This 249-room Spanish-Colonial-style resort in the rolling hills near Del Mar is stunning, from the old-world decor to the enormous rooms to the luxurious spa. It features four pools, excellent restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, an Equestrian Center, and free car service in a Mercedes or Cadillac Escalade. But since it's inland, there are no ocean views; consider L'Auberge del Mar for closer proximity to the sand.
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 in an Escalade or Mercedes ensure that guests will get a thoroughly modern luxury experience.
Although the decor is undeniably romantic, there's plenty for families to do too. The hotel features a teen center, a kids club, an Equestrian Center, tennis courts with free racquet rentals, and golf lessons.
The resort is located in Carmel Valley (not to be confused with the northern California community), near Del Mar and La Jolla. It's a 15-minute drive to the beach, and a 20-minute drive to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, known for beautiful canyons, waterfalls, sycamore trees, oak trees, and a variety of animal species native to the area. The resort's house car will take guests anywhere in a 14-mile radius, including Torrey Pines State Park, Torrey Pines State Beach, Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, Del Mar, and some parts of La Jolla.
15-minute drive Torrey Pines State Park and the Torrey Pines State Beach
15-minute drive to Del Mar Village and Del Mar Beach
20-minute drive to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
25-minute drive to La Jolla
25-minute drive to Downtown San Diego
25-minute drive to San Diego International Airport
Palazzo Suite: 1,500 square feet; one, two, or three bedrooms available; fireplace; dining room for eight; kitchenette; sleeper sofa
Mizner Suite: 2,840 square feet; two bedrooms; terrace with fireplace; study; butler's pantry; 2.5 bathrooms
Manchester Suite: 2,840 square feet; top floor; study; patio with fireplace; butler's pantry; two bedrooms; 2.5 bathrooms
Brisa Villa: 4,500 square feet; two bedrooms with sitting areas; wood floors and decorative antiques; kitchen with Sub-Zero appliances; media room with Sony appliances; office space; terrace and patio; Jacuzzi; all confined by privacy walls; laundry room with Whirlpool appliances; personal elevator; attached garage for cars and golf carts; baby grand piano; wine cellar
A variety of dining options, including one of the top restaurants in California
Addison: Award-winning French cuisine from renowned chef William Bradley; wine room; open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Amaya: American and Mediterranean cuisine; open for breakfast daily 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., brunch Sunday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Intermezzo daily 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and dinner daily 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Club M: Restaurant, nightclub, and sports bar; open Sunday to Wednesday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 7 a.m. to midnight, and Friday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Lobby Lounge: Light cuisine and drinks, including afternoon tea, Friday to Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; live entertainment Wednesday to Saturday 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; open Friday to Saturday 2 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Sunday to Thursday 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Poolside service: Light cuisine and snacks; available daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (later during the summer)
Cent' Anni: Cafe serving coffee, tea sandwiches and other light food; open daily 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
24-hour room service from Amaya
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