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Marking a coup for San Diego’s hospitality industry, The Grand Del Mar has achieved a Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide) Five-Star award, making it the first hotel in the city to attain Five Stars. The Grand Del Mar is also the only property in California to earn three 2012 Five-Star awards for Lodging, Spa and Dining. The Five-Star Lodging award places the resort in the elite company of only 57 high-end hotels and resorts throughout the world to hold this designation. Other U.S. properties include The Cloister at Sea Island in Georgia; Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; The Umstead Hotel & Spa in North Carolina; and The Broadmoor in Colorado.
Forbes Travel Guide has bestowed Five-Star recognition on The Spa at The Grand Del Mar for the second year in a row, and for the third consecutive year the hotel’s signature dining venue, Addison, has earned the Five-Star designation. There are just 30 spas and 25 restaurants in the U.S. with these ratings.
Additionally, The Grand Del Mar retained its AAA Five Diamond hotel rating for the third straight year, while Addison has earned the AAA Five Diamond distinction for the fourth consecutive year.
“The Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond rankings are extraordinary achievements, and we are immensely proud to receive them and be recognized as one of the world’s most exceptional establishments,” said Tom Voss, president of The Grand Del Mar. “Both designations have tremendous cachet worldwide, and are very important in recognizing the hard work and dedication of our staff and executive team.”