Hotel El Capitan

Historic desert hotel in the heart of Van Horn, Texas.

Conveniently located just 2 blocks off Interstate 10, The Hotel El Capitan is a desert oasis. Boasting 50 newly renovated rooms and suites, an onsite gift shop, a restaurant and a  bar, the Hotel El Capitan has everything you need for your trip to West Texas. As the nearest city to Blue Origin’s launch and landing site, Hotel El Capitan is quickly becoming a destination for space-travel aficionados. Whether your travel takes you to space or to the remarkable natural wonders of the area, Hotel El Capitan is the ideal hotel for your stay in Van Horn. 

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A pet-friendly oasis that mixes tradition with modern elements.

What it's like

From the bright red light-up letters out front, this historic hotel (est. 1930) sets a tone that combines the past with the present effortlessly. Step inside and enjoy the decor that showcases a bit of this property’s storied history. But make no mistake, this place is definitely not stuck in the past: The rooms are newly renovated, so you’ll also get to enjoy luxurious new touches like beautiful European-style bathrooms. This 26,000-square foot hotel has a lobby with unique European tile on the floors and stairwells, with finely crafted wrought iron banisters and exposed Spanish vigas lining the fourteen-foot ceilings. This is a place that delivers worldly flair wrapped in a warm West Texas welcome. 

Independent spirit

Sleep soundly in newly renovated historic rooms.

Small touches

All rooms have new European-style bathrooms inspired by the1930 originals, with French penny round tile floors and new Kohler fixtures. Each accommodation also offers flat panel TVs, a clock radio with an iPod connection by the bed and free WiFi. Traveling with your four-legged friend? Pets are welcome with a modest fee. The hotel boasts a new ADA-certified elevator, and many rooms have coffee service, refrigerators and microwaves.

Eat and drink

Open daily, The Hotel El Capitan Restaurant serves up uniquely West Texas favorites like pistachio fried steak, pecan salmon and hand-cut ribeye. You can’t miss the homemade pecan pie featuring local pecans — a treat so tasty that’s also available for purchase in the gift shop. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast every morning in the dining room. The Gopher Hole Bar, named after the original basement bar, serves creative cocktails, Texas wines and craft brews. Check out the historic vault located behind the bar. Finally, the beautiful oasis courtyard is available for dining, and pets are also allowed to dine al fresco! 
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Rooms & Rates

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Hotel El Capitan is located in Van Horn, TX. This nearest major airports to this West Texas destination are El Paso, TX (ELP), and Carlsbad, NM (CNM). Van Horn is located near Balmorhea State Park and Big Bend National Park. 
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Guest Services

  • 24-Hour front desk
  • Free guest parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Dog-friendly (fee applies)
  • ADA Certified Elevator

Eat & Drink

  • Free Continental Breakfast
  • Dining Room: open at 6pm daily
  • Gopher Hole Bar: open at 5pm daily

Meetings & Events

  • Conference Room (cap 45)
  • Onsite catering

In-room amenities

  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flat panel TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Clock radio with an iPod connection
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator (some rooms) 
  • Microwaves (some rooms) 

Cancellation policy

Reservations must be canceled at least 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation fee of $25 per room.
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Meetings + Events

Looking to host a memorable meeting? El Capitan’s conference room is the perfect space to hold events like banquets, showers and other private parties. The catering menu is chock-full of culinary creations that will stir your fancy, and the experienced on-site managers will help you through every step of planning and execution.

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