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“Great location and room” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Winners Circle Resort

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Winners Circle Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Solana Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Fullerton, California
Level Contributor
15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great location and room”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We have stayed in a 2nd floor room overlooking the pool area. This can be a little noisy after dark, but that gives it a feeling of activity in the resort. The noise subsides when the pool closes. The TVs are large and show HD well, but there is a setting that a few resort staff know of if you are only seeing SD on yours. Room service is minimal, so use your bath towels sparingly; however, pool towels are replaced quickly on demand at the front desk. The pools are sufficiently warm that swimming while the sun is up in late November is still comfortable. And the hot tubs can be used if extra warmth and relaxation is needed.

The location is good. It's a looong walk to the beach, but a short drive or jog. There are several beaches and activities within 10-15 minute drives, also. PCH is close by so the 5 can be avoided easily.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank jhaan2
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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158 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

If you are interested in going to the track at Del Mar, this is the place to stay. The staff iat Winner's Circle is very friendly and they even have a free shuttle that will take you to and from the the track. If the horses aren't your thing, the Winner's Circle is close to the beach in Del Mar, many restaurants, and I-5 which will whisk you down to San Diego in no time flat. Some of the units have been redecorated and are very nice. We stayed there in June for a week in one of the newer units and then returned in late August to another one BR unit that was still very nice, although it had not been redecorated. The resort also has daily maid service, which is unusual for timeshare properties, as it also operates as a hotel. They offer free Wi-Fi service in all the rooms. The pool is large, they have a hot tub spa and a kids pool and a nice BBQ area. Great for families, adults and couples. We are looking forward to returning in 2014 for more fun times.

Room Tip: Ask for a remodeled room on the West wing.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank LACASAZ
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San Diego, California
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Don't ever buy the U-T Reader City, or Groupon coupon from this outfit. They cheat and mis- represent the terms and conditions of the use. They have rooms available tonight (8/24/13), yes rooms plural. However when I tried to use it they said it's not available during the Del Mar meet. I then advised them the only blackout dates listed are 8-30 to 9-2-13. The front desk clerk stated he had to call his manager to see if we could use it, because there was no one in charge to make the decision. After being told I would receive a call back within 15 minutes, I called back over a half hour later, and still no word. Finally, I received a call and was told that even though rooms are available, I was unable to use it because the inventory was not available for the coupon!!! Yes, there were rooms available, but we couldn't use it!!! Every time I came up with a valid reason to use it, there was an excuse as to why we couldn't. I was told to contact Roger the manager, tomorrow, since he was the one who turned down our reservation. Well you guessed it, tomorrow is too late!!!!! Don't get suckered by this 'resort'.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Scott T
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JaquelynW_12, Manager at Winners Circle Resort, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to express your opinion about our resort. First, I apologize that we were unable to accommodate you for your requested dates. As you may notice from reading our other reviews, we also operate as a timeshare.

Sometimes, these timeshare owners make their rooms available for the public to "rent". For those owners, we are not able to honor discounts or promotions, as they will only accept full price for their rooms. This is why we did not have the inventory available for those dates, it was not ours, but an individual timeshare owner's rooms that were available. I apologize for the inconvenience and, if you haven't already, I hope you use your certificate for an enjoyable stay at our property.
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Pittsburgh
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

This was a very nice hotel. Our room was beautiful, comfortable, and clean. I slept better than I have in ages there. We also had a kitchenette that had everything we needed to cook for ourselves. Our room had a cosy and private patio that opened into the pool area. The pool area was wonderful. There was a game room and lounge next to the lounge. Everything was very attractive and most of all clean. The staff were nice & helpful. We couldn't have asked for more. When we return to the San Diego area next year, we will be staying here again! In other words, I highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling in the San Diego area.

Room Tip: The rooms around the pool area were lovely. I'm not sure how they compare to the ones facing th...
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  • Stayed July 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
      Service
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1 Thank Vera C
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Utah
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33 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Fair time so traffic was heavy, but could usually avoied it by using side streets. Nice common area poo,l hot tub and for a small gym was equipped quite well. Helpful staff gave directions and suggestions . Only real draw back was kitchens were under stocked. No measuring cups, they did bring a set up. If you were trying to cook for a family it would have been difficult, for the 2 of us it worked. The place was clean and over all worked well for just a get away week for us. A laundry on site was a plus. Would recommend to others.

Room Tip: If you have kids the pool side is nice, if not it can be a bit nosey. We had front facing room and d...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank scooter65
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Usa
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

This trip was to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary! It was our fourth time to the San Diego area and our first time to Winners Circle. We booked a one bedroom/two bath through an RCI exchange. Our unit was not renovated, but met all of our needs. In fact, we liked not being poolside because our unit was nice and quiet! The truth is we were not in the unit much because we like to explore everything the area has to offer!

We attended the San Clemente Beach Festival and the Master's Art Pageant in Laguna Beach. We love to drive up and down the coast and find places to eat and enjoy the different beaches. This trip we discovered Hideaway Cafe in Solana Beach and went twice for a great breakfast experience. We spent one afternoon at the Torrey Pines Gliderport watching the awesome parasailers.

It was our first time to experience live horse racing at the Del Mar Race Track! Wednesdays are free entry and the resort offers a free shuttle, which is a nice service! Parking at Del Mar is $15.00.

Our favorite Mexican restaurant is Los Olas at Cardiff by the Sea. The Barona Casino is our favorite for gaming and excellent dining!

Winners Circle was great for easy access to the I-5. Housekeeping came every day, which is unusual at resorts these days. The condo did not have a safe, but the resort offers a free lock box in the lobby, with 24 hour access. The pool area and clubhouse were quite nice, but we did not use them. I liked the fire pit area and we saw families playing ping pong each day. Winners Circle is the size resort that we enjoy and would love to stay there again!

Room Tip: If new features are important, ask for a renovated room. It appears most of the resort has been upd...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 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
Helpful?
Thank Chris M
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Brighton, Michigan
Level Contributor
28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

This was our second stay at the Winners Circle and just like last time it didn't disappoint. Most of the staff are friendly and helpful with directions, additional shampoo, pillows, etc. The pool is heated and beautiful, the fire at night it romantic and I love being able to grill on vacation! Our room was good, the bed could use an upgrade, being able to cook breakfast was another major plus. Also, we had a first floor room and loved eating out on the patio.
Our only disappoint was with a late night staff member (Fran) who was NOT helpful and rude.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Chris J
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Additional Information about Winners Circle Resort

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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