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
We Stayed here for two nights at the end of September, we had booked 9 months ahead and got a great deal, a good sized clean room with a balcony overlooking the quadrangle. The hotel is well place for the buzzy Gaslight district and the valet parking is a bonus on arrival although we switched to a nearby multi storey car park after the first day
First visit to San Diego and we picked this hotel from photos, it’s just as gorgeous in real life.
The decor is old world and I would say vintage, just like my house.A lovely comfy king size bed, stunning fireplace and a lovely bath.
People are really friendly and a great bar to relax with a drink. Chandeliers hang in the dining room and Jerry who served us was super friendly and funny, everything made for a great stay in this beautiful city.
If you want something that is unique and different from the chain hotels, this is it. The balconies are small, but offer a nice touch. If you want a large vanity in the bathroom, choose the grand fireplace king.