Fairmont Grand Del Mar

5300 Grand Del Mar Court | San Diego, CA 92130 [See Map]
#1 in Best San Diego Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 953 reviews
Property Type Resort with 249 rooms, 3 floors
Style Historic, Opulent
Best For Families, Couples

U.S. News Review

About 20 miles north of central San Diego in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers coastal California visitors a hearty helping of luxury from the moment they enter the marble lobby. Guests rave about the incredibly spacious guest rooms, saying that the deep-soaking tubs, Italian textiles and rich Tuscan decor makes for a relaxing stay. And if that isn't enough, there's also a 21,000-square-foot spa, four swimming pools and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course. The Grand Del Mar also receives high marks for its cuisine; the hotel's two restaurants, Addison and Amaya, serve award-winning French and Mediterranean fare coupled with regional wines. Add to that the hotel's consistently friendly customer service, and it's easy to see why guests frequently refer to their stays here as five-star experiences. A recent addition to the Fairmont portolfio, this hotel now allows guests to earn and redeem Fairmont President's Club perks.

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Critic Reviews


“The Grand Del Mar is indeed grand, with Spanish-Colonial-style architecture, marble columns in the lobby, fireplaces, and wood accents. But touches like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and free car service...ensure that guests will get a thoroughly modern luxury experience.”

Condé Nast Traveler

“Part California castle, part sunny golf resort, this over-the-top compound accommodates the biggest, most lavish weddings in San Diego – maybe even the state.”

Travel + Leisure

“[An] opulent 2007 property swathed in Italian marble and European refinement — plus hiking trails, golf, and a family-friendly pool.”
Award: Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015


“Addison is part of The Grand Del Mar resort and is the only 5 diamond rated restaurant in the city of San Diego.. ... Attention to detail, quality service and some of the best creations in San Diego make Addison a definite must for the 'foodie' traveler.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2014
  • Frommer's Exceptional

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 953 guests have reviewed the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, giving it a rating of 5.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 5.0 (based on 953 reviews)

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  • Shuttle Service
  • Internet Access
  • Dining
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort is located 5 miles from the northern San Diego coastline, in the highlands above Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. The Mediterranean-style resort buildings are separated from neighboring communities by the rolling greens of the property's Grand Golf Club. The property is set near a few popular area attractions, including the Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla and Del Mar beaches and the Del Mar racetrack.

  • Torrey Pines State Reserve is 5 miles west
  • The hotel provides complimentary transportation services to nearby beach communities, including Del Mar, where guests will also receive towels, water and setup of beach chairs and umbrellas
  • San Diego International Airport is 20 miles south

  • 24-hour valet parking ($30)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

The hotel's guest rooms match the opulence of the resort's exterior with their ornate dark wooden furniture, luxurious fabrics and crown molding. Sliding French doors open to patios or balconies overlooking the grounds and surrounding canyons, and the marble bathrooms feature dual sinks, a soaking tub and a separate walk-in shower. Room amenities include flat-screen TVs, espresso machines, complimentary bottled water and a laptop-sized safe.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Minifridges and microwaves available upon request

Standard room size:

550 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


Addison, The Grand Del Mar's signature restaurant, is a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Award winner, serving contemporary French food and an extensive wine list. Amaya features Mediterranean-influenced dishes while The Clubhouse Grill, which overlooks The Grand Golf Club's 18th green, offers casual California cuisine.

  • The resort's poolside bar serves casual fare, fruit and ice cream throughout the afternoon, while the lobby lounge offers cocktails and small bites
  • Nightlife venue Club M features DJs every weekend and themed events like salsa night

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Asian, Italian, American, Latin American, French, Spanish


AAA/CAA, Forbes Star Rating
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The Fairmont Grand Del Mar has four pools, including one adults-only Relaxation Pool and the Resort Pool with sandy seating areas and fire pits. Highlights include underwater music, private cabanas, and a bar with TVs, cocktails and a lunch menu.

  • Pool accessories including sunscreen, goggles and arm floats are available for purchase
  • Poolside bar is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with lunch menu served between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Spa at The Grand Del Mar has 21,000 square feet of relaxation space, including 11 treatment rooms, a couples suite, private whirlpools, wet and dry saunas, and lounges equipped with fireplaces. The spa has a comprehensive menu of treatments and salon services, including those for bridal parties and children. The Spa uses its own line of all-natural products for spa treatments.

  • Some treatments are designed for post-golf relaxation and stretching
  • The adjacent Relaxation Pool is adults-only

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The Explorer’s Club at The Grand Del Mar keeps children and teenagers occupied with video games, movies and arts and crafts (at $15 per hour). Four-hour and eight-hour programs for children ages 5 to 12 include themed activities and outdoor games. Evening programs with dinner are offered on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Children's menus available at Amaya and Clubhouse Grill restaurants
  • Private babysitting can be arranged through the concierge
  • Other family-friendly resort activities include group tennis lessons and hikes, youth golf, horseback riding/lessons and daily sunset sails

  • Kids club ($50 to $90)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The Grand Del Mar's 24-hour fitness center is equipped with cardio and weight machines. The hotel offers complimentary fitness classes ranging from yoga to zumba, depending on the schedule. Guests are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of the surrounding canyon by joining a complimentary guided hike to a waterfall, renting a bike, or picking up a map from the concierge, which features self-guided walking and jogging routes within the canyon's 37 miles of trails.

  • Tennis lessons, private guided hikes and personal training sessions at the fitness center are all available for a fee
  • Other outdoor activities include surfing lessons, sunset sailing along the downtown San Diego skyline and kayaking the caves of La Jolla, among others

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (with fee)
  • Tennis (free)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Grand Del Mar has 20,000 square feet of event space including a divisible ballroom, a boardroom, two pavillions and a wine cellar, among other options. Each meeting is assigned a dedicated coordinator to assist with on-site setup, telecommunication and audiovisual needs, as well as catering and offsite activities.

  • 24-hour business center
  • Any resort activity can be tailored for a group

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Guests of the hotel may bring one dog that weighs up to 25 pounds. There is a $150 nonrefundable cleaning fee.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


The Tom Fazio-designed Grand Golf Club at The Grand Del Mar is open only to resort guests, resort villa owners and club members. Its practice facilities include a 5,000-square-foot driving range, a short game practice area and a putting green. The club's Performance Academy uses high-speed cameras and other high-tech tools to measure golfers' skills, and PGA-certified instructors to improve them.

  • The Grand Golf Club offers custom club and putter fitting for a range of major manufacturers
  • Guests can ship their own clubs with resort partner Ship Sticks
  • Specialized instruction and free or discounted course rates are available for children and teenagers

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


The Grand Del Mar can hold any wedding-related event from ceremonies to post-wedding brunches for 30 to 600 guests. Each ceremony and reception space is unique in its own way — from the chapel's beamed ceilings and stained glass accents to the Manchester Salon's stone fireplaces and terrace to the the Elizabeth Ballroom's ornate woodwork and curtained stage. The Aria Lawn offers a Moroccan pavilion, while another area features a reflecting fountain and gazebo. Locally sourced, customized menus can include wedding cake from the on-site pastry team.

  • Ceremonies include complimentary sound system, two changing rooms, water, chairs and complimentary wedding night accommodations for the couple
  • Spa, salon, golf and other group packages available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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