Let me begin my review with an acknowledgement that we did not use many of the available services, nor did we attend a timeshare presentation or join in any of the social activities they provide. My review is based strictly on the resort staff, our room, location, and parking.
Staff: They were fantastic. I was greeted promptly upon arrival, we had no issues with our reservation, and all of my interactions with the hotel staff were of a positive nature. There were no unexpected fees (resort fees seem to be en vogue, I cannot stand the mere thought of paying extra to use the pool when I've already paid to stay there) and the room was spotless on arrival. We did not opt to attend the timeshare presentation, so i can't comment on that.
Our room: (3128) was about as far from the ocean as you could get, which meant our views were not exactly spectacular (overlooking a parking lot) but we also didn't have any issues with train noise. The freeway was barely audible, but considering it was just a few hundred feet from our bedroom window, it was to be expected. The usual amenities were there, and some that were unexpected like the different spices that were provided for cooking. The balcony had a gas grill which was a nice touch, and the microwave and refrigerator were spotless like the rest of the room. Yes the elevators are incredibly slow, but if a 20 second elevator ride is that big of a deal, you have other issues....
Location: Fantastic!!!! It's a 5 minute walk to the beach, Del Taco, or a gas station. It's right next to I-5 and it's as close as you can get to Camp Pendleton without actually staying there. It's a drive to the airport for sure, but you don't have any plane noise to deal with. It's right next to 76 and is close to 78, basically all the arteries you need to get anywhere are relatively nearby. The resort does not have convenient access to a grocery store, but they do provide a service where they will stock the kitchen prior to your arrival with whatever you want. We aren't well-heeled enough to take advantage of that, but if money isn't an issue for you, definitely take advantage of this service.
Summary: This is an excellent resort, with friendly staff, clean rooms, and garages with gates that did make you feel that your car was safe. The location is excellent so long as you aren't trying to use it as a jumping off point for further destinations like Disney or Sea World. it is very close to LegoLand though. While I have been to resorts that better suited me and my family, I don't know of many resorts that are better than this on the CA coast for less money. I can't see any reason to tell someone to avoid this resort unless the location itself doesn't suit your needs, or if you HAVE to be directly on the beach, though you can expect to pay quite a bit more for that luxury. I would definitely stay at this resort again if given the opportunity.
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