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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Ranked #1 of 282 Hotels in San Diego
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Saratoga, California
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“The perfact hotel, perfact service amazing rooms, great food and wonderful kids club. If you can afford it, it will be the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 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.

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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
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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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
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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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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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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!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed here over the weekend and had a lovely time. The resort has something for everyone, we enjoyed yoga classes, tennis, trail rides, spa and both restaurants. The spa was fine, but I've definitely seen bigger and better appointed ones - my deep tissue massage was wonderful. The pool was wonderful and my nieces appreciated having it practically to themselves, something I understand is very unusual as this hotel is normally at capacity. The grounds are spectacular and well appointed, I highly recommend the trail ride which provides a unique view of the property ($130 for 1 hour). The kids loved playing tennis, and rackets were provided free of charge. Everyone went out of their way to be helpful, often anticipating needs before we even thought of them - they've definitely been trained in the Apple school of thought and it shows. The food was very underwhelming - a lack of any quality ingredients (nothing local or organic). Addison had a few quality ingredients, but for the price I expected a lot more. Amara was adequate but nothing was particularly impressive. Room service was late both mornings and practically inedible - total waste of money. For the money, I would probably opt for The Resort at Pelican Hill which is 1 hour north in Laguna Beach.

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Property: Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Address: 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130-4901 (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 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#1 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#1 Business 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 — 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: 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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