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The Grand Del Mar
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130   |  
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“Truly Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Amazing property with stunning rooms and interesting decor and architecture. Immaculately kept. Wonderful service and attention to detail. Comfort of the guests is paramount. Highly recommended....
Love the flat screen in the bathroom !

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 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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  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The physical layout is spectacular, spacious and beautifully decorated. Rooms and bathrooms are huge with nice amenities including bath salts for the big soaking tub. Rose petals sprinkled around during turn down service..not sure I needed that. And for the coffee addicts, in room coffee makers while the lobby serves fresh brewed starting at 5:30 am.

Addisons is a 5 star restaurant equal to the best properties in New York.... but bring your wallet. Service was prompt and efficient without being haughty.

The golf, spa and health club facilities are at the same level of excellence.

My only complaint is the internet service. While wifi is free to guests, it is painfully slow and reminds me of Guatemala City. A hotel of this calibre should be capable of doing better.

While the price is not inconsequential, it provides good value.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The hotel is simply magnificient. The best hotel I've been so far.
Location is not so far from San Diego.
The hotel staff surprised us, always very smiling, simply impeccabled and wonderfully helpful.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Very beautiful hotel with a very nice staff. It was an amazing few nights. The people who worked there were very nice. The hotel is very large and quite amazing looking. The rooms are pretty and have an enormous bathroom. The golf course if very nice and the driving range was a lot of fun. The only bad part is the breakfast. The breakfast menu is very limited and the food isn't as good as you would think. But other than that the resort is perfect.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

Refined excellence. Possibly the best hotel I will ever stay in. It's only 6 years old but has the character of one that is 60 years old. Sustained excellence of service. Very grand. Confident. Remarkable foyer. Great rooms. Elegant and charming.

Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

I stayed at this hotel from Thursday January 10th until Sunday January 13th with my husband and two of our four kids. It was a last minute getaway, and it worked out great because we got to take advantage of the "buy two nights get a third night free" special they were offering that weekend. Also, very nice to only have our 5 and 7 year olds with us, and leave the 2 and 3 year olds at home!

The location was fantastic and just what we needed. In the 3 days we were there we spent one at Disneyland (a bit over an hour away), one at Sea World (10 minutes) and one at the coast (5-10 minutes).

The Grand Del Mar, of course, lives up to its name. The architecture is absolutely stunning and not a detail was wasted in its design. The rooms are beautiful and well kept. The service is perhaps some of the best in the country, and I am basing this on the fact that we travel and stay in several high end hotels each year. Most importantly, the staff is friendly! I had the feeling that they all enjoyed being there and really wanted to make it a great experience for myself and my family.

Unfortunately, we were not around long enough to sample all the fantastic food offered at the hotel. The meals we did have at the hotel were very good. We ordered room service for breakfast. The only thing we were disappointed in was the pancakes, which had a strange aftertaste. We also ordered smoothies every day from the cafe on the main floor. We ate at Amaya for dinner as well. The Roasted Butternut Squash soup and the Shrimp Appetizer were very tasty. For dinner I had the Lobster and Crab Pappardelle, which was wonderful. My husband had the short rib, which he commented was 'melt in your mouth'.

It was too cold to swim, but we were able to explore the trails that surround the property. It was beautiful and we got some great pictures. We also had my kids stay in the explorers club for an hour or so each day so my husband and I could enjoy the spa and gym. The explorers club is a parents dream: a babysitting service that your kids will actually want to go to and not want to leave! They offer anything/ everything hour kids could desire from Xbox to wii to colored sand to pour into bottles, to air hockey. My kids had a blast and begged to stay!

Overall, we had a great stay. Short, but very enjoyable. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 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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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Had a lovely stay at the Grand. Worth every penny!
The people who work here know what they're doing and how it should be done. Combine that with great facilities (2 thumbs up for the explorer's club), wonderful spacious rooms and there is really no reason to look anywhere else when you're staying in the SD area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130
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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 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#1 Business Hotel in San Diego
#1 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#1 Family Hotel in San Diego
#11 Green Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Grand Del Mar 5*
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 Hotel in the United States. 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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