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All reviews one bedroom unit timeshare property full kitchen san juan capistrano the pacific coast highway dana point harbor pedestrian bridge beach toys ping pong road noise short drive hot tub awesome location restaurants within walking distance the staff was friendly and helpful doheny state beach facing the ocean
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

This resort was formally a Monarch Resort that Diamond took over. Diamond has made some improvements to the common areas, but has a way to go on the suites. My unit was on the second floor in the phase 2 building. The unit was clean with new appliances, but the furniture and bathrooms were circa 1980's. In fact the spas in the bathrooms have been disabled. I was told by staff that Diamond was removing them and will install walk in showers. Good Idea! The beds were comfortable. One awkward thing in the bedroom was there is a sink - but there is a nightstand in front of it that renders the sink unusable. The room had a nice ocean view, but the beach was not easily accessible. There is a 4 lane highway and a very active rail line in between. There is a high overhead bridge a short walk from the property. When I was leaving the room one day, there was a power failure. I was en-route to the underground garage - when I arrived it was pitch dark. Although there is emergency lighting in the hallways - there is none in the garage. This is something that Diamond can fix quickly and cheaply. The property is convenient to area attractions including San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, and San Clemente. I found the staff to be very courteous and helpful. They are trying hard to give the guests a positive experience.

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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2  Thank SteveBressi
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

We had a very nice 1 bedroom ocean view room (#421) with a 3 burner Weber BBQ grill on the patio. I believe the ocean view rooms all have grill on the patios...a nice touch. The bed was comfortable with a full bath adjoining it. There's a full size fridge, small dishwasher, 2 burner stove, and a quiet running over the counter microwave. Nice size living room/dining area with a wall mounted TV, sofa sleeper, and a chair. The walls are thin as we had to listen to our next door neighbor's conversations and whenever they turned on the TV. My hunch is they were just too noisy! The resort has a couple of swimming pools and hot tubs and a well equipped exercise room with an assortment of machines. The downside is that the room, although facing the ocean with a nice view, also faces the Pacific Coast Highway and the railroad tracks. During the day, it's pretty noisy with traffic. The resort does notify you in advance of this condition. At night, it's really not too bad and, fortunately, the bedroom is on the other side of the unit so when we closed the patio and bedroom doors, we didn't hear a thing.

Yes, the resort is next to the beach but to get to it, you must take the pedestrian bridge (less than 100 yards from the resort) which was closed for repairs. It's scheduled to be done mid-March. Otherwise, you have to walk about 600 yards south to get across the tracks. Crossing the bridge might not be too bad if you're carrying a couple of folding beach chairs, a small umbrella, and a couple of bottles of water. However, if you're a family with the obligatory ton of toys, etc. to satisfy the kids, it would probably be easier to drive down the 600 yards to the vehicle entrance and then drive to a place on the beach to unload. Be warned---I believe daily parking was $15/day so, if that's the case, drop off the gear, drive back to the resort, and take the bridge back across. Doheny State Beach is also about a mile or so up the coast from the resort and has a very nice beach. Of course, there's a day fee for access.

This property is managed by Diamond Resorts International. Check-in/check-out was easy and those at the front desk were efficient and helpful. As a timeshare property, members will be encouraged to take the "owner update", a mistake we made as we were given a hard sell to buy points. We didn't buy.

The resort is located almost next door to a very good Mexican food restaurant which was convenient. The place was busy and parking could be a problem if such is the case. Other restaurants were also close by and the Mission at San Juan Capistrano is about 20 minutes away. We could see coming back in the future.

Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Rick3256
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

This is a time share but I think you can also rent these units. My cousin and I stayed here under her time share over the Martin Luther King holiday for 4 nights and what a waste. The staff is great BUT the furnishings sucked, especially the sofa's and the way the second bedroom was set up. The sofa's were so uncomfortable that my back is just now getting better. they say that they are renovating and I certainly hope so as this place needs a complete face lift. You cannot easily get to the beach that is right across the street because the Metro Link rail runs along side the beach and that is very noisy. I have stayed in a lot of places and this one is the worst.

