Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The spa, which has the state’s only reflexology path, was named number one in the country by Spa Magazine
- A celeb fave and long ranked among California’s most famous, the resort’s two golf courses have undergone complete renovations
- Kidtopia, a colorful spot with a treehouse, craft center, movie lounge and light-up floor designed by a theme park/children’s museum architect
What To Know
- A $26 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- San Diego’s major attractions are about a half-hour drive away, so car rentals are recommended
- Self-parking is included in the rate; valet parking is $25
- Take a break from the family fun with the adults-only EDGE pool, which has live music and cocktails
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Founded in 1965 as a retreat for tennis and golf lovers, La Costa quickly became a SoCal haven with the country’s first full-service resort spa and a roster of celeb guests. A 2011, $50 million renovation refreshed the 607 guestrooms, which range from cheery modern aeries to sprawling Spanish colonial style-villas with gourmet kitchens and multiple fireplaces. All rooms invite the lush outdoors in with French doors opening onto sun-drenched patios. Split your time between lounging at one of the eight pools (from the sand-bottomed family pool to the mini-waterpark to the serene spa pool) and more active pursuits, like tennis on one of 17 courts or golf on one of the two resort courses, which have hosted a who’s who roster of pro duffers, celebs and politicians. Refuel over cigars and beers at the new Diversions lounge or with seasonal Cali fare at BlueFire Grill.
In the Area
Set within the coastal foothills of San Diego, La Costa occupies pride of place in the tony town of Carlsbad. Spend a day beach hopping, from surfer-faves Tamarack and Terramar to the bustling kid-friendly Agua Hedionda Lagoon and the pristine South Carlsbad State Beach. Although Carlsbad might be best known as the home of LEGOLAND (a 15 minute drive from the hotel), it’s also the location of the country’s first skateboard park. Although the original was closed in the early aughts, a newer, larger skatepark opened in January 2014 with ramps, ledges, bowls and a beginners area. The museums, microbreweries and nightlife of San Diego sit a half hour drive away. Be sure to do a winery day trip to the Temecula Valley, which is known for its Italian and Rhone varietals.
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Beautiful resort with very friendly staff. I think the rooms need upgrading as they are a bit dated. The bed was not the most comfortable but certainly not uncomfortable. The food served as part of the conference was excellent!!
The grounds are vast and beautiful with a peaceful feeling, the staff warm and friendly, and the catering delicious. Room service from Vue To Go was impressive, especially when placing the order. They take the time to ask about food allergies, clarify the details, state the current time and the time to expect delivery. The Edge pool area is wonderful.
On the down side... I was surprised that the valet desk did not answer the phone on the morning of checkout, so I found myself lugging my bags from the edge of the property to the pickup area. (I tried to reach them three times.)
There are also no benches available in the ride share area. Benches would be a simple addition. It’s surprising they haven’t been added already as popular as Lyft and Uber have become.
The bench in the bathroom was too short, making the vanity mirror, which would otherwise have been a lovely addition, almost impossible to use.
Still lovely enough to give 4 stars. I plan to visit again.
We stayed two nights in the resort. Arrival was a little chaotic. There were a bunch of cars in the arrival area and it seemed that you had to get a ticket from the valet before going to check in. The valets were working hard but only just keeping up with the rush. Check in was fine and, as it turned out, we were assigned to what I think was a very nice room. But first back to the valets. We were told we should "self park" so we had to retrieve the keys from the valet and go find our room. The property is good sized so this wasn't as easy as it might sound. The lot next to our room was good sized and access to our building was easy. Some of the buildings were a bit harder to reach but I noticed some guests were being helped with staff driving electric carts. In any event, our building was two stories and the wide hallways were open air. (At one point I surprised a squirrel who was checking out the housekeeping trolley!) The room itself was large and also had a huge dressing/bath area. It also had a small deck that you could sit on and look out over the grounds. The room was also a short walk to a pretty pool/hot tub area. We didn't eat at the hotel but did visit the Diversions bar to watch some of the Series. It had good drinks and a fun atmosphere. Generally speaking the resort is large and visually pleasing with palm trees and tiled roofs. The room and fixtures were dated but we certainly didn't have the negative visceral reaction that others have expressed. There is a fair amount of construction going on but that didn't bother us. I did go through some sticker shock though. Parking is $39 per day and resort fees are an additional $35 per day. (I noticed these charges more often on this trip and guess that hotels are imitating the airlines with add on charges.) The acid test is that we were sorry not to be able to spend another night or two.