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The Grand Del Mar

About.com Rating 4.5 Star Rating


The Grand Del Mar

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The Bottom Line

The Grand Del Mar is a luxurious place with traditionally elegant decor and great service. If you're looking for a resort to unwind at with tennis, golf and a spa in a lovely setting, it may be just the place for you.
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  • Elegant surroundings, attentive service
  • Beautiful grounds - and every room has a nice view of them
  • We applaud the free, no-hassle WiFi (in contrast to other high-end property's fees)


  • A little far from the major tourist attractions


  • The Grand Del Mar
    5300 Grand Del Mar Court
    San Diego, CA
  • 249 rooms
  • Courtesy transportation within a 14-mile radius. Valet and self parking for a fee
  • Complimentary in-room Internet access
  • Fitness facility, Tom Fazio-designed golf course, tennis courts, four swimming pools. Day spa.
  • All the amenities you'd expect in a high-end hotel. Large bathrooms with soaking tubs and separate showers, gold fittings
  • Rooms are done in traditional decor with lots of marble and gold picture frames, an elegant but comfortable style
  • Four restaurants on premises, 24-hour room service
  • The Grand Del Mar is a non-smoking hotel. Small pets are allowed with one-time fee that's about 20% of the daily rate

Guide Review - The Grand Del Mar

There are so many great places in California and so little time to visit them all... As you can read below, we really liked On the Beach when we stayed there, but its been a while and we can't guarantee that it's still the same. For current reviews, check their ratings at Tripadvisor.

The Grand Del Mar, is a fairly new property built in 2007 but done in old-world style, taking its cues from the Italian Renaissance, with liberal use of earthy colors, crystal glass tiles and imported white marble. The overall effect is quiet, comfortable elegance. It sits on on 380 acres and is spread out enough to give every one of its guests plenty of room.

Rooms are quiet and well-appointed, even the smallest of them large enough to lounge around in. Some ground floor rooms have nice patios, an excellent place to relax. Beds are comfortable, with luxurious linens and housekeeping is immaculate.

Besides the expected resort activities and the spa, you can also partake in daily activities that may include a nature hike, yoga or qi gong class,

A tip of the top hat is in order for the Grand Del Mar's three-course afternoon tea, with food and service to rival any of London's finest tea rooms.

Addison is the Grand Del Mar's fine dining spot, a visually elegant locale with attentive service. It gets high ratings from Zagat as well as from individuals who review it online, despite the high expectations that come with its prices. We ordered the chef's tasting menu, a ten-course meal that lasted over three hours. In retrospect, if choosing our own menu, we wouldn't have ordered some of the items served and the result was a roller-coaster ride of a meal, with ecstatic oohs and ahs over dishes we liked and disappointment over the ones we disliked. We would have been better off to choose fewer items that matched your taste, an approach we'd recommend for everyone unless you have a very wide-ranging palate.

We stayed at the Grand Del Mar in December, 2010 when it was charmingly decorated for Christmas.

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