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Lakehouse Resort in San Marcos Gets a Once-Over

HOTELS: Updated Rooms, Restaurants Part of $3M Renovation

Lakehouse Resort in San Marcos is undergoing a $3-million renovation that will include updating 144 guest rooms and food and beverage offerings.

They’ve changed their logo, renamed the golf course, are in the process of rebranding the resort’s marina, and they’re completely redoing their onsite restaurants.

Last renovated in 2012, the resort has already added a new golf pro shop.

Michael Savastano
General Manager
Lakehouse Resort

Most of the resort will be touched under the renovation, but General Manager Michael Savastano said that there won’t be any dramatic changes to the exterior.

“We’re not knocking things down to where things will look different,” Savastano said. “A lot of it’s just refreshes. We want to stay with the ambience of where we are.”

Work on the guest rooms and restaurants is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2024, Savastano said.

The Grill restaurant is being rebranded and will become Brickman’s.

Amalfi and Amalfi Dockside restaurants will get a new look, Savastano said, with details still being worked out.

“It’s not just about brick and mortar, making this place beautiful. We’re having fun going from good to great,” Savastano said.

Lakehouse Resort is made up of several buildings clustered around Lake San Marcos at 1025 Bonita Drive, linked by bridges, decks and pathways.

“It spans half a dozen buildings connected by foot, by golf cart, or bicycle, or boat as well,” Savastano said. “We feel like we’re the best-kept secret.”


Unlike many other resort hotels in San Diego County that aim for the high-end crowd, Lakehouse bills itself as a place priced for middle-income families.

“It’s less stuffy. I don’t know if that’s the word for it. It’s a little more fun. First, we’re a family place. It’s part of our culture with our company and our community,” Savastano said. “We’re not trying to be luxury. We want a space where you always feel at home.”

Guest demographics are “many 30-somethings with young kids, moms and dads, but it’s also cliental that are a little bit older, who have lived in San Marcos for years but still come over,” Savastano said. “It’s a bit of a blend, but family is always at the core.”

Nightly room rates range from $200 to $300 a night. Greens fees at golf courses range from $50 to $90.

“We’re purposefully creating an experience that more people can say, ‘We can go there,’” Savastano said.

Amenities include a fitness center, pool deck, two saltwater pools, two spas,  a poolside bar, fire pits scattered across the property, and 24-hour in-room dining.

Boats, kayaks and fishing gear are available to rent at the resort’s marina, which has 200 boat slips and will be renamed the Sail Club.

Some of the improvements that are less visible include new office space, new staff dining areas and “a place for them to hang and break away from all the craziness,” Savastano said.

The resort has two golf courses – the 6,400-yard, par 71 Links at Lakeside and a 2,700-yard, par 58 executive course.

There also are multiple pickleball courts.

“With all of that, a lot of the community here is where a lot of our business is derived from,” Savastano said. “It’s kind of like everybody’s a member around here. It certainly feels like that at times.”

Back to Normal

Lake San Marcos was created in 1946 when a dam was installed.

The original lake was 40 acres, but it was increased to 80 acres in 1962, when the first planned lakeside community was built.

Construction of the resort and country club, originally named The Lake San Marcos Resort & Country Club, followed in 1963.

Over time, the resort has gone through several name changes, most recently known as The Quails Inn in the late 90s until PE Management Group acquired the property in 2012 and renamed it Lakehouse Hotel & Resort. The name was shortened as part of the renovation to become Lakehouse Resort in 2023.

Since the pandemic, “business has been great,” Savastano said, adding that “We’ve done our best to put the pandemic in the rear-view mirror.”

There was an initial surge in bookings immediately following the end of the lockdown of 2020, but Savastano said, “That’s kind of tapered off. It’s kind of falling back to normalcy.”

Because of the rainy weather in the first winter and spring, “Quarter 1 of this year has been a bit of a challenge,” Savastano said, but,  “Our summer business is fantastic.”

Lakehouse Resort

Founded:  1963
Headquarters: San Marcos
General Manager: Michael Savastano
Employees: approx. 215
Website:  lakehousehotelandresort.com
Contact: 877-526-2671
Notable: Only lakeside resort in San Diego


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