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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 273 Hotels in San Diego
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Porter Ranch, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent and then some”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

So many positive review for this resort... I went in with high expectations but was pleasantly surprised that it exceeded it. Service was so receptive. Even the house keeping staff and the engineers that past by the halls were extremely friendly. Resort was beautiful. Pool area and the hiking was superb. Each room was tastefully decorated neo classic. The restaurants on the property was superb with Addison being way over the top in food and service. If you're an avid golfer, this is it. If you just want a place to escape this is it. I can't help but to make comparisons with my recent experiences at the st Regis and Mandarin Oriental. They were so bland compared to the GDM. Thanks so much for wonderful 3 day stay.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 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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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We love this place. It's our 4th time here, we have been here every thanksgiving in the past 3 years. It's a really special place here, amazing, amazing, amazing service and care. Even if they mess up, which rarley happens they will know how to make you feel better. The staff is super helpful and nice, spa is UNBELIVBLE and my kids loves the kids club here. I have only good things to say.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

I attended a two and a half day business meeting at the Grand Del Mar, but slept at the L'Auberge Del Mar, from Nov 13 - 16, 2012. I've already reviewed the L'Auberge. I can't speak to the rooms at the Grand Del Mar, but very well traveled Fortune 500 CEOs who attended the meeting said they were "over the top" in size and appointments. The GDM is inland, so it doesn't have that beach feel to it. In fact, although at first site it looks like a typical southern California resort with stucco and terracota mexican architecture, its stylings are much more Mediterranean/European. The food and service were outstanding. The on property restaurant, Addison, is phenomenal as is the resort's wine list. The golf course is very well maintained.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Given I’m in the travel industry specializing in high end luxury travel and that I’m fortunate enough to stay in some incredible hotels and resorts in some amazing locations it takes quite a bit to wow me these days, but wow me they did.

When I stay at a property I look for faults and shortcomings, not because I’m a negative individual, the opposite infact, but because when I recommend it I’m putting my reputation as a professional on the line, but I literally could not find fault in anything when it came to this property, the staff were all amazing, exceptionally well trained and provided that great balance between professional yet friendly service, the rooms and property in general were well decorated, there was ample privacy and the walls were thick enough to ensure you didn’t even know anyone else was staying at the property when you were in your room.

Nothing was too much trouble for any of their staff and they even went as far as providing a cold bottle of water and a towel at the front door when returning from a morning jog.

I can’t recommend this property highly enough both for golfers as well as non-golfers just wanting to relax and be pampered, and can see why it’s a valued member of Virtuoso’s ‘Best of the Best’ Properties, I’m absolutely hanging out to return and spend more time relaxing there.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Wollongong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

This is quite simply the best hotel I've ever stayed at. And the service is to be seen to be believed. Open spaces, big quiet rooms and little surprises all around. I cannot recommend it enough.

It is technically a golf resort but don't let that put you off. I hate golf but felt right at home. I'm going back for sure.

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, United States
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60 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Our two night stay was outstanding. The hotel property is spacious, well manicured and relaxing. Rooms are very comfortable and quiet. Great attention to each detail. Service Staff is friendly and courtesy is a top priority.

We enjoyed dinner and brunch at Amaya, Mediterranean Bistro. Great food and wonderful wine list. Golfing on the Tom Fazio designed course is one of the best I have played. Challenging. Simply, a wonderful stay.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Grand Del Mar is one of the most elegant and beautiful hotels my husband and I have stayed in ever! We were there for just a few days which is really a shame since the hotel and it's surroundings are stunning.
Staff is very personable but stays out of your way until needed!
Food and wine was excellent at restaurants and it really has all you need to just stay and relax without getting out-including an exceptional golf course to play and view.
We have already sent friends to stay there and they rave about it as much as we do!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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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 Business Center with Internet Access 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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in San Diego
#1 Family Hotel in San Diego
#1 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#11 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, Fairmont 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 Fairmont 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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The Grand Del Mar Hotel San Diego
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