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Fairmont Grand Del Mar

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar is one of the few Forbes Fifteen-Star properties in the world and a top pick of ours for San Diego luxury hotels.

The centrally-located, 400-acre San Diego resort boasts a Mediterranean estate ambience and loads of old-world charm. There is no shortage of luxury amenities including a world-class spa, four outdoor pools, six tantalizing dining options, an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course, complimentary luxury car service, and even an equestrian center.

You’ll also find tennis courts, fitness and yoga classes, and a supervised kids’ club. Fairmont Grand Del Mar has earned a reputation of excellence both on travel review sites and among notable travel publications. It’s an excellent choice for couples and families alike.

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location5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130


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Value-added Virtuoso amenities include a $100 activity credit, upgrade based on availability, daily breakfast for two and more. *If on a mobile device, scroll to the footer and click "Full Site" to access rates and online booking. Input only the number of adults traveling as kids may be incorrectly priced as adults.
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What We Like

  • Central East Del Mar location with easy freeway access
  • Supervised Explorer’s Club for kids ages 5-12
  • Saturday morning naturalist-guided hikes
  • Four pools, including an adults-only pool and a children’s wading pool
  • Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course
  • Forbes Five-Star spa (with 2 hours of kids’ club use)
  • Large and lavish accommodations starting at 500 square feet
  • Equestrian Center featuring trail rides, pony rides, and riding lessons
  • Luxury car service
  • Stellar service for guests and behind-the-scenes
  • Virtuoso amenities

Good to Know

  • Location in East Del Mar, about 15 minutes to the beach
  • The Grand Beach service takes guests to the beach with umbrellas and chairs
  • $45 daily resort fee (usually charged at checkout)
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • $40 daily valet parking
  • $40 per night fee for rollaway beds (cribs are complimentary)
  • Courtesy transportation to Del Mar, La Jolla, and Solana Beach with reservation 24 hours in advance (subject to availability)
  • All accommodations include patios and balconies
  • Excellent ability to accommodate special requests


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Fairmont Grand Del Mar Hotel Guestrooms and Suites

Fairmont Grand Del Mar provides 249 elegantly-appointed guestrooms and suites with expansive terraces or balconies. Each offers extraordinary views of the resort’s gorgeous gardens, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, or the picturesque golf course.

You can expect palatial opulence. Design features include arched doorways, stately pillars, white French doors, and beautiful, handcrafted, dark-wood furniture. These design features are highlighted by regal navy blue, cream, taupe, and gold fabrics, finishes, and trims on furniture and accessories.

Providing all the comforts of home, guestrooms and suites include pillow-top beds with goose-down pillows, 40-inch LCD televisions, private bars with wet bar area, large work desks with oversized chairs, and in-room laptop safes.

They also feature Nespresso coffee machines and tea kettles, alarm clocks, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, and wired and wireless internet access. Daily services include 24-hour in-room dining, overnight shoeshine, twice daily housekeeping, and daily delivery of your choice of select newspapers.

Spacious marble bathrooms include European-inspired deep soaking tubs, separate showers, dual sinks, and wall-mounted 13-inch LCD televisions. En suites also provide plush 100% cotton, Italian-woven bathrobes, towels, and slippers, as well as exclusively designed luxury bath products by Red Flower.

Additional amenities also available upon request when you book are DVD players, refrigerators, microwaves, rollaway beds, bed boards, and umbrellas. These amenities are subject to availability and depend on the selected guestrooms and suites.

Tips for large families: Families of five can fit into the suites with a rollaway bed. Queen/Queen to King connecting rooms as well as suite to room configurations create even more space.

Fairmont Rooms

Fairmont Grand Del Mar hotel bathroom in San Diego

Offering 500-550 square feet of space, thoughtfully appointed Fairmont Rooms are located on the first and third floors.

You can choose a king bed or two queen beds, and they’ll come with a view of either Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve or the undulating resort golf course from your patio or terrace.

