I would like to tell of the "little things" that mattered that make this a 5-star resort in my mind. There's no need to repeat what other reviewers have written about the ambience, the service and elegance of the resort. I agree with all of them. We arrived on a day when a much-needed rain was finishing up in San Diego. Being on a golf-package we were anxious to get on the links early to avoid an approaching shower. The manager "John" checked us in and (our room not ready yet) walked out to the valet with us to insure that we would be whisked away to the golf course. Oh, and he also called the pro shop to see if we could get out earlier than our assigned tee time. We could.
We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. The highly-acclaimed French restaurant "Addison" knew this because I told them when I made the reservation. They must have communicated to the hotel because waiting for us upon check- in was an iced bottle of champagne and a tray of enormous chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Our forecaddie, Brad, who took care of us for three days of golf could not have been nicer. He was enthusiastic and dedicated. Not only could he read the greens but he was an expert on the beautiful landscaping that surrounded the golf course. It certainly added to the experience of our golf package.
The server who brought us room-service breakfast on our first morning ran to get us a hiking map and brought it up to our room when he knew that we were interested in some exercise.
Housekeeping noticed that we were enjoying one certain flavor of Nespresso coffee that is complimentary in the rooms. She replaced it with an entire sleev
of coffee capsules.
One final 5 star memory: having a glass of dessert wine in front of the fireplace in the beautifully appointed main drawing room in the downstairs lobby of the hotel on our last night.
The Grand Del Mar is truly deserving of the accolades it has received. We'll be back.
- 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