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.
- 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 Safari 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 WiFi 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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- Also Known As:
- Welk Resort San Diego Hotel Escondido
- Welk Hotel Escondido
- Welk Resort Escondido
- Welk Hotel San Diego