Some rooms also overlook the resort grounds and the Relaxation Pool. However, they are only available in king bed guestrooms.

Deluxe Veranda Rooms

Fairmont Grand Del Mar Deluxe Veranda room

Deluxe Veranda Rooms provide 550 square feet of space with attached balconies overlooking the verdant beauty of the resort’s well-manicured grounds or the Relaxation Pool.

They are located on floors two and three and offer you the choice of one king bed or two queen beds.

King rooms include a small sitting area with an L-shaped couch and coffee table. The balconies feature ornate black steel mesh patio furniture with oversized plush green cushions.

Signature Terrace Room (Adults Only)

Situated on the first floor, Signature Terrace Rooms are the resort’s adults-only accommodations. With 550 square feet of space, they feature expansive patios overlooking the adults-only Relaxation Pool.

These guestrooms come with a king bed and step-out access to the pool from our terrace.

Prado Suites

Prado suites offer 1,000 square feet of space with separate living and sleeping areas. The private bedroom includes one king bed with lavish dual master en suites.

The connecting parlor features a pull-out sofa sleeper, antique coffee table, large work desk, and comfortable chair/ottoman nook.

Prado Suites are located on floors two and three and provide incredible views of the Relaxation Pool and lush resort grounds. 

Toscana Suites

With 1,100 square feet of space, Toscana Suites are spacious and comfortable with separate sleeping and living areas.

Bedrooms include a king bed, large work desk, elegant dresser, and a small sitting area with French doors leading to a small patio or balcony. The design is inspired by Tuscany.

The living space features a six-person dining table, stone fireplace, elegant built-in bookshelf, and expansive seating area with a pull-out sofa sleeper.

Located on floors one and three, these rooms offer scenic views of the golf course.

Palazzo Suites

Palazzo Suite Living Room at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The most family-friendly accommodations, Palazzo Suites offer 1,500 square feet of living space with the choice of one, two, or three bedrooms. All overlook the resort grounds.

These suites provide an expansive living area with a stately stone fireplace, plush pull-out sofa sleeper, two built-in bookshelves, and rustic oversized brown leather chairs.

An adjacent dining area has an eight-person dining table. Located on floors one and three, Palazzo Suites also include a small kitchenette, and two balconies or patios.

Manchester Presidential Suites

Located on the second and third floors, Manchester Presidential Suites boast a whopping 2,840 square feet of space with picturesque views of the landscaped resort grounds and golf course.

There are only two of these suites, and each offers a lavish living room with two comfortable couches, two cozy chairs, a magnificent stone fireplace, and a large eight-person dining table with adjacent butler’s pantry and powder room.

These suites also include a study outfitted with a large, elegant desk, built-in bookshelves, and an oversized brown leather chair. This room overlooks a small patio with two lounge chairs.

There are two master bedrooms; both include a king bed, large work desk, 40-inch TV, elegant dresser, and a small balcony with a two-person seating area. The main balcony off the living room is expansive with its own grand stone fireplace, a four-person table and chairs, and a small alcove featuring an oversized chair and small side table.

Villas at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The most lavish resort accommodations are the stylish, luxury villas. Offering an idyllic home-away-from-home setting, villas feature the same design, décor, and upscale amenities as the guestrooms and suites, plus an extensive number of exclusive perks.

Upgraded amenities include the use of a personal golf cart, unlimited rounds of golf at the Grand Golf Club for adults, and unlimited access to the Explorer’s Club for kids ages five to 12.

You will have unlimited use of The Grand Beach Service, and free roundtrip transportation to and from San Diego airports including Palomar, Carlsbad, and San Diego International Airport.

Villa guests receive one executive chef choice amenity daily, a personalized welcome gift, two floral arrangements, resort-wide business internet access, and personalized stationery. The villas wine, water, organic iced teas, and soft drinks are replenished daily. Complimentary pressing services are also available.

