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El Capitan Canyon

11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Solana Beach, San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just stayed here for two nights to start Spring Break. Despite awful traffic both ways we had a great relaxing time. Very nice to sit around the fire and just relax with family and friends. We went with another family who had the next door chalet. It was great that they were able to make this happen. I thought... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We wine tasting to the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, delicious lunch in Los Olivos. Just over 2 hours from Los Angeles. Spent night at El Cap, in King Cabin, has deep soaking tub and fireplace- which we used since it was chilly and raining. Peaceful and beautiful. This was easily our 12 th visit. With the kids or not, we appreciate... More

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Manhattan Beach
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This was our third visit to El Cap and while we love the location, we rented the bunk cabins and felt they are starting to look a little tired. We rented two of the cabins which is really nice for families with 5-6 ppl. but they could use a small table and/or dresser for your things instead of a trunk... More

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Venice, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

No complaints about the place itself. Lovely, cozy, terrific. But whenever we had to deal with the front desk staff, our little vacation turned sour. The staff (Mark) behaved as if they couldn't stand their guests. Unhelpful, rude, cold, WEIRD. We had agreed on a specific price on the phone and when we went to check out, the price was... More

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Los Angeles, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
54 hotel reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We came back - refer to my last review for many more details. What did we do differently this time? Our son was now 7 years old so he enjoyed it even more. This time around we opted for a canyon suite so we had a separate living room and bedroom with the kitchen in between. We gave up a... More

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southern california
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

All the fun of camping with the comforts of a hotel. I had wanted to book a cabin at El Capitan for a long time and finally did to celebrate my husband birthday. All he knew was we were camping without a tent. I put the address in his gps and we went. We booked a king cabin creek side.... More

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Washington, DC
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

My husband wanted to go camping, but with a toddler and a baby, I was concerned about a lack of amenities. This place was perfect for everyone. We went with extended family and booked both a tent and a cabin, right next to each other. This let those who wanted to sleep in a tent do so, but still have... More

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Florence, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This place is amazing! I was a bit skeptical after reading some of the reviews? We have had an awesome time! The employees are amazing, very helpful. Our service has been great as I am gluten free & they will toast my bread for me & helped me juggle our dinner menu for my satisfaction ! The meal Is well... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We stayed at El Capitan Canyon for 2-nights in September as part of our honeymoon touring CA and Nevada. It was everything you could need for a relaxed ‘glamping’ break by the sea. At check-in we were delighted to be told we'd been upgraded from a Queen Tent to a King Cabin. Whilst we would have loved the original plan... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

As others commented, we were disappointed the location wasn't on the beach side of the highway but the canyon with it's meandering stream, shady trees, lovely wildflowers and occasional wildlife provided a very fun, enjoyable overnight stop. It brought back memories of the camping trips from our youth. The cabins were a bit more rustic than expected and in need... More

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Also Known As:
El Capitan Canyon Hotel Santa Barbara
El Capitan Canyon Hotel
El Capitan Canyon Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara El Capitan Canyon Hotel
Address: 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Specialty lodging in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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