The purpose of my visit was to check out the spa and 5 Star restaurant for a possible
reunion site next year and the experience truly amazed me. From the friendly greetings at valet and Front Desk to the superlative service at both restaurants I was hard pressed
to find any enduring flaws. The pool service was the only area that needed improvement as it did take quite a while to get a waitperson and she was not versed in the menu. It was just as well as I ended up having lunch at their 'casual restaurant' which had the best $14 hamburger I've ever had. The waiter was great. Served hot bread (rolls and breadsticks freshly baked) and fresh butter. His suggestion of the grilled garlic lime shrimp salad was wonderful. They use freshly ground angus beef (sirloin) and it came rare as desired and the bun was homemade. The dinner at Addison was also wonderful - the highlight being an incredible cheese gougere served as one of three amuse bouches. An explosion of cheese was like a mouth orgasm. Loved it. The lamb however - supposedly a 'signature dish' was oddly sweet and bland and lacked juice.
Not recommended. The sweet pea ravioli was lovely - almost as good as Spago. All the vegetarian options were very creative and highly recommended. Excellent King Crab first course.
The rooms were well designed, beds extremely comfortable - outfitted with Pratesi sheets. Great bathroom. There was an annoying green light above the bed (smoke alarm?) that was poorly positioned for people who like a dark environment. I would suggest that housekeeping provide eye masks on request. The feel of the place was like a wonderful Italian palace - lavish and opulent and yet warm and inviting. Perfect place to feel pampered and less than 2 hours from Los Angeles. A real gem of a place that I hope is around for a long, long time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Grand Del Mar Hotel San Diego
- Grand Del Mar Hotel
- Grand Del Mar San Diego