Welk Resort San Diego in Escondido, CA

8860 Lawrence Welk DriveEscondido, CA 92026
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Located in Escondido, just minutes from San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and LEGOLAND, the Welk Resort San Diego offers one- and two-bedroom villas. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, patios or balconies, and more, as well as amenities like eight outdoor pools with waterslides, a poolside barbecue and an outdoor movie screen; an on-site spa; multiple restaurants; and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Escondido Travel Experts
  • Located 15.8 miles from San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, 17.7 miles from LEGOLAND, and 30-minutes from Temecula Valley wine country.
  • Minimum check-in age is 21.
  • Resort located on over 450-acres.
  • Villas include full kitchens, living areas and balconies.
  • 5 recreation centers.
  • 8 swimming pools, 1 for adults only.
  • Fishing lake.
  • 2 golf courses.
  • California-style grill and a pizza bar.

Property Amenities

  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Children's Program
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Express Checkout
  • Game Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Guest Laundry
  • Handicapped Access
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Outside Corridors
  • Playground
  • Restaurant on Property
  • Sauna
  • DVD Players Available
  • Internet Access in Public Areas (free)
  • Golf Course Adjacent
  • Tennis Court on Property
  • Health Spa/Massage
  • Wedding Services
  • Free Parking
  • Porter/Bellman
  • Security Guard
  • Ice Machines
  • Basketball Goals
  • ATM/Banking
  • Concierge Services
  • Patio/Veranda
  • Barbecue Grill(s)
  • Breakfast (surcharge)
  • Clubhouse
  • Sundry/Grocery
  • Smoke-free Property
  • Waterslide
  • Snack Bar/Deli
  • Beach/pool cabanas (surcharge)
  • Beach/pool sun loungers
  • Beach/pool towels
  • Beach/pool umbrellas
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from Welk Resort San Diego
Check-In: 4:00pm Check-Out: 10:00am
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 (20 minutes), area casinos, and some of the most beautiful beaches (30 minutes) in the world!

Welk Resorts highest priority is the health and wellness of our guests and team members. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) statements related to COVID-19 and following their guidance along with our federal, state, and local health departments and governments.

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 high speed Internet access.

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, extensive fitness center, basketball court, planned activities for all age groups, 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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

7 Reviews
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great vacation for the entire family."
July 2019
This trip and location was amazing. Plenty activities for all ages. Excellent service from entering the resort and check out.
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Tip: Seven pool areas, included an area for adults only. Farmer's market, escape rooms, game areas, couple of hours for child care. My grandchildren never once said they were "bored." There are shuttled excursions to LA, San Diego, local casino, and if you like grilling, fishing, golfing, live theater this is the place to visit. Also, the two bedroom Villa was clean, 3 tv's ( we were so busy - did not watch the rented movies). Full kitchen, excellent view from balcony. Nothing negative to report about this trip.

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Frank watson
calipatria, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"spring break"
May 2019
i dont have any complains about welk resort this is our second year going here and this year we did expierance alot of mistakes but nothing that wasnt taken care of right away and i appreciate that ...we live in imperial valley so for short breaks welk resort san diego is a great place to hang out and relax for a week!!
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Tip: bring alot of swimwear and hiking shoes for nice walks around the resort

