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“Great Resort, Amazing Golf” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fairmont Grand Del Mar

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Ranked #2 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Great Resort, Amazing Golf”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2011

This is the place to stay if you want to do a golf vacation in the winter. I went with my wife and another couple for 2 nights and then went on to Cabos. looking back, staying at the grand del mar was the most amazing part.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2011

Stayed at the Grand Del Mar while attending a conference, and plan to return for pleasure. The location is relatively isolated, but if you want to relax for a few days, it is ideal. It is absolutely beautiful and the spa was terrific. The staff were unbelievably friendly, especially room service staff. I ordered breakfast daily and it was the best room service staff I have ever encountered.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2011

We arrived new years eve, lovely room miles from reception, but the hotel is sprawling in style. Good exercise. Friendly welcome and nice touch with spiced apple tea at reception. Spa is really nice, great treatments and hot tub area. Did not like the $25 charge from Jan 1 to use the area if you were not having a treatment,seemed mean to me when you are a resident, however the pool at spa is a nice quiet retreat and free. The yoga classes are quite good and I believe the golf course is challenging and well maintained, too expensive though.
The buffet breakfast over the weekend was a veritable feast and the staff were very good.
The concierge was helpful and recommended some nice restaurants locally.
The layout of the resort is really very nice, it is luxurious yet relaxed, the pools, walks, gardens have all been thought out well and it all makes for a very relaxing holiday.
I liked the idea of the casual coffee shop for take aways and simple snacks. I loved the fact that there was free wifi everywhere in the hotel. Some lovely art, they should have more information on the artists available for guests in commen areas.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2011

I spent 4 days with 20 guests at the Grand Del Mar for a recent employee event. As the one responsible for the event planning and preparation, I have certainly experienced my share of headaches. That was not the case at the Grand Del Mar! This resort is pure luxury - without the stuffiness factor. The staff and management go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure you are completely happy with your stay. The rooms are spacious and opulent, yet cozy and warm. The food is served promptly, with style and rivals some of the top restaurants in the area. The grounds, spa, golf and ambience of the resort make you feel as if you have stepped into a mediterranean oasis! My husband and I call this our new "home away from home" - oh, if we could be so lucky! Whether you are considering this property for a leisurely getaway or a business function - you can not go wrong. Absolute perfection.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2011

I spent a week at the Grand del Mar with 80 other people for a 2011 kickoff meeting. The resort is a bit pricy, but it was immaculate and worth the money! Every single person that attended had only phenomincal things to say about the resort. I have traveled quite a bit and the service at this hotel was far beyond exceptional.

I arrived a day early and was able to take the courtesy car within a 14 mile radius. The resort is right near Del Mar and La Jolla and I was able to visit the Birch Aquarium and relax in a beautiful spot on the beach.

ROOMS - the rooms at the resort are enormous (see photos). I had a standard room that overlooked a nice courtyard. I found the bed to be very comfortable and the room, quiet. There were several plush pillows on the bed which were a mix of soft and slightly firmer, giving you a choice without having to call the conceirge. I slept very well throughout the week. The room had plenty of space for all of my belongings, so I was able to unpack everything when I arrived. I used my laptop throughout the week- the resort's wireless internet was very fast and easy to connect to. The patio was small, but comfortable and no matter where your room is in the resort, it offers a nice view.

FOOD - Although I am a picky eater and have several food allergies, the food was superb and the staff was more than willing to customize any meal that I ordered. The menus offer many different options and one of the best things is that there is a cafe where you can order sandwiches, cookies, smoothies, coffee and gelato. This made it easy when I wanted to grab a quick bite and carry it anywhere on the resort to eat.

MEETING FACILITIES - The meeting facilities were excellent and the staff went above and beyond to make sure that everything went as planned without any issues. They offered flexible options for meals, meeting space, A/V and other amenities that a group may be looking for. I saw some pictures from weddings that took place there and they were just gorgeous.

GOLF & SPA - Our group participated in both and everyone highly recommended them. They prepared boxed lunches for the golfers which they were able to eat in between shots.

Overall, I would highly recommend this resort!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2011

Beautiful hotel and grounds and service was out of this world. The food in the restaurants was superb and I even ate a simple pasta from room service which was one of the nicest pasta dishes I have had! The drive to/from San Diego was not a long one - we travelled in most days - and was very easy. We got stuck in traffic once only - I was delayed for my spa appointment. The masseur (David I think) worked in his own time to complete my treatment and it (again!) was one of my best massages ever - truly superb hotel. Friends had suggested the Coronado and although you have the beachfront setting and less of a drive to central San Diego, we went for a look around and boy were we glad we chose the Del Mar. While it is does not feel like a child-friendly hotel (it is far too beautiful for that!), the staff went out of their way to be warm and welcoming to our young children with arranging sitters, extra bedding etc. My husband rated the golf course too.
If you are in the area and want a real treat, I highly recommend it here. I would love to go back. My only regret was that with a busy itinerary we could have done with an extra couple of days to enjoy this wonderful hotel itself.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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NEW JERSEY
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2011

This hotel simply excels in every category. Super freindly and professional staff, wonderfull restaurants, heated pools, golf, tennis , riding stables are buing built. The rooms are very elegant and expansive. The bathrooms are huge and marble everywhere. We always stay at Four Seasons but the Grand Del Mar easily matched or surpassed a Four Season or a Ritz Carlton hotel. Great Job!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#1 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#1 Family Hotel in San Diego
#1 Business 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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