Unfortunately we were a little disappointed with La Costa. We thought that because it was a 5* hotel and because of the price it would be something really special but we found it pretentious and a bit isolated.
We travelled there as part of our honeymoon and stayed in a plaza room. The room had a fusty smell when you walked in and the actual corridor leading to the room was fusty and the carpet seemed worn and a bit dirty.
In our room itself there were a couple of strange bugs in the shower which appeared every evening and the carpet looked dirty in places - although to be honest I couldnt tell if it was dirt or the grain of the carpet going in different directions.
To be honest the room was simply nothing special for the price we paid and we were disappointed.
The good points about the resort are the many pool areas dotted around. Because there were so many the one nearest our room was generally quiet and it was lovely to relax there.
The actual location of the hotel isn't great unless you have a car, which we didn't, and we became quite bored as we don't normally like to lie by the pool all day every day. There is a spa but it's outrageously expensive. The poor location of the resort means you're confined to eating there too and the restaurant was another let-down. We found the menu limited and pricey, although we did enjoy the breakfast each morning which had a great variety.
The hotel actually runs a shuttle to the nearest beach however we weren't told this upon check-in and actually found it out by accident through the concierge, who seemed pretentious and was not helpful. Indeed, a lot of the staff were trying so hard to be pleasant they just came across as fake and insincere.
We had several incidents at la costa which contributed to a rather disappointing stay - I cannot mention all of them but in one instance I ordered a glass of wine at the restaurant one evening and the waiter went off to get it without asking any questions. A few minutes later a different waiter came over and set the wine down but said he needed I.D. before I could drink it! I ran all the way back to our room to get my passport and when I got back the waiter had disappeared and did not return to check my I.D. at all. It's little things like that that just annoy you when you're supposed to be on honeymoon. Unfortunately we would not return to La Costa, but to end on a high note the grounds are beautiful and the hotel did send a bottle of sparkling wine and strawberries to our room because we were on honeymoon; there is also free internet access in the marketplace which is useful.
- Also Known As:
- La Costa Hotel Carlsbad
- La Costa Resort And Spa
- La Costa Hotel
- La Costa Carlsbad
- La Costa Resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is an iconic San Diego area resort destination, set in the coastal foothills of Carlsbad Calfornia. Our picturesque 400-acre garden retreat is California's Original Destination for Mind, Body + Sport. Here, you'll find fresh and inspired cuisine, world-class San Diego area golf and spa, stunning pools and exhilarating waterslides. You'll enjoy an innovative activities program that offers more than 168 things to do each week. And throughout your stay, you'll feel energized and refreshed.After a recent $50 million resort-wide renovation, Omni La Costa is better than ever, with renovated guestrooms and suites and a fresh, contemporary style. Current accolades include the Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Award, the #1 Wellness Spa in the Nation from Spa Magazine, and GOLF Magazine's Gold Medal Resort ranking. ... more less
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