5.0
Excellent 2026 Reviews
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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

5.0 Excellent 2026 Reviews
Outstanding Resort
Reviewed 24 hours ago

This is the second time I have stayed at this resort. Both times have exceeded my expectations. The amenities and service are outstanding; the best I have experienced at any 5 star resort. Specifically, I would like to highlight the service provided by the reservations team and the concierge team. There was no request that they did not address. Will be going back soon.

Wonderful service
Reviewed 5 days ago

The service was excellent at every point of my interaction. I would highly recommend this hotel based on their service, Also,I booked a horseback ride through the hotel, which I would highly recommend - riding through the hills around the hotel was lovely and the guide was excellent.

SoCal Staycation!
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the most beautiful hotel with 5 star service. Each and every staff member go above and beyond. I will keep coming back! The hotel lobby is great at night, with great food and fabulous entertainment.

Beautiful!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Exquisite hotel, exceptional service and an experience that I will not soon forget. Maria made my birthday extra special with a surprise tray of delicious delectables, a candle and lovely acapella serenade!

The Farmers Insurance Open and Estes Park Institute conference were all the more special because of our stay at the glorious Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Looking forward to my next stay!

Great experience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far one of the most memorable experience I have ever had!! Stayed there for business, two nights, rooms are very amply and comfortable, just hated to have a double room since they ran out of singles :(
The attention to details at the Addison Restaurant was truly amazing, everyone in there were very professional, food was great. I will definitely recommend it for family and couples vacation! Love it!