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Lawrence Welk Resort Villas

Escondido, California

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  • Located about 30 miles north of San Diego, Lawrence Welk Resort Villas offers an outstanding variety of diversions for your daytime or nighttime pleasure. Golfers will be in heaven with two 18-hole courses on site, plus more than 70 additional courses within a half-hour drive.

    The resort offers two lighted tennis courts, three swimming pools, four whirlpools, a fully equipped exercise room, a lap pool, a sauna, and a 330-seat live Broadway Theatre. For sight-seeing, visit the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Scripps Aquarium and Museum, the markets of Tijuana, Mexico, and much more.

  • On-Site
    • Children's Pool
    • ClubHouse
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fishing
    • Game Room
    • Golf
    • Grocery Store
    • Hairdresser
    • Handicap Accessible Units
    • Health Club
    • Indoor Pool
    • Kid Friendly
    • Laundry Room
    • Live Entertainment
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Snack Bar
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Whirlpool/Hot Tub
    Nearby
    • Biking
    • Boating (30 miles)
    • Car Rental
    • Casino
    • Lake
    • Medical Facilities (10 miles)
    • Ocean (30 miles)
    • Playground Area
    • Racquetball
    • Theme Park
    • Water Skiing (30 miles)
  • Reviews

    • Avatar for johnh1013
      By: johnh1013

      Check in was quick and pleasant. We called the resort with a request for room location a week prior to arrival. All requests were granted. We stayed on Melody Hill, the only adult pool in the resort. Upon arrival we were informed that the pool and rec center were closed for major construction. The weather was a little cool so we weren’t inconvenienced. Our two bedroom, two bath Villa #152 was perfect, 1370 square feet with beautiful furnishings, large fully stocked kitchen and a corner deck on the 2nd floor overlooking the golf course (thru the trees). We went to the presentation and received show tickets for the “illusions” show, which was excellent, along with a $60.00 AMEX card. The presentation was very low key, they were selling points. The Welk Resort system is first class. Many activities for everyone to enjoy. The farmers market on Monday featured many vendors selling a variety of items. The Canyon Grill on site features a variety of lunch and dinner choices. A Pizza Hut Express is a great choice for take-out. We enjoyed our week stay and now will move up to the Mountain Villas for a week. The resort allowed us to stay in the Resort Villa until our Mountain Villa was ready for our move-in.

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      Dec 17, 2014
    • Avatar for c614
      By: c614

      We have owned property all over the western US and this is by far our favorite spot. So much to do nearby, golf, casinos, seaworld, legoland, etc. and the location is perfect. The on-property golf course is perfect for a vacation course, not too tough, not too easy, and makes for a great afternoon or morning. There are numerous pools on the property and tons of activities for the kids. There is a pizza hut on-site and the resort restaurant has a wonderful menu. There's absolutely no reason to leave the property! We love it here and have been coming back for years. They continue to update the villas and maintain the property. This is one of the best family investments we've ever made.

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      Aug 1, 2010 (Updated Jul 1, 2014)
    • Avatar for comsulserv
      By: comsulserv

      Recently spent a week here using two 2BR villas. Both were recently refurbished, well appointed, and very clean. Response to maintenance requests was prompt and satisfactory. Grounds were excellent; theater was fun. Recreation centers were well organized, stocked and staffed. Front desk staff was helpful and responsive.

      Only downside is that roof replacement (tile) was being done right next to our villas and it was busy with construction vehicles and comotion throughout the day. Also, if you are NOTa points member, do not subject yourself to the very aggressive and almost rude sales presentation up on the mountain.

      It was nice to return to L Welk after several years elsewhere. Five stars all around.

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      Dec 22, 2002 (Updated Apr 2, 2011)
    • Avatar for adama7
      By: adama7

      We stayed at the Welk this past week. Overall, it was a good experience. The resort is well kept. Pools are great for kids. Weather is great inland.

      The positives: The two room unit we stayed in was spacious and was setup nicely. The two rooms were separated by the main living area so that my wife and I could watch TV in our room without having to worry about keeping the kids awake in the other room. The resort itself is very nice, has GREAT pools for the kids with slides that they really enjoyed. And being quite a bit inland from the coast ensures that you don't get socked in witht he marine layer every day and the temperatures were in the high 80's every day. We had bright sunshine every day. The resort is set in a valley so that views from the resort, specifically from the pools, are very nice.

