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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130 (Formerly Grand Del Mar)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
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Orlando
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Grand Del Mar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

Fantastic property set in the hills and grove lands of Southern California. Outstanding golf resort. World Class Restaurant (Michelin Rated).
Impeccable guest service rivaling that of the "big names".

Very relaxing resort with a feel of Western European service and achitecture.
Very easy and fast access to the coast as well as San Diego.....also easy to Tijuana (although why you would care is beyond me.....:-)

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

My wife and I stayed for a long weekend and had a fantastic time. The service is excellent from the time you check in to the time you leave, we did not experience any bad service while at the resort. This was the 2nd time we have stayed at the resort and stay here whenever we are in the area and would recommend this resort to everyone we know. The golf is great and all the restaurants we ate in were fantastic.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

While visiting friends in San Diego in April, I spent a lovely afternoon at the Grand Del Mar (I did not stay overnight). We had lunch at the Club on the terrace. Food and service were excellent, and we had a lovely view onto the golf course and gardens. After lunch, my friend and I went on a trail ride through the hotel grounds. A very scenic experience as the trail meanders over ridges and through a valley. The hotel has just recently established a stable. Not having ridden for over 10 years I was a bit nervous. But Lacy and Jessica, who run the stables and escort the rides were both very capable, providing just the right mix of reassurance, encouragement and helpful hints. The horses were beautiful and well-mannered. The stables - a large loose box for each horse - and arena are also well set up. I would recommend this experience to any golf widow (or widower) staying at the hotel, or just passing through.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

Myself and girlfriends stayed at the Grand Del Mar to celebrate birthdays. We had a fabulous time. In less than 24 hours we were immersed in luxury, relaxation and the best customer service I have experienced in a long time. The property is gorgeous, customer service is top notch, rooms are very comfortable and spacious, very relaxing atmosphere everywhere you walk. I can't say anything negative about this place..it is a wonderful escape. Although a little pricey, it is worth every penny. You will walk away relaxed and feel as though you spent a week at a spa. Best hotel I've stayed at in a very long time...you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Riverside, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Lovely place, surrounded by hills and golf courses. Feels so remote and relaxing. The hotel is first rate. There is a walking trail around the hotel which is awesome. This would make a fantastic venue for a small intimate wedding. Short distance away from the beach and eclectic restaurants.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

The Grand Del Mar is just a beautiful property. The walk to the room may be long, but the rooms are outstanding in their comfort, their size, and their amenities. Service by the attendants at the valet parking, the bell boys, the reception, the room service personnel, even the employees who you run into in the halways was uniformly pleasant and welcoming.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montana
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96 reviews 96 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

This is hands down the best resort I have ever stayed at and I have been there twice. The level of customer service is extraordinary and I am in a service industry so I do recognize exceptional when I see it.

The setting alone is gorgeous but the interior of the hotel is just beautiful. I have read a few of the other recent reviews and note that perhaps I am not quite as particular as some reviewers but I must say I didn't experience a single negative experience at all. I find the room decor to be lovely. I did not use the pools although I sat poolside several times and did not see any "upkeep" issues at all.

I did not eat in the hotel restaurant on this trip although I did order in room service once and it was very good.

Really, the service is what makes the Del Mar so memorable. EVERY staff person greets you and makes eye contact. If someone is vacuuming a hallway and you approach, they stop, turn the vacuum off and wait until you pass by. It is unbelieveable really. I have been in some very classy resorts where the staff goes out of their way to avoid contact and in the restaurants will even vacuum around the patrons.

I did use the salon services on this trip and again- outstanding! It's a lovely setting with very professional staff.

My dream is to spend a week at the Del Mar. Someday.....

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130 (Formerly Grand Del Mar)
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#1 Family Hotel in San Diego
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#1 Business Hotel in San Diego
#9 Green Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Grand Del Mar 5*
Number of rooms: 249
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Serenely nestled amidst San Diego's Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and a mere five miles from the Pacific coastline, The Grand Del Mar seamlessly combines the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxury of an elegant resort. The result: California's premier triple Five-Star destination and TripAdvisor's #1 Luxury Hotel in California. Little wonder, given the sun-drenched climate, stunning natural beauty, championship golf course, one of only 41 Five-Star spas in the world, and irresistible dining - epitomized by Addison, Southern California's only Five-Star/Five Diamond restaurant, helmed by Relais and Chateaux Grand Chef William Bradley. From the completely relaxing to the downright invigorating, you'll find a variety of ways to fill your days (and nights) at The Grand Del Mar. Engage in a seasonal mixology class. Take a dip in one of four heated pools. Enjoy an afternoon hike or horseback ride amid the pristine nature preserve. Or, sip signature cocktails at the resort's enticing lounges - all before retreating to your thoughtfully appointed guestroom. Welcome to The Grand life - just east of the Pacific and slightly north of expectations. ... more   less 
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