Horton Grand Hotel
What We Love
- A Victorian-era architectural masterpiece in the historic Gaslamp Quarter DistrictStrolling over to Petco Park to catch a Padres game
- Reliving the past in one of San Diego’s most architecturally significant properties
- Hunting for the ghost of Roger Whitaker, rumored to haunt Room 309
What To Know
- In a nod to the hotel’s 1800s roots, rooms feature traditional period décor and flourishes
- The Palace Bar is open until 2 a.m. and hosts live music on the weekends
- Some guestrooms look a bit dated
What do you get when you combine two historic hotels into one majestic property? The Horton Grand Hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990, this downtown San Diego landmark represents the rebuilding and restoration of two of the city’s most storied 1880s properties: The Brooklyn-Kahle Saddlery Hotel and The Grand Horton. Originally scheduled for demolition in the 1970s, the buildings were dismantled and rebuilt as one, with a connecting atrium.
The boutique hotel opened its doors at the present-day location in the Gaslamp District Quarter in 1986. Today, it continues to masterfully straddle not only the two former properties, but the past and present, thanks to a combination of modern-day amenities and architecture and décor that pay homage to the 1880s. If you’re craving a real blast from the past, don’t miss Ida Bailey’s Restaurant, named after one of the city’s most famous madams.
With a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence to its name, Horton Grand is proof that when you combine them, two historic landmarks are much better than one.
In a nod to the hotel’s 1800s roots, rooms feature traditional period décor and flourishes, including hand-crafted armoires, gas-burning fireplaces and architectural details reminiscent of a bygone era. Each Fireplace room with one bed is plenty cozy, with a queen bed and city view, but you might want to upgrade to a Balcony Fireplace King room for the addition of a balcony with views of the courtyard below.
Entered through the light-filled atrium, Ida Bailey Restaurant turns out classic American breakfast and lunch. The Palace Bar is open from 11am to 2am, serving up delicious cocktails, small-plate appetizers in the evening and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
Perched in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter District, this hotel provides easy access to some of the city’s best shopping, restaurants and nightlife destinations – made all the easier thanks to the area’s Old Town Trolley. Baseball fans, rejoice: The property is also situated within four blocks of Petco Park, home to the city’s Padres.
How to Get There
This hotel is ideally located for those people who are adventurous and want to walk around the city!! There are so many excellent restaurants in The Gaslamp District. The hotel is nice, and it was clean, but it could use a little updating. It was a great price for the area!! Ken and Jacob at the front desk were wonderful!!! So helpful!!! Charles the bellman was great too!!!
I recently stayed here and was very happy with the service I received from the hotel staff. Captain Charles and runner Daniel provided a five star job on taking care of both me and my vehicle. Also, Danielle at the front desk made check in a breeze. Overall, my stay was amazing. I would also recommend Salt & Whiskey for breakfast, it was all delicious.
As we were staying for 8 days, we booked a suite and we thoroughly enjoyed the generous sized rooms.The bedroom with the king size bed (extremely comfortable), the lounge room with little kitchenette equally generously size with wonderful overstuffed lounge was a delight.
It is a period combination of two buildings with plenty of history which appealed to us and the building is close to everything in the gaslamp region and of minimal walking distcances.
We rated the Horton as a 4 but it could easily be a 5 with a little more thought. The kitchenette would be useful if it contained a basic cutlery and crockery set so guests could make some of use of the microwave. The lounge room is large enough to provide a small table and chair set for guests.
The double wardrobes adjacent to the bathroom were more than adequate, however there was no lighting in the area.
We had an issue with the lack of hot water for the shower for the first 4 days (reported on the first day and only fixed when it is was reported again). Cold showers are never endearing, but once fixed, worked a treat.
The noise from the adjacent buildings on Friday and Saturday night is excessive and the windows overlooking the street should be double glazed.
Would we stay they again - absolutely - the charm of the building is wonderful and the staff are polite.