      The negatives: This place is really out in the middle of nowhere. It is a solid 10-15 drive just to get to a grocery store/convenient store. So, if you are like us and like to go out to dinner, this is a major hassle. I suppose if you bring/buy all your own food and mainly cook at the resort, this wouldn't be an issue, but it was for us. Also, if you want to go to the pools, it is very likely a drive/shuttle to get there. The best pool is the Mountain Springs, which for us was not walkable. The shuttle doesn't run nearly enough so it was a bit of a drag to have to drive to go to the pool. The Resort Villas where we stayed are clearly older -- there were gold accents in the bathroom that made me think of the 70's -- but it was clean...it was fine. Lastly, if you are a golfer like me, the golf onsite is a Par 3 course and an executive course. If you want a real golf course, you will again need to get driving. I played Twin Oaks -- 10 minutes or less away and it was fine.

      Jul 5, 2009
    • Avatar for karen39
      By: karen39

      We just returned from spending a week at the Lawrence Welk Resort. We do not own at this resort, it is in a good location if you want to go to the Wine area in Temecula, or travel to San Diego, about 45 minutes away. The staff put us in a older unit, since we do not own there. It was large, 2 bedroom, very old, new carpet and updated furniture. The freeway was very close, alot of noise. It could have been cleaner, dead bugs on the carpet, sliding door to patio very dirty, never cleaned, patio furniture dirty, showers had no water pressure. They did come back in and clean up a few things, not everything. The pool areas were nice, too cold in April to use. This is only a 5 Star Resort if you stay in the new units, that they are selling. The older units, need to be completly redone, I would rate about 3 Star. There are alot of older people here, who have bought alone time ago. You will need to cook here or travel about 30 minutes away to eat, they have a restaurant onsite, it was ok. The golf course was also ok, only a par 3, my husband was not impressed, took along time to complete, due to the older people playing. Just a note, that I did live a message with the General Manager on Staff, he never returned our call to see if everything was taken care of. No need to return to this resort.

      May 6, 2009 (Updated May 6, 2009)
    • Avatar for sandyh55
      By: sandyh55

      Visited both Lawrence Welk Resort Villas and Lawrence Welk Villas on the Green ( separate lock out units). Had a small family reunion. Everything was 5 star quality. Service was great, lots of discounts, much for kids and adults to do.

      Great patios, walking trails (paved), pools, pools, pools, clubhouse, you name it! Daily get to-gathers, and classes for all ages.

      Owner Services was great, but don't hold your breath with RCI. You may talk to someone in Austria. If you go on the tour you may be offered bonus weeks with RCI, if you attend or buy, good luck!

      We currently own 3 units. Make sure you have the weeks you want because a trade with RCI is almost impossible, again, Owner Services is wonderful.

      Wish I had a dozen more.

      May 31, 2008 (Updated May 31, 2008)
    • Avatar for rogerf15
      By: rogerf15

      We returned from our April visit, most days the weather was nice but still a bit chilly. The resort staff is friendly and helpful. I had read complaints on a few sites, but I couldn't find anything wrong. My kids loved the water slide at the Boulder Springs Club House. We just had a fabulous time. I had also read that the magic and comedy show was great, but it was simply OK. The week we were there they brought in a Comedy Hypnosis guy that didn't seem to be too successful in hypnotizing people.

      We travel with our kids a bunch and this is one of the nicest places we have stayed (except for Hilton Head - such a great city). The 35 - 40 minute drive to San Diego did get old, but it is worth it to stay at a very nice place like the Welk Escondido.

      Apr 6, 2008
    • Avatar for bennett3
      By: bennett3

      We just got back from a stay in the Villas. We had a 2 BR lockoff unit. Since we have a teen, this was very nice. She enjoyed having her own 'apartment'. We found the unit to be very clean and spacious. All the appliances were newer and worked well.

      There were tours each day to various places. We took the Los Angeles / Hollywood tour, which was OK, but a three hour ride and, being as we're close to New York, we were not all that impressed.

      We had signed up for a Mexico tour, which ended up being cancelled - not enough people. Remember to bring your passport if you come here so that you can go to Mexico! We ended up scheduling our own tour with Coach America and enjoyed it immensely. We took the half day (afternoon) tour. Definitely go!

      We also parked at Old Towne and took the trolley tour to various other places. Worth it! Balboa Park is great to walk around and there are lots of museums to see. The Seaport Village was also a very scenic place to stop and there are many shops there. Old Towne has a lot of Mexican restaurants and also a lot of tourist shopping.

