Personally I think if you are able to afford even a night at this hotel, you should experience it once. It is super expensive, but I think worth it. The grounds and hotel public areas are incredible. Awesome pools, tennis courts, walking trail and views.
I'm so glad we had a $50 credit per day with Amex for breakfast, otherwise I would have skipped it. Breakfast on the outdoor terrace every morning was one of my favorite things ever! Even if no credit, make sure you eat outside there at least once! The waiters were all so nice and helpful, the food - delicious with fresh juices and smoothies and the best hash browns I've ever had.
We had to change rooms since for some reason our room and hallway smelled way too strongly of chlorine. The room itself (and we got an upgrade) was not all that big but had the highest ceilings, wonderful balcony and awesome, huge bathroom. The decor itself I found to be too much, (a lot of gold...gold frames surrounding the flat screen, etc.) but hey, at least the bed was super comfortable.
If you can, treat yourself to a spa treatment. On a Monday I had the entire spa to myself...Amazing experience! Elaine, the spa attendant treated me like a princess. Seriously that might have been the most relaxing day of my life.
Make sure to go walking/hiking at nearby Torrey Pines on the ocean, too.
This sure is the good life... too bad it was only 3 days!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Grand Del Mar Hotel San Diego
- Grand Del Mar Hotel
- Grand Del Mar San Diego