The Grand Del Mar is located in some foothills east of Del Mar, in a very upscale "toney" neighborhood. The grounds are immense and perfectly landscaped. Even the golf course has waterfalls, a stream, and colorful flowers everywhere. I love the fact that you can "self park" your car FOR NO CHARGE! What a wonderful option for those of us who are quite capable of walking to our car, and do not like paying $20.00-$35.00(Four Seasons, Vail)a day to park our car. Every hotel should have this option available, and not just tell visitors they have no choice. Hurrah for the Grand del Mar on this matter.
The lobby has various designs of marble flooring, classical furniture and wallhangings, and fresh flowers.The intercom system has nice Spanish music playing, even in the elevators! Right off of the lobby is a formal living area, library, and cocktail lounge. Stunning!
Check-in went smoothly, and I "held my breath" that our room would be in a good location.
When we walked in we were overwhelmed with the grandeur and opulence of the room. We have stayed in several Ritz Carlton's, some incredible hotels on 4 Hawaiian islands, as well as gorgeous properties in Mexico, and this one was the nicest by far. We lucked out for sure with a perfect location. Alot of grand hotels have fabulous grounds and commom areas, but the rooms are just regular- not this hotel!
The bathroom had a large marble tub, large shower, closeted toilet, two sinks with a television in between the mirrors, a chandalier, and pass-through space that can be opened/closed as desired, opening the bath area to the bedroom. Marble, marble everywhere- "Wow"! The closet is substantial, has a safe, and bath robes.
There was a mini-bar in the room hallway, but no microwave. The room was large, and the bed was extremely comfortable. My very favorite part was opening the sliding glass doors to find a large balcony" looking out" onto a huge courtyard, with a view of some plush homes on the hillside nearby. It was as if we were actually on the French Riviera. Our room was on the 3rd floor, and we couldn't have been happier. Instead of putting a tag on the doorknob for privacy or service needed, you punch a button that lights up in the hallway next to the door. Green light-room needs cleaning/ Red light-privacy please. Brillant idea!
Because we had eaten a late lunch before checking in, we decided to order room service for a change. It was tasty, delivered promptly on a cart with a white tablecloth and flowers, and just nice to enjoy our room that night. This was the only good food we had from the hotel.
The next morning, after getting espressos from the hotel coffee bar, we decided to "take a tour".The property is so large, that it took us about 2 hours just to walk around ! We kept saying "Wow" over and over. The golf course is right next door, and there are some privately owned Villa style homes adjacent to the main building.
If any of you are planning a very special wedding, I'd highly recommend the Grand del Mar!They have a quaint European style chapel right on the property, and many rooms to choose for a reception, not to mention the outside covered areas with fireplaces and firepits.. You will be "living like Royalty" !
There is an olympic size "adult's only" pool, which is next to the hotel spa. Servers bring out chair cushions, towels, and drinks/snacks.The family pool was in another area, and the children seemed to be having a great time. We stayed at the adult pool, then took a walk on the path that goes around the property-peaceful, quiet, and as if we were in Tuscany.
The only disappointing part of this visit was the food in the restaurants. We ate lunch at the golf club, sitting outside to enjoy the cool," sunshiny" day. Our cocktails were fine, but the fish tacos were terrible, and I mean awful ! There were 4 small uncooked white shells, with a few morsels of grilled fish on each, topped by some tasteless white cabbage. No pico de gallo, no sour cream, no guacamole, no red cabbage or special sauce, It was bland and tasteless. We were very disappointed.
That evening we ate at one of the hotel restaurants, and again were very disappointed in the food. It was nice sitting outside near a firepit, being able to gaze at the moon and stars, and smell the fresh air. However I could barely finish my dinner. To be honest, I don't even remember what I had, and my husband call tell you that I can verbally recite every superb meal I have ever had, even 20 years ago, in full detail. Both of us disappointed again. If we are in the area again we will definitely splurge (over $400.00 a night) for two nights and stay here again, but will go elsewhere for lunch and dinner. You may want to "check out" on the internet nearby places to eat that are good. The concierges were extremely friendly and efficient, but were hesitant to recommend nearby restaurants. Naturally the hotel wants visitors to stay there and eat at the hotel's restaurants.. Everything was expensive, and the food just wasn't worth the high price.
We "saved up" a few years ago to stay at the Highlands Inn in Carmel, which was romantic and unique, and now we also have special memories of this" splurge stay" at the Grand del Mar. Special place! Go for the ambiance, luxury and serenity, not for a gourmet food experience, and you will not regret it!
- 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: TripAdvisor's #1 Luxury Hotel in California. Little wonder, given the sun-drenched climate, stunning natural beauty, championship golf course, one of only 25 Five-Star spas in the United States, 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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- Also Known As:
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- Grand Del Mar Hotel
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