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Hotel El Capitan

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Del Rio, Texas
Reviewed 18 July 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...

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3Thank Michael P
Reviewed 11 July 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....

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2Thank Arron-inSA
Sun Lakes, Arizona
Reviewed 11 July 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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2Thank RoadWarriorWalt
Reviewed 8 July 2015

I stayed here a couple of nights with some friends. We were exploring the area. It is a nice, friendly place which the locals cisit in the evenings for drinks and dinner. The rooms a small, and can be noisy from the halls, which is typical, I have found, from historic hotels like this. The lobby and public rooms are...

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Clint, Texas
Reviewed 7 July 2015

Hotel and rooms were clean. Bed and pillows were comfortable. The rooms were small, but still pleasant. The doors and walls don't seem to insulate noise very well, but not much traffic sown our hallway. The food and service at the Gopher Hole was excellent, however breakfast needs an overhaul. Nothing worse than a lukewarm cup of coffee first thing...

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Prescott Arizona
Reviewed 24 June 2015

I regret having to write a negative review on any hotel but if someone previous to our stay had written a similar review I would have saved myself some aggravation and money. PLEASE READ ALL BELOW. We stayed in room 210 at Hotel El Capitan Sunday night June 21, 2015 and the hotel is nicely renovated and CLEAN. We had...

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11Thank LRRPrescottArizona
Carrollton, tx
Reviewed 22 June 2015

"Best in Van Horn" isn"t really saying much, but this place is a gem. I stayed there for most of my weeklong day hiking trip to the Guadalupe Mtns last year in May. Did the same thing in April of this year.

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Battlement Mesa, Colorado
Reviewed 20 June 2015 via mobile

This hotel is well done, the manager Ralph is very pleasant. The rooms are quaint and very quiet. The courtyard and lobby are wonderful. Would absolutely stay again. Very reasonably priced. The entire staff were pleasant and professional.

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Houston, Texas
Reviewed 10 June 2015

The El Capitan's greatest surprise was the delicious food and delightful service in the hotel restaurant. We ate there all 3 nights of our stay. The rooms are nice and clean but ours was getting a bit frayed. Also the lack of drawers was not great. But back to the restaurant and courtyard! Wonderful

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Kristiansand, Norway
Reviewed 9 June 2015

After having stayed in several motels along the highways of Texas, we decided to go for a real hotel. The room was on the small side, but nice. The beds were comfy and the bathroom was clean. The staff, both at reception and in the bar, were friendly. It was a warm night, so we enjoyed beer and wine on...

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Meeting Rooms
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 

Additional Information about Hotel El Capitan

Address: 100 E. Broadway, PO Box 667, Van Horn, TX 79855-0667
Region: United States > Texas > Van Horn
Price Range: $187 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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Austin, Texas
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“had heard of some train noise but only heard one train go by.”
LynnA746, 22 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Rooms away from the train tracks.”
FarmerAndHisWife, 21 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The historic ambiance of rail travel will be more obvious on the north side!”
cwt2015, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“There is a diagram on the hotel website that lets you see and choose which room you want.”
psf1, 6 Feb 2017 | Read review
“To me all rooms seem perfect but if you wish to dampen the train noise choose a 1st floor southern exposure room.”
alexaC8681QJ, 18 Jan 2017 | Read review
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