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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Ranked #2 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Spectacular in All Respects”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

I had a business meeting at the Grand Del Mar last week, and would rate it up there with the best hotels in the country. The service is excellent without being overbearing, the rooms are gorgeous and large, the food was terrific, and the amenities (from the health club to the many pools) were top-flight. It's also very convenient to the San Diego airport, even though it's 15 miles outside San Diego.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

We took an unplanned 3 day weekend to the Grand Del Mar with our younger child to Del Mar while our older one attended Coachella. Usually, I'm off the see the surroundings, rub elbows with the locals and get "off campus," but I actually never left the premises once. Took an outdoor yoga class, hiked the gorgeous property, took a dance class, relaxed poolside, took a work out class and had lovely meals in the main hotel's restaurants.

The service is prompt at the Grand Del Mar, which makes my heart sing. The food is good, the environment relaxing, and we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

Fantastic hotel on all fronts. Service is excellent and everything you would expect from a five star experience. Quality of the rooms is top notch, really big, well equipped and quiet. We had 6 nights here and from the moment we booked to the time we left we were made to feel special. We wouldn't really single any member of staff out as they were all very consistent.
The Spa is superb, far more professional and high in quality then anything we have experienced before in 5 star hotels. The quality of spas is often quite average in hotels, this is a real exception.

Good location, easy to get San Diego though we stayed at the hotel more than we had planned because the weather was so good and we wanted to enjoy the pool facilities. Pool staff amazing, very attentive and couldn't do enough for us.

Overall awesome

Room Tip: We had a quiet room in great location with patio and garden view on the first floor.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

The Grand Del Mar was a place I was looking forward to for many, many, months, and it didn’t disappoint! I didn’t want to leave. They made my birthday experience something I won’t forget.

The restaurants were amazing! Amaya is a perfect setting outside with the fire place, heat lamps, the stars, and a glass of wine.

The gym , the pools were fantastic. My only slight complaint was with the condition of the golf course. Not the staff mind you, but the condition. For the price, I wish they would overseed like Aviara with winter rye. But it’s just a small complaint, the layout is fun!

My dog Sophia and I will be back soon!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

This is the second time we have stayed at this property, and the first time we have come here after I learned to play golf.

The physical plant is as originally described some two years ago, but having stayed here for three nights now, I find the service to be impeccable, and the golf practice facilities (we never got to play since Kaiser Permanente was having a tournament) top drawer.

Food at both the Amaya restaurant (the one open all day) was excellent, and the wine list (and sommalier) there superb, but William Bradley at the Addison produced an exquisite meal and the wine pairing -- a lovely young Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino -- was excellent, going well with my carmelized codfish in dashi and the sweetbreads, while my husband raved about he butter grilled salmon dusted with fennel powder and the oysters dressed with cream lightened hollandaise scented with horseradish.

All in all, despite the noticeable aging of the carpeting and furniture, a definite be-back whilst in the San Diego area.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Simi Valley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

The resort is gorgeous, filled with old world mediterranean charm. The service is excellent and consistent at all levels. From the moment you enter the private driveway of this exclusive resort you feel you're experiencing something special. Even the natural wildlife seemed to be in on the payroll, I had the pleasure of being greeted by a beautiful deer. I highly recommend this location if you want to get away from everything and focus on being pampered.

One thing to note, this is not a beachside resort. To experience the beach, plan on a short quick drive.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

Spent spring break at the Del Mar with family, and what a great place, great service, and best was the location.
First the place. We really liked our room (Id suggest something on the 3rd floor, had very enjoyable views). The pool grounds were very nice and our 9 year old had a blast swimming every day. Even though was kind of busy, it never seemed crowded and guests did a great job of 'spacing' out between families. The room was very clean, they have great housekeeping team. The grounds were very nice, enjoyable to walk around, we even played bocci ball.
Next, the customer service. The front staff, the coffee shop, the lobby and the valets were all very professional, courteous, and attentive. The wait staff by the pool was very good, the only person that I thought was not on it was the bartender by the pool (and this was seeing the same guy for 3 days), as he was not attentive, not very friendly, and overall a jerk...which surprised me as the rest of the staff was great....guess he was too cool for me???
third, the location. You can not get much better to be central to the zoo, seaworld, the safari park, beaches...yet be able to 'get away from it all'! We just couldn't believe where ever we went, it was 15-20 minute drive. Was awesome

The resort is an expensive place to stay ($350-500 for just a regular room), but was very much worth it, we had a great vacation and even managed to come home relaxed and refreshed!!!

Green Features: we had smokers below us, was very annoying. I alerted the management, said they spoke to the person...but what can they really do, how to enforce a knucklehead smoker to stop smoking, even when its against the rules.
  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Property: Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Address: 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130 (Formerly Grand Del Mar)
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Region: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#1 Business Hotel in San Diego
#1 Family Hotel in San Diego
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#1 Luxury 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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