Ratings based on 17 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.4 out of 5
94% of guests recommend
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.3 Room comfort
4.5 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
5 out of 5
by R & G from Kemp, TX

Great hotel!

Posted Dec 23, 2012
Pros: Accommodations, late hours for the dining room, friendly staff.
Cons: Can't think of any!
Location: Close to I-10.
This historic hotel was a godsend after our drive from the Dallas area on our way to CA. After reading reviews about other hotels/motels in Van Horn, this was the only logical choice. We were not disappointed. It was worth every penny. The dining room was open until 10PM, and the bar until midnight (I highly recommend the cheese fries with green goddess dressing). The staff everywhere was very friendly. Noticing I was not feeling well, the waitress offered to bring me some hot tea. The room and bathroom were small, but extremely comfortable and spotless. On top of that, it is a beautiful building. It had everything you would need for an overnight stay. You could hear the trains, but if you read reviews about hotels in Van Horn, you are not going to escape this. It didn't bother us a bit, it's just a part of the town. The parking lot was full due to a party in the dining room, so the hotel clerk told us to just park out front in the 30 minute parking, we would be ok. "We're easy going here in Van Horn." There is a small gift shop that was still open at 9PM if you forgot some basic necessities. We will very likely stay here on our return to TX.
5 out of 5
by El Capitan Fan from CA

Don't Miss The "Hotel El Capitan"

Posted Dec 7, 2012
Pros: The fireplace, historic architecture, antique furniture, large balconies in the suites,
Cons: None
We love the historic nature of the hotel. Sitting by the fireplace is awesome! The suites with the large balconies are the best for our family. I love the fine leather antique furniture in the lobby. We had a great steak dinner in the dining room. We stay there every chance we can and always look for to the ambience of Hotel El Capitan when we travel across country. Anyone who hasn't been there is missing out!
4 out of 5
by USDriver from DFW Texas

Hotel with Character

Posted Oct 20, 2012
Pros: Historical features - architecturally and inside furnishings
Cons: Railway horns occasionally through the night
Location: Very small town on I-10, so easy to access. Parking lot adjacent to hotel structure.
Stayed at El Capitan as a stopover point during a long driving trip, and it served us well. Renovated place that has nice touches dating back through it's history as both a hotel and a bank, and the courtyard was especially pleasing. Room was small by modern standards, but adequate for the use & need. Clean & comfortable. Note that Van Horn has a busy Union Pacific rail line, and the trains DO have to toot-toot their warning as they go through the intersections - so all of the hotels/motels in town have to deal with this. I had no sleep disturbance, nor did my wife when she inserted the free ear plugs provided by the El Capitan. Nice touch!
5 out of 5
by Don from Houston

Very nice historic hotel

Posted May 21, 2012
Pros: beautiful tile floors in lobby
Location: easy to find; close to train tracks
Very nicely updated historic hotel in Van Horn, TX. It has a bar and restaurant, too, and the food was good. Continental breakfast was included with our stay & is served in the nice dining room. Friendly staff. Nice courtyard with fountain is a good place to relax, and as it faces North, has shade. A nice piece of West Texas history!
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Austin, TX

Great historic hotel

Posted Dec 6, 2011
Location: Would recommend one of several motels immediately off I-10 which is a few blocks farther from the train tracks due to busy train route and noise.
This was a beautifully restored hotel with much tile and southwestern design. Restaurant food was good and excellent service. Only real drawback is its location near the traintracks. Trains rumble through every 30-60 minutes 24 hrs a day. Bring earplugs.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Arcachon.France

What a Nice place!!

Posted Nov 17, 2011
No other quality alternative un VanHorn .After several days in the désert we reach the "paradise".Nice people ,very interesting and historical place.Golf food and wine...Perfect room..Only négative are the night trains passing at 300 feet from the room and wisteling while crossing Van Horn along 2 miles!!! Be informed and ready for this expérience .....
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Tucson, AZ

Diamond in the Rough

Posted Oct 12, 2011
Van Horn is an ideal point to stop in traveling from AZ to the East. Unfortunately, there isn't much there, but the people are very gracious and at Hotel El Capitan we found a "diamond". It is a beautiful hotel with a lot of history. It offers comfort not only in the rooms (which are small because of the age of the hotel), but the surroundings in the lobby, dining area & courtyard. The complimentary breakfast was excellent and the staff were helpful. Although it is higher in price the stay was definitely worth it.