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“Nice place to get away if you don't mind the smokey areas”

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Valley View Casino Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Valley Center
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I stayed at the Valley view hotel casino with my wife for two nights on Dec 27-28, 2012 in room 511. The rooms were clean, quiet and comfortable with a great view of the mountains. You have to walk through a pretty smokey area to get to the rooms every time you enter/leave, but it is not a long walk (about a minute). There is also a non-smoking casino where the positive pressure keeps the smoke out (you can feel the wind if you stand in the connection area). There is WIFI but it is a bit expensive and charged per day (~$25/day - password protected - password obtained by a channel on your room TV) (understandable since they'd probably you entertain yourself in the casino instead of in your room!). They have a free valet parking service, but every time we went outside, the cars were all backed up so, while it may be convenient, it may not be your best choice. The parking garage is adjacent and is large and has easy access via stairs and elevator. The breakfast buffet was decent, though mostly continental style with some ham/egg/sausage biscuit added in on the first floor, next to the pool. I heard that the pool was heated but there was no one in the pool and touching the water, I would estimate that the water temperature was probably 70 F or below! There was a hot tub and it was warm but I didn't see any towels laid out at the towel table - it could be that you had to request them using the provided courtesy phone. We did not eat at any of the restaurants in the casino - they looked fine, but with so many choices in Escondido, we decided to go out and explore the city a bit. It is about a 15-20 minute drive from the casino to the areas in Escondido "worth visiting". I found the restaurant reviews on Yelp! for the area quite accurate and informative. Recommendations include the Stone Brewery (you need reservations unless you don't mind a 2 hour wait on a Thursday night), The California Avocado Grill on 136 West Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025 • Phone (760) 291-1040, (which btw, is in a cluster of good looking restaurants that are worth trying out!), and Panya Thai kitchen (1101 W Valley Pkwy) - where a level 10 spiciness is true to it's word! (I've found that most Thai places aren't that spicy).

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Great, awesome fun... buffet is amazingly delicious! Love the choices. Casino is fun got stuck on one slot was so funny. Service is great. Clean rooms. Didn't want to leave and to show for it we couldn't even find our way out of the parking garage lol.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

With all the radio advertisements about the free lobster buffet we had to see it for ourseleves. The hotel is located about 15 miles off the 15 freeway. The road from the freeway is a two lane winding roadway through farm like counrty. Very inconvenient.
The hotel was nice but not as well desighned as the Agua Caliente Casino hotel in Rancho Mirage. The bathroom had only one sink, no television, the toilet and shower were located in one small room with towel racks over the toilet. After a shower you had to walk across the room to the toilet to dry yourself. (Towel hangers next the the shower would help)
The lines to the lobster buffet was very long. The shortest line was the VIP Pass line, you got a VIP pass when you checked into the Hotel. Those that are not staying at the hotel had to wait in the Non VIP line which was quite long. The buffet was very good. You also get free bottled tap water in your room.

Room Tip: If you are going for the free lobster buffet be sure to get a hotel room. When you check in you get...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

The hotel here was pretty nice. The rooms were spacious, with table and couch, and reasonably priced. The bathroom was great with a separate shower and tub. Michelle, who was at the front desk in the morning, was helpful and understanding...

I would not stay here again, however. First, entering the casino from valet, there is no signage on how to get to the hotel. The food selection is quite limited. THe one good thing they do have is the buffet but be prepared to wait in line. There was no fitness center in the hotel and the earliest you can get breakfast is 730 by the pool. Because I was up earlier than that I went to get breakfast elsewhere, and when I returned, security told me that I couldn't take it in (I didn't see a way to get in the hotel without going thru casino).

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank sdsuindian
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

talk about service, went up to valley view (on their shuttle bus) for a lobster eating contest...was kinda left hanging by the promotional radio station, so went ahead and booked the room myself...could not have been more pleased, (see below for room review), joleen and tim at the "bld" restaurant were fantastic, the front desk was very accomodating (down to even microwaving some butter from the breakfast buffet) for the "bug" eating contest...kudos to the promo staff (thanks allan for the great pic), thanks to veronica and betty (two real pros who love their job) even kevin (f and b director) who refereed the contest...with special thanks to rita contreras...we did not win, but boy, looking forward to entering next year...