You will receive a curbside greeting upon arrival and a personal escort to your villa where you will check in/out. Resort staff will unpack/repack your luggage upon request. There are two villa options to choose from — Villa Brisa and Villa Loggia.

Villa Brisa

Unparalleled craftsmanship and beauty define every aspect of this breathtaking 4,500-square-foot villa boasting generous living and entertaining areas, a media room with 60-inch plasma television, a full-size kitchen, three gorgeous master bedrooms, and 4.5 opulent marble bathrooms.

Overlooking the picturesque golf course, this palatial space combines the modern conveniences and amenities of a world-class resort with the privacy typically only afforded to you at home.

The villa features two floors accessible via a private elevator, large climate controlled patios, secluded terraces, and a sunken Jacuzzi tub. You’ll also receive 24-hour in-villa dining from Amaya’s acclaimed kitchen, exclusive personal butler service, and a concierge menu.

Villa Loggia

An equally luxurious space, Villa Loggia is a regal villa offering between 4,900-5,000 square feet of space. It features three master bedrooms including one his and hers master suite with a home office.

An exercise room, media room with a 60-inch television, 4.5 bathrooms, and separate living and entertaining rooms complete the space.

Similar to Villa Brisa, climate controlled patios, secluded terraces, a personal elevator, a sunken Jacuzzi tub, and beautiful golf course views are also included.

Dining at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

There are six dining options at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, including their signature French restaurant, Addison where you’ll indulge in elegant fine dining.

From contemporary cuisine to casual fare to gourmet coffees and crafted cocktails, there’s a dining option to fit your every mood. All feature seasonal menus and nightly music.

The resort goes beyond restaurant dining with some foodie related experiences like afternoon tea, cooking classes, and wine events. Two kids’ dining programs provide complimentary dining for those five and younger, and half-price for older kids ages six to 12 at select resort restaurants.


Addison restaurant: Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Addison is San Diego’s only Five Diamond/Five Star dining experience. With nearly 40 culinary and wine awards under their belt, including Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, Addison is where haute cuisine becomes a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Artfully prepared dishes are served course by course at a paced tempo for a dining experience that’s elevated by an elegant ambience. Expect an artisanal cooking approach with French influences using local and seasonal ingredients.


Amaya serves Italian-inspired cuisine in a refined, yet relaxed dining room, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can eat in the graceful dining room, or on the shaded terrace overlooking the golf course. Weekends bring a spectacular a la carte brunch menu with breakfast and lunch selections.

Amaya restaurant at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The Explorer-in-Training Dining Program for kids five and younger allows them to eat free when they order from Amaya’s children’s menu, or Amaya buffet. Kids six to 12 eat at half price here.

The Clubhouse Grill

For a more relaxed dining experience, The Clubhouse Grill is the resort’s answer. From early morning pre-golf energy smoothies to classic full breakfasts, this restaurant starts the day right.

At lunch, approachable cuisine from the grill like burgers and sandwiches take center stage, and at night it’s all about SoCal-inspired tapas with specialty cocktails and craft beer.

Regular culinary events include 19th Hole Happy Hour, weekend brunch, and fall football fare. Kids six to 12 eat here for half price.

Cent’ Anni Café

Cent’ Anni, Italian for 100 years, is a gourmet cafe focused on aromatic espressos, organic iced teas, and breakfast light bites.

You can also stop in this warm and inviting space for soups, salads, sandwiches, and gelati. You’ll want to check for their daily specials and never miss an enticing treat.

This cafe is a great option when you need to grab something delicious on-the-go. Early flight, or tee time? Cent’ Anni opens at 6 a.m.

Lobby Lounge

Lobby Bar at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Lobby Lounge is an intimate and sophisticated space that’s perfect for relaxing with a handcrafted cocktail or specialty coconut water when you arrive.

The warm and elegant atmosphere includes a library with antique books at one end and a grand marble bar at the opposite end with a fireplace and comfortable seating in between.

You can also grab light bites here too like lobster tacos or West Coast oysters. There’s also live jazz and blues on Friday and Saturday nights.

