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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Ranked #2 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Sheer unadulterated luxury”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

While the decor might not be exactly my style I could not find anything to complain about in this hotel. From the minute I checked in the staff were friendly and helpful. My room was large and airy with direct access to the adult pool. The bathroom was large with a small dressing room and I have never seen such a bath tub!
The breakfast buffet was extensive varied. I was in the hotel for a two day meeting, the meeting services were superb. On the final night I ate in the Amaya restaurant and again I could find nothing to fault it.

I was able to avail of the spa when I arrived and I don't think I have ever been so relaxed after a massage.

But of course service like this comes at a price!

PS I have never been so tempted to steal a bathrobe (I didn't!), they were incredible.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

Beautiful location and grounds so well maintained and great for a stroll around. So many seating areas around the walkways that you can stop take a rest and take in the view. Rooms are huge and bathrooms just as big. All have balconies which is lovely to have a sit out when you get back before dinner. Service is phenomenal nothing is a problem. Greeted with scented cool face towels and fresh lemonade. A cafe is on site which is very useful if you want a light snack for breakfast or a sandwich to take out with you. Tea and coffee is complimentary before 8 too always good in my book. We did the hike on Saturday morning to the canyon which is definitely worth doing and I took advantage of complimentary yoga classes too. Relaxation pool is bliss and apart from the usual iced water you receive smoothies through the day and even suntan lotion

Room Tip: All good! We had a fairway view but having walked around the property all look great
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed for a week at the Grand Del Mar and wow what a pleasure. The property is very new, about 5 years, but the quality architecture and decorating design give it an old villa feel. The staff is at your service, friendly and welcoming. The rooms are palatial well decorated and the attention to detail is spectacular. We would most certainly come again.

Room Tip: All rooms overlook a pool or courtyard
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

This resort is all it was billed to be. 5 stars are not high enough. Staff are genuinely friendly and helpful. I was walked to the elevator to show me how to get around. The room was stunning in beauty, layout, comfort, and materials. Everything speaks of luxury and attention to detail. Bed is comfortable. Claw foot desk large enough to work with a comfortable desk chair. Wall paper, carpet, art work, even trim and frames are beautiful. The bathroom is pure luxury. Double sink with Marble set on a regal vanity. The shower is marble with a powerful stream. The tub is large and deep. The bathroom has mirrored windows that swing open to the bedroom. My room was on the first floor with doors that opened onto a patio with comfortable chairs outside of a water fountain pool. The landscaping is lush and perfectly manicured. The resort has a myriad of activities, some of which are free. The resort makes all efforts to inform guests of activities. The exercise room is outstanding. Wide variety of machines to support any workout program. Personal trainers are available. The spa is superb. Pools are incredible. Food and drinks outstanding. I can't say enough about this beautiful refuge from the everyday world. This is a 10 star resort. Simply the best place I have ever stayed.

  • Stayed June 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in a king terrace room, 121, for 3 nights. Check-in was a breeze, luggage arrived within 5 minutes. Everyone was incredibly friendly and it seemed as if our enjoyment was their pleasure and responsibility. Amaya was great for both breakfast and lunch. The room was beautiful, reminded us of an Italian villa. Very comfortable bed, great shower, spectacular terrace. A great experience, we will be back.

  • Stayed June 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

My husband and I could not find a fault with this property. The moment we were greeted by Valet parking we knew we were at a very special place. Check in at reception was superb, the bellboy (Shane) was full of enthusiasm and gave us a full list of things we could do while staying here. The rest of the staff we meet were outstanding and made us feel very special. For example, the service by the pool was excellent. The towel placed over the sunlounge with an extra towel to use as a pillow or to dry yourself with after a swim was laid out by the staff. Then a cold water was served, which was constantly refilled or replaced so it was not warm. Then a cool face washer would be offered, plus fresh fruit and sorbet. Food and drink was also available to purchase as well as sunblock and even sunglasses. The spa, shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment were all of high standard. What makes this property even better is the well-manicured 18 hole golf course with the swans near the 18th hole, as well as the tennis courts and pavilions.
Our room was furnished to perfection. It was absolutely beautiful. We appreciated that every little details of the hotel had not been overlooked. The food and wine serviced were of top quality.
After spending 5 hectic weeks travelling around the USA & Canada, we were so glad to have finished our holiday at such a wonderful resort. We have been fortunate enough to have stayed at many fine places during our travels and Grand Del Mar is up amongst the best.
Thank you to the wonderful staff (including housekeeping) and management who have done a fine job at making our few days there so memorable.

Room Tip: Personally any room would be great.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

I have travelled a lot and after winding my way down from San Fran to San Diego, it was amazing to find such a high class hotel such as the Grand Del Mar, they didn't miss a beat, from check in, to room service, to dinners, they have covered everything that a guest wants and pays for. Can't wait to return and will recommend others.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Property: Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Address: 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130 (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 Family Hotel in San Diego
#1 Business Hotel in San Diego
#1 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#1 Luxury 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, triple Five-Star 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 the United States. 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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