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“Hilltop B&B in Old Escondido.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Regina del Palazzo

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Regina del Palazzo
Ranked #1 of 4 Escondido B&B and Inns
Cathedral City, CA
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53 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Hilltop B&B in Old Escondido.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Planning a trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido and wanting to avoid the big brand name hotel/motel chains, we found this little gem on-line and consider ourselves very fortunate. Occupying a well-restored and beautifully furnished 1888 house high on a hill and with lovely views overlooking the city, new owners Suzy and Don Maxwell are gracious hosts. Complementary appetizers and beverages in the late afternoon and a sumptuous "order whatever you like" breakfast were highlights, along with a brand-new top-of-the line hot tub in which we enjoyed my wife's birthday bottle of champagne after dinner.

Guest accommodations consist of a cottage at the rear of the property (which at the time of our visit was rented out on a longer-term basis) and two first-floor bedrooms in the main house only one of which is rented at a time until a second bath is added. So pick one of those two rooms and along with it the living room, front porch and dining room are all yours too. We chose the Black and Gold room because it's slightly larger and the front porch connects to it - well worth the extra $20. There's also a beautiful and sunny and patio and garden alongside and in back of the house that make for fine sitting, reading and conversation.

All in all this is a memorable place to visit when in or near Escondido.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Don M, Owner at Regina del Palazzo, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Thank you to our wonderful guests for this marvelous review. It was our sincere pleasure to be your hosts. If all our guests are as fun, kind and thoughtful as you, our business will be a soaring success. Please come see us again. it was a joy having you at Regina del Palazzo, Escondido's historic Bed and Breakfast. The new kitchen will be going in soon and we're going to have more fun creating new breakfast delights. Warm wishes always, from Suzy and Don.
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Escondido, California
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41 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is a get-away in the least expected location I could imagine! We stayed in the cottage and were just as comfy as could be! Included is a stove and refrigerator, BlueRay player, big screen TV, Bose sound system AND Breakfast served by the bright and cheerful, and very accommodating Suzy and Don! The breakfast was wonderful and Suzy even provided the making for breakfast for the morning we didn't go down to the main house! Our sister's get-away was a wonderful experience because of their hospitality and the beautiful cottage!

Room Tip: All the rooms are set up with one bed, but they can provide another option in the cottage.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Don M, Owner at Regina del Palazzo, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Thank you to our fun and fabulous guests, it was a treat to have you in our guest cottage with your little fur baby. You are very kind and thoughtful and we thoroughly enjoyed your stay and were glad you found us, to enjoy a sisters' weekend in quiet comfort. I am glad you enjoyed my edible creations, which I am adding to monthly, so we hope you will be back for another sisterly visit to Regina del Palazzo. Escondido's Historic Bed and Breakfast.
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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2011

The Old Escondido B&B is a nice place to stay if you like B&B's. The owners are very nice people. The room was clean and comfortable.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Regina del Palazzo
Address: 602 S Grape St, Escondido, CA 92025-4450 (Formerly Old Escondido B & B)
Location: United States > California > Escondido
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Escondido
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Regina del Palazzo B&B was formerly known as Old Escondido Bed and Breakfast. This is a beautiful historical home built in 1888, fully refurbished keeping it's historical value in a lovely setting at the top of one of Old Escondido's hills overlooking the valley. We have filled it with gorgeous antique furniture, comfy queen sized beds, with a full sized library and DVD selection.Our 6 person spa went in for your relaxation. We love serving full sized breakfasts that will tempt your palate and possibly your waistline. We sit high on a hill in a quiet neighborhood filled with historic homes and nature walks around the corner. Sleep til noon or have your breakfast on your private porch, or sit on our wicker lounge on the side porch with the ceiling fan keeping you comfortable on a hot California morning.Escondido is 40 minutes from San Diego, 7 miles from the San Diego Safari Park , just down the 15 freeway from the Temecula wineries and smack dab in the middle of some of the most beautiful golf courses in Southern California. We are close to the Carlsbad beach, Deer Park Monastery, 18 breweries, and many other sites to see.We have added solar panels to the roof and installed air conditioning throughout the house and took out the window units. Our new double ovens are in and so is our new range and we have just done a complete remodel of our stunning kitchen....let the Big Breakfasts Begin!!! Even more than what they were.Our big beautiful spa is in, so pop a bottle of champagne, select a slice of Brioche and cheese and fruit and just relax. ... more   less 

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