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Welk Resort San Diego
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Escondido
Reviewed 25 April 2012

We love the Welk resort. It's our home away from home when visiting our family in the San Diego area. And the grandkids love to come over to "our place" to swim and play.

Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Recently stayed at the Welk Resort in Escondido (40 minutes northeast of San Diego CA) and enjoyed it very much. The resort is exceptional clean and comfortable. It houses a theatre and restaurant, along with a couple small shops. The common areas, pools, hot tubs and golf courses are great. We certainly would return again.

Room Tip: Room overlooking the golf course had nice large patio and good views
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We had a great family spring break at the Welks, the grounds are beautiful and the pools are great, plenty to do if you want to hang out all day. I was worried about being 40 minutes from down town San Diego but it worked for us. We could not find a good resturant in Escondido so we ate diner in our room most nights, the full kitchen made that easy to do.

The farmers market on Monday night was great, plan on finding great prepared food to eat that night!

Room Tip: Request a room on the third floor that is not a lock off unit, they do not have a full kitchen.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We stayed in the new Mountain Villas. The furniture, fixtures and and appliances were all great.
Daily activities for the kids and fantastic pool area. Golf right there is fun. 18 hole par three and an executive course, all in good shape. The on site restaurant has a funky look to it but the service and food was very good and reasonably priced.
I have stayed in each different area of the resort and have been happy each time. Had a slight problem when we went to go to our Villa and the unit was occupied. They sent someone right away and got us into an even more appealing unit. Close enough to the beach and San Diego.

Room Tip: New Mountain Villas are the Best.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Checking is horrible with rooms not available when we arrived after the resorts checking time. U
Then you have to go through 3 separate desks before getting our keys. The second desk were people trying to sell us a timeshare week.

Then we got to the unit tv reception was horrible and air conditioning was not working properly.

Talked to numerous staff about problems and after 36 hours no one will take responsibility to resolve problems

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WelkResortsTeam, Public Relations Manager at Welk Resort San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2012

Thank you for taking your time to post a review and also gives us the opportunity to thank you for staying with us.

Check in at all our resort properties is 4pm, we will do our best to accommodate early check-in request. We will be sharing your concerns with the appropriate department managers and apologize for your inconveniences. We hope you’ll consider staying with us again and give us an opportunity to provide an experience exceeding your expectations.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Our family of 2 adults and 2 children (ages 7 and 10) stayed at the Villas on the Greens section of The Welk Resort from April 6-13, 2012. We had stayed here in April 2011 and enjoyed is so we decided to come back again.

Our experience on the most recent visit was not quite as good as our first visit in 2011.

In the weeks leading up to our trip we had sent numerous emails and left voice mails requesting a rollaway bed for our daughter. These requests were never acknowledged by the resort. Upon check-in we were advised that they do not have rollaway beds. That's fine, it just would have been nice to know in advance.

We checked in to our room very late at night with two very tired kids so we just went straight to bed and it wasn't until the next morning that we noticed that the room had not been properly cleaned before our arrival. There was still a lot of food crumbs on the carpet (the kid who stayed the week prior sure did love his Cheerios! lol), and there were a lot of ants in the bedroom.

We called to ask if housekeeping could come to the room and vacuum. We also asked if maintenance could come to spray for the ants. Well, 2 days passed, and 4 phone calls later, the room was sprayed for ants. As for vacuuming, a housekeeper came to our room and was confused that we would want the room vacuumed. She said that they just do a mid-week tidy up and exchange the towels and that the mid-week did not include vacuuming. We asked if they could just the vacuum with us and we would vacuum the room ourselves. They agreed and we did do the vacuuming, however, I can see why housekeeping doesn't like to vacuum: that ancient vacuum felt like it was made out of solid lead and was a serious pain to try to manoeuvre.

After we cleaned the room, there was no more bug problem and things went well the rest of the week.

The pools and waterlsides at the resort are very nice and we enjoy the location of the resort (5-10 minutes to local restaurants like Olive Garden, Elephant Bar, Cocina del Charro), and maybe 20 minutes to a wonderful beach area (Moonlight State Beach at Encinitas).

I think we would not retrun to the Villas on the Green section of the resort as the villas are getting a bit run-down and need a renovation. We might return if we could reserve the newest section of the resort called Mountain Villas.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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WelkResortsTeam, Public Relations Manager at Welk Resort San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2012

Thank you for taking the time to fill out your Guest Review regarding your recent stay. We very much appreciate your feedback.

We would like to offer our sincerest apologies for your pre-arrival experience and cleanliness issues in your villa. While we do not have available rollaway beds (we do offer sofa sleepers in every villa’s living area), we have reviewed with our staff to respond back immediately to these inquiries so guests are not surprised. Pre-arrival preparation issues have been brought to the attention of our Housekeeping department. Further, we should have performed the cleaning ourselves, and this too has been discussed with Housekeeping.

Please be assured that we value your having been our guest and are committed to continued improvement of our service and quality standards. We hope you will reconsider returning to our resort for a third year in a row as we would like another opportunity to accommodate you up to your expectations.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

The property was nice but very remote. It took at least 20 minutes to get to any supermarket, etc. The property was large and there was no shuttle bus provided to get from one area to another so unless you were located right there the various club houses were inconvenient to get to, especially since parking was very limited. There was no daily kid's club and very limited activities and those activities that were provided had a fee. There was no bar area except in the overpriced restaurant. The very small snack shack at the pool essentially only sold expensive ice cream. Many of the things in the unit were broken, such as the sliding door lock, coffee maker, light bulbs and DVD player. Maintenance repaired these items when called but the property is not well maintained although they are in the process of replacing the furniture in some of the units.

Room Tip: On the golf course near the pool with a slide
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Welk Resort San Diego

Address: 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr, Escondido, CA 92026
Region: United States > California > Escondido
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Escondido
Price Range: £107 - £308 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Welk Resort San Diego 3.5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welk Resort San Diego is a Southern California vacation all suite/villa destination Resort and Water Park offering couples and families the ultimate San Diego getaway experience. Just minutes from world famous destinations San Diego Zoo's Safari Park (20 minutes), LEGOLAND (25 minutes), San Diego Zoo (40 minutes), San Diego Gaslamp District (35 minutes), SeaWorld (40 minutes) Temecula wineries, area casinos, and some of the most beautiful beaches (30 minutes) in the world! Welk Resorts offers luxurious and spacious one and two bedroom villa suites, with panoramic views of golf courses or surrounding mountains. Villas include sitting and dining areas, complete kitchens with full cookware and dishware, patios or balconies, and complimentary WiFi access. Parking is complimentary and there are no resort fees. Guests will experience casual dining at Canyon Grille restaurant or Pizza Hut Express, fun in the sun at Five Clubhouses featuring one colossal pool and seven large pools & 8 spas, two water slides, two kids' splash pads and playgrounds, table games, catch and release fishing pond, hourly planned activities for all age groups, new for 2016 state of the art fitness center, lighted tennis courts, and a relaxing round of golf on one of two 18 hole golf courses. The Welk Resort Theatre is home to top-notch talent performing Broadway style musicals and starring in comedy and variety shows, including tribute bands. During the Summer are music festivals at the Welk Amphitheatre on the Greens. ... more   less 
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