Club M

You don’t even have to leave the resort for a glam night out. Club M is Fairmont Grand’s sizzling nightclub with an enticing mix of guest DJs and live music.

Dress to the nines and join the sophisticated crowd at Club M where music gets the party jumping. After dark, the Clubhouse Grill transforms into Club M where rhythmic music and themed parties encourage you to dance the night away. Expect quality crafted cocktails and small plates on offer.

Afternoon Tea, Poolside Dining, and In-Room Dining

Beyond the resort’s six dining and entertainment venues, other foodie amenities include Afternoon Tea on weekends in the Lobby Lounge. You’ll get a fresh pot of hot tea, or if you prefer, a glass of wine, plus scones, small pastries, and finger sandwiches. It’s offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday with a 24-hour advance reservation.

Poolside, you can order alcoholic beverages from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect sandwiches, salads, and grilled favorites on the menu, plus fresh fruits, snacks, and ice cream. Poolside dining also includes a special kids’ menu.

In-room dining is available 24/7. It’s a great alternative to the resort restaurants for a private couple’s dinner, late-night bites after a night out, or breakfast for early-risers. In-room dining also includes a special kids’ menu.

The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar is among 60 spas across the globe with a Forbes Five-Star rating, so prepare to be pampered.

The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The Spa offers a full menu of therapeutic treatments, plus beauty services at Haim Salon.

Spa amenities that come with a scheduled treatment include use of the Fitness Center and yoga and fitness classes, two hours of the kids’ club, wet/dry saunas, indoor whirlpools, adults-only relaxation pool, men’s and women’s relaxation lounges, plus hot teas and handcrafted chocolates.

Fitness Center

The Spa at Grand Del Mar fitness center is open to resort guests 24/7. It features Life Fitness treadmills with personal TVs, exercise bikes, weight machines, an elliptical machine, free weights, and stretching and exercise devices. You can join in yoga and fitness classes, or arrange for a personal trainer who will create a personal program for you.

Fantastic Swimming Pools

Soak up the sun at one of the four heated pools at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Pools feature underwater speakers, vanishing edges, and private cabanas. A lively poolside bar with a menu of light and delicious fare, refreshing cocktails, and flat-screen TVs has a fun and energetic vibe.

Family pool at Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego

The main resort pool features most of the action. Expect a space with glowing fire pits, white-sand seating areas, and a children’s pool.

Located near the spa, the Relaxation Pool is an adults-only retreat ideal for lounging in the sun and swimming after enjoying a luxurious spa treatment.

The pools are a comfortable 81 degrees, and hot tubs stay at an enjoyable 102 degrees. This is a smoke-free and pet-free area. However, there are nearby smoking areas, and service animals are allowed.

Swim accessories are available for purchase including swim goggles, sunscreen, sunglasses, and arm floats.


Los Peñasquitos Canyon is the perfect setting for this Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole championship golf course. You can expect gorgeous, lush fairways, dramatic elevation changes, and an array of diverse bunkers. PGA certified instructors are available for one-on-one instruction.

The Grand Golf Course at Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego

There are junior rates and junior club rentals for kids too. Thirteen to 17-year-olds play for half-price, and kids 12 and under play free with an adult. Club fittings and a three-day Vision54 Golf School are also available.

Other golf amenities at Fairmont Grand include a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse, golf shop, practice facilities, forecaddies, equipment rental, and golf bag door-to-door shipping service.

Green fees include complimentary golf carts with GPS, forecaddie, yardage book, and bottled water.

Activities at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

San Diego Family Hotels: Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort activities

At Fairmont Grand Del Mar, you’ll enjoy seasonal wine and food events, 37 miles of canyon trails, prostyle tennis courts, an equestrian center, and lots of fun, planned resort activities. The ocean is a short drive away for all your open-water swimming and water sports needs, too.