      Facilities at the resort were plentiful. We did go to eat at their restaurant one night, The Canyon Grill, and were disappointed with the quality of the food. Skip that one....

      All in all a nice resort and we would definitely return here if we are back in the area....

      Feb 23, 2008
    • Avatar for kellyanned
      By: kellyanned

      We just returned from our stay. We stayed in a two bedroom unnit which was spacious and very clean. Since our kids are young, I like the traditional two bedroom and not the lock- outs. I believe the units in the Villas on the Green are lock outs.

      There was a pool area for each section and one that had a big slide and children's play area. We spent a few days there at the pool, playground and club house and a few times at the pool near our section. My kids enjoyed both. Each area also had a hot tub or two.

      Our villa had a mountain view, can't be beat. We saw many people ehjoying their mornings walking the path through the resort. We did that one morning. Very relaxing.

      I can't tell you about the golf, but the course looked nice. I wish they had a miniature golf course for all the non-golfers and those of us with younger kids.

      There was a pizza hut onsite and a restaurant, although we never ate at the restaurant. I believe they are building a marketplace area and are rennovating the lobby too. There was a Vons within a 10 minute drive where we bought most of our groceries.

      I'd definitely return to this resort. It was a 35 minute drive to Seaport Village, Zoo and Sea World and a 20-25 minute drive to Carlsbad and Legoland. We had dinner in San Marcos one night too. And then we drove up to Anaheim to finish our vacation at Disneyland and that was less than 1 1/2 hours. So a great resort in a great location to enjoy all the area has to offer.

      May 2, 2007
    • Avatar for jeanneb2
      By: jeanneb2

      Our unit was beautifully decorated and very spacious. We overlooked a lake and had a great view. The unit has not only two bedrooms with two full beds in one and a king in the other but a great sofa sleeper in livingroom. Very comfortable. Big kitchen ...tons of activities for children. Great activities for children on sight. Fishing in lake. Executive golf course and tennis. About 35 min to San Diego....but in April it was warmer in Escondido which allowed the kids to swim.

      Apr 22, 2007
    • Avatar for belanger
      By: belanger

      We just got back from the Villas and we enjoyed our time there. The kids enjoyed the waterslide and kids water play area. The units were good and we like the split floorplan of having the living room between the two bedrooms. It was also nice to access the two bathrooms without having to go through a bedroom. The resort provided two computers for internet use however they charged approx. $8.00/hour which is something we are not use to paying a fee. They have numerous pools, however we had an adult only (18 and over) pool right across from our unit. They have two 18-hole golf courses on site (both executive), but I would recommend playing the longer one (Fountains) which can be challenging. We were so busy we were unable to attend any shows or try the restaurant. We did find out the restaurant had a lounge, but it closes at 9:00 p.m. We saw that they will be getting a Pizza Hut on- site in the near future.

      We would definitely go back given the opportunity.

      Aug 11, 2006
    • Avatar for cathyg32
      By: cathyg32

      My partner and I are English and work in the timeshare industry, and are not easily impressed. It was our first time in this area, and we were a little concerned about the location, as on previous visits to the USA we haven´t hired a car.

      We found the resort to be of the highest standard. Very spacious villas, well equipped and immaculate inside.

      You definitely need a car. There was only one tour leaving from the resort, to Mexico. The rest had to be booked yourself, by travelling into San Diego or locating them on the map and driving to these destinations.

      The most helpful member of staff was a lady called Jodie Howard, who worked in the concierge department. She gave us all the help we needed to ensure a fabulous stay! from restaurants to the best tours and trips. We had a most enjoyable stay because of her help!

      One criticism was the lack of a shop for food etc. The restaurant was okay, but nothing special, and the nearest supermarket was 6 miles away! We ate out every day, but we all need those little extras for snacks and drinks. The 3-5 year plans for this resort are amazing, but for now, eating here, is not the resorts strongest point.

      In all, a highly recommended resort, you will have a great stay.

      May 5, 2006 (Updated May 5, 2006)
    • Avatar for john5786
      By: john5786

      The unit was spacious and in generally good condition. Our room had a very nice view of one of the two golf courses at the resort. We played the 18-hole course, which had no par fives, but was well maintained and enjoyable nonetheless. Restaurant was surprisingly empty for breakfast (not necessarily a bad thing, but odd). There wasn't a convenience store on the premises, so the need for a quick item required a 5-minute drive to the supermarket. Plan on a minimum 20-minute drive to reach La Jolla and 5- 10 minutes more for San Diego. Overall a very enjoyable stay.

