Omni La Costa Resort and Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Carlsbad, California, United States

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Pros

  • Lots to do: golf, tennis, spa, fitness center
  • 6 pools and waterslides
  • Big rooms with flat-screens and iPod docks
  • Kids club and lots of kids activities
  • Deepak Chopra Center
  • Close to Legoland

Cons

  • Daily resort fee
  • Fee for parking
  • Fees for spa facilities, fitness center, tennis, and golf
  • Room service not 24-hour

Bottom Line

This 400-acre, 611-room megaresort near Legoland is packed with family features, including large rooms, six pools with waterslides, and an impressive kids club. The spa, golf courses, tennis courts, and on-site shopping help ensure adults have fun as well, but there are extra fees for almost everything.

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 Scene

A sprawling, Spanish-Colonial style megaresort

The tennis center
The tennis center

La Costa's sprawling property is picturesque, with white stucco buildings, manicured grounds, fountains and walking paths surrounded by flowers and foliage. Since the 400-acre grounds can be a hassle to walk around, guests can save time by catching the hotel shuttle. Most rooms and suites were updated in 2011, as well as the golf course, adult pool, conference center, outdoor function spaces, and facilities for members of The Club at La Costa.

La Costa provides an activities-packed resort experience that's somewhat rare in Southern California, with fitness classes, tennis and golf clinics, yoga, a game room, a reptile show, a surf camp, croquet, water aerobics...the list goes on.

 Location

In Carlsbad, close to Legoland and the beach

La Costa Resort and Spa is located on 400 acres in Carlsbad, close to the beach and a less than 15-minute drive to Legoland amusement and water park. Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and the airport are all within a 40-minute drive.

  • 12-minute drive to Carlsbad Premium Outlets
  • 14-minute drive to Carlsbad Beach
  • 14-minute drive to Legoland
  • 16-minute drive to downtown Carlsbad
  • 35-minute drive to Sea World
  • 40-minute drive to the San Diego Zoo
  • 40-minute drive to the San Diego International Airport

 Rooms

Big rooms with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks are casual and comfortable

Plaza Room
Plaza Room

Big rooms start at 425 square feet, and they all come with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and marble-tile bathrooms. The overal feel is airy and SoCal comfortable, but not exceptionally stylish or luxurious. The lower-level rooms are decorated in shades of blue and beige; larger suites have soaking tubs and separate showers; and Villas are equipped with kitchens, dining tables, and fireplaces.

The standard Plaza Rooms are closest to the Clubhouse, where the restaurants, Splash Landing pool, and kid's club are located.

All rooms include:

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Marble bathroom with hairdryer
  • iPod dock
  • Stocked mini-bar
  • Coffeemaker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Room service from 6 a.m. until 1 a.m.

Room types:

  • Plaza Room: 425 square feet; king or two queen beds; some with private patio; open out to courtyard with outdoor Jacuzzi and hammocks
  • Courtside Room: 500 square feet; king or two queen beds; bathroom with separate tub and shower and dual vanities; some with private patio
  • Fairway Room: 500 square feet; king or two queen beds; separate tub and shower; dual vanities; some with private patio
  • La Costa Room: 600 square feet; king or two queen beds; separate sitting area; separate tub and shower; dual vanities
  • La Costa Suite: 650 square feet; king bed; separate sitting area with sofa bed; separate tub and shower; dual vanities; some with private patio
  • Plaza Suite: 850 square feet; king or two queens; separate sitting area; dining table for four to six; sofa bed; open out to courtyard with outdoor Jacuzzi and hammocks
  • Family Suite: 1,150 square feet; bedroom with king or two queen beds and second bedroom with king bed; two bathrooms; separate tub and shower; dual vanities; some with private patio
  • Presidential Suite: Floor-to-ceiling windows; sitting area with fireplace; dining table for six; wet bar; kitchen; four balconies; two bedrooms with private bathrooms; optional third bedroom
  • Villa Studio: King bed; fireplace; sitting area; small kitchen; washer/dryer
  • Junior Villa Suite: One- or two-bedroom villa; king bed; garden patio; sitting area; fireplace; queen sofa bed
  • Villa Suite: One-, two-, or three-bedroom villa; king beds; patio; sitting area; fireplace; dining table for six; kitchen; queen sofa bed

 Features

6 pools, a spa, and the Deepak Chopra Center

A waterslide
A waterslide

With 6 pools, a fitness center overlooking the golf course, 17 tennis courts, and even a Deepak Chopra Center, the La Costa Resort and Spa has it all for your relaxing and recreational spa get-away. The La Costa has on-site shopping including While there is an all-inclusive feel, the price is not so, with resort fees and extra costs for spa treatments, the salon, tennis courts, and golf.

