We first visited the Grand Del Mar the year it opened and were very impressed, hence when the opportunity came to visit San Diego again we did not hesitate to book a second stay.
Was it as good as the first time? Almost- the staff and hotel itself were excellent, standards as high as before, all the staff were very courteous and friendly and the rooms were beautifully kept with no expense spared to provide beautiful towels and bed linens daily.
Only a couple of grumpy comments- regarding the adults only, no cellphone rule at the 'quiet' pool-why put families with young children in the rooms opening directly onto the serenity pool area, and why don't other guests take note of the no cellphone rule?? This was really annoying as people could not be bothered to get off their backsides and move away from the pool area to speak on their phone. When I'm trying to relax and read in a quiet area I do not want to hear other peoples' boring conversations!! A few of the pool attendants (mostly young students) were brave enough to ask guests to put the phones away but the majority did nothing about it. The hotel needs to make this rule more obvious, there are signs, but not big enough ones!!
Another tip would be to check your account daily which you can do on the room tv, as we found that on the first day somebody else had charged their breakfast to our room! It was taken off our account but best to do it as soon as it occurs and saves time on checkout. We paid cash as much as possible and ate breakfast at the cafe on the third floor and kept all receipts until the end of our stay in case there were any other occurances.
Finally, as the hotel is spread out over three floors, there can be a very long walk to the room, ours was at a far corner of the hotel which involved a trek to the lobby and pool area. There was probably a short cut by going outside but we never discovered it! Therefore if you find a long walk too much, request a room close to the centre of the hotel.
We spent 13 nights there and it was definitely more enjoyable for us when the 'weekend' crowd disapeared as the pool area was a lot more relaxing (which was the main reason for our stay- trying to pack a year's worth of sun into 2 weeks, important when you live in rainy England), the hotel is much busier than during our last trip but we were also there during the 4th July which is a major deal in the US and we are glad that the hotel is obviously enjoying success.
On balance, still one of my favourite hotels to stay at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serenely nestled amidst San Diego's Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and a mere five miles from the Pacific coastline, triple Five-Star Fairmont Grand Del Mar seamlessly combines the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxury of an elegant resort. The result: TripAdvisor's #1 Luxury Hotel in the United States. Little wonder, given the sun-drenched climate, stunning natural beauty, championship golf course, one of only 25 Five-Star spas in the United States, and irresistible dining - epitomized by Addison, Southern California's only Five-Star/Five Diamond restaurant, helmed by Relais and Chateaux Grand Chef William Bradley. From the completely relaxing to the downright invigorating, you'll find a variety of ways to fill your days (and nights) at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Engage in a seasonal mixology class. Take a dip in one of four heated pools. Enjoy an afternoon hike or horseback ride amid the pristine nature preserve. Or, sip signature cocktails at the resort's enticing lounges - all before retreating to your thoughtfully appointed guestroom. Welcome to the Grand life - just east of the Pacific and slightly north of expectations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Grand Del Mar Hotel San Diego
- Grand Del Mar Hotel
- Grand Del Mar San Diego