My husband and I stayed here for a week in July as part of the PFC Fitness Camp, which was absolutely awesome! This review is not a review of PFC, but of the La Costa Resort itself.
The positives first - absolutely gorgeous grounds and gardens! Lovely exterior architecture - there is so much potential here.
The negatives - the resort is completely overrun with two different types of groups on the weekends. On one hand, there are large numbers of young families with many, many, young children. The main pools are crowded, loud and rather unpleasant, unless you enjoy being surrounded by screaming children. An attempt to escape to the "adult" pool will find you in a sea of young adults (or people who think they are young adults) partying to extremely loud music and attempting to make a pick-up. Simply put, on the weekends there is no way to escape the madness, with the exception of the spa pool.
Overall service is VERY slow - probably because there are not enough staff in place for the number of guests in the hotel. Our room phone could not receive incoming calls for the first 4 nights of our stay. Yes, that's how long it took to get fixed.
Restaurants - most of our meals were taken as part of the PFC program, so we had limited experience with the hotel restaurants. Again, service was very slow, and for a hotel that advertises itself as a "wellness" resort, there were not very many healthy options.
Bottom line - if you are here for the PFC experience - it's wonderful. The hotel itself leaves a great deal to be desired. Oh yes, and to self-park your car in a dirt lot will cost you $18/day. For that price, at least they could pave the lot!
- 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