We stayed here four night nights beginning New Years Day. The resort location is remote from San Diego, so unless you are a hiker, golfer or mountain biker, you might not appreciate the location. The hotel has a world class spa and restaurant. We booked ahead with The Addison and did an eight course menu with paired wines. It was an amazing experience, but a lot of food. Six would be perfect if you're really hungry. Best rooms are 345 and up because they are on the top floor and far from foot traffic in the halls or any pools or other areas of noise. If you are going in the winter, don't bother to get a veranda room, because its just a little too chilly to sit out at night or in the morning when you'll likely be in your room. The canyons surrounding Del Mar are beautiful, they have a huge gas fire each night that overlooks the canyons that they light up. We saw a group of deer passing through. My husband had his best massage ever and my facialist, Heather was excellent. My only regret is that my husband's back hurt, so we didn't pack our clubs, but hiking through the canyon some of the holes looks really challenging and interesting. The only negative is that there are a surprising number of children at this resort and though their explorers club is on the second floor they are in the bars at night and the breakfast area in the morning. Strange for a Golf and Spa resort. I took my young ones to places such as Atlantis and Disney World. They have a blast there and I don't think there is enough to keep children happy at this remote resort.
- 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