      Nov 18, 2005
    • Avatar for daveb45
      By: daveb45

      I thought this resort was very nice!! I was however disappointed with all the construction that was going on, and that none of the shops were open. The staff was very friendly and more than accomodating. I would highly recommend Lego land if you have young children. It was awesome!

      Oct 24, 2005
    • Avatar for dennis283
      By: dennis283

      This place is great. Huge units, well equipped! Excellent facilities. Even had a desk in the master bedroom. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The only drawback I saw was the restaurant. It was good but not great. Getting to better restaurants was too long of a drive. I would go back again but the resort has a 1 in 4 rule on a RCI trade so it will be awhile.

      Jul 29, 2005
    • Avatar for ron490
      By: ron490

      My first us of my unit is now over an I can't wait to go back. Everything was perfect! The unit, the ground, the staff, and the pools were more than I expected.

      I enjoyed my time there so much that I am looking into buying another week. Better than Gold Crown all the way!

      May 26, 2005
    • Avatar for blodders
      By: blodders

      This is the second time we have stayed at this resort; last time at Villas on the Green, this time at the Resort Villas. Both times we have been extremely impressed with the resort. It is one of the best we have stayed at over the years. Clean and well maintained; kids programs were good as well. The new waterpark is great. We'll be back!

      Jan 2, 2005
    • Avatar for malia4
      By: malia4

      The Description of this resort definitely needs to be updated. The resort actually has 3 recreation centers, 6 swimming pools and a children's pool making it 7. Nine whirpool hot tubs. A WATER PARK and WATER SLIDE!!! The grounds are immaculate and the Villas on the Greens (the new development on the Resort) are absolutely exceeding of Gold Crown! I have been to many so-called Gold Grown resorts and this one is truly deserving of it's rating. As far as having people their to change your kids diapers, well, heck, I think everyone should change their own kids diapers. Anyhoo, back to the resort... They are the only lock off in southern California that has kitchens on each side and not just an efficiency. The price is definitely what I expected. I mean come on, you can buy a vacation ownership for much less, but who wants to own in florida, where there is no supply and Demand or building restrictions. I think the price was right for Southern California--San Diego Co. Deeded real estate. The sales presentation was smooth. The lady who toured us was not cut-throat and very laid back. Which is definitely a plus. With the 2 for 1 exchange our lock off unit is worth 4 weeks of travel elsewhere. Great buy.. 4 weeks and 1 maintenance fees.

      May 16, 2004 (Updated Nov 23, 2004)
    • Avatar for karen1579
      By: karen1579

      A five star resort. Close to many family attractions. Great place to just stay and relax.

      Jul 21, 2004
    • Avatar for annamaria5
      By: annamaria5

      For Rent 7days at the Gold Crown Resort Lawrence Resort Villas in Escondido, Calif. May 28th - June 04th 2005. For Only $600.00 for the entire week! Hurry this won't last! Call Annamaria at (562) 430-9641

      Jul 16, 2004 (Updated Jul 16, 2004)
    • Avatar for julian18
      By: julian18

      Very nice resort.

      5 pools, 5 jacuzzis, a lap pool, a small kid splash zone, a water slide (48 inches and up only!), a sauna, two small workout facilities and two golf courses make this an active person's ideal place. Grounds sweep over several blocks so just a beautiful walk around the property is good exercise.

      I saw the show I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, which was well acted but pretty cliched writing, so not as enjoyable. I would love to see the players doing any other show, though.

      If the resort wants to start catering to a younger crowd, as I believe they are trying to do, they need to include the younger children in kid activities. With a 4 year old and a 2 year old I found myself stuck. The staff is evidently unable to manage the possibility of a messed diaper, so won't take any kid under 4 in any of the great kids' programs. Older kids have amazing activity times--up to 5.5 hours for Mom and Dad to get a break while kids have dinner and fun with friends in a well- supervised setting. Also they have put in two children's rooms with ample books and play items just their size.

      Sales pitch was low pressure and the newest units are AMAZING but waaaaaaay overpriced. Still the 2 week for 1 exchange rate makes this a resort we're strongly considering buying into.

      It is remote. The onsite market is poorly supplied and convenience-store overpriced. The nearest supermarket is about 10 minutes away. You really must have a car if you want to do anything but golf or swim. The San Diego Wild Animal Park is within half an hour and an amazing experience.

