Welk Resort San Diego Hotel

, Escondido, United States
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Welk Resort San Diego Hotel

, Escondido
3 star
8860 Lawrence Welk Dr - Escondido - California - 92026 - United States Hotel Website | 760 749 3000
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Went for our anniversary
Submitted by: Jeanne in 06/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We went to Welk Resort for our anniversary. We had a great time golfing, eating at your nice restaurant, and watching a movie. I have often thought it would be a great place to return, especially for a family reunion. It was very green, blue skies, quiet, relaxing, and the price was very reasonable.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Welk Resort San Diego Hotel

Loved the Welk Resort

from avidtraveler19
My husband, two-year old son and I stayed at the Welk Resort in Escondido in March, 2006. We stayed at the Villas on the Green. Prior to our visit, I read the reviews on TripAdvisor and was a little concerned about what the facilities would be like. I had nothing to worry about. The resort was very nice. Our one bedroom villa came equipped with a kitchen, washer-dryer, fireplace, jacuzzi tub, DVD and CD player, and a patio that overlooked the greens. The grounds were well-kept. The clubhouse closest to our villa had two pools, a spa, a rock slide, a pool table, air hockey, a kids' activity room, and a nice area with comfy sofas and a large-screen TV. The clubhouse also offered DVD movie rentals. The staff at the clubhouse was very friendly. VHS movie rentals were available at the reception building. A worker at the resort shop told me that the Villas on the Green had been remodelled recently. I don't know if this is correct because the buildings and our villa (it's really more like a condo)looked almost brand new. Each building has three floors. There are no elevators. The first floor appears to be partly underground. Our villa was on the third floor. Overall, this resort is ideal for families with kids, people who plan to golf & laze around, and those who don't mind driving a little distance to the grocery store and restaurants (about 20 minutes without heavy traffic) and some distance to downtown San Diego (about 45 minutes without heavy traffic) and some of the more popular attractions. Our villa suited our needs well because having a kitchen, washer-dryer and separate living room was convenient, especially since we were travelling with our toddler. I would definitely go back to this resort, provided we get a third floor villa on the newer part of the resort (Villas on the Green) and we didn't plan to visit a lot of attractions in downtown San Diego.

Lovely but remote

from TravelQueenBee
We are currently staying at the L.W. Resort in Escondido. The overall facility is quite lovely, with well-maintained gardens, pools, etc. The golf course is great, and not too challenging. There are nice fitness facilities, pool tables, etc. scattered throughout.

Our room is a Villa on the Greens, which has a huge balcony, a full kitchen, nice living/dining room with pull-out queen sleeper that is comfortable (my 5th night on it last night). The master bedroom is spacious with a king bed. The bath is immense with a large shower and a Jacuzzi. Two TVs, wireless Internet (for a fee), and a gas fireplace. All-in-all, we are quite happy here.

So, the negatives: several people I met are also in these villas, but in units that have not yet been remodeled and they are unhappy. There are lots of old folks, but a family can be quite happy here if it is swimming weather. The activities are pretty limited -- bingo, chair aerobics, insipid crafts. The theater tickets are not cheap -- 40 without dinner. There isn't a lot to do here. You really need to drive to do things in San Diego, at the beach, etc, There are nice drives for walking, and hills for hiking, and golf/tennis/swimming, but that's it.

Hair dryer, CD/DVD/VCR (no radio), and fine kitchen facilities.

Nice to see but does not deliver!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Although the original villas were nice the 2 bedroom units only have one king and 2 twin beds, no units have queen beds in the 2nd bedroom. The room smelled like mold and the screen was torn. We checked out a day early and went home. The sales team will say anything even lie to get you to at least purchase the audition membership. They told my husband they had a full course and an executive when really they have a short 18 hole executive and a small 9 hole executive. Getting them to honor what the sales person promised us was like pulling teeth they have terrible customer service. When we wanted to order from the restaurant on site they wouldn't even bring a menu to our room. When we went down to the pool and asked for a towel they wanted a credit card on file in case we did not bring it back!! the Playground for the kids really only suits older kids and its very small. After the family is done with the limited things to do here you have to drive at least 30 minutes to get to anything in a real city. This resort/timeshare is a sad try at being like the Marriott Villas.

Great place!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The amenities are fantastic too many to list. We own 4 units and are always looking forward to our next stay. One problem we had this last stay was houskeeping kept some of the items we left behind when we checked out. So don't leave your cell phones Etc.

