We just concluded our stay from 10/7 to 10/14 and noted many pluses with the resort, but we think that improvements can also be made. As many have noted the resort is not that close to San Diego or the ocean, but it does not claim to be unless you think the name Welk Resort San Diego refers to the city and not the county.
Our unit (lower floor) had a view of the fishing pond across the street. Everything is well kept and if you are a golfer, I image that you could spend the entire week there without leaving as long as you bring a week's supply of food with you. Except for a few places on-site, just about everything else is 10 or more miles away. Easy access to the interstate, but nothing is just around the corner. Most units have 9 steps either up to or down to the unit. No elevators, but although my wife has many problems navigating steps; these were easier than most.
Rooms were quiet large with a spacious kitchen area. If you have a large party (2br sleeps 6), you will need to run the dishwasher after every meal as there is only about enough silverware and dishes for a party of 6. TVs will remind you of pre-HD days as all three in our unit were probably 15 years old with at best average reception. Golf channel is available to go with the theme of the resort, but no tennis channel for tennis fans. There are a few PCs with free internet access for guests without iPhones or other internet devices. Free is nice, but the response is very slow and the internet browsers are not current. Most web sites invoke certificate errors which will prevent the updating of on-line calendars or responding to Facebook posts. However, the connection is free which is not always the case at some resorts.
The boutique at the resort is good size and has some stylist women items. Also, Lawrence Welk champagne is available for those who need some for the next New Year's eve. Theater has Broadway plays and other entertainment. On Monday's a Farmer's Market is on-site with over 100 vendors including a few who sell local produce. Loved the sweet grapefruit.
For tennis players, there are four courts; but hopefully you have an opponent. Sign-up sheets are present, but luck is probably more important in finding a suitable opponent. They have a tennis event on Friday mornings, but the timing is horrible. Either the guests are checking out or been there for almost a week. It would be much better to have the tennis event early in the week which might yield an opponent.
Everyone is very friendly and helpful and everything is well kept. Great place to stay as long as you know how far the location is from attractions. Plenty of events on the calendar at the resort which is unlike many mature time-sharing resorts.
- 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, new for 2016 state of the art fitness center, 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