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Lakehouse Hotel & Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in San Marcos
Certificate of Excellence
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106 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

What a treat! We stayed in cottage #6102 and we were thrilled with the entire experience. Fire-pits on the front AND back veranda's and amazingly private spaces to spend a romantic long weekend. The staff, from the front desk to the room attendants were so helpful and polite. Way, way ready to do whatever we needed, and that was a nice change in our service industry experience. The cottage was roomy and nicely decorated and the bathroom was gorgeous...the bathrobes, oh, the bathrobes. Two great hot tubs that we spent a lot of time in. The lake is peaceful and gorgeous and we loved watching the birds. It's a terrific location just off the beaten path. Four thumbs up from this happy couple!

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  • Stayed November 2013, 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
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kanddDurango
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
kanddDurango,

Thank you for choosing Lakehouse Hotel and Resort and for your review, being described as perfect is a true honor! Our cottages have been a hit since our opening and their spacious living rooms, private fire pits on the entrance and lakeside balconies create a truly unique suite experience which I am delighted you were able to enjoy. I will be sure to share your praise with our entire team. From our Housekeeping team to our Guest Services team I am honored to have such a talented team of passionate hoteliers that genuinely love creating lifelong memories and they will all appreciate hearing from a Senior Reviewer such as yourself.

We thank you once again for your review and hope to see you soon!

Dieter Schtmiz
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Vista, California
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39 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

I spent two nights here and had a great time. I rented a kayak and saw lots of birds including pelicans, swans, and herons. It's a good lake for kayaking with lots of interesting lake homes along the shore. The pools were the perfect temperture for swimming and the hot tubs were large and comfortable. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Katrina was super nice. The room was very comfortable and roomy. I liked being on the second floor with a balcony. Overall a wonderful place to stay.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
SirEdward7,

Receiving such a positive review from a Senior Contributor such as yourself is an immense honor and we thank you for choosing Lakehouse Hotel and Resort. Our tranquil setting here on Lake San Marcos provides our valued guests with the opportunity to take out one of our many water toys to see some great wildlife which I am pleased to hear you were able to experience. As you allude to I am fortunate to have such a talented team of passionate and amicable hoteliers such as Katrina and I will be sure to share your review with our entire team. We hope to see you again the next time your travels from Franklin bring you to Lake San Marcos and thank you for your review!

Dieter Schmitz
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San Diego, California
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38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

Was just cruising around when we stumbled on a retirement area at Lake San Marcos and stopped at The Lakehouse.. Nice surprise.. Got a lakeview room for $109 so decided to stay! Staff was fabulous and we rented an electric pontoon and cruised the lake! It was small but lots of birds and swans! Then in the afternoon a free wine and cheese mixer for guests was nice! 2 pools/2 jacuzzis and firepits! Theyre building a restaurant and when its open we ll be back! A bit geriatric but was clean, affordable and made for a nice overnightet!!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CorkyMata
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
CorkyMata,

Thank you for your review and for your kind words regarding our talented team of passionate hoteliers. Creating lifelong memories is an opportunity we greatly value and we are elated you had a relaxing experience while with us here at our new resort. Our second restaurant, Quails Inn, is scheduled to open in mid 2014. We hope to see you in the very near future and that we can earn that last fifth circle during your second visit with us!

Dieter Schmitz
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Claremont, California, United States
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

We purchased a Groupon for two nights at the Lakehouse Hotel and Resort and, boy, are we glad we did! My husband, son, myself and our dog made the quick drive from L.A. County to San Marcos, so it was a very doable weekend getaway.

The Lakehouse is, well, perfect. We loved the decor: modern, clean, lovely. No bad hotel art! You can tell they have renovated this place with an eye for design and quality. The room was quite large and even had a second sink area. There were plenty of pillows and the beds were soooo comfortable! Our view on the lake was lovely, and we enjoyed sitting on the patio in the sunny yellow Adirondack chairs. We must have seen eight different kinds of water birds during our stay.

We all enjoyed the evening activities: wine reception on Friday night, s'mores around the campfire on Saturday night. The pool and Jacuzzi area is really nice. We couldn't get enough of the peddle boating. I enjoyed a book from the lobby library. And we found plenty of restaurants to choose from within a short drive.