A place to vacation with the kids

from pariscoh
Wonderful resort for a family vacation. The 2 Bd "Laura" villa was almost as comfortable as home for us and our young kids (5, 3 & 1). Villa was quite large, clean and had a great layout with all the necessities. Full kitchen meant not having to eat out with the lil' ones for every meal. Two bedrooms in addition to a living room allowed for actual R&R for adults after kids were in bed. Washer/Dryer in our villa made life easier. The best part was the AMAZING VIEW. The shutters to all rooms revealed a beautiful view of the lake and golf course. Twenty steps from the patio was the lake, which provided us with hours of feeding (sometimes chasing) ducks, fishing and frolicking in the grass. The childrens' water playground and slide was hours of fun. The drive to and from SD was challenging during rush hour traffic, but worth it to see some of the major attractions. What the resort lacks in energy, it makes up in amenities and tranquility. If you are young, single, childless, seeking fabulous cuisine or on sight activities, skip this place. If you are looking for a beautiful contemporary room, definately skip this resort. BUT, if you have children and your idea of a vacation is to not be trapped in a 400 sq ft room for a week, this place is a must. Enjoy!

Not Worth the Price

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our intention was not to use the resort’s facilities, but simply to spend the night near the home of relatives. We checked-in late, left almost immediately for dinner, and did not return until 11:00, so there was little chance to inspect the facilities. We later discovered that the room had a shattered sliding glass patio door, a crushed mattress, chipped glassware, and a shower door that could not be latched. Upon checkout early the next morning, we discovered that the housekeeping/maintenance group was already aware of some of these problems, but apparently felt no responsibility to make any repairs prior to renting the room again. They had also failed to pick-up the resort's complaint form left by the previous tenants, which documented these and other problems with the room. And absolutely no apology!

Quiet, serene, relaxing and slow paced.

from A TripAdvisor Member
After an 1.5 hour drive from Los Angeles we arrived to the resort, really in the middle of the mountain (which mountain, unsure). Check-in fast, although our room not ready yet so headed to over-priced grocery store for milk, juice, cereal, etc.

Room: Each "villa" is sectioned into categories. We were assigned the "Sunny" one, at the end of the resort, perhaps the oldest on the property. The decorating a little dated and slightly worn kitchen cupboards, but perfectly clean and a full kitchen -- fridge, dishwasher, stove, microwave, coffee maker, blender, washer/dryer, plates, utensils, bowls. Think you get the picture. One side of the villa had the "king" size bed, although that was suspect from the first night, when hubby was in my space all night (much like at home, but with a "true" king size bed). Bathroom had his/her sinks, shower/tub. All very clean. Other side of the villa had 2 twin beds, his/her sinks and shower only.
Living room had good size couch, 2 chairs, lovely California shutters to a walk-out to small patio with table, chairs and lounge chair.

Golf: Par 60, 18-hole course, full of rabbits and snakes. Get the cart; we tried to walk the first time, and too fat for the hilly course. Beautifully layed-out, with sand bunkers hubby enjoyed immensely and wood area that has a few of his balls too. (Note: I did not lose any balls, because I can only hit ball 100 yds at a time). Wait until 2 pm for the "twilight rate" (seeing old people eat dinner at 4 pm, 2 pm is late) which is US$22 p.p. with power cart.

Rest of amenities: The recreation centre near Sunny had many has-been books, and an air-hockey game that had seen better days, much like the guests at the resort (except for us whipper-snappers at age 40ish). The other centre looked not so worn and new Plasma TV, pool tables and air hockey that perhaps worked. Pool area in the new area was nice -- water slide, small pools and screaming children galore. Hence. we spent a mere 2 hrs. there. Restaurant very good meal, dated decor, but no unwanted hair in food, and that is good!

Other things to do: Try the San Diego Trolley for the day. Go to San Diego Zoo, park for free and you can hop on and off the trolley all day. We got off at Gaslamp District and shopped and ate the day away. Tijuana, Mexico one day. Took our car to the parking lot and then the $2.50 bus into Mexico to the World's Junkest Shopping Area. T-shirts, jewellery, knick-nacks, booze, LOADS of drug stores to buy Viagara, Celebrex, Imatrex, etc. Hassles by the vendors trying to get you into their junky stores kinda wears thin pretty quick. Side note: Las Vegas mere 5 hrs. drive away, worth looking at just to see more tourist attractions. If you have US$500 p.p. you can play golf at "Wynn" the newest hotel on the strip. (cart extra)!!!