Room Tip: all rooms are fantastic...hugh bathrooms, large flat screen hd tv's, plush towels...large comfy...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank buclmo
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

I have stayed here and even though I was let go I have to say that customer service was phenomonal and that the casino was so fun with all the current slots. The best job and people to work with sad I am not part of it anymore. Hotel is gorgeous with non smoking rooms and a beautiful pool and spa. Worth the money and the buffet is incredible FREE with a players club sign up ... love this place always

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

As a gift for joining the players club you get a free lobster buffet. I don't frequent California casinos often but I kept hearing radio ads and friends tell me about this place. As for the food the Lobsters are decently sized for a Buffet and the other food was good. The casino itself was ok. Not especially clean but kept. The casino reminds me of Laughlin's casinos. Overall not bad for a. 1/2 of a day trip.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank Midnightsmoker37
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Additional Information about Valley View Casino Hotel

Address: 16300 Nyemii Pass Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082-6769
Location: United States > California > Valley Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Valley Center
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RELAX IN STYLE AND COMFORT We take the San Diego hotel and casino hotel experience to all new heights with each room and every suite of our smoke-free luxury boutique hotel featuring breathtaking views of the Palomar Mountain Range. Relax while enjoying upscale amenities including free internet access and complimentary VIP breakfast – all with no taxes, parking fees or resort fees. DELUXE ROOMS Take a break from the excitement on the casino floor in one of the beautifully furnished Deluxe Rooms of our casino hotel in San Diego. Our San Diego casino resort Deluxe Room's feature 520 square feet of comfort with breathtaking views of the expansive Palomar Mountain Range. Deluxe Room Features: • Choice of one king or two queen beds • Magnificent views • Floor to ceiling windows, luxurious platform bed, 300 thread count sheets, 42" HD TV, sitting area, free internet access and phone • Imported marble and granite floors and counters in the bathroom, dual vanity mirrors, separate glass enclosed shower, bathtub and hair dryer • Complimentary VIP breakfast daily • Complimentary bottled water • Non-smoking • No parking fees • No resort fees • No taxes LUXURY SUITES Each 1,050 square foot, one-bedroom Luxury Suite features a separate living area perfect for relaxing and enjoying incredible mountain views. You'll enjoy rest and relaxation in the comfort of this gorgeously appointed suite in our boutique hotel, with complimentary breakfast and more. Luxury Suite Features: • King bed and fold-out sofa bed • Extended living room area • Oversized bedroom, separate extended living room area including sofa, coffee table, sitting table, 52" HD TV, luxurious platform bed, 300 thread count sheets, personal refrigerator and microwave, free wireless hi-speed internet access and phone •Imported marble and granite floors and counters in the bathroom, dual vanity mirrors, separate glass enclosed shower, bathtub, robe and slippers and hair dryer •Complimentary VIP breakfast daily •Complimentary bottled water, soft drinks and coffee •Non-smoking •No parking fees •No resort fees •No taxes COMPLIMENTARY VIP HOTEL BREAKFAST Our made-from-scratch breakfast at BLD’s Café is complimentary for all hotel guests. You will enjoy delicious selections from a special VIP menu made just for you. Choices include local seasonal fruit, buttermilk pancakes, challah bread French toast, a “create-your-own” omelet option, flaky pastries and more. You will also be served your choice of over a dozen beverages including hot brewed coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice and tea. It’s just one more way to thank you for staying with us at San Diego’s Favorite Casino® destination. INFINITY POOL Our spectacular infinity pool offers a relaxing environment surrounded by the boundless beauty of the Palomar Mountain Range. Take just a few steps from our luxury hotel and you can lounge poolside with a snack or a cold drink, cool down with a dip in the refreshing water and take in the stunning surroundings. HOTEL RETAIL SHOP Our convenient retail shop at Valley View Casino & Hotel is located in the hotel lobby just steps from the main casino floor. Find everything from souvenirs and sundries to refreshments and more – all with the unrivaled first-class guest service you deserve. ... more   less 

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