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Lakehouse Hotel & Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in San Marcos
Certificate of Excellence
San Clemente, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Little Socal Getaway”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

This hotel has recently undergone a multi-million dollar complete transformation from the sad former hotel called The Quail's Inn. My mother has lived one block away for 15 years and we have spent many years on this little lake and had friends coming to visit so we decided to put them up here where I also joined them for the night. The front desk staff was wonderful and informed us of all the amenities. The pool area is spacious and inlcudes a very large spa jacuzzi and a cool firepit for nightime and 2 service bars. You can order room service from the ajacent restaurant 24 hours.
The room we had on the lake was wonderful. A corner room on the lake level in the center buliding. We even had a firepit next to our room where the steps go down to the dock.
There were pontoon paddle boats and kayaks for rental $10-15.00 per hour. They are brand new and much fun to go arpund the lake and see all the beautiful wild life. The lake is magical at night. We had a lovely evening on the patio of the room. Large spacious deck as there were 5 of us. There are 2 big Adirondack chairs and a small table but we brought out the 2 chairs from the room as well.
The decor is minimalist/chic but well appointed and loved the little wet/bar and with a mini fridge. The down covered comfortors and mattress top along with the down pillows made for the most comfortable hotel bed I've ever slept in.
If you live in Southern California and want a little quiet 1 or 2 night getaway I would highly recommend it. You feel like you are in another place and away from the rat race.

Room Tip: Lake front lounge rooms the best
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Marcia J,

Thank you for your detailed feedback and for choosing the brand new Lakehouse Hotel and Resort! Our goal here at the resort is to create a uniquely personable guest experience in a setting that provides a refreshing deviation from the mundane resort norm many have come to accept. We want our resort to be an escape from life’s daily stresses unlike any other and are delighted we succeeded in doing so during your time with us. I agree with your sentiments that our beautiful Lake San Marcos setting is simply magical at night and I am pleased to hear you were able to take in the serenity on one our paddle boats. We have truly enjoyed having many Southern California residents such as yourself join us for a economical luxurious escape and we hope to see you again in very near future!

Dieter Schmitz
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We are traveling from San Diego to LA stopping at several hotels along the way. Lakehouse Hotel is a hidden treasure. We went there because of it's 100% Trip Adisor rating. It was more than we could have asked for. They have just remodeled the whole facility and have spared no expense. The rooms are ultra modern with the most comfortable beds ever. It was like sleeping in a cloud. The bathrooms were state of the art with fabulous modern showers. When we walked into our room, it felt like we wre walking into a home magazine.
The 2 pools and hot tubs were spectacular. The water temp was just right especially since my family tends to be freeze babies. We rented a pontoon boat on the lake that is right behind the property. The only thing that was missing was the ability to rent paddleboards. They don't offer those yet. That was a minuscule disappointment in the wonderful time we experienced. You have to go there! You won't regret it!!!!

Room Tip: We asked for a pool right by the pool which was very convenient.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
CakesOhio,

We are delighted you elected to try our new resort based on our Trip Advisor ratings and that your experience matched the same excellence! Our fleet of water toys continually grows weekly and the electric Avalon boats you tried are a guest favorite. We look forward to your return the next time you visit Lake San Marcos from Ohio and can assure you the same passionate commitment to providing a personable guest experience will await!

Dieter Schmitz
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 21, 2013

We visited the hotel to go to Lego Land and we are so glad we stayed! It is situated on a lake and super close to to the San Diego/Carlsbad attractions, but out of the way enough to feel like you're out of the hustle & bustle of evertday city life.

It is a newly renovated property and the rooms are spacious, hip, modern and clean. From the check-in to the check-out everyone we encountered was super helpful and kind. We can't say enough good things about this hotel and urge you to give a try! Pools & Jacuzzi's were spectacular!

We wish we could have stayed longer, but the 2 nights we stayed were absolutely perfect. Kudos to the staff at the Lakehouse Hotel!

Our room overlooked the lake, it was spacious and modern and the amenities were really nice. Towels were super soft and luxurious, comfy-plush robes, nice soaps, etc. All the rooms have balconies or porches and the pool and Jacuzzi areas were so well done. Fire pits around the pool area, 2 pools, 2 Jacuzzi. I wish we had more time so we could lay out and enjoy the pool area during the day.

Next time we visit San Diego area, we will definitely return to the hotel.
Thanks for making our son's bday memorable and affordable!

Kudos to Lakehouse Hotel!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Lei333,

Thank you for choosing the brand new Lakehouse Hotel and Resort and for contributing such beautiful pictures to our Trip Advisor page of your son’s birthday celebration! I have shared your kind compliments with our entire staff here who love hearing from our valued guests. I am extremely lucky to have such a talented team of passionate hoteliers that take great pride in creating lifelong memories and I am elated we succeeded in doing so during your time with us.
Please visit us again soon and thank you again for sharing your experience!

