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    Villa L'Auberge Review

    We spent last week in unit 611 at Villa L'Auberge. We asked for a unit without steps and we got one of the 3 units that do not have steps. What was even better is that those 3 units are top floor units in the building closest to the Ocean.

    There is a large flat screen TV on an articulating arm bracket that allows you to change the angle of the TV. That's important because its mounted on an angled part of the wall in #611 over the fireplace so it doesn't face the sofa. The kitchen was well-stocked and included a coffee grinder. Each unit has a decent sized balcony facing the Pacific which is about 300 yards away.

    There is a large soaking tub in the bathroom and a large vanity. All of the fixtures are high end and seem new.

    There is a king bed and a good sized closet in the bedroom. Half of the closet has room for hanging clothes, the other half has drawers and shelves. There are also drawers in the tv stand where there is a small flat screen tv.

    Exchangers have access to the hotel amenities such as the pool, hot tub and workout room. The gym was not impressive. The pool area is nice and staffed with waiters that are happy to get you towels, move and set up an umbrella and bring you food and drinks. We thought the menu prices at the pool were a bit high, even in a town full of expensive places to eat and drink.

    We went out to eat almost every night. The best bar food, sandwiches and wings, was at Jimmie O's. Don't ask for spicy food there unless you like it fiery (which I do) because they are happy to oblige with the heat.

    The best happy hour apps were at Sbicca, Il Fornaio and Jake's. Sbicca has half price crab cakes, bacon wrapped shrimp, lobster Mac and cheese and lots more all for around $6. At Il Fornaio, they have $6 pizzas that would be more than a meal for most people. The macadamia panko crusted calamari at Jake's was excellent.

    We had dinner at Jake's, Pacifica and Kitchen 1540 and they were all very good and a bit pricey.

    The weather was great until Thursday and then we got June Gloomed for the rest of the week. Our only outing of the week was the San Diego Zoo and we got lucky and happened to go on the nicest day of the week. The zoo is a great place to spend the day.
    Last edited by philsfan; 06-10-2013 at 03:35 PM.

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    Normally, June is 100% gloom on the coast. I'd say you lucked out getting so many nice days.

    As you know, this is a favorite resort of my husband and myself. One thing that I wanted to mention is that the lower floor units (the only ones that you take down to get to your room) have jacuzzi tubs which are large and very nice. When I stayed in the ground level unit, I that the tubs didn't have that. They looked like they could be pulled out for HA, but I didn't try it.

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    You should have gone down to Poseidon to view the Del Mar Cougars.

    Smashburger is right in town now and great for a quick serve burger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzglyd View Post
    You should have gone down to Poseidon to view the Del Mar Cougars.

    Smashburger is right in town now and great for a quick serve burger.
    The Poseidon's menu didn't really grab us early in the week and by the end of the week, walking back up the hills after a big dinner wasn't gonna happen. By that time we were only eating at places where it was a downhill walk back to the resort.

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    You could've asked a Del Mar Cougar to give you a ride home in her convertible Jaguar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzglyd View Post
    You could've asked a Del Mar Cougar to give you a ride home in her convertible Jaguar.
    Oh. I'm slow. When you first posted Del Mar Cougar, I was thinking it was a team or something.
    I have often been saying, almost all the old ladies around here look like scary clowns. And I am afraid of clowns.

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    I call them space aliens.

    Scary clowns is good though. Kind of like the old Cesar Romero Joker from Batman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philsfan View Post
    The Poseidon's menu didn't really grab us early in the week and by the end of the week, walking back up the hills after a big dinner wasn't gonna happen. By that time we were only eating at places where it was a downhill walk back to the resort.


    Thanks for the foodie report, too. I looked up Sbicca's menu and the Happy Hour menu looks basically like the lunch menu but at half the price. I'm going to put that on my list. I like Jakes too...but probably for the Dukes/Hawaii connection. It just makes me happy to go there.

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    So it was an blustery cold blah day today. Nothing to really to but go explore timeshares

    I stopped at the Villa L'Auberge and was able to get into unit 608, one of the downstairs units. Here are pictures for those interested. The kitchen is very much a small galley kitchen similar to the ones you see at the San Clemente Inn, Southern California Beach Club and a couple other places. The full size fridge is nice but looks way out of place compared to the other appliances.
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