The resort itself was great. The rooms were very small (a 2 bedroom unit was only 800 square feet, which is tiny when you think about it, and the second bedroom was built into an inner wall, so it had no windows or ventilation, which made it very "cave-like"), but given the fact that the resort is just across the street from the ocean, that sort of makes up for the small units. HOWEVER...Oceanside is NOT a place I would ever want to take my family to again. I was afraid to walk along the streets alone, even during the day. The resort is like some sort of oasis in a pit of slum neighborhoods, and because I like to venture out and see the surrounding areas, I was rather disappointed with the location. Also, the resort is built like a "U-shape" so that even if you're in an "oceanview deluxe unit overlooking the pool" (which in their definition means you can get a peek of the ocean from your unit), you are still looking out on the units on the other side of the resort. You have to look left or right to see the ocean. I can't imagine what it would be like in the units on the outside of the "U" (that don't look on other units, but are on the outside of the complex and thus are subject to the noise from the outside) as the trains run directly by the resort at all hours and are extremely loud, noisy, and disruptive...even in a unit that is supposed to be "away from the trains." The Activities Center was absolutely fabulous for kids, and my daughter spent way too much money there all week (the staff there was beyond commendable, as they allowed her to do activities that weren't on the "normal" schedule when she asked them). She was happy and occupied, which goes a long way. Also, the entire housekeeping and maintenance staff was fantasic (very friendly, concerned about our comfort and well-being, etc) . It was a beautiful, new resort. All in all, it was a fantastic vacation...but I would have been somewhat disappointed had I spent money on the week versus it being a timeshare exchange that cost me very little. Bottom line: we prefer staying at the Homewood Suites in Del Mar (Vista Sorrento Parkway). For the money, you get a free breakfast and dinner there (including alcoholic beverages if you're so inclined), larger rooms, a MUCH better neighborhood, and a staff that will blow you away. Yes, it's not directly on the ocean. But I have found that "directly on the ocean" often means "directly in the slums" which is so not good with kids. I'll take my 5 minute drive to the beach any day if it means I feel safe and comfortable with where I am staying. However, if you're a timeshare exchanger and get the opportunity to stay at the Wyndham Oceanside, I'd do it. Just watch your back when you're out walking around the neighborhood.
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