As a frequent global traveller, I have stayed in most of the premier hotel brands in multiple cities, but I must say that the Grand del Mar surpasses them all. Every aspect of this property is exceptional. We were immediately impressed by the level of personal service and recognition. When we drove up to the gates, the security guard inquired about our stay before directing up to the hotel. The valet knew our names from the note the security guard left under the wiper. The check-in attendant walked us to our room where our bags were already waiting with the bellhop who walked us through the room to introduce the ammenities and overall layout of the grounds. At the restaurant, the hostess inquired our names and actually remembered them throughout our stay. Wow...
Our room was large, spacious and beautifully appointed with woods, granites and marble. Needless to say the room was spotless. There is a large flatscreen TV in the main room and a second small TV in the bathroom if you wanted to watch TV or listen to music in the bath. The closet was essentially a walk-in configuration. We had a third floor room with a balcony opening onto a court yard. The room was incredibly well insulated for noise. I'm sure we had neighbors, but I had no idea they were there, and we didnt pick up any outside noise through the heavy balcony doors. As a light sleeper, I can honestly say this was one of the best sleeps I ever had at a hotel. We were visiting over spring break, and the intent was to visit the several amusement / theme parks in the region. My son opted to skip Disneyland to chill-out at the hotel pool!! Now we have another reason to come back...
The Grand del Mar is a golf resort. The grounds are immaculate and although we are not golfers, we were impressed with the course surrounding the hotel. Perhaps next time we visit, we will opt for lessons through their pro-shop. The hotel has 4 pools and two hot-tubs. One area is reserved for adults and cellphones are prohibited (discouraged), with a large pool, hot-tub and bar. The other area contains 3 pools including a shallow kids pool and a small hot-tub. This family area also has a full bar with meal service. The hotel offers a baby-sitting service while the adults go for a round of golf, and there is also a daily program for kids. For older kids / teens, there is of course golf, as well as tennis courts and an equestrian facility. Pony rides can apparently be arranged for small kids, while trail rides and even riding lessons are offered for older kids / teens. There is a spa which we didnt utilize on this trip.
There are several restaurants on the grounds and a cafe / gift-shop. We dined at Amaya. Food quality and preparation was excellent. They have a vegetarian dinner menu and will make minor modifications to their dishes to suit guests tastes. The breakfast menu is more limited in terms of offering vegetarian or non-dairy options. Pool-side meal options were relatively extensive.
As expected, the Grand is pricey, especially if you throw-in a bunch of activities and opt to dine on-site throughout your stay. But if you want to treat yourself to an experience, we recommend this property. We will be returning in the future, staying longer and trying out the activities we missed this trip.
- 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:
- The Grand Del Mar Hotel San Diego
- Grand Del Mar Hotel
- Grand Del Mar San Diego