Date of stay: January 2018
2  Thank Gloriazz
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Diamond R, Manager at Riviera Beach Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

We are delighted you enjoyed our exceptional customer service. Riviera Beach is in a transitional phase and has not yet been updated to Diamond Resorts International® standards, and we are undergoing improvements to enhance the facility. We are grateful for your patience during the process. We appreciate you taking the time in providing your feedback, and Diamond Resorts would be elated to deliver you an unforgettable vacation in the future.

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We enjoyed our stay in a specious one bedroom unit with rail-track and ocean views. We walked to Dana Point along the beachfront. A short drive to quaint San Juan Capistrano. The swimming pool and spa were good. Two bedroom units have views of the hillside a few feet away. Parking was easy. The staff was friendly and helpful. The internet was strong.

Room tip: Higher floor, one bedroom unit for a view
Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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2  Thank bruceds101
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

First off,, the address is 34630 Coast Hwy, Capistrano Beach, CA. NOT Pacific Coast Hwy, and NOT Dana Point, CA. If you are trading into this resort, you will NOT get ocean view. We were told that several times and heard front desk telling people the same as they were checking in. We were told there were rooms available ocean view, but not for people trading in. The resort is not bad, if you like staring out your patio window at a mountainside not 15-20 feet away, which continues on about 200 feet high. I guess I shouldn't feel too bad, at least we were on the 4th (highest) floor and got a dirt view. 3rd floor and 2nd floors got only a black plastic tarp to stare at and it was not concealing anything other than a dirt cliff only 6-8 feet away. Patios are large enough for a cafe table and two chairs, but each patio does have a BBQ grill. Remember this is Cali and gets hot in the summer time, NO auto ice maker in the fridge, either had to use the single ice maker by the elevator for ice or make ice in the ice trays of the fridge and dump them into a bucket in the freezer section. As we were only two, we opted for the second. The fridge was builder grade, but the microwave was upgraded. There was a stove, but no oven, but also had a Cuisinart blender. No garbage disposal. Seems like they went to CostCo and blindly picked appliances. Right now this is a Diamond Resorts International Resort property and they are in the process of remodeling. We had booked a 2bed 2bath unit. The room was nice had a huge master BR and a 2 person jetted tub in the attached bath. The second BR had 2 twin beds and motel sized attached bath. The activity calendar had something to do everyday for any kids you may take with you. They even offer free bicycles, 20 adult and 5 kids. They do have a 2 hour use limit. However, as we were there during Dec, you were allowed to use them all day. Even provide you with a lock while off property. Also offered free use of beach chairs, coolers and umbrellas. That was a nice promotion as Doheny Beach State Park is maybe a 150 yds away. Right across the Coast Hwy, LA to San Diego commuter rail tracks, chain link fence, and beach parking lot. There are no breaks in the chain link fence but you can or could use a pedestrian overpass about 100 yards south of the Resort. OOPS, forget that, the city or the state, or the railroad, no one could tell me who, is in the process of tearing down the overpass, which is currently locked shut to make it inoperable. Allegedly, the plan is to rebuild it, but it has been is the process for at least 6 months now, with no one seen working on it for over 3 months. My calls to the three entities could not tell me when it was to be reopened and who was even taking responsibility for working on it. All is not lost tho, you can drive, walk, bike, skateboard about a mile south and enter from there, If you are taking a car, there is a fee parking lot. Or, you can go north and follow the signs for Doheny State park and park there for a fee. Week long check ins are Fri, Sat, and Sun, Activities orientation is scheduled for Mon morning. Orientation was centered on sport fishing, whale watching, and a wine cruise. All were based out of the Dana Point Harbour which was only a 5-7 minute drive from the Resort. At the Harbour were several restaurants, a 'baby' beach and naturally the marina. Week long guests are given a mid week cleaning which consists of linen, bed and bath, change, trash removal, and bath amenities replenished. The lamps had only 60 watt or equivalent bulbs in them, not enough to read but enough to not trip. Resort consists of 3 buildings, with 2 washers and dryers per building. NO cost to use, but we did see maintenance/ housekeeping also using them for sheets/mattress covers. Walls apparently not soundproofed as we could hear conversations, bath tubs filling and jetting through the walls.

Room tip: Own there or be Diamond Resort Member
Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank motor33
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