We spent a week at CostaBaja after a family member recommended it as one of the most beautiful hotels she has stayed in and was a great value. We planned to stay for a week after the holidays, as a "buffer" between another vacation and getting back to work.
First the pros: the property is beautiful and well cared for. The infinity pool at the Beach Club is very nice and warm enough to swim even on cooler days. The beach is mostly sand (with some rocks - not a natural beach) and the warnings about sting rays could apply to most any protected sand beach along the Sea of Cortez but is clean and has a nice view of the Bay of La Paz. Rooms are nice (with a few cons I will address) and have nice higher end toiletries as would be expected, and comfortable beds. The biggest "pro" is the staff -- all of the staff from the front desk, to the ladies who clean the rooms, to the ladies who bring chocolates door to door in the afternoon (a nice touch!) we very customer service oriented. Golfers were very impressed by the course and facilities -- I do not golf, so cannot comment directly.
The cons: Although the property and rooms are nice, there are a few things that make for a less-than-5-star property. First are the rooms themselves; there is no mini-bar or even refrigerator or microwave, and instead they provide a "food preserver" (looks like a mini wine cabinet) that is not cool but humidity controlled. Likewise, if you want ice, you need to call the front desk and request it. It is not provided automatically, and it is clear the hotel does not want guest drinking or enjoying snacks in their room but rather encourages people to drink/eat in the restaurants (I even had trouble finding a bottle opener on the property when I brought a beer from in town and the restaurant staff who opened it made a gesture as though he was not supposed to open drinks from outside doing me a favor by doing so). The shower is nice, roomy, and romantic; but is all glass in the center of the room frosted in the middle - so, keep this in mind if staying with families or if any sort of privacy is desired. Likewise the toilet stall: just a glass door that hinges without sealing so every noise and... well, you can use your imagination. It was easy to tell from the bed when the toilet was last used :) The rooms are not soundproof, so the TV in the adjacent room was very noticeable as well as the noises from the hallway. The hotel itself is a few miles out of town along a not-pedestrian-friendly roadway, so the free hotel shuttle is used to go downtown (leaves mostly every one or two hours depending on the time of day) but a taxi ride is required outside of shuttle times - about $10 USD each direction. The spa menu is inviting and we did not partake so cannot comment on the actual services themselves, but are overpriced considering the actual spa facility. No jacuzzi, steam room/sauna are very basic and similar to any fitness center I have been in).
Their are five restaurants on the CostaBaja property; two of them are in the hotel itself, two in the marina shopping area, and one in the golf clubhouse. We ate in four of them and overall found all of them with the exception of the Italian restaurant to be very overpriced, even considering this is a resort. We spent the equivalent of $30 USD for one very small and plain breakfast burrito, a few potatoes, and coffee at the golf clubhouse. Steinbeck's is nice, has a nice ambiance, but again - $10 USD for a margarita and mixed drinks; $40 USD for an OK steak -- better to eat in town.
One more thing to keep in mind: it is actually cheaper to fly into Los Cabos and take the free shuttle (about 1 1/2 hr away), than fly into La Paz, only about 30 minutes away: the hotel will provide free transportation to Los Cabos - but from the La Paz airport you will be charged $32 USD (or 350 pesos) each way. Taxis are more expensive in La Paz than some other cities, but prices are fixed and consistent. We were able to haggle a little in town, but not much.
Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives and the price value was good, just remember this is a "nice" hotel, the pool and beach very nice, and you will pay more than US prices for most food and drink; but, it is not really a five-star resort. All in all, we would definitely go back assuming were were able to get a good around $100-per-night per-night deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CostaBaja™ Resort and Spa is just 10 minutes south from downtown La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. The resort is set on the magnificent Sea of Cortez overlooking a 250-slip double-basin marina and a white sand beach. Just north of the hotel, lies Isla Espiritu Santo where you'll discover one of the greatest marine reserves in the world, along with the best sport fishing in Baja Sur. Endless Activities and Options on the Sea of Cortez Within the resort, activities are endless! Costa Baja offers exclusive access and preferred rates at Mexico's only Gary Player-designed golf course, the tranquil Espiritu Spa - featuring locally-inspired treatments and full spa services, three pools, as well as multiple dining options. Unmatched Guest Rooms and Acommodations: Unmatched in La Paz, Costa Baja features luxuriously-appointed resort hotel rooms with views of the surrounding area, private balconies and 24-hour room service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Costabaja Resort And Spa