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El Capitan Canyon

11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
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    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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Woodland Hills, CA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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158 reviews 158 reviews
31 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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163 hotel reviews
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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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102 reviews 102 reviews
17 hotel reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We only had the one night, but in 24 hours we probably saw more wildlife than we had in our previous 4 weeks touring Canada and Alaska. Our accommodation was a safari tent, with floorboards, electricity and a queen sized bed. Our companions had a neighbouring tent. he resort is a short bike ride from El Capitan Beach. Great place... More 

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colorado springs
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3 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a resort for families, NOT romance. They said if we had told them we had no children with us they would have put us in a more remote location however they knew we didn't have kids when we checked in. We stayed in a safari tent for two nights. The screaming children lasted until 10:30 at night and... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We spent one night in a creekside cabin. The setting is beautiful and it was fun to do something different than a hotel. However, the value just is not there. Accommodations are just average; definitely not luxury camping. The tents and cabins are also very close together, so not a lot of privacy. And the worst part was that check-in... 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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