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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Ranked #12 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 16, 2013

I stayed at the resort while attending a client conference for the company I work for. We normally hold these events at very nice resorts so this isn't my first experience with a high-end resort. The resort is spread out and can be confusing at first to navigate from the lobby, to your room, to meeting rooms, and the pool. They do have staff that will drive you around the resort in golf carts if needed and their staff was more than happy to do so. Let me emphasize that the staff was always very helpful. The main issue I had with the resort was with the price of food and drinks. I had a rum drink at the pool (made it a double) and it cost $21. I ordered room service for breakfast and had a denver omelet, bacon, and orange juice and it cost $41. So I just want to warn the average traveler that this place is extremely expensive, but nice just as long as you have a lot of cash to dish out.

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Great staff. Chef Greg from the Blue Fire Gill is world class guy and making some of the best food around. The pool areas and Spa were really nice. Had a good selection of shops with decent prices for a resort. The shops also carried some nice name brands as well as some unusual so it was a nice mix. They have a 24 hour "fast" food type market and Starbucks. The fruit smoothies were exceptional and had some of the freshest greens and fruit I have ever see.

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Beautiful well manicured grounds, gardens, trees, lawn, excellent guest services, pleasant staff ready to meet your every request. Great pools, restaurants, patio areas and of course the rooms are first class. You really get what you are paying for - an elegant, serene spa resort.

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Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We stay here every year and it get's better each time. Highly recommend bringing the family even for a short weekend getaway... My kids always have a blast on the slides, water playground and pool. Location is prime, close to outlet, restaurants and of course legoland...

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Rod E
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Resort is generally disappointing for a property with the Omni name. But worst of all was our dinner at Bluefire Grill. Hostess told us to sit in the outdoor bar area until a table was cleaned. We ended up sitting a dirty bar table for 25 minutes. When I went back to check on our table the girl said we did not have a reservation. Then another hostess found our reservation and told us we could have a clean table I saw outside, but we should sit on the bench beside the fire until the table was set. We did and then the Assistant Manager came and asked if he could help us. We said we were told to wait until the table was set. He quickly set the table. The waitress seemed in such a hurry suddenly asking us what we wanted to eat less than a minute after we got menus. Four requests for bread and butter until someone finally delivered some. No offer for a wine refill. When our food was served the only thing said was, "Watch yourself the plate is hot." No one said "Enjoy your meal" or checked on us. The halibut was totally overcooked and served on some greens that we could not chew. We noticed other diners had the same service problem. Overpriced for the experience. Won't be back.
It was nice have the great music on the patio, but why do they take a long break at 8:30 pm. Until then the patio was full of dancing guests and a really good vibe. Can't management hire musicians that can play for 2-3 hours without a break?

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

This hotel could use improvement in a few areas:

We booked a premium signature room which promised a nice patio; the patio was not private, had cheap furniture, and was right next to a busy walkway. It was not something worth paying extra for.

We dined at Bluefire for breakfast as part of a package. The buffet was sad: unripe fruit, tough croissants, hard scrambled eggs and tasteless potatoes. For the prices, they could have done a lot better.

The room was spacious, but had a terrible musty smell and no water pressure in the shower.

The positives were friendly staff, adult only pool (the chaises could be nicer), and quiet pools for those who want to relax.

For the price, the food and rooms could be better.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

The La Costa Resort & Spa is a tough place to review for a couple reasons. I believe it is all a matter of perspective; purpose of visit, price paid, etc.

In our case it was a quick and last minute weekend getaway at a decent rate ($250/night or so). The hotel grounds are rather nice. As a non-golfer I am not able to speak to quality of the greens etc, but they looked nice. The pool area was the highlight of our stay. The new adult pool area was a perfect escape from the weekday grind. The pool servers were attentive and pleasant. There is a tinge of "Vegas pool clubiness" that comes in to play on the weekends that may be a turn off to those just looking for peace and quiet. I enjoyed the music for the most part and outside of one random Miley-Cyrus-inspired "dancing" display by an over-served lady, that amused some and offended others. Day 2 at the pool was significantly more mellow, we did depart before the DJ arrived though.

Once we were able to check in (our room was not ready when we arrived) we got a standard plaza room that was a bit on the mildewy side. Sadly, based on prior reviews we expected this. The room itself was pretty straight forward, the nicest and most current feature being the bathroom (nice stone walk-in waterfall shower). The rest of the room was on the basic side. The bed/mattress was exposed on the sides of the bed and looked a bit old school, but it was comfortable enough. The rest of the room was just like the photos show. One bonus…. The windows open :)

The resort is pretty spread out, so although the plaza rooms may be a bit less remarkable that the suites or villas, they are more centrally located. Eating at the resort was a mixed experience. There are typical resort premiums on the food an beverages, while dining in the onsite fine dining locations touches on the astronomical range ($50+ steaks). In my experiences I was pleasantly surprised by the poolside dining and completely underwhelmed by our fine dining experience. On the odd side, the only restaurant option for breakfast is a $22/person buffet. Your other options are room service or the onsite market.

In the end, the La Costa Resort was a nice getaway location, the pool was great, the accommodations were mildewy but not bad and the food was collectively average but at times obscenely priced.

Back to "context", If I had been anxiously waiting for a big getaway to La Costa, I would have been really disappointed. If I landed here on a business trip, I would be borderline ecstatic. As an informed weekender, I was fine with what it was. Not amazing, but by no means terrible. Average.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Address: 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009-6823
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Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Carlsbad
#4 Business Hotel in Carlsbad
#15 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
#21 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
Price Range: $216 - $540 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Omni La Costa Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 610
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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