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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The hotel grounds are stunning, very Tuscany, but for a hotel of this caliber, they had some issues they should not have had. For one, we checked in late, around midnight, and we had notified them of that. We called from the room and asked for 2 extra robes as we were two adults and 2 kids. It took over an hour and three phone calls to get them. The next day we had a reservation for high tea in the lobby. We specifically reserbed the sofa, but they had us set up at a table. It took them a while to come around am2d set up the sofa, take our order. It detracted from the exoerience for sure. The manager of the lobby bar brought us a tea pot that leaked. The food at tea was great. At Amaya and the golf club, the food waa just ok. They had a good burger though. Again, the room and grounds are stunning but at this price point, they should not have such issues.
We have been staying at the GDM since it opened its doors under Papa Doug's leadership and vision at least ten years ago and I think this must be our 12th time staying here. The GDM is our "Happy" place and that is because it is like a second home to us here. From the moment we walk through the grand doors we are immediately receive a heartfelt warm welcome by our long time bellmen who recognize us from all our previous stays. We always look forward to seeing the familiar faces like Bryan, Mark, Matt, and Saman. They always manage to make us feel like we are returning "home" to the GDM!
A huge thank you and appreciation go to Mr. Pagano once again for always looking after us! Despite the hotel being sold out due to wedding bookings, he still managed to have our favorite room for us each time we return. We are so appreciative and so grateful to Mr. Pagano!
The adult spa pool is always so zen and peaceful and with pool attendants like Omar and Servete, we were well looked after and pampered by pool side. We appreciated their attentiveness in refilling our waters, in setting up our loungers, and in frequently checking to see if there is anything we need. What I love most about being at the adult pool is smelling the fragrant Jasmine flowers at pool side and especially from the hot tub. What I do miss is the underwater music in the pool as it was missing since last year. I am hoping this feature will return soon?
Housekeeping is always top notch....morning service is so thorough and efficient while the evening turn down service sets the room ready for an evening of relaxation with soft music in the background and chocolate covered Oreos on the beds. We always appreciate just how our room is kept so clean by the hard working Housekeeping staff!
I am a terrible sleeper at home, usually waking up at 3:30am but whenever I am at the GDM, the earliest I wake up is 8:30am and that is because the location of our room faces the golf course and it is so so quiet and peaceful. No matter which room you are in at the GDM, you can never hear any of the noise or sounds coming from the hallways or from adjoining rooms.
We love everything about the Grand Del Mar and the saddest day is always on departure day because we know we are leaving our happy place and our GDM "family" behind until another year.
Thank you so so much once again to all our GDM family!
Beautiful Italian-style Hotel located minutes from the beach. Dog friendly, excellent room service, Concierge offers nearby excursions to S.D. Zoo, etc. We have stayed at this Hotel many, many times, are world travelers, and this hotel remains on our favorite list. The Garden Rooms are small, but directly off of the adult pool and very private. The Suites book quickly so be sure to book early.I enjoy Boutique shopping at Hotels but this will be replaced with a Wellness Center. You will love this Hotel, book it now!
We visited the Fairmont for a weekend while visiting San Diego for a friends birthday event.
Everything about the hotel and service from the moment we arrived was absolutely perfect. The weather was not great during our visit so a big bonus was the large spa area with lots of free facilities and amazing, but expensive, massages. The two outdoor pools were lovely also. The only thing that disappointed us was the long walks between our room and the various facilities. Overall we highly recommend this hotel.
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is hands down the most luxurious hotel experience I have ever had, and I've stayed in hotel resorts all over the world. From the initial drive approaching the property to the fabulous suites and amenities to the outstanding treatment by each and every member of the Fairmont staff, my stay could not have been better or more enjoyable. I want to live there!!