3 Indulgent Places to Stay During the 2016 Del Mar Racing Season

The gate fly open to kick off the 2013 Del Mar racing season
The gate fly open to kick off the 2013 Del Mar racing season

Photo Credit: Benoit Photo

When it comes to horse racing, there are few events in Southern California more highly anticipated than the Del Mar races. With this year’s opening day of July 15 rapidly approaching, we just had to put together a list of the three high-end packages you should absolutely indulge in for the ultimate way to enjoy a day at the races


The Grand Del Mar
The Grand Del Mar

At the lovely Fairmont Grand Del Mar, visitors will enjoy two nights’ accommodations in a guestroom or suite; daily breakfast for two in the comfort of your guestroom or at Amaya, The Clubhouse Grill or Cent’ Anni Cafe; two Clubhouse or Stretch Run Reserved Seats at the Del Mar Racetrack; transportation to and from the track (based on availability) and overnight valet parking from $560 per night.

5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, (858) 314-2000



In celebration of Del Mar Horse Race opening day and the start of racing season, Hyatt Regency La Jolla has put together an over-the-top $8,000 “Hats & High Rollers” package filled with Dom and divots this summer. Guests who book this package can experience a three-night stay in a recently restyled 1,200-square-foot VIP Suite with all the bells and whistles including a chilled bottle of Dom Perignon upon arrival. Following a $12 million renovation to the property the rooms and suites reflect a contemporary, coastal chic aesthetic accented in soothing blues, greys and yellows that reflect the jewel city of La Jolla. Those who book the “Hats & High Rollers” package will also enjoy free airport transfers and door-to-door transportation to the races to Del Mar Racetrack where 40,000 race fans are expected to attend what’s defined as one of the most fabulous, fashionable and fun festivities in the west.Opening Day and horse races are not only about big bets and fast horses, but celebrating the season in style. Hyatt Regency La Jolla will arrange for custom creation of a fascinator for her and fedora for him to ensure your attire is worthy of a royal wedding and red carpet attention. Also included are two, 80-minute massage treatment available in-room or in a poolside cabana. Guests will be provided with a $250 credit to use for food and beverages, including for poolside cabana service or at the award-winning Cafe Japengo restaurant, consistently recognized as having some of San Diego’s best sushi. Daily breakfast for two at Barcino Grill is also included and guests will check-out with custom gift basket courtesy of Hyatt Regency La Jolla.

3777 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, (858) 552-1234



L’Auberge Del Mar is offering guests a way to win, place and show during racing season that includes accommodations for two; Mint Juleps for two; transportation to and from the track; a $150 credit to Spa L’Auberge; complimentary hotel parking. Fun spa treatments include the Starting Gate Massage, which allows clients to receive a signature massage earlier than normal between 8 and 9 am, as well as the Winner’s Glow Hydrating Facial, which hydrates and nourishes the skin. Additionally, remember that L’Auberge is THE place where the infamous Del Mar Opening Day After Party takes place. Here you’ll experience jockey-themed entertainment, including go-go dancers as well as California-inspired culinary stations with local treats such as foie gras with pickled strawberries and ABJ (almond butter and strawberry jam). 

1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, (858) 259-1515