This was the 5th time we stayed at the Grand Del Mar, so we were not surprised at the level of perfection we experienced. This time, however, we were there for a family reunion with 19 of our nearest and dearest, ranging from age 6-71. It was a very expensive splurge for us, but we are so glad that this is the place we picked for our first gathering in over 3 years. I had specifically requested that all rooms be on the first level and as close together as possible. I thought this would be difficult for the resort to accomplish, since we had 9 rooms reserved and we needed to be sure that 4 pair of the rooms were Kings connecting with 2 Queens. Before we arrived I called several times to remind them of our request. I was told not to worry, it was all taken care of. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that 7 of our rooms were next to each other and the other 2 at a right angle to them, all on the first floor, facing exactly the courtyard I had requested. It continued to get better. The rooms are huge and gorgeous. the bathrooms have 2 sinks, a large shower and a deep soaking tub. Every amenity has been taken care of.
I also had planned a Sunday brunch for 34 people on the patio of the Amaya restaurant. Greg Schirra, the manager, could not have been nicer or more helpful. Tables were arranged so that our group was all together and although I am sure we overwhelmed the kitchen with our orders, the service was outstanding and gracious. For the rest of our stay we were greeted every morning by name and our coffee and tea orders were actually remembered from the previous day.
The property is spectacular. It was great being on the first floor because we could walk anywhere outside without having to go through the hotel. The quiet pool is wonderful and they really do enforce the no cell phone rule. We loved that. Our grandkids wanted to spend most of the time at one of the family pools. We usually ordered food and snacks there and, as everywhere else at the resort, the service was wonderful.
We availed ourselves of the tennis courts and the kids loved having space to throw around a baseball or football in the courtyard. Some of the kids wanted to go horseback riding, but we were unable to arrange that. Maybe next time... The resort is inland, but only a few miles from the beach and the hotel provided towels, beach chairs and even boogie boards to make our day at the beach very pleasant
Thank you to everyone at the Grand Del Mar for making our family reunion so memorable.
- 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
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