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Riviera Shores Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34642 Pacific Coast Highway, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624-1301   |  
Hotel amenities
Las Vegas NV
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Enjoyable one week stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

We had a free timeshare week with Trading Places Int'l in Laguna Niguel. They found an opening in this resort for us. It was a 1 bedroom, nice large bathroom and the kitchen was fully stocked with everything one might need. The lanai was nice to sit on at night with a cocktail and coffee in the morning. There was a bbq on the lanai also which we didn't use. The only problem we had was that the bed was soooo hard we hurt. So we went to a Walmart and bought a foam topper and that did the trick. The pillows were also hard, so I bought a cheap one to use. All in all we had a nice time during the tall ships festival.

Room Tip: Take comfortable pillows/foam for bed. ear plugs too for the trains/traffic.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

The location of the resort it self is very close to the beach and the crossing bridge. The room is spacious and CLEAN, which is very important to us. We stayed there for a week, and we have every tool we need to cook in the kitchen. They also have an electric BBQ on the patio of each unit facing the beach and we enjoy the view while we wait our meals. The service is excellent as well. They provide beach amenity and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The maintenance staff resolve the problem quickly when we need help with the video player operation. We came on Sunday and on Thursday the house keeper clean all the trash and replace all the towels.

Room Tip: Get the beach view.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pueblo
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2011

I put in a request for a resort near Anaheim, CA with Interval International and this is the ony resort available for the time I needed to be in CA. After reading some of the reviews on this site, I was weary about what I would find. However, from the time I arrived until the time I left my stay at the resort was very positive. The room I was in was clean and had everything I needed in it to be comfortable. Now I don't think I would stay at this resort if I just wanted to stay there and relax but that is only because of the traffic and the train that passes by it seems like every 10 minutes. It is a little noisy. My only complaint is that they do not have free Wifi other than that, I would return back!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Peoria, Arizona
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2011

Time Share hotel right near Dana Point Harbor. The location is fine, right across PCH from the beach. You can access the beach via a walking bridge & you can ride bikes to Dana Point or San Clemente without too much difficulty. The positives pretty much stop there. The one bedroom has a wall around the bedroom that stops 3 feet from the ceiling as does the door for the bedroom, not private by any means. The Interval site lists a resteraunt on the 4th floor- not so, it closed more than 6 months ago! The doors for the rooms don't seal so every time someone else shuts their door your door rattles and it sounds like someone is coming into your room! The people in the room above can be heard very well as the place seriously lacks insullation! The train on the other hand was not a both- we could barely hear it but we were in a room in the new wing. The older wing has balconies that connect to the room next door and are only seperated by clear glass so you can be sitting outside and be literally joined by the folks next door just inches away! Also- no free wifi in rooms, they charge by the hour or week! Kitchen was fine but no oven or toaster oven. Grill on patio is a nice touch for cooking fresh food while on vacation. Workout room is filled with old equipment but there were enough free weights and machines to get a good workout, you'd be smart to get your cardio done via the beach or trails as the cardio machines were ancient.
The hotel was passable but clearly not what we expected based on the rating in the Interval book or web site. The hotel we traded for this is leaps and bounds above this one so that was dissapointing. I would not stay here again if I had the ability to choose more wisely when I put in for a trade.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yelm, Washington
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

The rooms are clean, and everything you need to cook and eat are there. We stayed for a week so there was plenty of chances for a messed up experience, but none happened. Except for the fact that the wake-up call never happened is the only thing that was wrong with our stay, so maybe setting the alarm is suggested. The staff is extremely helpfull, coutious, and knowledgeable about the attractions near the timeshare. I also upgraded my ownership, so the service is top drawer. I would recomend this place to anyone. I'm even planning my next vacation which isn't until april, and this resort is ganna be my place to be.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2010

We stayed at Riviera Shores the last week in May with our 4 children, ages 8 to 19. The resort is older and kind of a no-frills place, however our 2 bedroom suite was extremely spacious and fairly comfortable with a living room, dining room, balcony with bbq, kitchen and 2 bathrooms. The master bedroom was enormous and included a double sink and jetted tub. The 2 bedroom suites do not have an ocean view but look out on a steep hillside. The pool was adequate and appeared to be clean. We were able to check out bicycles to ride along the beach. We didn't participate in any of the (very few) resort activities or eat in the restaurant. The restaurant didn't look too tempting. It wasn't an elegant place but was a good place to crash after a busy day at Disney, San Diego, or the beaches. It's halfway between SD and LA. Disney is about 30-40 minutes away, depending on traffic. Capistrano beach has lost a lot of sand because of high waves this year, so we didn't spend a ton of time there. We went up to Newport and Laguna and down to San Diego. All beaches were cold and windy the whole time we were there. Dana Point Harbor is 5 minutes away.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2009

This past week, we have stayed at the Riviera Shores Resort which for the most part was okay however the train that passes through is really difficult to sleep through. It also has really thin walls that betray every noise from your neighbors. And the room shakes a little when the train rumbles pass. A little discerning as it feels like an earthquake.

However the end of our trip was ruined. The second to last day of our stay, we decided to rent out bikes from the Riviera to go cycling. However upon trying to unlock the broken lock, the key snapped. We went back to the people to tell them and they told us we now owed $20 for a broken lock. After talking to the manager the lock price was reduced to $10.

On our last day we had to pass the bike rack to get to the parking lot and we noticed that the broken lock and been put back onto the bike. So just as a warning to future bike users, check the lock before you decide to rent out that bike, if it looks dodgy don't do it!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riviera Shores Resort

Address: 34642 Pacific Coast Highway, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624-1301
Location: United States > California > Capistrano Beach
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 hotels in Capistrano Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Riviera Shores Resort 3*
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