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Richard Crumm
Duchesne, UT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful place to Stay"
October 2018
We were very happy with our Villa it had everything we could possibly need for a vacation. The kids enjoyed swimming! One of our favorite vacations yet!
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Gerald Mendoza
delano, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
October 2018
People are nice and helpful and the place is really really nice so relaxing
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Tripster Customer
Wolf Point , MT
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
August 2018
My family enjoyed our stay. We have a big family so this was a perfect place that was able to accommodate us.
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Elizabeth Suarez
Torrance, CA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Awful resort for families"
July 2018
We go ever year to San Diego and have an awesome family vacation. We stayed at legoland resort 3 times, stayed at holiday inn, and stayed other hotels at the hotel circle in San Diego and have had the best housekeeping and room service and there was always something beside the pool for the kids to do. So we thought since we always spend over 3k to try something different and stay at the welks resort since they photos showed all kind of things for families with kids to participate in. We had the worst time at the Welks Redort, will never go back and will never recommend it to anyone. First I’m handicap and the parking was awful, 8 villas and only about 12 parking spaces where in front of our villas and 90% of the times if we got there after 2pm we had to park far away from our Villa and park in the parking of another Villa’s court and walk with all 3 girls ages 8 and under, second no room service and no housekeeping, after paying over 3k we had to take our trash out ourselves and change our own bedsheets (it wasn’t a vacation it was like just being home) Third no good deliveries were allowed other then Pizza Hut , so your force to eat pizza or drive over 30 to 45 minutes to buy something to take back to your Villa and fight for parking so then you can sit and eat and relax, sorry but this place is for (hate to say it) old retired folks without kids that just
Want to stay in their villas and drink all day and night like both our neighbors. Our kids were so bored they couldn’t wait to go home and asked if next year we please not come back and stay at Legoland. You should have assigned parking, room service and housekeeping for everyone not only if you stay 5 nights (we stayed 4 nights) and you be allowed to have food delivered to your room and have activities for the kids. You are not cheap so why act like a cheap hotel and not make it easy for your guest to enjoy their stay.
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Tip: Housekeeping and room service for all guest, alllow food service to be delivered, assign parking, activities for young kids.

