Fairmont Grand Del Mar
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+
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
Everything and every experience meets or exceeds expectations. This is a beautiful, elegant resort. The staff is most professional and helpful. The property also hosts the world class Addison restaurant which is not to be missed. The resort has a beautiful pool area and a lovely golf course. The Amaya restaurant in the hotel is very good and has indoor and outdoor seating.The property is a few miles inland, but does offer transportation to the coast if desired; but, there is so much beauty and resort options on the property there is no need to leave. We returned to the GDM for this visit and we look forward to coming back. Highly recommended.
We make an annual visit to The Fairmont Grand Del Mar for the 4th of July holiday. This resort goes out of its way to make you feel special. The facility is beautiful and the service is excellent. If you want a treat for you and your spouse or family this is it.
I always try to stay at this hotel when traveling to San Diego. The staff and facility has been excellent every time! From the time that you arrive the valet is helpful and courteous, the front desk staff is great and the concierge staff is helpful. Also, if you get a chance to visit the spa or play golf I would highly recommend it!
traveled to California with my husband and another couple in June. We stayed at the Fairmont for a week and had a wonderful experience. The property is tucked away in an area with hills, a golf course and beautiful landscaping. It is a very large hotel that provides lots of activities and very good service. We had dinner at Amaya one night and both the service the food were very good. Each of us ordered steak and they were all cooked perfectly. We also had breakfast at Amaya every morning. There was one morning we sat inside and the service was not very good. In fact, our breakfast took over an hour and a half. I assumed our server forgot to put our order in. He just wasn't very attentive. However, each day that we sat outside, service was fine. I tried several things on the menu and everything was delicious.
We enjoyed some of the activities at the hotel during our stay: We played tennis a few times and attended one of the tennis drills. I cannot remember the tennis pro's name (Lynn, maybe) but she was fantastic! I loved her teaching style and I got some good tips from her. My husband played golf on property one of the days we were there. He said the course was gorgeous and well maintained. We hiked some of the trails that are directly behind the resort. We were able to walk outside of the hotel and start hiking - it was very convenient. There were a few nights we went into town (to the beach) and it was maybe a 7-8 minute cab ride.
I would definitely recommend the Fairmont to anyone planning a trip to Del Mar.Show less
My family and I just spent the week of 4th of July at the resort for the second year in a row. I was very pleased with our stay last time and was so again this year. This hotel is everything! From the way you can smell the roses in the garden to the piano player next to the roaring fire on Saturday evening in the lobby. The service is outstanding, the staff works hard and details are not missed. The short drive to the San Diego area is worth it to experience this gem. We will be back! (FYI....There are many things to do in San Diego and the surrounding area, the fairmont offers a horse back riding excursion....DO NOT do it.....one of the worst excursions I have ever been on (and I travel quite frequently). It was outrageously expensive for a very below average ride alongside a dusty road....our guide was terrible and two horses didn’t get along during our ride and made for two scary incidents for my family. We have ridden horses on trips before and this was terrible waste of money. To be honest I’m shocked Fairmont has this at the top of the excursion list.)