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What We Love

  • Amazing hiking trails—the resort’s “backyard” is Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
  • Four heated pools, complete with cabanas and underwater speakers
  • Afternoon tea in the lobby lounge on weekends
  • Guest DJ’s spin every weekend at the on-property “Club M”
  • The gym’s yoga and pilates classes are free for resort guests

What To Know

  • The Tom Fazio-designed golf club is for guests and members only—but requires a fee of $230 and up to play
  • The onsite equestrian center is temporarily closed
  • The beach is five miles away, but the hotel offers free transportation
  • The resort is extremely family friendly, but the spa and the Relaxation Pool are strictly 18+

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Built in the tradition of the great 1920s Spanish Revival resorts, this manmade paradise is still in touch with Southern California's unspoiled nature

The Lowdown

It’s less than 10 years old but this lavish, Spanish Revival resort (built in the style of 1920s architect Addison Mizner) has already become a San Diego institution. Locals flock to its five restaurants (dinner-only Addison is helmed by Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef William Bradley) as well as the Haim salon in its esteemed spa. Sporting types play golf at the on-site club while others lounge alongside one of the four pools, hit the hiking trails, or avail themselves of the resort’s beach shuttle service. But guests don’t even have to get dressed to commune with nature—each of the 249 rooms has a view of either the golf course or the canyon.

In the Area

Further afield, families hit Sea World, Legoland or the San Diego Zoo, which are all about 20 miles away. For more adult diversions, there’s the San Diego Opera, San Diego Polo Club, or the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Unless, of course, you’re more into bargain-hunting than culture-seeking; if so, you’re in luck. The resort is located within range of four malls, the, boutique-lined Cedros Avenue, and the Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

How to Get There

Fairmont Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Court
San Diego, CA 92130 United States

Reviews

A hotel design with a taste
weifang2019

I was here for an Indian wedding. Due to the long processions I got time to explore different part of the property. I took tons of the pictures of the beautiful surroundings, tasteful interior decorations, furnishings and designs. Even though I was not staying at the hotel the staff was very cordial and ready to answer all the curious questions I have about the property.

Also self-parking is free!!!

Would like to stay here for a few days to explore.

Mission Beautiful...
soniacF4620QR

Impressive and spacious rooms, friendly and unbelievable staff. Alejandro was incredible booking dining etc and making recommends to us, he is a gifted concierge. The property itself is timeless with its Spanish mission architecture, an amazing trip indeed.

Disappointing
Charles L

There is no question that this is a very nice fancy hotel but you will be sorely disappointed if you expect a four seasons or ritz experience.

As you can see in other reviews, even though they advertise pool side dining, they have opted for an expensive bbq buffet instead. Even though Cody the pool attendant offered us the poolside menu and drinks, when we tried to order food for our toddler and infant we were very rudely informed that they weren’t serving anything on the menu today. Why offer us the menu then? Instead they expect us to walk around in our wet bathing suits getting burgers and hot dogs from the buffet where normally clad guests are eating as well.

They have a toddler pool that was a huge plus for us until we discovered that the floor was falling apart and cut the foot of our one year old. He was cut by the plaster flooring that was breaking apart and was extremely sharp. When my one year old was playing he started wailing and we were horrified to discover that he was bleeding from his foot. I felt the floor of the toddler pool and there were chips of plaster that were as sharp as a piece of glass. Even though we informed the pool attendants, they didn’t do anything and even had the nerve to leave the toddler pool open for their next victim. Truly appalling and unacceptable.

We informed and filed a report with the security that night only to hear that he went at night to try to see the sharp shards of plaster that blended so well with the floor and didn’t “see” anything. The guy went at night with a flashlight to try to see shards of the sharp floor that was falling apart and had the nerve to tell my wife they didn’t see anything. Only until my wife had a fit did the front desk manager say he would have the engineering department check out the floor as soon as possible. I told him to run his bare hand along the floor of the toddler pool and I’m sure his hand would be cut too.

We ate at Amaya where the steak was average. The waiter Vladimir had the nerve to tell us that since our 1 year old was sleeping he would have to charge us for the kids meal which is usually complimentary. He eventually waived the fee after telling us numerous times that the child has to be awake to get the free meal. I hope they see how ridiculous that sounds and how it can really put parents that are already upset over the edge.