4.4 out of 5

"We were st a conference in San Diego. Best placed i have stayed. It was lovely " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 21 Mar 2017

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in San Diego awaits you at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. You'll be 14.1 km (8.7 mi) from University of California-San Diego and 19 km (11.8 mi) from La Jolla Cove. Highlights at this family-friendly hotel include 6 restaurants, 4 outdoor swimming pools, and a full-service spa.

You can enjoy LCD TVs with digital channels, and all 249 rooms feature free WiFi, free wired Internet, and separate bathtubs and showers. Dining in is an option with 24-hour room service, and minibars provide refreshments. Nice touches to enhance your stay include soaking tubs and bathrobes, while premium linens invite a good night's rest. Additionally, espresso makers, free newspapers, and free local calls are available.

A relaxing day at The Spa can include massages, body wraps, and body scrubs along with aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. The fine-dining restaurant, Addison, serves French cuisine and is open for dinner. With 3 bars/lounges and a bar/lounge to choose from, you can enjoy a drink at the hotel. Enjoy access to 4 spa tubs and 2 outdoor tennis courts along with a golf course and a nightclub. 20000 square feet (1858 square meters) of event facilities include conference space, and other business amenities include a 24-hour business center and limo/town car service. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a health club, and a sauna. Full breakfast is available daily between 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of a free beach shuttle.

Attractions within a 30-minute drive of this 5-star Carmel Valley hotel include SeaWorld and University of San Diego.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (Fairmont)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$349 per night

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (Veranda)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (Prado)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Signature Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking (Fairmont)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Fairmont Grand Del Mar ratings based on 13 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

Beautiful experience

We were st a conference in San Diego. Best placed i have stayed. It was lovely

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017

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5 out of 5

Pure Luxury! Top of the line all the way!

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet, service that you will not believe!!!!!!!!
My family and I just stayed at The Grand over the Memorial Weekend. Actually we made a week of it. This resort has spared nothing. Everything about it is top notch. The decor is stunning. The landscape is stunning. The rooms are spacious and luxurious. The complimentary taxi service is perfect. The restaurants are wonderful. My family and I are very well seasoned travelers and know a great hotel when we find it and I can assure you this hotel is stunning. I would have to say that the best thing about this resort is the service. The staff is so very helpful and always willing to go out of their way to serve you. Example....I forgot my beach bag at home (I know...who forgets the beach bag when going to San Diego..? ) Anyway, I had no tanning oil while laying out by their gorgeous pool. The concierge made arrangements and had one of the staff members go into town and get my oil and deliver it to my room. Can you believe it?? And it was done with such pleasure. I'm telling you the service is superb at The Grand!! I would like to tell the entire staff at The Grand a big thank you for a great holiday. You resort is truly bliss! ****If I had to say one improvement it would be that they could use a better sundries (little mart) on site. Just for simple things in case we forget them from home. All the shops on site are more like boutiques.

Posted by , from Saratoga, Ca. on Jun 2, 2011

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5 out of 5

Very good, very expensive....

Pros: Quiet
Cons: Nothing close
Tremendous hotel with service second-to-none. Amenities excellent and the ambience very relaxing.....only slight downside is the fact it is a very expensive hotel, and it is several miles from the nearest town (La Jolla). Overall would recommend it.

Posted by , from boston on Apr 12, 2011

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5 out of 5

Amazing service and very kid friendly

I have two young children and we had a blast. The kiddie pool is perfect for little ones. Our kids played all day. There is also an "explorer's club" which had all kinds of great activities for the kids. My girlfriends and I throughly enjoyed the spa and our dinner was exceptional. I would recommend this hotel, it is a perfect getaway.

Posted by on May 14, 2010

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5 out of 5

Wedding of a lifetime

I was married at the Grand Del Mar on Memorial Weeked, and I have to say; words cannot express how amazing the weekend was! We arrived four days prior to the wedding and we were treated like royalty! We had some family and friends stay there as well and others who just visited, Everyone who passed through the resort had nothing but great things to say about the resort. I believe we will never stay at a place as nice, or be treated as well as the resort treated us. I will never forget my stay there as long as I live and I plan on staying at least once a year to re-live the experience. It is not cheap, but, if you take advantage of all the ammenities ot the resort, it is a bargin! We love this place!

Posted by on Dec 26, 2009

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1 out of 5

Very Dissapointed. Don't even waste your time or money

My wife and I stayed at the Grand Del Mar just recently and found it to be just terrible. The hotel was short staffed and the people at the hotel were very rude and obnoxious. One in particular at the spa was ____. She was very rude to us when we came in to make a spa appointment and her attitude was very poor as far as the service and questions we asked. We will never stay there again or go for a spa treatment. I don't suggest anyone ever stay at this hotel. If you are spending this kind of money to stay at the resort there are much better places to stay in San Diego. Plus the hotel is also too far out from the ocean and the rest of San Diego. Don't go here!!

Posted by on Sep 6, 2009

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2 out of 5

The Grand Disappointment!

Earlier this month my wife and I arrived at the hotel for what was to be a romantic getaway, it turned out to be less romance, and more of a disappointment. We arrived at the hotel at about 2pm, found it desolated; no concierge and only one person behind the desk who appeared to be overworked and having a horrible day, made us feel like an imposition, yet another person tasking her patience. We were understanding since we could see how understaffed and overworked she was however, arriving in our room to find that both trash bins; bedroom and bathroom had not been emptied, we wondered if the rest of the room was clean. It did not instill the confidence we expected for the price we paid. Later that evening while at dinner, we chatted with another couple with a similar experience, which confirmed our fears. Our ?dining experience? as they described it was less than impressive and average at best. You are better served by traveling far, far, away to La Jolla where a lovely diner is easier to find at a more reasonable price with better service. We left the next morning and stayed in La Jolla, that made our trip to San Diego worth wile. If you are looking for overpriced service with little to show for it, you will love The Grand Del Mar.

