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El Capitan Canyon

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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Truthfully, we had high hopes for this place. At first when we arrived and were checking in we thought,"Wow! The man helping us is so nice and knowledgable." The knowledge and friendliness ended there sadly. It felt like they hired all college kids for the summer who could care less and didn't have an answer to any question we had.... More 

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Perris, California
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9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

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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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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