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Rosemarie Arceo
Stockton, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Love San Diego"
April 2018
Easy booking. Cheap and best price in town
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Covid Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 12, 2020 NEW
Needed to get out of the house safely. Welks resort was beautiful. They have implemented safety measures. There are limits on the pools. For some of these you need to place a reservation ahead of time for 2 hour increments. Other activites were changed to single families to keep safe. Our favorite was the sunset electric bike cruise. We also enjoyed axe throwing and the escape room. We only went in the pool once because even with restrictions, we felt there were too many people. Restaurant on site was closed, but opened the day before we left.
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San Diego
"Great place to visit but avoid during Covid"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 04, 2020 NEW
We normally love visiting here. Unfortunately with Covid-19, they try to keep things open but don't tell you until the last minute about all the restrictions and what is not available. They have great recreation centers and pools but you have to make a reservation for the pools. Unfortunately the reservations go fast so you have to take your chance at the waiting list or showing up 30-45 minutes into the 2 1/2 hour reservation time slots. Also very inconstant knowledge of people working there. Some don't know what's going on or who to call to find out. They also only one of the recreation centers is open for crafts but again, it's reservation only, severely limiting what you can do. While they are practicing good social distancing with this, the other 3 rec centers are closed. Doesn't make sense. Again, they don't warn you about this so you get blind sided when you get there so beware. The golf course is in great shape so if your coming as a couple and don't care about the pools or rec centers, it's wonderful!
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Torrance, California
"Sorrento Unit #376"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 29, 2020 NEW
Seemed that they were not expecting for unit to be occupied because it was missing paper towel, toilet paper and facial tissue. Really wanted to use the paper towels to sanitize the room, especially during the COVID pandemic . Also had bug bites in our arms and legs. Wonder when was the last time unit was cleaned, linens changed. My family was looking forward to this trip and it did not live to our expectations.
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Los Angeles, California
"Management handling"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed June 29, 2020 NEW
I rarely take out the time to write a bad review, but this one was definitely coming from the minute we walked in for check in. We showed up On time for check in and find a long line ( at least over a dozen people) on their lobby, I kept all my children in the car with husband ( due to social distancing) and assumed ok theres 3 people on front desk it should go fast. But nope, it was at least 30 mins to get through the line, they finally had one of their managers come out to help speed up the process, but there were clearly enough people sitting around doing nothing on their resort information section. When we got our turn, the lady on front desk Check us in and didn't mention anything about our package deal that we booked through their own websites that was to include breakfast and late check out, she finished explaining where we go to drive our car. I asked her how do we avail of the breakfast that we paid for, she looked confused. And I told her that I upgraded my booking to one of this “sweet escape” package they were offering. She then proceeds to tell me that their restaurants are close and that isn’t possible. Mind you we only had this booking a few days prior so things didn’t just change last minute. I actually didn’t bring any food items to cook because I assumed we will get breakfast, there’s no supermarkets close by in this resort. I asked to speak to manager and his only resolution is to give me a Restaurant credit to what I paid for two days worth of breakfast but says the only place we can use it for is Pizza Hut! What am I buying $100 worth of pizza for? I asked them to just refund me the up charge for the package and they couldn’t figure out how much I paid for it? No one can tell me how much they will charge for the room rates and by this time we’ve been standing there for an extra half hour ( one hour since I got there) I had to have my husband come in with the children because they have been waiting in car for an hour! They told us to call customer service for the issue, so manager can not handle it right then and there? We were so exhausted that I just told them I don’t want to deal with it on my time of my vacation ( it was my birthday too!). They told us someone will contact us in 24 hours, I really didn’t want to be stuck on the phone like my husband was on for 40 mins with no resolution. Told the manager to deal with it in time for our check out, Two days later upon check out, we had to again wait another 30 mins because no one bothered to do it. Manager appeared to be too busy for us! The customer service is appalling! They couldn’t even offer us our extended check out that we originally paid for unless we take the gift resort credit option! The room was nice, but too much driving or walking to get to pools and the room we got looked like we were gonna get mugged on our way in, it was on the bottom floor, stairwell access was unattractive to say the least. Not coming back to this place again!
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Los Angeles, California
"Amazing but...."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2020 NEW
Overall, I want to thank the amazing and incredible staff. There were many checking in but it was a Saturday and overall, the staff did their best to check in everyone rather quickly. The Good: Again, can’t say enough of the staff. Very polite, friendly and welcoming! The unit itself was clean and the kitchen was stocked all needed kitchen ware. The balcony was small but the views were amazing. Very peaceful and serene. Not so good: I won’t blame the resort for this. I wanted to upgrade once I checked in but because the rooms were already pre-assigned they told me it wasn’t possible. I should have called ahead, now I know. Then, we were told all the pools were booked, again, I don’t blame the resort, they were following safety protocols. The kitchen was great but had stools rather than chairs which were not good because I suffer from lower back problems. What was a real disappointment was the restroom in our suite. I can’t believe no one else has posted anything about that. Our unit was at the Spyglass, 2nd floor, and our restroom was just odd. I’ve never been to jail but the restroom made me feel like I was using a prison bathroom. I’ve never been anywhere we’re there is no shower door and the toilet sits so close to the shower. Overall, I loved the place. Already looking to book in a few weeks but I will book a nicer room, likely a villa over a suite.
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Welk Resort San Diego is located at 8860 Lawrence Welk DriveEscondido, CA 92026
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Frequently Asked Questions about Welk Resort San Diego

Is this a pet-friendly hotel?
No. Pets are not permitted inside the hotel, with the exception of service animals.

Can I reserve a smoking room?
No, the hotel is non-smoking. Designated smoking areas are available outside of the building.

Does the hotel offer WiFi?
Yes. Guests can access the WiFi free of charge.

Is parking available on-site?

Does the hotel serve breakfast?
Yes, guests may purchase breakfast at the hotel.

Does the hotel have a fitness center?

Will my room have a safe?

Will my room have a microwave and/or mini-fridge?
Yes. Rooms include kitchenettes with appliances such as a microwave and mini-fridge.

Does the hotel have an on-site restaurant?
The hotel has a bar/lounge on-property.

Is there a pool at the hotel?
Yes. The hotel has several outdoor pools and poolside bars.

What is the minimum age to check-in?
Guests must be at least 21 years of age to reserve a room and check-in.

Is there a resort fee?
Yes. A $20 resort fee per night applies.