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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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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
Self-serve laundry
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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
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Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Daryl H wrote a review Jul 2020
New Braunfels, Texas450 contributions127 helpful votes
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!!!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
verruckt1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Chandler, Arizona57 contributions15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
rlmiller28 wrote a review Jun 2020
Hereford, Arizona174 contributions44 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Phil P wrote a review Jun 2020
125 contributions30 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: May 2020
Tom H wrote a review May 2020
Atlanta, Georgia2 contributions
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.
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
$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 Subway.
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.
Is Hotel El Capitan accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.