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Fairmont set to take over swank Grand Del Mar in San Diego

A new Fairmont for California: the Grand Del Mar in San Diego is changing hands

The lavish Grand Del Mar in San Diego will gain a new name: Fairmont.

The luxury hotel brand soon will take over management of the Forbes five-star and AAA five-diamond hotel.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts operates the Plaza in New York City and the Savoy in London, among others. The luxury hotel company will take over day-to-day operations under a long-term agreement, it said in a statement.

Richard Blum, husband of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, will be the owner of the property.

The hotel, which opened in 2007 and will be called the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, is known for its old-world grandeur and design. This year, its spa picked up a five-star rating from Forbes.

It has 249 rooms and eight two-story villas as well as an 18-hole golf course and club, six on-site eateries and a fitness center.

It's the second recent partnership for Fairmont and Blum.

Last year, the two bought the castle-like Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley and began a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of the property, according to the statement.

Fairmont runs six other resorts in California, including two in San Francisco and one each in San Jose, Sonoma, Newport Beach and Santa Monica. It also operates hotels under the Raffles and Swissotel brands.

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