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Welk Resort San Diego
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA 92026   |  
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Ranked #5 of 17 hotels in Escondido
Vancouver, BC
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“Have Small Kids? Review from a family perspective.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We really loved out stay at the Lawrence Welk Resort. And we've stayed at quite a few resorts - both with and without kids - over the past few years. Usually I have quite a few minor criticisms, but in this case I only have a few (read later on). For travellers with small children, here are a few things to note when considering this resort:
-Great amenities - The Harmony Hill rec center has the perfect plaground (small) and kiddie pool (1 ft deep) for little ones. (Note that there is also a larger playground and many other pools on the property for older kids). The playground has that really nice soft spongy surface and is semi-shaded. Two of the rec centres also have spray pads - again, really well designed with little room for tiny toes to trip.
-Quick check in and check out - Unlike many timeshare resorts, their check in process is very quick which our kids sure appreciated. They also have a small play table in the lobby to keep the little ones busy.
-Spacious, kid-friendly units. The 2 bedroom units are HUGE. So huge that we put our nearly 2 year old in his playpen in one of the bathrooms and there was still plenty of room. Each bedroom is down its own hallway, so you can conveniently block out the family room and kitchen sounds. The decor is sparse enough so you don't have to worry about kids breaking things. My only tips would be to move the very well stocked kitchen items to higher cupboards and to potentially bring a fridge lock with you. The kitchen counter has a lowered area so that kids can sit at it and draw while you are making dinner. Also, the kitchen table has a nice pattern on it to hide little kids drawings - whoops, at least they were with erasable markers!
-The units are fairly well maintained; just starting to show their age; but our kids didn't notice of course. They also enjoying playing on the balcony.
-Evening events - the Winter Nights and Farmer's Market were great for the kids. We only wish they offered 1 more kid-friendly evening of fun as our kids were too young for the PJ party (i.e. babysitting evening) which is for ages 4 and up

Now for my minor criticisms:
-Couch in the unit is terrible; it's not comfortable and I see lots of people have complained about this.
-It would be nice to have a sports bar or something that was open later. Everything closes by 9:30pm and that made for one very bored husband!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me. I love to help other parents plan their trips to ensure they have everything they need to have fun.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Laguna Woods, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We had a 1 bedroom unit in the Mountain Villas. We selected the Mountain Villas because we wanted to have the fireplace in the bedroom. The unit which was assigned to us had an inoperable fireplace in the bedroom. We were disappointed that they didn't tell us that the fireplace had been awaiting a part for repair. We wasted quite a bit of time with attempts by staff to repair it.
The unit was very large, including a well stocked kitchen (if you want to cook, we didn't), plenty of storage, a washer and dryer (no need to return home with dirty clothes), a 3 headed shower, jacuzzi tub,and 2 fireplaces.
There was no cell phone reception in the unit, and nearby outdoors. The free internet was appreciated , as we used skype.
The Canyon Grille restaurant , on the premises, offers a nice variety of foods at reasonable prices, and offers good service.
The fitness facility is poor. The cardio equipment is very limited, and can't serve the number of guests. There are two 24 Hour Fitness locations in Escondido which we use while staying at the resort.
The theater has always provided good entertainment for us.
San Diego is very accessible, and Escondido offers much to do. The resort is low density and has well maintained grounds.
We have also stayed in the Villas on the Green, and the Lawrence Welk Villa sections of the resort. The cell phone reception was good at both of those locations.

Room Tip: When staying in the Mountain Villas, ask for a top floor, if you and your party can handle stairs(no...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hobbs, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We had a 2 bedroom condo for our family of 5, and loved the floor plan. You walk into the large kitchen/dining/living great room, with a hallway door off both sides of the room. Each hallway had a large closet, a door to a large bathroom, and a door to the bedroom. One room had a Queen bed, and the other had 2 double beds.

Very luxurious bathrooms, one with walk-in shower, one with jaccuzi bathtub and shower combo.