Posted by on Dec 22, 2008

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5 out of 5

Unforgettable to say the least!

I planned this trip as a surprise for our 10 yr wedding anniversary and I could not have picked a more perfect spot. If you are looking for a place to go where the atmosphere tops the Four Seasons, Ritz, etc. but do not want all the fussy, phony service-then this is the place. We have been lucky enough to travel to some very nice places and stay in very fine hotels, but this one takes the cake b/c the staff was so friendly while remaining appropriate, the food was outstanding (my husband is a chef himself) and the grounds are breathtaking.The resort is only a year old so it is fresh, clean and the staff still loves it. Also, it is not crowded so you really have peace and quiet without it feeling lonely. Located just a 10 minute drive to LaJolla it is close enough to the action but far removed when you need it to be.Also nice, seperate pools for families and adults only(away from each other)and a hot tub for like 20 ppl. Definitely eat at Addison (pricy but worth it) and take a hike around the property in the morning. While there, try the Cottage in LaJolla for lunch or bfast, snorkel in LaJolla cove and you must take the long trail at Torrey Pines State Reserve down to the beach (3miles) and see the seals and dolphins. Can you tell I just got back? Missing it already-take my word for it!

Posted by on Sep 16, 2008

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5 out of 5

You need to come here!!

This was our last minute planned honeymoon and first trip to the west coast. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. The resort was a beautiful palace, the service was unreal, the pools were warm and amazing and the views were unbelievable. This was the best vacation I've ever had and the price is worth it. We are planning to go back there on each of our anniversaries. We just can't get enough of it. I definately recommend it for romantic getaways...you'll fall in love all the way!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2008

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4 out of 5

Fabulous Outdoor Hiking!

Being an outdoor enthusiast, I stayed just 1 night at the Grand Del Mar but wanted to make the most of it. I inquired with the friendly Concierge staff what activities might best suit my needs, and Steven was more than happy to suggest I join the 9am Grand Mesa Hike the following morning. I had no idea the expanse of breathtaking natural preserve surrounding the property!! \n\nA short 20 min hike along well-maintained trails led us to a waterfall flowing over a rocky outcropping, which I had no idea could be so close in Southern California. Apparantly there is some real history to this Los Penasquitos Natural Preserve, with an early 1800's adobe ranch house. \n\nI was blown away by the wealth of recreational activities this resort can provide: from world-calss hiking, biking, and trail running - to surfing, horseback riding, and hot-air ballooning! For other outdoor enthusiasts like myself, take note - this place is a diamond in the rough!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2008

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Property Features

Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers its guests a full-service spa, a golf course, 4 outdoor swimming pools, and 4 spa tubs. There are 6 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 3 bars/lounges and a bar/lounge. WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. Business amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and meeting rooms. Event space at this hotel measures 20000 square feet (1858 square meters) and includes conference space. A children's pool, a health club, and a nightclub are also featured at the luxury Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Self parking is free. This Mediterranean San Diego hotel is smoke free.

  • 249 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • 6 dining venues
  • 3 bars or lounges
  • 13 conference rooms
  • 20000 sq ft of conference space
  • 1858 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 2007
  • Nightclub
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Kid's club (surcharge)
  • Supervised kid's activities (surcharge)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Cabanas by the pool (free)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 4
  • Free WiFi
  • Children's pool
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 2
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Arcade/game room
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking , Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) (33.3 km / 20.7 mi)
  • Train station: San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station (9.4 km / 5.8 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free beach shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking; valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers 249 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and laptop-compatible safes. Beds feature premium bedding. 40-inch LCD televisions come with premium digital channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers with deep soaking bathtubs, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and hair dryers. This San Diego hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include espresso makers and complimentary bottled water. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Deep soaking tub
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • LCD television
  • Digital channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Espresso maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Addison - Overlooking the golf course, this fine-dining restaurant specializes in French cuisine and serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open select days.

Amaya - Overlooking the golf course, this restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Open daily.

The Clubhouse Grill - Overlooking the golf course, this restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and light fare. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Cent Anni Café - This cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and light fare. Open daily.

Late night fare is available from 24-hour room service.

Nearby Activities

Guests can play rounds at the 18-hole golf course and enjoy other recreation facilities including outdoor tennis courts, a health club, and complimentary bicycles. 4 outdoor swimming pools and 4 spa tubs are on site. In addition to a children's pool, other recreational amenities include a sauna. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Free bicycles on site
  • Golf driving range on site
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golf lessons on site
  • Golfing on site
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Tennis lessons on site
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Mountain biking on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Pilates classes on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby

Spa Services

The Spa has 11 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include massages, facials, body wraps, and body scrubs. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a spa tub. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and hydrotherapy.

  • Number of treatment rooms 11
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets: USD 150 per accommodation, per stay, plus a deposit of USD 100 per stay
  • Weight limit: 25 lb


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Golf course conditions and availability at this property vary according to scheduled maintenance. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 35.00 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Sporting facilities or equipment
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • In-room coffee
  • In-room bottled water
  • Self parking
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 31.00 and USD 50.00 for adults, USD 9 and USD 12 for children (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 40 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet deposit: USD 100 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 150 per accommodation, per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Grand Del Mar
  • Grand Hotel Del Mar
  • Grand Del Mar Hotel
  • Grand Del Mar San Diego
  • The Grand Del Mar Hotel San Diego
  • Fairmont Grand Mar Hotel San Diego
  • Fairmont Grand Mar Hotel
  • Fairmont Grand Mar San Diego
  • Fairmont Grand Mar