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
As a cursory look at my other reviews can attest to, I have stayed at some nice properties all over the World, and I've experienced some top notch service.
I came to the Fairmont Grand Del Mar with high expectations -- even though I've been to San Diego, La Jolla and Del Mar dozens of times (for both work and fun) I had never stayed there, not only because it's a fairly new property, but also because it's a little out of the way.
I had read great things about The Addison (which is next to the Grand Del Mar), so I decided to do a special extra-romantic dinner date getaway.
Long story short, this one will be hard to top.
Everybody at the Grand Del Mar helped make it extra special – from having the room ready extra early, to the beautiful bouquet of red roses (easily one of the most beautifully put together we’ve ever seen), to the Rose Petal Turn Down, to the amazing meal at the Addison (which managed to actually exceed our very high expectations), to the drivers and valets, to the amazing breakfast, and the final touch of helping us wrap the flowers for travel… everything was beyond perfect.
All the special details were set up via email, by the way; I know this will sound a little surprising to some, but my experience with using email to communicate with Front Desk and Concierge staff at luxury hotels has been hit or miss; rest assured that if email is you preferred means of communication (like it is for me), the Grand Del Mar will never make you feel like you need to pick up the phone. On the contrary...
It actually all makes sense given that one of the trademarks of the Grand Del Mar is to, while using vintage architecture (a very eclectic mix of classic styles that tries to blend multiple old-school Southern European architecture designs -- which could have have been super cheesy except somehow it isn't), it is clearly and obviously new and modern... and impeccably kept, by the way.
It's kinda ironic that the Grand Del Mar didn't start as a Fairmont property, because in all honesty it's precisely the kind of place that can help push the Fairmont brand to new heights.
Now we just need to find an excuse to come back...
What an amazing place to stay, this is the 2nd time we have been here now, incredible rooms, grounds and restaurants complimented by excellent restaurants and staff & for an Australian, the squirrels were fun. Self parking is handy at no cost, probably 30 mins to San Diego
We had the opportunity to stay at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and I have to say that this one stands out in the Fairmont portfolio. I don't have the right vocabulary to give it it's rightful review. I can only think of beautiful, pristine, heaven.
From the manicured golf course, the parking and the palatial entrance, I was transported in another world. Our room was the biggest I've ever been to in my whole travels. It had a walk-in closet in the huge double basin, four piece bathroom. Plush bathrobes waited to wrap us in a cotton cocoon after our shower. The rest of the room big, airy, soft and plush opened up to a balcony overlooking the gardens.
I was taken away by the beauty and the quietness of the place. We had a stroll around the gardens and sat in one of the rocking chairs admiring the deep blue skies. Honestly, I felt in a dream the whole time I was there.
We stayed at the hotel and had dinner at the golf course, outside on the terrace. We just didn't want to leave this special place and only had one night. It was perfection from arrival to departure.
I can't really describe this Fairmont to you, I think you need to visit it to experience it.
Man where do I start! This place was heaven. Everyone was practically tripping over themselves to help you out. Stunningly beautiful and peaceful property. Close to the freeways and close to a lot of shops and places to eat. I would stay here every time I come to the San Diego area.
Fairmont experience We enjoy the quality of the hotel butt experienced a bad fall because of lack of light at the parking lot area which prevented me to go to an important wedding and I am under treatment for pain