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Winners Circle Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Solana Beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“OK Place to Stay”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

We stayed at this to take advantage of RCI timeshare points. The picture in the RCI book, as is the one on its internal website, is rather deceiving - makes it look like it is right near the beach! It is not. One bedroom unit, however, was adedquate - clean, small kitchen, but contained everything we needed for our 3 day stay, large master bedroom, 2 baths. Pool area comfortable, although it was too cool to swim, large hot tub, 24 hour coffee service in lobby, exercise facilty, free WiFi, and coin operated laundry facilities on premises. Room was ready early in afternoon. Near to Cedro Design Center, an interesting block of shopping, particularly the Leaping Lotus and Antiques Market, each of which contained several different vendors. Near to "dog beach" which was very pleasant to walk along. If you go, note that there is paid parking on one side of bridge, but it is free just a short walk on the other side. Tracton's Restaurant on premises. We visited one afternoon for so so happy hour.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jaquelyn W, Manager at Winners Circle Resort, responded to this review, February 28, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Winners Circle Resort. We apologize that you found the photo deceptive. It is certainly a picture of the Del Mar Race Track, located right next door, and not of our property. We are working with RCI and our webmasters to make sure that the picture is clearly identified as a tourist attraction. We apologize for the confusion it has caused. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the Cedros Design District and the Dog Beach! We look forward to seeing you again!
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

We exchanged a high-value week for this dump! The furniture was older than dirt, stained & filthy (had to cover with beach towel for fear of what might come off). The "kitchen" was a joke! A miniature fridge in a cupboard! It was small and dirty. The staff was rude. We travel frequently & have never felt the need to write a review because of poor accomodations but this was the worst exchange ever in our 15 yrs. of ownership! Don't be fooled--it's a dive.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Mesa, AZ
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

We stayed on an RCI exchange and it definately was not what we were sold when we bought our timeshare, the examples we were shown were much finer and more upscale than this turned out to be. However, with that said, we would definately stay here again.

The suite was clean, large and well maintained. There were minor issues with toilets that did not flush well and bad places in the dry wall. The carpet could use some help, not that it was dirty, just worn. We had a full kitchen with small fridge and a dishwasher. The pool area was very nice and lush with lots of flowers, trees and plants and the hot tub area was clean and well maintained. Security was a visible and constant presence and would verify that cars had tenant stickers before waving them thru to guest parking on nights that were busy for the restaurant.

There are really nice restaurants close by and they stay busy indicating the quality of food. We didn't eat at the resort restaurant but it was busy every night. The beach is less than a mile away and there was ample beachside parking. The Del Mar Racetack is right across the street. I-5 is right up from the resort and San Diego about 20-25 miles south and Orange County is 1 hour North so you have the best of both worlds here, proximity to the attractions and a place to return to that does not have the insane crowds.

We talked to a man who has been coming here for 20 years and he said every year there is something updated or upgraded so it appears they work on this resort regularly. It was quiet at night and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

Our room was quite comfortable...had just about everything we needed for the weekend. Lobby staff was extremely rude and had absoleutely no people skills whatsoever. Staff seem to be missing in action at this resort.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

I love staying at this resort any time of year but particularly during the Del Mar Summer Meet. The shuttle is a great conveinence and at only a $2 tip is a bargan for getting in & out of the crowded parking lots. Red Traction, the adjacent restaurant, is pricey but phenomenal! The rooms are a bit dated and could use some minor repairs, but overall it is a decent well equipped place to stay just north of San Diego.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Meridian, Idaho
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

Stayed from December 26 to Jan 1st. Great location in Del Mar, right across the street from the Racetrack and next door to a great seafood restaurant call The Fish Market. Within a quarter mile of the I-5, which allows access to San Diego to the South, and Orange County, and LA to the North.

We had a 1 bedroom suite, which was very nice, especially since it had two bathrooms, and a ready area for the ladies to put on make-up and such.

The room itself had a decent kitchen, the refrigerator was quite a bit larger than I expected. We were able to fit everything we needed into the fridge, milk gallon, pop, syrup, butter etc... The living room was nice with a flat screen on the wall, DVD player, and a small closet for those staying in the living room. The couch pulls out to a bed.

The bedroom was very nice with a queen bed, large closet, dresser, and flat screen.

The fitness center is okay, but manageable. The cardio equipment is nice and up to date. There are two flat screens to watch while working out.

Just about 1/2 mile away is a grocery complex with a McDonald's, an Albertson's with a Starbuck's inside, a Coffee Bean, and quite a few other shops. Across the street is a movie theater. Of course, the beach is about a mile or so away. Hope this helps.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 15, 2010

Great location with very old furniture, Was afraid to walk barefoot on stained carpet. Management needs to completely redo this units to match the location. Highest resort cleaning fee I have ever paid for a short stay. Would not recommend until it's remodeled.

  • Stayed December 2010
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Property: Winners Circle Resort
Address: 550 Via de La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2459
Location: United States > California > Solana Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Solana Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Winners Circle Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winners Circle Resort is a boutique style resort hotel located in the heart of Solana Beach, ideally located next to the Del Mar Race Track. Winners Circle Resort is just minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Del Mar, CA and offers spacious studio, one and two-bedroom suites complete with private patio or balcony. Ideally located near the Del Mar racetrack, 20 minutes north of the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and other attractions, the Winners Circle resort is perfectly situated to make the most out of your trip to San Diego. Winners Circle Resort offers free parking, free Wifi, and turnover Service. Additionally, this Del Mar Hotel features on site laundry, on site restaurants, a tennis club, a pool, a hot tub, a clubhouse complete with a pool table, a ping pong table, outdoor gas grills, and picnic tables. ... more   less 
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Winner`s Circle Hotel Solana Beach
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