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#2 of 16 hotels in Merced
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Perfectly situated in the heart of California's Central Valley, El Capitan Hotel is Merced's newest luxury, boutique hotel. offering three distinct dining experiences at Rainbird, Native Son, and EC, the hotel's outside courtyard patio. Our entertainment complex, Mainzer features everything you want under one stunning roof. Unapologetic comfort food, craft cocktails, movies, live entertainment, big screen TVs and games aplenty. El Capitan Hotel is a haven for travelers seeking a central launch point for adventures in the Central Valley and Yosemite National Park.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Game room
Golf course
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Valet parking
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Evening entertainment
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shops
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
On-demand films
Radio
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oscards312 wrote a review 19 Jan
Merced, California1 contribution
I didn't have high hopes for this hotel due to the location being almost literally the "middle of nowhere," but I was impressed by every aspect of my stay. The decor in the rooms and around the rest of the hotel was chosen well, and the furniture fits while being utilitarian. The coffee and tea provided in the room was amazing, and I'm glad I tried it. I didn't try their restaurants due to time constraints, but I definitely will next time.
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Notebookboy wrote a review Aug 2021
San Bruno, California20 contributions2 helpful votes
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The hotel provides a fun and hipster experience. Room and bathroom was very clean and bed sheets are so comfortable. Upon arrival, Christel at the front desk met and greeted us with enthusiasm. She also personally walked us to an alternative room setup as we noticed there were daytime sounds from the courtyard and we were concerned it would continue into our sleeping time in the later evening. We ultimately chose the room we were originally assigned as we were told sounds end at 9 pm which was perfect given that we would spend our days in Yosemite. Adrianna, Christel’s front desk partner, was professional and cheerful to us during our two night stay answering all my questions in person and on the phone. She was such a life saver given that after I checked out and drove away, I realized 15 min later that I left two of my pricey Yeti thermos in the mini fridge. She rescued them and waited in the heat of Merced for us to return to personally make sure we picked them up and not some strangers. The valet / gentlemen were always friendly as kind enough to open the front doors no matter the hour. Truly a great experience.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Responded 24 Aug 2021
Hello Notebookboy! Thank you for staying at El Capitan Hotel on your recent trip to visit Yosemite. It sounds like you had a great stay. We are so grateful when team members get a shout out and sending kudos to both Christel and Adrianna makes us so happy! Glad to see you got your Yeti's back and we sure hope you had a great balance of your trip in the central valley. Please stay with us again the next time you are in Merced or the Central Valley!
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jessejames2023 wrote a review 18 Jan
Fresno, California1 contribution
I've stayed a few times at this hotel and it has always been a pleasurable experience. Each stay, the staff has made it a point to connect with me on more than just a "hotel guest" level. Whenever I'm in town, I will not stay anywhere else. Clean rooms, comfy beds and friendly staff. Not much more to say!
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Date of stay: January 2023
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CMN818 wrote a review 18 Jan
Burbank, California1 contribution
Looked forward to staying at a nice Hotel in my hometown. Downtown, was better, there were homeless and disoriented individuals within proximity of Hotel. Overall it was a nice stay. The bar/coffee establishment was “spot on” loved it. Great food, coffee and adult beverages.
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dinerT95340 wrote a review 13 Jan
Merced, California3 contributions
I live in Merced, but I wanted to get a room for the night because my house was in an evacuation zone due to the heavy rains and flood warnings. I brought my Labrador Retriever with me, which is one reason I chose the hotel since it is "pet friendly". Everyone was extremely pleasant and helpful to me and very understanding of my dog who was anxious due to the storm and going to stay in a strange place for the night. Excellent guest room, excellent food and excellent service.
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pa0lag23 wrote a review 10 Jan
Ripon, California1 contribution
I booked this hotel as a 7 year anniversary gift. While we were there the valet started by yelling at us that we couldn't park in the valet area. I then let him know that we had valet included in our stay. He had an attitude. We checked in and the girl that helped us was not friendly or welcoming. We then gave the valet the keys to one of the guys and they just looked at each other like they didn't want to take the key. We went upstairs to our room and began to try to relax. We got hungry and decided to go to dinner somewhere close by. We came back and dropped off the car once again and that was another unpleasant experience. We woke up and got ready to check out. The valet went to get our car from the structure in the back. When the car came around the corner I noticed that the hood of the car was opened.. Then we opened the doors and that's when we saw that our car was completely trashed and that someone had broken into our car. They took nice work jackets, work boots, our power banks, chargers, umbrellas, cash, our coins, sun visors, and some tools. Everyday I go look for something and it is gone. When we told the valet that our car had been broken into he said, " I thought that's how I thought you lived and left the car. It was VERY apparent that the car had been broken into at that point and he dismissed ALLLL of the signs. I spoke with the Supervisor and she did not know if the hotel was responsible for what had happened. I found that very odd that as a "supervisor" she was not knowledgable of a situation like that. All of this could have been avoided if the valet would have taken his time to check that the vehicle was locked as they did not break any windows. Very unprofessional staff. The valets did not match the aesthetic of the hotel. Had this not happened I would have considered returning to the hotel.
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EllaRoarkie wrote a review 3 Jan
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This is the second time I have stayed at this hotel. Staff are always helpful. I enjoy the effort to reduce the use of plastic on bathroom products without compromising quality. Their pour over coffee was a nice touch to my morning. I hope they keep a high standard for this hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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mmforeman76 wrote a review Dec 2022
Bucyrus, Missouri1 contribution
We were very pleased with our stay, they did a wonderful job renovating the hotel and it’s great to see improvements for Merced. It was also a plus that they allowed pets. The rooms are beautiful. Would definitely recommend!
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CatAttack727 wrote a review Dec 2022
Walnut Creek, California1 contribution
I've been travelling here for business for the last couple months, and once I found this hotel, it's the only place I want to stay! I feel so comfortable here, the hotel and dining options are beautiful. I also like that they offer Chromecast on the TV in the room so that I can watch my own shows on the big screen! Love it here!
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Pathfinder310277 wrote a review Dec 2022
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The Hotel is nice, the room decor is interesting along with a working turntable and records. The shower was a poor design, no door or shower curtain to stop from getting the floor all wet and you will need to call down to the front desk for an iron and ironing board since the rooms only have steamers.
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EL CAPITAN HOTEL - UPDATED 2023 Reviews & Price Comparison

Frequently Asked Questions about El Capitan Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to El Capitan Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Playhouse Merced (0.2 km), Merced Theatre (0.4 km), and Merced Antique Mall (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at El Capitan Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at El Capitan Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at El Capitan Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at El Capitan Hotel?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Capitan Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Toni's Courtyard Cafe, The Branding Iron Restaurant, and J & R Tacos.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Capitan Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Is El Capitan Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Merced.
Are any cleaning services offered at El Capitan Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at El Capitan Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does El Capitan Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.