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El Capitan Canyon

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11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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california
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105 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are big outdoor camping types - this was definitely glamping. We stayed in a king creek side cabin. Very nice - hotel style room with a private bathroom and soaking tub. Cleaning service daily. Creek side feels more private than other cabins. If you don't mind glamping with shared bathrooms the safari tents were also very cool. Despite how... More 

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san diego
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is just how camping should be - a beautiful setting, lots of activities for everyone, and your own personal bathroom. El Cap Canyons had it all. We spent our time down at the beach, hiking to feed the Llamas and goats, playing games, swimming, riding bikes and scooters, eating over the open fire pits in front of the cabin,... More 

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Long Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited this "glampsite" twice now: once in April of 2014, and again in July of 2015. My experience both times were wonderful - albeit very different. When visiting in April, I had planned a low-key bridal retreat for a dear friend of mine, and her bridal party (7 women total, all in our early 30s), and this place... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entrance is easy to find right off the highway. Very nice staff greet you at the entrance, check in staff was also very friendly. The market sells firewood for $7 bucks a bundle and it cooks for 1:15 minutes of burn time. You can have the bundles delivered for a couple bucks, but we carried it out. This is... More 

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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

El Capitan is a very well planned nature experience, with great cabins, but beautiful natural vegetation, rustic fences and artistic touches throughout, a convenient store, fun activities for families like music/BBQ and movie nights, a playground and swimming pool and trails to hike, see Llamas and go to the beach. The cabins are very nice, and we rented a Corral... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Great "glamping" experience, we really enjoyed our stay here. We had three cabins of family members backing the creek and near the pool. The cabins were great: really, clean, mini kitchens with tons of storage, lofts for the kids to sleep/play in and BATHROOMS. The grounds are beautiful and the pool is clean. You can get ice and wood delivered... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

El Capitan Canyon has been here for years and years, in fact the first time we visited was well over 20 years ago. Much has changed here over the years. They now sport a "glamping" section which allows campers to spruce up their experience with a more luxurious camping encounter. Glamour plus camping = "glamping" and in California, this has... More 

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Hermosa Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We had a great time here for about a day and half. Definitely a few things to note: I was expecting to go "camping" or "glamping" but this is really more like a summer camp setup. It's not really tents/cabins in the woods - it's more large groups of them set around green areas in the middle. There seem to... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

Really wanted to like the idea of a luxury camping experience with the kids. This was nothing more than an overpriced trailer park experience. We stayed in a larger cabin that sleeps five. It was tiny and the loft was an attic space with flimsy, thin, cot style pads. The bathroom towels were low quality, shedding cotton lint on our... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We rented a tent for our first "glamping" experience and can say with confidence that it won't be our last! Every staff member we met was incredibly helpful and kind and from the moment you arrive, they seek to put you at ease and help you relax. This place is catered to those from the city looking for a quick... More 

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