Equestrian Center

The Equestrian Center at Fairmont Grand offers guests epic trail rides through beautiful Los Peñasquitos Canyon. There are also day camps and pony rides for kids, professional riding lessons, and other horse adventures for equestrian enthusiasts.

Equestrian center at Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San diego

Mandatory helmets are provided and closed-toe shoes are required for trail rides and lessons. Personal sun protection is recommended. Riders must be at least seven years old. Reservations are required 48 hours in advance. The Equestrian Center is closed on Mondays.


There are two professional-style tennis courts on the resort where you can play or take lessons. Fairmont Grand also provides instructional clinics and day camps for youth. Parents can watch the action from the shaded tennis pavilion. Spectacular nature preserve views are a bonus.

Saturday Morning Hikes

Fairmont Grand offers guests complimentary guided hikes through stunning Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve every Saturday morning. Call the concierge to reserve your spot.

The Grand Beach Service

The Grand Beach Service at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The Grand Beach Service is the resort’s beach service that can now be arranged year-round (24 hours’ notice required). This service includes roundtrip transportation to the 18th Street beach in Del Mar. It includes beach set-up with chairs, umbrellas, towels, and bottled water.

Explorer’s Club

Explorer’s Club is for the exclusive use of guests age five to 12. Kids can expect elevated arts and crafts projects to take home, movies, and all kinds of games from Wii, Xbox, and PlayStation to foosball, air hockey, and Ping-Pong. It is one of the few supervised, year-round kids’ clubs in San Diego.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar San Diego kids club

A massive state-of-the-art plasma Seawall mural offers interactive fun illuminating life under the sea. Kids younger than five can participate, too, when accompanied by an adult.

See also: 10 Reasons Why Families Choose Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Del Mar Neighborhood

You’ll find both seasonal and year-round attractions in the neighborhoods surrounding Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The San Diego County Fair, one of the nation’s top five county fairs, is located on the Del Mar Fairgrounds a quick drive north of the resort on I-5. You can catch this family-fun extravaganza the first weekend of June through 4th of July weekend (closed Mondays/Tuesdays).

The Fair is followed quickly by the Del Mar thoroughbred racing season, located adjacent to the fairgrounds. Opening Day in mid-July is a must-experience event. Grab your best hat and join other fashionistas celebrating each new season with style. The racing season runs through Labor Day.

Year-round attractions near the resort include Del Mar Village, a popular shopping and dining hub with European charm and coastal views. Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary provides an opportunity to interact with exotic birds and is located on Jimmy Durante Boulevard near the fairgrounds.

Powerhouse Park is a seaside beach and picnic area with a children’s playground. Pelly’s Mini-Golf and Dinosaur Gallery are two more nearby family-fun experiences.

To the north of Del Mar, you’ll find LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, and to the south, Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla.

How to Book Fairmont Grand Del Mar Reservations

Readers of La Jolla Mom have access to Virtuoso amenities when booking Fairmont Grand Del Mar. In 2019, these include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (excluding suites)
  • Daily continental breakfast for up to two in-room guests, served in Amaya or in-room dining (up to $70 per room, per day)
  • $100 USD Activity credit per stay, valid for golf play, golf instruction, the Spa services, and/or Explorer’s Club fees to be utilized during stay (cannot be combined, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full — not valid toward retail or Haim Salon Services)
  • Early check-in/late checkout, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Look also for the 3rd-night-free promotion on select dates! You can access them through my Fairmont Grand Del Mar Virtuoso page. Two things to note if booking directly with through Virtuoso. If on a mobile device, scroll to the footer and click “Full Site” to access rates and booking. Only input the number of adults traveling as kids may be priced as adults otherwise. I’ll be notified after you book and can add in your kids when I take your arrival preferences. 

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On select dates, Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers a Grand Experiences promotional rate that includes breakfast for two and a $100 nightly resort credit. This rate averages $50/night higher than Virtuoso rate but may make sense depending on your length of stay, if you will frequently dine on the resort, and if your dates do not qualify for the 3rd night free.

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