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“Wine Tasting a Getaway”
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El Capitan Canyon
Los Angeles, CA
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Wine Tasting a Getaway”
Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

We wine tasting to the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, delicious lunch in Los Olivos.
Just over 2 hours from Los Angeles.
Spent night at El Cap, in King Cabin, has deep soaking tub and fireplace- which we used since it was chilly and raining. Peaceful and beautiful. This was easily our 12 th visit. With the kids or not, we appreciate the combination of nature and comfort.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Manhattan Beach
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42 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

This was our third visit to El Cap and while we love the location, we rented the bunk cabins and felt they are starting to look a little tired. We rented two of the cabins which is really nice for families with 5-6 ppl. but they could use a small table and/or dresser for your things instead of a trunk which was really for décor. They have a picnic table for every cabin but you need to bring your own comfy camping chairs especially if you have a group of people. They should offer specials in the winter as their prices are very high and we noticed that they had plenty of vacant cabins, had they offered a AAA rate or small discount they would probably get more guests. Also, 4:00 check in and 11:00 check out is a bit much for cabin rentals. Plus side, we love the food and convenience of the Canyon Market, they have everything you want for Glamping!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Venice, CA
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5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

No complaints about the place itself. Lovely, cozy, terrific. But whenever we had to deal with the front desk staff, our little vacation turned sour. The staff (Mark) behaved as if they couldn't stand their guests. Unhelpful, rude, cold, WEIRD. We had agreed on a specific price on the phone and when we went to check out, the price was different (higher). Instead of apologizing or offering some kind of compensation or negotiation, they (Mark) became creepy robotic bureaucrats who had no intention of helping us or even being nice. It's sad because it was our last experience of the place and it was so disturbing and ugly.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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143 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2013

We came back - refer to my last review for many more details.
What did we do differently this time? Our son was now 7 years old so he enjoyed it even more. This time around we opted for a canyon suite so we had a separate living room and bedroom with the kitchen in between. We gave up a bath tub to get the suite and only had a shower (which was fine with us). We also had no closet, but just a chest of drawers for clothing (which was also a great compromise to having a larger cabin). We opted for the larger cabin because our trip was in November and weather can be unpredictable. We had awesome climate and played volleyball with our friends and went on the llama hike again. The food at the Canyon Market is absolutely delicious! We also did the tri tip, smores etc... package again (portions seemed MUCH smaller this year) but still yummy and fun! We will return!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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southern california
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26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2013

All the fun of camping with the comforts of a hotel. I had wanted to book a cabin at El Capitan for a long time and finally did to celebrate my husband birthday. All he knew was we were camping without a tent. I put the address in his gps and we went. We booked a king cabin creek side. Our cabin had a comfortable king bed with lots of blankets, a soaking tub, microwave, small refrigerator, and gas fireplace, coffee maker with coffee. We opted and purchased the fireside meals for both nights. We tried the salmon, tri-tip and chicken. It came with a nice salad, vegetables to grill and a smores package. It was nice to have the fresh food that came with everything needed to cook and eat it. We found the food outstanding. We also ordered firewood as we drove a sports car with no room for wood.
There is a restaurant near the entrance of the facility but we never ate there, so I don’t know how the food is.
We slept perfectly in the bed which was very comfortable. The soaking tub in the bathroom was really deep and was really a nice addition to our stay. There were plenty of towels, shampoo and conditioner. The gas fireplace kept us nice and toasty.
We walked around the grounds which are immense several times. We also went on the free walk to the llama and goat farm. What a beautiful view and lots of fun.
The grounds have a swimming pool and swings.
We used the swings but never tried the pool it was just too cold out.
Pros:
Beautiful area with lots of grounds to walk. Very comfortable and simple cabins with just enough things to make it comfortable. Lots of wildlife like squirrels, birds and if you go to the llama farm, llamas and goats.
Everyone we dealt with was really nice and helpful with positive attitudes. Bob was really nice when I ordered the fireside meals and he even got us cookies for dessert one night for my husband’s birthday.
Cons, very little can be said. When we got there our phone didn’t work, but I let them know and someone came right out and fixed it. They didn’t provide dish soap for washing dishes but I realized when we were packing up to leave that the dish soap was with the shampoo but we didn’t see it in time.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

My husband wanted to go camping, but with a toddler and a baby, I was concerned about a lack of amenities. This place was perfect for everyone. We went with extended family and booked both a tent and a cabin, right next to each other. This let those who wanted to sleep in a tent do so, but still have access to the private bathroom and kitchenette in the cabin. Beds were very comfortable, and it was nice having electricity, especially for the space heater, which came in handy in November. Our favorite part was cooking dinner and breakfast over the open fire. We tried to save money by buying groceries and supplies at the grocery store rather than the kits from the property, but by the time we bought all the paper plates, cups, and other supplies we needed, it probably cost as much or more than the kits. If you're traveling from close by and can bring supplies from home, getting groceries at the store could make more sense, but we flew in and had to buy everything. The tents and cabins don't really provide anything, although the did let us borrow a pan for free. The area is beautiful and tranquil,. although camp sites are a bit close together, and you are not on the beach. It's a short drive over the highway to get to the beach. We saw a fair number of deer, and a persistent skunk hung around our site, although it didn't bother us. Service was good, and they deliver firewood or ice right to your site for a $2 fee (plus the cost of the wood or ice). The store on the property is convenient and has most staples you might forget. Our daughter enjoyed the playground, and the pool looked nice, although it was too cold for us to try. Overall, we had a great time, and would definitely return.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Florence, Italy
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

This place is amazing! I was a bit skeptical after reading some of the reviews? We have had an awesome time! The employees are amazing, very helpful. Our service has been great as I am gluten free & they will toast my bread for me & helped me juggle our dinner menu for my satisfaction ! The meal Is well worth the money ( who wants to drag a bunch of utensils on vacation?) our room was very clean & peaceful! I highly recommend an upper loop room with a soaking tub ! A perfect get a way, not that far from home! I'll be back!

Stayed October 2013
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Property: El Capitan Canyon
Address: 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117-9789
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Santa Barbara
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Number of rooms: 126
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