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    Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

    San Rafael Residence Hall, Ucsb, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001
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    Traveller (29)
    Pool & Beach (16)
    Room & Suite (4)
    Overview
    • Excellent87%
    • Very good11%
    • Average1%
    • Poor1%
    • Terrible0%
    Travellers talk about
    “dining commons” (11 reviews)
    “wine tasting” (35 reviews)
    Free Wifi
    Free Parking
    Breakfast included
    Beachfront
    Pool
    Non-Smoking Rooms
    Restaurant
    Suites
    Bar/Lounge
    Fitness centre
    Kitchenette
    Wheelchair Access
    Tennis Court
    Kids Club
    Self-Serve Laundry
    Shuttle Bus Service
    Babysitting
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    1 - 5 of 175 reviews

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Bottom line: we have attended since 2004, so that speaks for itself! We have seen changes in that time, some great (new activities for returnees, comfy mattress covers included), some not so great (tighter cost control). All activities are very well matched to each age...More

    Thank trvlggirl
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    This was my husband and I's first time at this family camp, and we were super impressed with the attention to detail paid to everything, not just by Sherri, the director, but also all of the summer staff she hires. Our kids were taken care...More

    Thank R L
    Reviewed 4 November 2017

    We absolutely love the FVC! This will be our 3rd year going and we've already convinced 4 other families to sign up and they're all returning again this year. What sets it apart is that it's a real vacation for everyone. After having a very...More

    Thank Ginna P
    Response from Sheri_Rae, Director of the Family Vacation Center at Santa Barbara Family Vacation CenterResponded 7 November 2017

    Hello Ginna, Thank you for your review. We love hearing about stress-free family experiences. As you know the Family Vacation Center is all about the best family vacation for each group and I'm happy to hear that it is a great fit for your family....More

    Reviewed 4 November 2017

    I am a UCSB Alumni and always knew about Family Vacation Center (FVC), but 2017 was the first year that I took my family. It truly was the best vacation that we ever had since having kids!! There was a great balance between family time,...More

    Thank uragog
    Response from Sheri_Rae, Director of the Family Vacation Center at Santa Barbara Family Vacation CenterResponded 7 November 2017

    Hello! Thank you for sharing your experiences, we really appreciate it! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the entertainment, activities and the staff. The counselors love it just as much as you all do! We pride ourselves on making the FVC experience wonderful for...More

    Reviewed 24 August 2017

    I am a UCSB Alumni and have been wanting to check out FVC for a few years now. We finally got around to going this week. We had a BLAST. The kids were so sad when we had to leave and my daughter said that...More

    Thank Dana T
    Response from Sheri_Rae, Director of the Family Vacation Center at Santa Barbara Family Vacation CenterResponded 7 November 2017

    We just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to write this review. I'm excited to hear that you and your family had such a great time. The entire team enjoys putting this all together for guests like you! We look forward to...More

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    About
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    Amenities
    • Top amenities
    • Free Parking
    • Pool
    • Beachfront
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
    • Breakfast included
    • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
    • Hotel Amenities
    • Free Parking
    • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
    • Shuttle Bus Service
    • Breakfast included
    • Self-Serve Laundry
    • Babysitting
    • Things to do
    • Tennis Court
    • Heated pool
    • Outdoor pool
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
    Details
    • Room types
    • Suites ,
    • Non-Smoking Rooms ,
    • Family Rooms ,
    • Kitchenette
    • Number of rooms
    • 68
    • Location
    • United States >
    • California >
    • Santa Barbara
    • Also Known As
    • Santa Barbara Family Vacation Hotel Santa Barbara
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    Traveller (29)
    Pool & Beach (16)
    Room & Suite (4)
    Hotel & Grounds (33)
    Family and Play Areas (8)
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    _mariacecille
    28 August 2017|
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    Response from Sheri_Rae | Property representative |
    Hello, 175-200 people would indeed take up nearly all our spaces in a session. I would be happy to chat with you about possible opening up a new session to accommodate your group. If you are still interested in our location... More
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    Cobadgers
    14 July 2017|
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    Response from Sheri_Rae | Property representative |
    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. I apologize that I did not get back to you sooner. I would be happy to chat with you about a family gathering of this size. If you are still looking for a location and would like to chat... More
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    erinb007
    15 January 2017|
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    Response from Brad F | Reviewed this property |
    Yes! You can absolutely find peace and quiet. You don't have to sign up for the adult activities either, but even still some of those are extremely relaxing and quiet (painting for example). You can sign up your daughter for... More
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    "Towers have elevator, but are noisier."
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    "The clusters are nice and quiet, but the towers are closer to the action."
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    "The higher up your room, the more chance you have a view"
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    "A/C units on roof can be loud if you're directly under them on the top floor."
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