My wife and I have stayed at the Hotel El Capitan many times over the years, as we travel back and forth from New Braunfels, Texas, to both Arizona and Southern California on Interstate 10. The first thing you need to know is that Van Horn is a very small, typically modest, West Texas town. But the Hotel El Capitan is far from anything modest or typical, like some nondescript cookie cutter roadside motel. You will know that the moment you park your car and enter this very historic and beautiful hotel building. It's like taking a glorious and nostalgic walk back into another period of time. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. Upscale Kohler fixtures in all the bathrooms. Flat screen TVs with good reception, a coffee maker and mini fridge are located in the room. The lobby is a wonderful place to relax, as well as the courtyard and Fountain area in the front of this majestic hotel. Housekeeping staff is excellent. Everyone employed at the El Capitan treat every guest as special, and will go out of their way to make sure that your stay is an enjoyable experience. The hotel's Gopher Restaurant and Bar is exceptional, and should not be missed. Wonderful chef inspired selections on the menu, and well chilled cocktails, beer and wine, to complement your evening meal. Excellent bartenders and waitstaff will explain some of the more unusual items on the menu. You certainly will not leave hungry. There is a small gift shop located in the hotel near the lobby area. Prices for hotel accommodations, as well as dining, are very reasonable. Lots of convenient complimentary off-street parking adjacent to the hotel. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!…
Second time staying here as we travel Ft Worth to Phoenix. This time we had room 236. Large second floor room directly under the El Capitan sign. Loved it!!! Room was super clean. Hotel was super clean. Front desk staff was friendly and inviting. We had a great stay. Really liked sitting on the lounge chairs on our patio having our morning coffee. And I have to give props to the bed - it was so comfortable.
There is something truly enriching and unique about staying at an historic hotel. The El Capitan opened its doors in 1930. After shuttering in the 1960s, and reopening as a bank in 1973, its current owners purchased the property in 2007, restoring it to its former glory. The rooms are small but that's to be expected. You stay here for the charm that is simply missing in a modern chain hotel. From it's European tiles and rod iron staircases, to its beautiful woodwork and top rated restaurant, I can't imagine a better experience for an overnight stay in Western Texas. Plus, as a bonus, the property is dog friendly. I'd stay again.
Stayed overnight and was delighted with this vintage hotel experience. It is far enough off of the freeway where road noise won't affect you. It is an older hotel so do not expect shiny new. But, it is worth the extra $$ to stay there. The food was good in the restaurant also. I will be going back.
Clean, friendly, and good food. Interesting historic hotel stop we found traveling I10 West. I stay in hotels most weeks for work and El Capitan did not disappoint! great stay. Would recommend their restaurant as well.