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El Capitan Canyon

11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars NEW

Location, location, location...What a wonderful place to spend time. We stayed in one of the safari tents. It was clean and attractive. We did get cold at night...another blanket on the bed would have been welcome. The management does not mention some things such as there is no bathroom attached to the tent or that there is a charge for... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I attended a weekend winter yoga retreat and did really enjoy the experience! The bed was very comfortable, however the heater didn't work properly and I hadn't been informed by staff that there were extra blankets stored in the tent's trunk. The second evening I slept beautifully with that extra layer of warmth. I felt the grounds were maintained extremely... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came up for my Big Birthday weekend. I wanted time with family and the beauty of the SB coast which means so much to me.As always a great time hiking, walking talking around the campfire,sharing delicious wine.Best breakfast burrito at the cafe market. Great family memories made.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
12 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This was our third time going to El Capitan and it was definitely the best. When you have at least three nights and you pack plenty of food to barbecue over an open fire, you will be very happy. The pool is moderately warm and the beach you cannot beat. It's great for boogie boarding and you should definitely bring... More 

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New York City, New York
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168 reviews 168 reviews
32 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Spent one night in cute cabin, hiked to top of mountain behind cabin, terrific views. Ate at mkt, food was perfectly fine give you are captive audience. Friendly staff. Only issue with pace is that they have 300+ cabins...we parked and then had to drive over a mile to parking lot way down hill then back up hill...which was only... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The joys of nature are not always joyous for everyone, especially for travellers with an aversion to tiny tents, lumpy sleeping bags, outhouses and the absence of hot & cold running water. I am referring, of-course to a time spent long ago, but this place is a dream come true especially for this camper whose love for nature includes linen... More 

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Woodland Hills,CA
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17 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I have to admit I am not a camper, so when friends invited us to join them for a night at El Capitan I was a bit concerned. We had a one bedroom cabin. In the living room area it had a pull out sofa. It was small but comphy and cute. We were there in November, so it got... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I was expecting a quiet retreat with luxury surroundings. What it turned out to be was a campground with tents and basic cabins. The advertising is misleading in that regard. This is a good place for families with children but is not a romantic or luxurious adult retreat. We paid $400 a night for a cabin with one bed in... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I took the kids to El Capitan Canyon for one night, with another mom and her kids. El Capitan is about 15 minutes north of downtown Santa Barbara, very extensive grounds. We each reserved a Creekside Queen Loft, side by side. The cabins are very charming, each is decorated differently, this model had a very comfortable bed, and a loft... More 

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Pismo Beach
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5 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This resort is billed as "glamping", meaning glamour camping and as such, it missed the mark. Our safari tent (lowest category for this resort) costs $170 per nt in the summer season, $150 in the fall and $140 in the winter season. it is just overpriced. there are "cabins" as well. these are well disguised log cabin trailers but are... 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): $$
Number of rooms: 126
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