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Reviewed 4 January 2013 via mobile

Nice place to stay especially in the colder months if that is your thing. Nice and cozy rooms with kitchens and fire places. They also have great bbq's to use either at your room or two big main ones by pool. Also have tennis courts and a recreational area for kids. The staff is very helpful also

  • Stayed: March 2012
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5  Thank Keri A
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

This resort was nice. The grill on the balcony was cool (I've never seen an electric bbq grill). The fireplace was nice too and I was happy by the size of the unit. The desk staff was really nice. The tennis courts, pool table, Foosball was across the street, but it was nice. The horses are really close by. If you like remote locations, this is your place! You are far from civilization to get away from it all. We borrowed games from the front desk for after our San Diego adventure - best pizza at Ra-Mona Lisa Pizza and the little Mexican restaurant next door.

Overall we liked it a lot - pool was nice temp and clean. The Jacuzzi was nice. At night the sunsets were spectacular and the stars were beautiful! HINT - get supplies in downtown Ramona Main Street - there is very little when you get to resort - little store, pizza place and Mexican restaurant are only businesses near by.

Room Tip: Room by the pool.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank s6500rs1
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

We wanted to visit this Monarch property for some time and finally got around to it by renting a 1 bedroom unit. The resort is situated at the edge of rocky foothills and within an upscale residential community, San Diego Country Estates, catering to golf and horse riders. One of the first things one should know as other reviewers have mentioned is that this place is relatively isolated so you better have all your groceries and personal needs purchased before you arrive or you will have an 8 mile drive back to Ramona to make your purchases. Another thing is that if you are using your gps to get there the reception area is off Avenal and not Pappas which is used for the mailing address. However, if you are paying attention you will probably see it after exiting San Vicente.
If you are not playing golf or tennis, going horseback riding, or planning on walking or hiking a lot, then the only other thing left to do is take drives or hang around the resort and swim, visit with friends, rent a bike, or read a book. We opted to drive around some and hang out and relax for a couple days. The resort itself is made up of about 10 "L-shaped" two-story buildings surrounded by green belts. The amoeba-shaped pool (not heated) shown by TripAdvisor has a beautiful setting with views of a nearby rocky hill and is surrounded by potted petunias, irises, and jasmine. I thought the pool temperature was in the 70s and took a few laps, but others stuck in a toe and declared it freezing before moving elsewhere. At the south end of the pool is a 7' diameter oak surrounded by a raised half-circle deck with tables. This was a great place to read and we had the area pretty much to ourselves since most children are still in school and this was midweek.A much larger pool was more busy at the east end of the resort. There also is a spa and fitness room in a separate facility that we did not visit.
When we arrived the front desk receptionists were friendly and helpful. I found the rooms very adequate and clean. The bathroom had a separate toilet and tubshower room off a sink and counter room so no problem there. The tvs were the older crt type, but they worked fine. The kitchen was a little cramped, but it had everything we needed. The only real issue I noticed is that all the units on the north side of the resort got a lot of traffic noise from San Vicente. This is especially noticeable if you use the outside patio or deck area and it went on pretty much continuously until 9pm. When inside or on the south side of the resort buildings, the noise was not that noticeable.
We did make one dinner trip into Ramona to visit La Cocina restaurant which the TripAdvisor recommended and it was excellent and reasonably priced. As for Ramona itself there is little reason to go sightseeing other than the Western museum and a few stores on the east side of the town. I think the town exists for the same reason most small towns exist, because people need something. In this case most businesses are on or adjacent to Main Street which runs for a couple miles through the town. Ramona has the usual businesses that cater to ranchers and locals such as drug, grocery, feed, and hardware stores, gas stations, cafes, fast food, and real estate offices plus some businesses catering to the people who have moved into miniestates and condos such as antique stores, chiropractors, Brazilian Jiu-Jit-su, and tattoo parlors. Most of the new development is in a series of minimalls southwest of where 78 crosses Main Street. The museum and older part of town are to the northeast.
So overall this would be a great family resort or place to relax when the kids are in school. I'd give it five stars if there were some special focus like a beach, lake, or mountain park.or if there were more activities.

Room Tip: North facing buildings would be noisier.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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16  Thank GenoNorthridge_CA
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

I've been coming here for a week at a time for over four years. It's not for someone who needs a lot of city stimulation. It's like my second home because it is very quiet, clean, and beautifully set among oak trees and a large, manicured park. I love the unit sizes and balcony/patio. Though it does not have a nice restaurant immediately nearby, I recommend it highly.

Room Tip: Almost all are excellent rooms. No elevators to upper level. You could be facing the pool or the oaks.
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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4  Thank Salton_Sea_Lass
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

We stayed at the resort the first week of October 2011.
The rooms are clean, but could do with some updates, especially in the kitchen.
The decks are nothing to talk about, either.
There is no safe in the unit, so we were creative when we left the unit.
You could rent DVDs but the TVs were not flat screens.
The pool area is not bad, but it was too cold to really sit out once the sun left the area.
Ramona is an hour from downtown San Diego, but we knew that and we enjoyed being out of the city.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank suecav2000
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