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El Capitan Canyon

11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
#6 of 14 Hotels in Santa Barbara
204 Reviews 4 of 5 stars
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  • 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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Perris, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great if you like to be outside and feel the nature, but sleep in a comfortable beed, we spend 3 nights on a tent with two super clean, comfortable, warm, beds; the tent is great if you want to feel that your camping, but not worry about putting all the things on your car and then setting... More

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new york
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 3 year old and I had a great time. We stayed one night in a tent. Overall, the room was clean though still a bit dirty around the edges. Beds were comfortable but could use updating. Grounds are nice but no signage. Playgrounds, pool, open space mean there is a lot to do. Overall, we enjoyed but not luxury.

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San Diego
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just returned from a 3 night stay and it was a perfect spot for families. We went with three other families and stayed in cabins by the creek and one family got the luxury cabin on the hill. The cabins themselves had very comfortable beds with mini refrigerators, microwaves, and a small coffee maker(the kind in hotel rooms) We brought... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This resort is definitely not a true "roughing it" camping experience, so if you are looking for that, this isn't the place. If you want time in nature, away from the day to day - this is a great spot! We booked a King creek side cabin for our long weekend and it was perfect for a family of 4.... More

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Redondo Beach, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

"Glamped" near a lovely state park beach and enjoyed our comfortable cabin, cooking out with little planning and less hassle with a BBQ "kit" that included firemaking equipment and cooking utensils.Campsite had a lovely wooded view and the air smelled sweet!

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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

As someone who is very eco aware I was so disappointed that the cafe served all food on throw away plates with plastic cutlery. It is my major complaint with our whole trip to Los Angeles and the surrounding area that there is zero awareness of recycling. That said we did enjoy our night at El Capitan staying in a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We spent three days at El Capitan the first two in a safari tent and the third in a Yurt! The campsite itself is spread over quite a large area, the intention being that you park the car and then walk everywhere. However it was quite a trek from our accommodation to the shop - we cheated and drove from... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Stayed with the family for one night. Had a double tent with a cabin next door. Ideal setup, kids in tent, mom and dad in cabin with bathroom! The market was awesome with local wines and a great breakfast. Had the tri tip dinner delivered as well which was very good. Made the 10+ minute walk to the state beach... More

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Austin, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Woo hoo! When you cannot lug the tent and all the gear by plane, this is the way to go. We had a desert safari tent that was just perfect - two double beds with white sheets (go figure!), comfy mattresses, and wooden floors. We had a fire pit and a picnic table and were set to go. We were... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
27 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our family is quite large so we needed space where at least all of us can be comfortable without paying a huge sum of money. So we decided to explore and stay at El Capitan Canyon. At first it didn't look so impressive. The cabins are nicely put together with choices of a cabin that can fit two families or... More

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Address: 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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