Overall, very quiet, clean and great golf resort. No evening loud shows or partying, and by 10 pm the place shut down tight.

This is a Great Resort for a Family with Kids

from Lee061
This resort was great. The villa was spacious and clean. I have read previous post about other resorts on trip advisor and I am happy to report that my familes stay at the Welk Resort in Escondido was fantastic. The water slide is great the pools are also good too. The kids had a great time. We visited the nearby theme parks a few days out of the week, but it was nice to have onsite entertainment and activities for the kids without leaving the resort. The staff was wonderful also. Any family with young children thinking of staying near San Diego can't go wrong with the Welk Resort.

Resort - Not for Singles

from suzanne00
We stayed at the Welk Resort in April 2005. I would recommend the resort if all you want to do is stay in the Villas and watch television. The actual Villas are wonderful! However, there is absolutely nothing to do for 2 people in their 30's. The restaurant and bar area are very out-dated and the swimming pool is full of kids. It was a 30 minute drive just to go find a good place to eat. So if your looking for entertainment, the Welk Resort is awful. If you have children, I would recommend it or if you are over 65 I would highly recommend it. I went to the resort with an open mind because I had heard it was a geriatric center. After staying there, this is definitely true.

Perfect location and amenities for our family!

from lindylous
We visited the San Diego/Anaheim area April 8th-16th and stayed at the resort for 7 nights. Our one bedroom villa was located near the Boulder Springs waterslide and pool area, had a jetted jacuzzi tub, and a fireplace. Our kids (ages 5 and 8) thought the pool area was fantastic--although they complained that the kids' sprinkler play area had very cold water. Both pools at this area of the resort were well heated and comfortable for adults not actually swimming. The hot tub was usually full to capacity, so we never had the opportunity to use it. On our arrival date, a "The Incredibles" movie was shown at the pool and there were plenty of recreational opportunities available such as air hockey and ping pong. There was also a nice playground structure for the kids and we were given a coupon for a free ice cream treat in the deli. We did eat at the biggest restaurant, Mr. W's, our first night there. It was okay, but not the best choice for us. Our kids weren't ready to sit down, were over tired and hungry, and the menu wasn't all that kid friendly. My son's hot dog was more like a bratwurst--which he thought was disgusting and my daughter's hamburger didn't look appetizing. My husband tried the seafood buffet (the special that night) and he said it wasn't bad. My salad was overdressed and soggy. On a positive note, our server, Nancy, was great and very kind to our children. The resort had a mix of guests and there were lots of families.

Our villa was comfortable and we enjoyed the fact that there was a tv both in the bedroom and in the living room. Our kitchen had most things we needed except for plastic wrap. The bathroom was spacious and the jetted tub was separate from the shower. The shower had two heads, with one removable as a hand held sprayer, and a shelf seat. This made it easy to rinse both kids off after a trip to the pool or beach. There was also a small capacity washer/dryer in our unit as well as barbecue grills located throughout the complex. As far as I could tell, our unit was on one of the newer complexes. They are currently building their next phase.

The location is just outside of Escondido, north of downtown San Diego. We were familiar with the area as we had lived there many years ago. Because we had a wide geographic area of activities planned, we found the location worked for us. It had good freeway access to both the Carlsbad area (Legoland--30 minutes??) and to I-5 (Anaheim/Disneyland). Traffic was slow the morning we headed to Sea World and took longer than we expected--about 50 minutes. Granted, we were attending a breakfast there and had to travel during the end of rush hour.

In summary, we enjoyed our stay, the amenities, atmoshpere, and we definitelywould return again.

Top Local Tips for Escondido

Jet Skis, Sightseeing You can rent jet skis about 30 mins. away. The front desk wanted to send us to Oceanside, but there is a place further south, right off Interstate 5, in the intercoastal waterway. Get your groceries in Escondido at the shopping center. Don't go into San Diego or out during rush hour and it took a little over an hour to get to the airport (San Diego) around 930am. Sea World is really worth the trip for an entire day.

Legoland Great place to take your child. Even a small child will have fun.

Going to the Beach? If you are planning on going to the beach, we suggest Oceanside, CA or Carlsbad, CA beaches. Less crowded. Same ocean. You will feel more relaxed and less like a tourist.


Other names for Welk Resort San Diego Hotel

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  • welk resort escondido
  • welk resort
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  • lawrence welk resort
  • Address: 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr - Escondido - California - 92026 - United States
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