That's not even the best of it: the staff. The staff and management there were truly, genuinely, happily doing everything they could to make our stay wonderful. We will be back!

Our only negative was the sound the air conditioning made as it clicked on and off. On our second night we just opened the patio door to the lake breeze and slept like babies.

Thank you, Lakehouse for a great weekend stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank DebraZ909
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
DebraZ909,

We appreciate your kind review and for sharing your amazing pictures of your escape with us. To be described as perfect is a true honor for our new property. Our goal via our Groupon promotion was to capture new clientele that would in turn become lifelong guests and I am delighted we succeeded in doing so during your time with us. I am glad you were able to take in some of our paddle boats, and both of our complimentary weekend events.

The characteristic that really sets the Lakehouse experience apart from the resort norm is our genuinely personable guest experience supplied by our talented team of passionate hoteliers. Robotic scripted service will simply never have a place at our new resort.

I appreciate your kind words regarding our management and entire team. Collectively we hope to have the honor of serving you soon!

Dieter Schmitz
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San Diego, California
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33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed here and loved it. We live about 40 minutes away and have never thought of staying in a hotel in the San Marcos area. I never even knew this place existed. The staff was awesome from the moment I made the reservations on the phone to when we checked out. Katrina took my reservations and was able to put us in the room we requested without any problems. Lorayne checked us out fast and easy and even went out of her way to help me print out a document that I needed.
As soon as we got to our room and out onto the deck we started feeling relaxed and felt as if we weren't even in San Marcos or San Diego for that matter. I strongly recommend getting a room with a view of the lake. Well worth it.
They have two pools and two spas. The pools were heated which made it nice since it was a little chilly at night. They had smores at night by the pool around the fire pits. This makes this place a great place for families.
We will definitly return and recommend the Lakeshore Hotel and Resort.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brian r
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Brian r,

Thank you for choosing Lakehouse Hotel and Resort during your quick getaway from San Diego. As you allude to Lake San Marcos has been a well kept secret in California and with the addition of our new Four Star resort offering economical rates has now become a true gem of a destination. I am honored to have such a talented team of passionate hoteliers such as Katrina and Lorayne and I will be sure to share your praise with them directly. We are pleased you were with us for our Saturday S’mores night and that your experience met our uncompromisingly high standards for ourselves.

I greatly appreciate you spreading the word about our new resort and we hope to see you in the very near future,

Dieter Schmitz
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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

First off, Ray is great!
Customer service was superb.
I loved the view, poolside and lake view. They had smores night at the firepits! Waking up to the fog rolling of the hills was so peaceful.
The room is clean and so cute. I have to say this is the first bed I've been in where I didnt want to get out of.
The only complaint I have is that the cleaning lady walked in our room at 930 am when we had the do not disturb sign on.
I will be coming back for sure! Thank you Lakehouse for a perfect getaway.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank rawkee
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
rawkee,

Thank your for your review and for being our valued guest at our brand new resort! I will be sure to pass along your praise to Ray who is a great ambassador of the personable, talented and passionate service that embodies the Lakehouse guest experience. S'mores night on our pool deck every Saturday is one of our most popular complimentary events which I am pleased to read you were able to enjoy. As a new independent property we aim to provide a uniquely personable and legendary guest experience that in turn earns us lifelong loyal guests. Our entire team is elated to learn we succeeded in doing so and that you plan on returning. We look forward to seeing you in what we hope is in the very near future!

Dieter Schmitz
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suffern
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

Charming property. The outside is homely. But the rooms are completely redone with lovely amenities. Pod coffee make memory foam mattress, large bath, 42" flat panel tv to name a few.
Two large pools overlooking mountains and a lake.

All at a very reasonable rate.

Along with most accommodating staff I have seen in a long time.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank marionm20
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Dieter S, Hotel Manager at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
marionm20,

As our new resort continues to gain popularity and to add amenities our firm commitment in providing affordable luxury will never be comprised. I appreciate you alluding to this value as we are proud to be the newest Four Star resort in California at a value that simply can't be beat. As our Hotel Manager reading your comments about our staff is immensely rewarding and appreciated. I am honored to have such a talented team of genuinely hospitable and passionate hoteliers that as a collective team make the Lakehouse experience a very special one. We thank you for your review and for choosing Lakehouse Hotel and Resort!

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
Hotel Style:
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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