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“Decent stay but a few major shortcomings” 3 of 5 stars
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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 #4 of 17 Hotels in Escondido
Charlotte, NC
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“Decent stay but a few major shortcomings”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2010

My wife, 10-year old son and I stayed here through Interval International exchange for 7 days during Easter spring break week.

This pleasant golf resort, built on a hillside, is located about 35 miles north of San Diego airport and NOT near anything, so you will need a car. Wild Animal Park is about the only thing within 20 minutes from the resort. Legoland is about 35 minutes. La Jolla is 40 minutes. Downtown San Diego is 45-60 minutes, depending on southern California traffic. Grocery stores are nowhere nearby so expect to drive at least 8-10 miles to buy food. There is an expensive restaurant and a Pizza Hut Express (with delivery) on the resort.

Checking in was quick and friendly. As with most timeshares, we then had to go to the concierge to pick up our “parking pass and welcome package.” The sales person (I mean, concierge) was pleasant and briefly offered a tour of the property but did not push it when I said I already own a lot of (probably too much) timeshare. There was no further push to sell timeshare the rest of the week.

Resort Amenities
Parking on the resort was free although got full at night. Our accommodation (Pelican Hill) was near 2 pools with a slide and activity center. The center had ping-pong, pool table, air hockey, and foosball. Although we did not take advantage of it, there were numerous scheduled activities on site, along with a live theater. Outdoor grills were plentiful and the awesome smell of BBQ was ubiquitous. During spring break, there were quite a few families with kids but did not feel overwhelming at all.

Accommodation
We stayed in a 1-bedroom accommodation. The room size was adequate for 3 people. Everything was well maintained and clean. Décor was agreeable but not fancy, with tile counter-top in the kitchen and bathroom, laminate cabinets and flooring. Small flat-panel TV and DVD player were located over the refrigerator in the kitchen??? Another small TV was in the bedroom. Bed and living room furniture were comfortable enough but the pillows were not. The water pressure in the shower was so low that it literally took 3 minutes before the water got hot. There was only a big shower but not a tub—it was not a problem for us, but may be for those with small children that require baths.

Appliances included a 2-burner stove, full-size refrigerator, convection microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and apartment-size dishwasher. NO conventional oven, so shop for groceries accordingly. No real baking plate even for the convection microwave. And most exasperating was NO washer/dryer in the room or in the building. So to do laundry, you have to haul it to a coin-operated facility across the resort and wait there for it.

Wi-Fi was free in the room. Download speed was adequate in the mornings but noticeably slow in the evenings (when everyone else was using it). No in-room safe.

Noise was only a minor problem—we could hear neighbors through connecting door between suites and toilet flushing at night. Mid-week housekeeping included swapping out towels and taking out the trash. But they forgot to replace a couple of towels (that the sign in the room says we could be charged for) but they brought it to us after we called.

Summary
The location of the resort is good for people to come and just hang out, but VERY FAR from most of the attractions in the San Diego area so plan to do a lot of driving (we put nearly 600 miles on the rental in 1 week). Overall the resort is comfortable, but not having laundry in the room (not even in the same building) is below today’s timeshare standards.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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Portola, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

We were a little nervous about staying here based on the reviews we read, but decided to go for it. I have to say this was one of the best vacations that my husband and I had had in quite a while. Checkin went smoothly and we were asked very nicely whether we would be interested in taking a tour of the property. When we responded that we'd pass on the offer, there was no pressure to change our minds. We had a one bedroom unit, which was clean and very nicely appointed. Loved the bed. The first day we had a problem with the safe. We called maintenance and within 10 minutes they were knocking on the door. It was fixed pronto. I was very pleased with the response. Each morning we went to the onsite gym and were pleased with the cardio and weight rooms. But what we really enjoyed the most were the two onsite golf courses. The resort is a ways from downtown San Diego, but quite frankly we weren't inclined to leave the resort. For the most part we used the bbq's to cook dinner, went to the gym for a good workout and played golf almost every day. We hated to leave.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2010 via mobile

We were originally just going to Wild Animal Park for a daytrip from LA. We decided to book a room so we could have a relaxing schedule. We read the reviews about the old people, noise, old facilities. NOT TRUE. It's spring break and there are tons of kids here right now. Also, we're staying at the newest Mountain Villas which are very upscale and quiet. I can see that if you came here in the middle of winter and booked in an older villa you could experience the same negative reviews. But if you time it right and pay a little extra you will not regret it. Note that we've extended our stay a 2nd night, and we still haven't made our way to the Park! Just chillin' poolside writing this review...

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

Our trip was a free week through my daughters time share. The two of us and my two grandkids stayed in what I guess was a two bedroom lockout, 2nd floor. The room was very clean and in good condition. We had everything we needed, and ate many meals in the room and also used the grilling area outside. We did have a little trouble keeping the fridge door closed, it was a bit out of alignment, but we just watched it. Had a few ants, and had the tub drain plug get stuck, and couldn't let the water out. We called the front desk and had someone out very quickly, and he fixed it and said he'd be sure the the ants were taken care of. (Ants are sort of common, and were not real bad) The room was super quiet, never heard any others from the room. Oh, and some of the best bathrooms I've seen in the resorts I've been in. Beds were a bit well used but not awefull. Seemed like I could feel the coils. Bedding was nothing special.
The pool areas were great, including the 140' slide. My 8 yr old grandson loved it, along with the rec room. There was a water play area (nothing special) and play ground nearby.
It was a bit of a drive each day to find things to do. We enjoied beaches and shopping from 15 to 30 miles away. Even though it was a bit out of the way, it's in a lovely location.
Never ate onsite. We did visit the weekly farmers market that they have and I thought it was much better than expected!
Since we had no husbands with us, we never were bugged about attending any sales stuff. Nice!
I worried it would feel like a retiement village, and was pleasantly surprised. Mostly families were seen onsite.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Frankfort, IL
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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

This resort has lovely room accommodations, several excellent golf courses, live entertainment, and good food. It's a short drive to get to nearby wine country, to the amenities of San Diego, and a short drive to the San Diego animal park. Lots of activities onsite.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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california
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

We exchanged through interval and got the lock-off studio with limited kitchen, even though our reservation said one bedroom with kitchen. Crowded and small space. Service very slow -- you have to call them to get one bar of soap, two coffee filters, one towel -- they won't stock up. Sales pitch supposed to be 90 minutes lasted almost three hours. Even the new mountain rooms are outdated and look dingy and old.

Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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seattle
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

been to this resort many times with family, never had an issue, however this time we had an issue with our fridge, it froze all of our food, couldhave handled the fridge issue , the manager on the other hand were horrible, they need to take some customer service classes. the issue started on monday and didnt get resolved until thursday afternoon, we went to talk to the front office three times and not once could a manager come out from the back office to speak with us, they just kept taking our name and number. when the "engineer" finally came he said everything was fine with the fridge so he gave us a gift certificate to pizza hut for two large pizzas and wings, however pizza hut doesnt have any larges and the wings cost extra so it ended up costing us money. if we didnt have to speak with front desk people at all our vacation would be great, however when you have issues and noone cares it puts a sour taste in your mouth.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Escondido
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Welk Resort San Diego 3.5*
Number of rooms: 75
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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