Okay, it's kind of a cute throwback to the 50's, maybe 60's. Apparently it has changed ownership since there is a recent name change, but there has clearly been no attempt to upgrade anything.
Let's start with the lobby-central area. The main building is huge, and empty. There is a desk for check-in, a counter that doesn't appear to have any use, a table that has a couple of brochures, and a giant empty space of maybe 300 square feet. Looking at the hotel map, there is a kitchen adjacent to the giant empty space. There are also a couple of rooms (meeting rooms?) and a sauna/spa area. Out on the patio is a big, old, deep pool, 9-1/2 feet deep - don't make 'em like that anymore. There were five cheap plastic lounge chairs and a couple of tables and chair sets. Two vending machines and an ice machine. One or two women work the lobby and manage the property.
Our room, I mean our junior suite, consisted of a fairly large rectangular room with a balcony overlooking the golf course - nice. It had a desk that was 24 inches deep, a 19 inch box television which was a little too small and too far away from the bed to provide maximum viewing enjoyment. There was a comfortable chair in the other corner, but no light source near it. And, wedged between the TV and the desk was a microwave stacked on a refrigerator. Bathroom was tucked behind the main room - thus the suite designation. Good water pressure in the shower. Toilet paper was a reach.
Now for some constructive criticism: 1) There is no pool towel service. I asked, she said use your room towels and we will replace them later. I guess that's how they did it in the 60's. 2) There is a refrigerator and a microwave, but there is no market within miles. They could easily stock a corner of their empty space with basic hotel groceries, sundries, and gifts, and I'm sure the two ladies in the lobby could find time to sell stuff to guests. 3) The golf course next door has a perfectly fine sports bar/restaurant that they could maybe have a stronger relationship with, maybe even room service? They do keep a menu in the lobby, but why not put a menu in each room? In fact, there is no literature whatsoever in the room. I asked the lady if she had any information, brochures, discount coupons, etc. on the many local breweries and wineries. No such luck. 4) The "fitness center" has certainly seen better days (in the 60's). Maybe they could upgrade some of the equipment and vacuum up the cobwebs. 5) There is no jacuzzi (but there is a sauna, go figure), and they have five "soaking pools" in the garden area, which are kind of like mini-hot tubs and didn't look that appealing. 6) Parking is not far away, but it's up a fairly steep hill, making it difficult for the infirm and aged, which should be a target customer demographic. In fact, the landscaping could be improved to make the luggage trip to the rooms easier without having to negotiate a few small flights of steps.
Weighing the pros and cons, and considering all the alternatives in the area, I would not stay here again unless they make some effort to upgrade the facilities and improve the services. I believe the place has a lot of potential, but it's a little too unnecessarily rustic for my (wife's) taste.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled amidst the picturesque foothills of Temecula’s Wineries, within minutes of the world-famous San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Southern California beaches, and just 35 minutes north of downtown San Diego.Tuscany Hills Resort sits adjacent to Castle Creek Country Club, an 18-hole championship golf course. This Escondido resort is less than 1 mile off I-15. As a guest of the resort, you can enjoy Free Wi-Fi, relax in one of our four soaking pools, or treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage treatment. Each room of the Tuscany Hills Resort offers a private balcony or patio with beautiful views of the golf course or courtyard. Cable TV, a microwave and a fridge are also included. Tuscany Hills Resort is also a destination resort for weddings, receptions or family reunions too! Both indoor and outdoor space is available. Our 3 bedroom Villa overlooks the golf course and is adjacent to our outdoor venue which makes it a perfect Bridal Suite for that special day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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