a unique lodging and dinning experience for all travelers. The El Capitan is a historic gem in West Texas and loved by many across the country. We specialize in quality customer service while offering modern amenities and an unforgettable experience. History Hotel El Capitan was built in 1930 by the gateway Hotel Chain, led by Charles Basset, at the crossroads of the forthcoming Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe and Big Bend National Parks. The hotel was designed by famous architect Henry Trost and constructed by McKee Construction Company, all of El Paso. The building operated as a hotel until the late 1960's. In 1973, soon after interstate 10 opened and a majority of the traffic had bypassed the once popular landmark, it was converted into the Van Horn State Bank. In 2007, Lanna and Joe Duncan of Fort Davis purchased the building from the bank with the plan to convert back into a hotel. It was one of the five hotels built by the Gateway Hotels in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. Basset built the hotels in an attempt to encourage tourism within 200 miles of El Paso. Trost was responsible for the design of over 550 buildings from California to Texas between the 1900's until his death in 1933.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Street parking
Bar / lounge
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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patstone6 wrote a review Apr 9
Buckeye, Arizona7 contributions3 helpful votes
The lobby was very well done but the room not so much. The small queen balcony room felt quite crowded although we appreciated the desk and chair for seating options. The bathroom was so small it was hard to move around. The balcony was kind of dirty with bird droppings. It is not very private and looks right into other balconys. The painter that did this room did not take care and there were splashes of white paint on the bath floor and walls. It was a little shocking to hear the loud train barreling through town every hour, but it did not run overnight.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: maybe the rooms facing the freeway would hear less train noise
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Dan M wrote a review Mar 2021
Lincoln, California155 contributions23 helpful votes
We really did enjoy our stay at this hotel. The lobby was very nice, even though we paid an additional $20.00 per dog x4 they made it very accommodating for us. We were able to eat our dinner in the courtyard with all 4 dogs and not have to leave them in our room. They had a little outdoor patio area off our room for them to do their business without having to leave the room. Other guests we spoke with are frequent fliers at the El Capitan and had nothing but good things to say about the hotel. For dinner we had the hotels rib eye steak and mashed potato's with grilled asparagus. As an appetizer we had the garden salad and the El Capitan salad both very good. The restaurant split our 14% rib eye for us with a small charge of $2.50 for extra mashed potato's which was well worth it. We were traveling from California to Georgia and are very grateful that hotels like Van Horn even allow more than 2 dogs. We LOVE our pups and traveling with then can become very challenging when some places have a two dog maximum.
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Date of stay: March 2021
AZpar8head wrote a review Mar 2021
Phoenix, AZ12 contributions5 helpful votes
I've always wanted to stay at this hotel when we've gone through Van Horn on our trips from Phoenix to San Antonio & I finally got the chance. The hotel is beautifully restored, and had a nice bar / restaurant where ALL of the staff & most of the patrons wore masks, the restaurant also had outside seating on the patio by the fountain. The drinks were cold and the food was hot and delicious, service was excellent. The king size bed was very comfy & we had a refrigerator and microwave. The whole hotel was very clean and we felt safe. Our only complaint was that we were in room 149 which is right by the ice machine, so when people were filling out their ice chests early in the morning it woke us up.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: Room 149 was noisy in the morning when other travelers used the ice machine.
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jenwann wrote a review Mar 2021
The Villages, Florida41 contributions18 helpful votes
I stayed at the hotel for 8 days for work. I worked the night shift at a nearby medical facility. So many things went wrong during my visit. My room was NEVER cleaned nor were towels delivered for 8 days! I even made arrangements with the front desk AND the manager one day to be gone early so the staff could clean my room. They didn’t do it. They did not apologize nor did they make it right. They knocked on my door waking me up to ask if I was checking out on the first day I was there! Despite having the do not disturb sign hanging. Also, I had to have my key programmed 2 different times during my stay. Each time they were confused about when I was checking out. Disorganized and Unaccommodating. Also, the hotel was super loud during the day. I travel a lot for work and I have never encountered a hotel that was so detrimental to a good business trip. I won’t be staying there again and I will be telling my travel company not to send any more travelers there.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
Bruce S wrote a review Mar 2021
Tucson, Arizona19 contributions7 helpful votes
This was our second stay at El Capitan traveling home from Texas. This hotel is a gem and shouldn’t be overlooked. The dining room is excellent; we had the pistachio crusted steak. Best meal of our trip.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$120 - $155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel El Capitan
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel El Capitan?
Nearby attractions include Tumlbleweed Mini Golf (0.07 miles) and Rio Grande Arms (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel El Capitan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel El Capitan?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel El Capitan?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel El Capitan?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel El Capitan?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hotel El Capitan Restaurant & Bar, Cactus Cantina and Grill, and Chelas Mexican Restaurant.
Is Hotel El Capitan located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Van Horn.
Are pets allowed at Hotel El Capitan?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Hotel El Capitan offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel El Capitan?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is Hotel El Capitan accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.