We had been hearing about the Welk Resort Escondido's extensive renovations; we live nearby and were invited to visit the resort for a 90-minute presentation in exchange for a 3-night trip to Northern California. We arrived early and had breakfast at the Canyon Grille, which was good and reasonably priced. Our tour/presentation was scheduled for 11:30, and we arrived 10 minutes early as instructed, but we were not greeted by our "presentation professional" until noon. When he did greet us, he pretty much ignored me and focused on my husband, and didn't even apologize for being 1/2 hour late. We told him we had another appointment in the afternoon, so we needed to be finished by 1 p.m. as scheduled. He rudely said "well the clock starts now, so maybe you want to come back another time, because it's going to take at least 90 minutes." So it was our problem that he was late? Things pretty much went downhill from there. We were genuinely curious about what Welk had to offer, and the resort itself is beautiful, but the whole timeshare sales pitch is incredibly aggressive and very predatory. They don't answer questions directly about things like protection from increases in maintenance fees and they put you through what's akin to an interrogation about your own finances and lifestyle over an agonizing 2 hours our more. It's kind of like the old slimy car sales pitch when you ask about the total cost of the car: Well how much can you pay every month? When they finally do tell you how the pricing and "points system" works, (sort of) you learn that they are charging people nearly 15 percent interest in order to finance these timeshares. It's crazy, and it's sad that some people seemed to be falling for the trap. They totally pressure you to "sign today" or you will lose your opportunity, ever, ever, ever, to buy into this Welk program in the future. They even make you sign a paper that says that! Twice. They want you to buy in without disclosing the fine print or details, which is just crazy and very frightening. On top of it all, the sales guy was obnoxious and could not even do simple math. When we finally were able to escape and recover our $40 deposit for the privilege of considering buying or visiting here, we were more than convinced that whatever the Welk timeshare team is selling, we're not buying. If they ask you to tour their lovely property, beware!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Welk Resort San Diego Hotel Escondido
- Welk Hotel Escondido
- Welk Resort Escondido
- Welk Hotel San Diego