Just read a review of someone who said this wasn't a place for kids. I couldn't disagree more. We took our ten and twelve year olds here for a week and everyone had a blast. The service was top-notch and they catered to our every need. The family pool was perfect and my wife and I both enjoyed the spa. I got a massage on my next to last day and I wish I could have had time for another. If you do get a deep-tissue massage, be sure to ask for Christina B. She was the real deal, a thai massage trained expert, and she left me with stretches to last a lifetime. Also, the workout room was first class.
The hotel location is ideal and it is quiet and beautiful. We drove to Disneyland, which only took 1:20 minutes. Sea World and the San Diego Zoo were both only 20 minutes away. The Aquarium and Safari are also close by. We all loved the Sea World and, of course, Disney. Del Mar Racetrack was ten minutes close and it was great to be there as well. Don't forget to go to Del Mar beach. The hotel provided transportation to and from, and supplied us with chairs, towels, umbrellas and water. The beach was beautiful!!
The rooms are large and beautiful. We put in for a suite, but they were all booked. The room with two double beds was more than fine, but next time I would book a suite. It's only $200/night to upgrade once you are there and they are big and gorgeous. Be sure to put the Do Not Disturb light on if you don't want room service knocking on your door early in the morning,
If I could fix anything, I would upgrade the carpeting (our room looked like it needed a change). Also, the art in the main lobby area should be upgraded to the real thing. I could do wonders with it (being that I am an art dealer). Cudos to the person responsible for the flower arrangment in the main lobby...truly a work of art.
I highly rcommend the Grand Del Mar for a family vacation and to couples looking to get away. Traveling from New York was not fun, but it turned out to be well worth the hassle.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Grand Del Mar Hotel San Diego
- Grand Del Mar Hotel
- Grand Del Mar San Diego