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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Ranked #2 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Sonoma County, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Beautiful property - excellent everything!”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

This is a very elegant property with perfect service. The staff caters to your every need. The golf course was in great condition, not too many players and fun to play. We had some of the best massages we've ever had too - great spa. We ate at Amaya and it was very good - we skipped Addison's because we weren't in the mood for a big foodie experience this time but may do that at another visit. For us this hotel was a little over the top - everything was perfect, we're just a little more casual.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

The place blew away our expectations from start to finish. Aside from the stunning grounds and aesthetics, there were 2 themes to highlight in particular. 1.) Customer service- It may very well be the best customer experience we've had at a hotel. Everyone, from towel man to concierge, actively finds ways to delight you. In my view, good customer service is when you ask for something and you get it. Excellent customer service is when you get what you need, as well was what you didn't know you needed. They engaged in this consistently throughout our stay. It felt as though the staff was not just doing their job. They felt invested in us having an amazing experience.

2.) Family Friendly- Typically a hotel is either family friendly and lacking on the luxury-side, or vice-versa. In this case, the hotel seamlessly integrated the 2. When we checked in, we were treated with all the formality you would expect from a top-notch hotel. But then...after getting our keys, they bring our kids to a treasure chest to the side of the front desk where each kid got to pick out 2 prizes. Our kids, who were cranky from a long flight to San Diego, were elated. We get to the room and 20 minutes later, a gentleman shows up with 2 large cookies for the kids with our kid's names on the cookies, respectively. It was the perfect welcome that I could never have anticipated.

Room Tip: I really like being on the ground floor and having a personal patio.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here last year and came back wondering if our stellar experience could be duplicated. It was!! The level of service is so superior, their staff training must be the absolute best. From the concierge who always remembered our names and asked about the specific arrangements they had made for us to the little cafe shop who remembered our preferences from the previous day. That's just the little things.... The spa pool was perfect, quiet, relaxing, adults only and no cell phones. The grounds and beautiful architecture were an amazing setting for a most wonderful vacation. Rooms are very spacious and luxurious. One little thing that made me smile....the shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion provided had large lettering, no need to squint without my reading glasses in the shower to differentiate between the identical containers!

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We stayed at the Grand Del Mar to celebrate an anniversary & birthday. It is a beautiful property and we enjoyed every second. From the spacious rooms to the glorious fountains & gorgeous grounds... It was lovely all around! Our kids joined us for a few days, and they were treated like royalty! A full crib with bath products was delivered for our infant and our 4 year old loved the special kids meals at the pool. The staff went out of their way to provide us with an awesome experience. Can't wait to go back for a special occasion in the coming year! Thank you, Grand Del Mar!

Room Tip: Honestly, I think this is the only hotel where I could say that every single room is fantastic.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 July 2014

All I have to say is this place is amazing, we clearly went from one Paradise to another. The Gran Del Mar is awesome. Beautiful grounds, Absolutely fabulous rooms, Pools for families and separate one for adults too. Golf course, tennis courts, different restaurants to choose from.

Room Tip: Request the upgrade.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

My husband and I capped off our week traveling the PCH with two nights and this stunning resort. Resembling a Tuscan villa, Grand Del Mar, is opulent: marbled lobby, manicured lawns, fragrant landscaping, Mediterranean-style courtyards, terraces and walkways with awe-inspiring views, and outdoor fireplaces, fountains and adirondaks for sitting to enjoy the view. There are two tennis courts, two family pools, a kids' activity center, an adults only pool, 24-hr fitness center, a spa and courtesy shuttles (bmw 7-series and Cadillac escalades) to La Jolla and the beach near Torry Pines. We were fortunate enough to dine at their signature restaurant, Addison.

The reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is housekeeping requested a specific time from us for turn-down service and NEVER showed the second night. I missed the chocolate covered Oreo they left on the pillow the previous night.

NOTE: the on-property equestrian center is closed. Horseriding is offered thru a third party.

Room Tip: It is difficult to imagine getting a bad room in this resort. Our room was facing a beautiful garden...
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Green Features: You can request "green" service. Only towels left on the floor are changed.
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Wow! This is the best hotel we have stayed at to date. And mind you, we have stayed at plenty of high end hotel/resorts around the world. The Grand Del Mar is just something else. Beautiful grounds. Absolutely stunning rooms. Pools for families and separate one for adults. Golf course, tennis courts, different restaurants and bars around the hotel. Wait staff is friendly. You really feel like kings and queens staying here. True luxury hotel where you can get R&R.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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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 Family Hotel in San Diego
#1 Business Hotel in San Diego
#1 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#1 Romantic 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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