  • 6 pools: Splash landing pools with waterslides and water play area; family pool with beach; adult Garden Pools with Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Center: Cardio; strength circuit; free weights; aerobic studio; spinning room; Pilates studio; daily classes; personal training and nutrition counseling available
  • Tennis: 17 courts with clay and hard court; seven lighted courts; private lessons; group clinics; stadium seating; extra charges apply for rental and lessons
  • EDGE is an adults-only pool and cocktail venue that only admits guests 21 or older
  • Golf: The Championship Course and four holes on the South Course were remodeled in 2011
  • The Chopra Center For Well-Being; Founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra; offers programs, workshops, and therapies
  • Spa: Massages; body treatments; couples treatments; Yamaguchi Salon with manicures, pedicures, color, cut, waxing, and makeup
  • Carlsbad Shopping: Upscale boutiques including Pinkalicious (which exclusively sells Lily Pulitzer); pro shops; and the Marketplace, with a Starbucks, TCBY, a gift shop, and more
  • 24-hour front desk staff; concierge available during the day
  • Fee for parking
  • Resort fee (daily) covers local calls; use of the fitness center; wired and Wi-Fi Internet; in-room coffee and tea; daily newspaper
  • Rollaway beds have a nightly fee
  • DVD player rental
  • No smoking rooms available

 Family

Kidtopia kids club with saltwater aquarium and 7-foot tree house

  • VIK (Very Important Kid) gift bags at check-in
  • Kidtopia Kids Club: 6,000 square feet; nursery (for children six months to three years of age); night camp program on weekends; small slides and soft climb items; books, puzzles, blocks, games, and craft center; seven-foot tree house with slide; movie lounge; computer stations; light floor; saltwater aquarium
  • Vibz Game Lounge: Xbox 360 for five stations; two billiard tables; air hockey; foosball; basketball shot game; TV lounge area; ping pong; skee ball; PGA challenge; pay per play
  • Kids golf, tennis, spa, and surf camps
  • Free cribs with padding and linens; diaper genies and baby proofing supplies available
  • Tons of activities: The Radical Reptile Show; poolside movies; s’mores roasting; croquet; bocce ball; ceramics; arts and crafts; Kid’s Fitness Boot Camp

 Food

Live entertainment at BlueFire Grill

BlueFin Grill
BlueFin Grill
  • BlueFire Grill: Outdoor patio; fire pits; fountains; live entertainment
  • Splash Poolside Bar & Cafe open seasonally
  • Garden Cafe, which provides food and drink service to the pools in the Garden Pool courtyard, is open Wednesday to Sunday
  • Spa Cafe provides light, healthy fare, smoothies and wine to spa guests
  • Club Lounge serves drinks and small plates

 Bottom Line

This 400-acre, 611-room megaresort near Legoland is packed with family features, including large rooms, six pools with waterslides, and an impressive kids club. The spa, golf courses, tennis courts, and on-site shopping help ensure adults have fun as well, but there are extra fees for almost everything.

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Address

  • 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA, 92009, US

Room Types

  • Courtside 2 Queens Room
  • Courtside King Room
  • Fairway 2 Queens Room
  • Fairway King Room
  • Family Suite
  • La Costa 2 Queens Room
  • La Costa King Room
  • La Costa Suite
  • One Bedroom Junior Villa
  • One Bedroom Villa
  • Plaza 2 Queens Room
  • Plaza King Room
  • Plaza Suite
  • Two Bedroom Junior Villa
  • Two Bedroom Villa
  • Villa Room
  • Villa Studio

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 610
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Carlsbad, California
Address: 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA, 92009, US
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