Dieter Schmitz
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Stafford, Connecticut
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Just returned from a 5 day business trip to the San Marcos Area. The hotel hosted the Stone Brewing Co. National Sales team and went over the top to make sure we were happy. Great customer service, spacious rooms overlooking the pool and the lake. Great poolside fire pits as well as an "adult " pool as well. Can't wait to be back in November!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
CTBeerGuy,

Thank you for joining us during your business trip from Stafford, Connecticut with the Stone team and for your review. We share in your excitement for your return and assure you that the same commitment to service excellence and a personable guest experience will await!

Dieter Schmitz
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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2013

We stayed at the Lakehouse for about a week this summer. We used to stay at the property when it was previously known as the Quail's Inn and later, the Lake San Marcos Resort (but stopped when the aforementioned slipped into serious disrepair!). Anyway, we were more than pleasantly surprised with the newly-renovated Lakehouse Hotel. Wow! The staff was professional and courteous and the manager, Dieter, upgraded us to a lakeside room since our stay was on the longer end. The rooms are spacious, the beds are supremely comfortable, the housekeeping is stellar, and most importantly (for me, the light sleeper!), the property is quiet! There are two lovely pools and spas and plenty of room to stretch out in the sun. There is also a poolside bar.

I am so happy that this property was purchased by people who actually care about the service they provide and the upkeep of the surroundings! Thanks for a wonderful and peaceful stay!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank snappytaco
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
snappytaco,

Thank you for your review and your kind words regarding our talented team of passionate hoteliers here at Lakehouse Hotel and Resort. I will be sure to share your review with our team who will be delighted to hear a Senior Reviewer such as yourself had such a memorable stay.

I assure you our expectations of providing personable service excellence and a legendary guest experience will never be compromised. Our collective team eagerly awaits your return!

Dieter Schmitz
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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2013

We wanted to visit San Diego, but stay somewhere out of the city. This resort was perfect. They upgraded us to a lakeview room which was amazing. The room was clean and comfortable. It is very kid friendly despite the very modern look of the hotel. The kids enjoyed the pools. The first night we ate at the golf course. Don't let the appearance fool you. It is very dated and sort of smells like an antique shop. Sit on the patio and be amazed by the food. We are told the restaurant will be remodeled in January. We also ordered food poolside...best crab cakes! Do not go to the cafe across the street in the little strip mall. Overall the place is great and staff was friendly and helpful. I can't wait for the surrounding area to catch up!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Andiezzzzzzzz,

Thank you for choosing the brand new Lakehouse Hotel and Resort during your visit from Rancho Cucamonga. I am elated you were able to experience our Lakeview rooms which offer beautiful serene views onto Lake San Marcos. I will be sure to pass along your praise to our team at our restaurant, The Grill, which serves amazing selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as our room service 24 hours a day and poolside as you were able to partake in.

We take great pride in the honor of providing a legendary guest experience for our valued guests via our personable interactions and our new resorts amenities. We collectively hope to see you and your family in the very near future!

Dieter Schmitz
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La Mesa, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Just stayed at the recently renovated Lakehouse Hotel in San Marcos for a friend's wedding that was at Leo Carillo Ranch. This property is beautiful, has yummy beds, terrific pool area and good food just down the street at St. Mark's golf course. Everyone who works there is super helpful and very friendly. Thanks for a great stay Lakehouse!

Room Tip: Choose a room overlooking the lake!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
lareynolds77,

We had a blast hosting your wedding party this weekend and are pleased to hear you had a great experience here at our new resort. Our entire team hopes to see you again in the very near future and we thank you for your review!

Dieter Schmitz
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Property: Lakehouse Hotel & Resort
Address: 1025 La Bonita Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078-5220 (Formerly Quail's Inn Hotel)
Location: United States > California > San Marcos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in San Marcos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lakehouse Hotel & Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The brand new Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is proud to offer affordable luxury in an unbeatable setting on beautiful Lake San Marcos matched with a guest service experience second to none. A refreshing deviation from the cookie cutter mundane resort norm, Lakehouse Hotel and Resort creates a tranquil escape from life's daily stresses via the irreplaceable serenity of lakefront luxury and service excellence.Lakehouse Hotel and Resort offers 142 brand new spacious rooms inclusive of breathtaking views, spa like showers, amazingly comfortable memory foam beds, over 100 channels of high definition television with premium movie channels, complimentary wireless internet, a magnificent lobby area with a fireplace, library, board games, 2 tremendously spacious pool decks and hot tubs, hammocks, fire pits throughout the spacious property, 24 hour in room dining, and many more legendary amenities. Guests of the resort are encouraged to enjoy our country club, St. Mark Golf, which offers a state of the art fitness center, driving range, 18 holes of championship golf and 18 holes of executive golf. The Grill restaurant offers fine dining for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy the delicious full menu to be delivered as room service as well. While guests have all the amenities available to them to ensure they never have to leave our resort, the staff of passionate hoteliers matches our unbeatable location with a level of passionate service that will help to create lifelong memories. We take great pride in providing you with a luxurious escape second to none. On behalf of our entire team here at Lakehouse Hotel and Resort we eagerly await your arrival. Escape From The Everyday.... ... more   less 
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