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Fairmont Grand Del Mar Hotel Review

San Diego is the perfect vacation destination with a year round comfortable climate, beautiful beaches, and great attractions and activities. There are many great options when planning where to stay when visiting. Here is a Fairmont Grand Del Mar Hotel Review to help you plan your unforgettable trip.

aerial view of the golf course, villas, and palm tree pools at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego


The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is 20 miles north of San Diego. Del Mar is a small beach town known for its vibrant small community with pristine beaches, horse track, and home to an abundance of outdoor activities. Check out my San Diego Travel Guide for the best things to do and see when planning your next trip.


The Grand Del Mar sits on a mind blowing 400 acres of land in a canyon just minutes away from the Del Mar beach. You will find yourself in awe from the moment you arrive as you will seemingly be transported to what looks like a European Palace. The property itself is a work of art and the interior of the resort exudes elegance.

The property was inspired by the architecture of Addison Mizner best known for his iconic and world class Palm Beach and Boca Raton properties. Nestled in the canyon is a beautiful 249 Room property with spacious guest rooms, suites, and villas. The resort is so large and spacious that you would think there are over 1000 rooms. There is an abundance of land but the resort still feels like a small boutique property. There are tons of places you can escape to enjoy peace and quiet with water features, firepits, and beautiful gardens.


There are many different accommodations when booking from Guest Rooms, Suites, and Villas.

The standard Fairmont Guest Rooms are very spacious and feature beautiful bathrooms with a deep european style soaking tub and a separate shower. All of the rooms have a Juliet Balcony or Deluxe Veranda with views of the resort grounds. The entire room feels extremely luxurious with the gold accent trims and classic details.

For added luxury there are three different types of Suites which feature over 1000 SF of space including large and separate living areas with dining tables, couches, and a fireplace. You will find a larger wet bar in these rooms perfect for entertaining with friends or family. For larger groups you can even get the two or three bedroom suites for ultimate privacy and luxurious accommodations.


There is no shortage of activities on property with many of them already included with your booking.

There are multiple pools on the property. There is an Adult Only quiet and tranquil pool located next to the spa. There are beautiful day beds, plush lounge chairs, a massive hot tub, and a 3 lane lap pool.

The main resort pool features two pools with multiple hot tubs, seating, and large cabanas available for rent. The cabanas are very spacious providing tons of shaded coverage and fitted with large TV screens for the ultimate day by the pool.

Grab an Electric Bike by the main entrance and take a fun and scenic ride around the canyon.

aerial view looking down at 4 people playing tennis next to landscaping and classical design hardscape

Hit the courts with their beautiful pickleball and tennis courts on property.

Enjoy the outdoor nighttime cinema under a sky full of stars.

woman in a yellow shirt and a man in a green shirt looking at their archery targets as appearing through leaves overhead

Test your skills and learn to hit your target with archery.

Visit the stables where the resort has rescued horses from the nearby Racetrack available for you to see and interact with. They also have guided horse trails available for an added fee.

Enjoy world class golf with their beautiful18 hole course and full size driving range on property.

Pamper yourself at the spa with their beautiful whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and treatment rooms for a massage.


There are tons of great places to eat or drink on property from casual dining to world class fine dining options.

Cent’ Anni Cafe is the quick stop for a coffee, pastry, or healthy snack.

Amaya is the main restaurant on property that serves delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners daily in an upscale but laid back setting.

Addison is San Diego’s first Three Star Michelin Restaurant and features a world class dining experience.

Grand Social is the perfect weekend outdoor hangout featuring bocce ball courts, cabanas, day beds, and fire pits for a fun happy hour or evening event. You will find live music here as well for an added bonus.

For your sweet tooth you can head over to their gelato shop by the pool or get a smores kit to enjoy along the fire pits.

aerial view of the large Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort showcasing the beautiful landscaping and green golf courses that surround the property


The resort leaves no stone unturned when it comes to world class amenities and events. The property stands out not only as one of the best in San Diego but in all of California. The world class amenities and the attention and service from their on site team is unmatched. This elegant and luxurious resort comes at a higher price point but is absolutely worth it for an unforgettable getaway.

aerial view of the tuscan style resort with pools and green landscaping with a mountain backdrop in the background

aerial view of the main entrance at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar with cars at the valet and cabanas and chairs in a lounge setting

man in a green shirt on his balcony as seen through an aerial view between pine trees


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