We stayed here the week of New Years with a time share trade. The grounds are gorgeous and the view from our balcony was incredible. I will start off by saying that we may have a bit of a unique filter as the resort we own in , Royal Haciendas in Riviera Maya, Mexico is exceptional in terms of service and amenities and this place doesn't come close.
We thought it was a bit tacky that they make you speak to a timeshare salesperson in order to get your parking pass. We told him we weren't interested but he kept at it, even trying to convince us to use their babysitting service. Really? Have a stranger care for our 3-month old (and 4 year old) all so we can go listen to a timeshare pitch? If only they put as much effort into the guest experience as they do into selling units.
We didn't arrive until 5:30 pm but we waited in a long line to check in. We were sent to our room but when we got there, the housekeeper had just started cleaning it. We called and complained and were just forwarded around until the "head of housekeeping" told us we could have a late checkout. Then on checkout day yet another unhelpful front desk clerk challenged our late check out which angered us. The whole thing just seems to be very disorganized.
Our 2-bedroom unit was large and well appointed but not very clean.
We found crumbs all over the kitchen windowsill.
There are lots of great activities here but absolutely everything costs extra. You constantly feel you are being nickel and dimed. They are a family resort but they don't even have cribs or pack n plays. You have to pay a service to rent one! We are used to these types of resorts having everything included.
The engagement of the staff is mixed. We arrived to an activity for my 4-year old 3 minutes late and were rudely told she couldn't participate. Luckily another employee overheard and offered to give her an individual lesson.
The pools and grounds are lovely and we took advantage of many of the activities (at a cost): fishing, s'mores, candy sushi making, play doh etc.
There is a fun farmers market one night each week. There is a convenience store on-sight with a very poor and incredibly expensive selection. There is also a Pizza Hut and sit-down restaurant. We ate at the restaurant and enjoyed it but wished there were more dining options as the resort as it is truly in the middle if nowhere.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Welk Resort San Diego Hotel Escondido
- Welk Hotel Escondido
- Welk Resort Escondido
- Welk Hotel San Diego