Stacked washer dryer in kitchen closet. Full size kitchen was fully equipped, I lacked for nothing.

Closest grocery store is a good 10 minute drive, but that's a con and a plus... being away from a city location was one of the nice things, but everything required driving.

We also had difficulty just getting around the resort to pools and restaurants with our 3 kids that are 4 years and under. We tried walking down the really steep hill once with our stroller, and drove everywhere the rest of the week. It was too steep to take walks with them.
But the pools were great and family friendly. They were really strict on the height restriction for the water slides though and wouldn't let my 4 year old go down even though she already knows how to swim.
Hotel restaurants were Pizza Hut Express, or a sit down restaurant that was expensive but nice. And the restaurant worked with us on my daughter's allergies.

There was a lot of furniture and door closing noise from upstairs though.

Room Tip: If not near right next to a pool, you'll be driving to them.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

As the location is not near anything a car is required if you want to go anywhere.This is a great place to spend some time especially if you enjoy golf and like the shorter courses. The golf was 140 each for the week with a cart which made it a fantastic deal as we golfed twice a day. There is a large pond stocked with fish (catch and release). Swimmimg pools scattered thoughout the resort.
We have stayed a coup;e of times (time share trade) in a two bedroom villa, they are huge with a full kitchen. The units are kept up very well and very clean. A TV in the living room and one in each bedroom. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you may need.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Spent a week at the Escondida Resort as we wanted to visit San Diego. Facilities are very good. Nice size kitchen with all you need.
Access to freeway excellent. Recommended to shop at Trader Joe's very good shop with lots of lovely food at reasonable prices.
Only issue we had was there was not enough parking spaces at the block we were on.
There is a market weekly which is very good. Lots of lovely stuff to buy both food and gifts. Bought some nice things there, a bit different.
The area is very beautiful, moutains and lots of pleasant places to walk.
Would stay again

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Murrieta, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

i am an owner at Welk Resort. Condo's are also available for nightly rental. i use my points to stay as often as i can. there are different condos to stay in. all are beautiful and well equiped with everything needed for one night or an extended stay. the staff is wonderful . there are many things to do, or you can just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. i have invited guests and they were very, very pleased. try it, you will like it.

Room Tip: i perfer rooms facing south in the summer, west in the winter.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

The Welk Resort is our home away from home when visiting our family in Southern California. We love it! Fun for the whole family. Thank you, Adrienne for the hospitality, barbecue and pasta dinner. It's great to see you every time.

Stayed November 2012
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Address: 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA 92026
Location: United States > California > Escondido
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 hotels in Escondido
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Welk Resort San Diego 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welk Resort San Diego is a Southern California vacation all suite/villa destination Resort and Water Park offering couples and families the ultimate San Diego getaway experience. Just minutes from world famous destinations San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park (20 minutes), LEGOLAND (25 minutes), San Diego Zoo (40 minutes), San Diego Gaslamp District (35 minutes), SeaWorld (40 minutes) Temecula wineries, area casinos, and some of the most beautiful beaches (30 minutes) in the world! Welk Resorts offers luxurious and spacious one and two bedroom villa suites, with panoramic views of golf courses or surrounding mountains. Villas include sitting and dining areas, complete kitchens with full cookware and dishware, patios or balconies, and complimentary high speed Internet access. Parking is complimentary and there are no resort fees. Guests will experience casual dining at Canyon Grille restaurant or Pizza Hut Express, fun in the sun at Five Clubhouses featuring one colossal pool and seven large pools & 8 spas, two water slides, two kids' splash pads and playgrounds, table games, catch and release fishing pond, hourly planned activities for all age groups, lighted tennis courts, and a relaxing round of golf on one of two 18 hole golf courses. The Welk Resort Theatre is home to top-notch talent performing Broadway style musicals and starring in comedy and variety shows, including tribute bands. During the Summer are music festivals at the Welk Amphitheatre on the Greens. ... more   less 
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