We stayed at the La Costa resort for one night as a quick getaway without the kids. The only bad part of the experience was the valet parking; it was terribly disorganized, although the valets were friendly and working hard.
We arrived at noon on a Saturday and were able to immediately check into our room, despite being hours before check-in time. While waiting in the lobby (which only took a few minutes), a staff member came around with cold bottles of water to give away. Under the advice of the valet assigned to show us to our room, we retrieved our car from the valet queue and drove to the self-parking lot right next to our room. Cheaper and more convenient. The valet personally showed us to our room, carried in our bags, and answered our questions.
We received a free upgrade on our room and were given a very large room with a comfortable king bed, nice furnishings, and a very nice bathroom with extra large tub. Some hotels would have called this room a mini-suite or jr. suite. It was quite large. It was a bit dark, as some guests have complained, but this didn't bother us.
After settling in, we ate lunch at Legends. Pricey but good food. After that we walked around and explored. The grounds are very pretty, with Spanish style buildings and lots of beautiful and well-maintained landscaping. There is a giftshop with clothes, books, children's items, sundries, etc. It also sells fountain sodas, wine and beer, Starbucks and some food. There are also a few nice boutiques that are fun to browse.
The "resort pool" was very crowded and had so many chairs crammed onto the cement that it was hard to get around. They did have live music playing, which was nice. The "family pool" had a tiny sandy beach, where kids were playing very happily. We ended up at the "garden pool," which isn't anything really special, but it was quieter. At first there weren't any fresh towels, but we phoned the lobby (there is a phone at the pool for just such occasions) and they immediately brought fresh towels. There was also cold water available, and you could order food brought there if you wanted.
For dinner we ate at the BlueFire Grill. It was overpriced, but the service was excellent and the food was fine. Let me recommend for dessert the Strawberries Marinated in Aged Balsamic. Truly wonderful.
After dinner we walked around the grounds a bit. The place has a great atmosphere at night, with lit fountains and a lot of people sitting with a coffee or glass of wine, or strolling around hand in hand.
The next morning, we went to Legends for the Sunday brunch buffet. This was the best meal of our stay.
Overall, it was a relaxing and enjoyable experience, and we plan to return someday with our children.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Costa Hotel Carlsbad
- La Costa Resort And Spa
- La Costa Carlsbad