Lake San Marcos

Lakehouse Hotel and Resort

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Family-friendly resort less than an hour from downtown San Diego
  • Choice of traditional rooms, suites or cottages for up to six guests
  • Golfers receive member access to two semi-private clubs at the resort
  • There are two pools, hot tubs, fire pits and marina with water-sport rentals

Enjoyed This
"Looking forward to returning."
3 Sep, 2019 - San Diego, CA, USA
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The Lakehouse Hotel & Resort has welcomed families to the shores of Lake San Marcos since the 1960s when it opened as an intimate 75-room hotel. In 2013, the property underwent extensive renovations, nearly doubling in size to offer 144 guest rooms, suites and cottages. Throughout its makeover, the hotel maintained its focus on family-friendly entertainment with nostalgic activities like roasting s’mores, hula hooping contests and board games.

All the rooms have Keurig coffeemakers, minifridges, walk-in rain showers and free Wi-Fi. Many rooms have balconies or patios with pool and lake views. Upgrades are available to larger suites and lakefront cottages with additional bathrooms, patios with fire pits, dining tables and space to sleep six guests. Quiet hours are observed after 10 p.m. to accommodate younger guests’ sleeping schedules.

The expansive pool deck has two pools, hot tubs, fire pits and a seasonal outdoor bar. From the on-site marina, guests can rent paddleboards, kayaks and pontoon boats and parents can enjoy in room spa services. The library has a cozy fireplace and is the perfect place to pass a quiet evening with board games and shelves stuffed with books for all ages. Golfers staying on site receive member access to semi-private St. Mark Golf Club and St. Mark Executive Course.

When hunger strikes, guests can dine on the floating Dock Bar or sample a rotating menu of California cuisine upstairs at Decoy, looking out at the water. The Lounge hosts happy hour daily from 4-6 p.m. and stays open late to serve cocktails and small plates.  



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Fitness classes
  • Games room
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Shuttle service (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Cot not available.
Extra bed available upon request, for older children and adults: US$10 plus tax per night.

Children stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request).

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at US$75 plus tax per pet per stay.
Maximum weight: 10 kg.

Small dogs only, the fee is non-refundable

Fees: A resort/facility fee of US$20 plus tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.

The Resort Fee includes:

  • Fitness center access
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • In-room coffee
  • Parking

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(10 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Lakehouse Hotel & Resort - San Marcos over the past 15 months.
4.9 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Looking forward to returning.
Rita 03 Sep, 2019 San Diego, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
view of the lake
Valerie 12 May, 2019 Whittier, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Christine 30 Apr, 2019 Escondido, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Quality, quantity and choices of food. Excellent restaurant staff and above and beyond service. Recreational options on and off the lake. Relaxed family atmosphere and choice of swimming pools. The Marina offered many unique and fun water toys and boats to rent.The check-
Other Comments
We had 2 small dogs so we requested the lowest floor (as in first) but the check in gentleman claimed he didn't see the request, so we were given a 2nd floor room. We are Senior Citizens with a multitude of mobility issues, plus there was no elevator in our building so we had to carry our dogs up and down stairs along with luggage. Hotel is quite old, but it has been recently renevated and the "old fashioned" feel of the resort was kept so we loved the ambience and atmosphere. I think if they spent a little more on renovations, it would be much better. We met up with family for a celebration and the Premier Lakeview suite they had smelled musty. There was also a very unattractive pile of trash right in front of the restaurant, and no towels at the pool, but dirty towels in a heap inside the hotel.
Linda 26 Apr, 2019 Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

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