      As noted previously, the concierge is useless. Also, our unit was missing the in room guest directory facility overview booklet, so we had no idea what the facility had to offer until we asked the front desk TWICE to please get us one. I am very surprised that the monthly newsletter and the in-room guest directory have no information on the "new" waterpark area--it opened 3 months ago. Also an outdated blurb in the guest directory indicated that laundry was free because some of the new lockout units do not have washers and dryers in them. The laundry is NOT free, it's $2 a load. There was no change machine and the good folks in the rec office by the laundry facility had no quarters to buy. I had to walk my two kids to the restaurant to buy quarters off a waittress.

      When they clue in to having activities for kids of ALL ages, they will have a 5-star resort. For now, I'm giving them 4.

      Jun 3, 2004 (Updated Jun 3, 2004)
    • Avatar for bobnelson
      By: bobnelson

      Gold crown certainly justified. Expansive, well-kept resort with top notch amenities including botiques, a theatre, restraurants, executive and championship golf courses. Beautiful grounds and large units furnished nicely with most things one would need. We availed ourselves of several tours which were arranged by the on-site consierge including a trip to Mexico and a tour of San Diego. The dinner theatre Christmas Show was outstanding. There are many things to do should one choose. The San Diego Wildlife Park, the wine country and the smaller ocean communities were fun to visit. There are a number of casinos within reasonable driving distances should that be of interest to anyone. We did notice that a majority of the clientele seemed to be middle aged and up but that was of no concern. All in all, this was a very enjoyable vacation area. A car is necessary. We would go back.

      Nov 21, 2003
    • Avatar for wonder2181950
      By: wonder2181950

      UNITS WERE LARGE AND CLEAN. GROUNDS WELL MAINTAINED. DID NOT RECEIVE ANY INFORMATION ON AREA UNLESS WE WERE TO TAKE SALES PRESENTATION TOUR. CHECK-IN SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE THOROUGH.

      Nov 6, 2003
    • Avatar for scrubbyoak
      By: scrubbyoak

      Large units good for families. 2 golf courses on site range from easy to difficult. Lots of retirees.

      Jul 28, 2003
    • Avatar for vettboy
      By: vettboy

      First class accomodations and friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful golf course, and something to do for everyone. We would definately recommend to all.

      Jul 22, 2003
    • Avatar for mrawmurray
      By: mrawmurray

      Gold Crown rating completely justified. Friendly, courteous, and responsive staff from check-in to check-out. Large, lap, childrens' pools all heated. Activity center in each sub-complex. Professional theater, excellent restaurant on site. Par three and regular golf course on site. Tennis on site. Villa had equivilent of two master bedrooms with large livingroom and kitchen. Only two small concerns - some cooking utensils were not provided, and check-in included a brief pitch to consider time-share tour. NOT ONLY FOR SENIOR CITIZENS, despite the name!

      May 28, 2003
    • Avatar for drather
      By: drather

      WE HAVE ENJOYED THE THIS FACILITY TWICE DURING THE LAST FOUR YEARS.

      WE LOVE THE FACILITY AND WILL PURCHASE A PERIOD, TWO BEDROOM.

      WE ARE RSI AND HILTON OWNERS AS WELL.

      May 23, 2003
    • Avatar for pedsnurse
      By: pedsnurse

      Beautiful, large resort with lots to do for all ages. Our unit was huge but in need of refurbishment. Smelled of cigarette smoke on entering and housekeeping was called and asked to spray it but I don't think they ever came. Also, the bulb was out in the 2nd bathroom and maintenance was called but they never replaced it.

      We went on their 90 minute sales presentation to get 2 free tickets to the theater on site (Forever Plaid). Not a hard sell and the new units are fabulous but very pricey.

      The show and lunch buffet were excellent. The pools and rec centers are great and if you're into playing golf, this seemed to be an ideal place.

      May 5, 2003
    • Avatar for schultzie6
      By: schultzie6

      We stayed at the Welk in July 2002. What an incredible place! We are accustomed to staying in Gold Crown resorts and this resort definitely fits that criteria! Huge, beautiful 2 bedroom condos. Great golf courses, pools, activities & very close to local attractions!

      Mar 15, 2003
    • Avatar for talog
      By: talog

      The units are very nice, clean and well maintained. Pleasant surrounding, easy check- in. The concierge was useless. San Marcos is the best spot to find restaurants.

      Mar 7, 2003
    • Avatar for georgef
      By: georgef

      I have owned there since 1994 and feel it to be one of the finest resorts in the country. Golf, Restaurant, and Theatre on site.

      Dec 28, 2002
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    Escondido, California 92026
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