Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
What We Love
- Strategic location between the bay and Gaslamp District is ideal for exploring downtown San Diego
- Sprawling pool deck with outdoor bar, game area and harbor views
What To Know
- In a hotel of this size, room service and housekeeping requests can be delayed
- Depending on where you are in the hotel, military helicopters over the bay and the nearby red trolley line can create a lot of noise
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A landmark along the bay, the Grand Hyatt is the largest waterfront hotel on the West Coast. The eclectic design ranges from huge European-style pastoral murals in the lobby to the minimalist modern decor of guestrooms. September through May, business and convention guests dominate, but summer draws a steady stream of vacationing visitors.
Bed & Bath
Minimalist modern decor gives rooms a hip, 21st-century vibe with a mélange of gray, beige and white fabrics set against dark wood and leather. Abstract paintings add a dash of color, but your eyes will always drift to the brilliant bay and city views beyond the windows. Other perks? A laptop-size safe, an iPod dock and a fridge for stocking your own drinks. The bathrooms are spacious, in particular a shower that’s easily big enough for two, and stocked with June Jacobs Spa Collection amenities.
One of the pluses of a hotel this size is the range of restaurants to try. Sip cocktails with sunset views from the Top of the Hyatt, on the 40th floor. Redfield’s Sports Lounge offers a great selection of local craft beers (Stone, Coronado, Mission), but skip the food; dine instead at Sally’s on the Water, an excellent seafood spot with outdoor tables overlooking a superyacht marina. In addition to the large outdoor pool, health and wellness options include bike rentals, a fitness center and Kin Spa with locally flavored treatments like the Baja & Beyond Body Wrap.
In the Area
The Grand Hyatt’s strategic location allows guests to pick their poison. Right across the street is the raucous Gaslamp District with its trendy dance clubs, bars and sidewalk cafés. Out back is a long waterfront promenade popular with joggers, walkers and daydreamers. Nearby Seaport Village offers a cluster of restaurants and quirky one-off shops. Farther down along the waterfront are the USS Midway aircraft carrier museum and the San Diego Maritime Museum and its collection of vintage vessels (including the Star of India clipper ship and a Soviet Cold War–era submarine). Also within walking distance are the Horton Plaza shopping mall and Petco Park, where the San Diego Padres play. The iconic red trolley (board directly across the street from the hotel) leads to Mission Valley and all the way down to the Mexican border. Or hop a ferry over to Coronado island.
How to Get There
Whilst the impression created on their website suggests 'The Manchester Grand Hyatt' is great for visiting the attractions in San Diego, which it is, sadly it doesn’t explain that the majority of their business is through event management. As such, upon arrival I was greeted with large queues of people checking in for a convention. Whilst these people were processed efficiently, it would have been nice if they had have set up desks exclusively for events and desks for those sole travellers.
The rooms were clean but looked a little dated to me and would certainly have benefitted from a refurb. They should also consider replicating what most hotels do worldwide and offer complimentary water in the rooms. I think having to pay $5 for a small bottle of water is daylight robbery!
After settling in, I checked out the bar on the lobby level, Brew30. I assume the 30 is the time in minutes that you have to wait until someone serves you? Either that or the price of just over two beers? Again, the room was full of people attending the convention and as a consequence, I took my business elsewhere.
On checking out, you guessed it, lots of ‘conventioners’ were too! As such, I filled in a form asking for my bill to be eMailed to me but had to chase the hotel a couple of days later when this failed to materialise.
So, in summary, yes, it’s a great location but if you want the personal touch and the chance to take in a little relaxation at an affordable price, The Manchester Grand Hyatt isn’t for you.
Would never select room service again. One would think the price of the hotel would include room service for free. Hotel was too pricey. Totel stool was chipped. Arm of chair was torn. And my next door neighbor (individual in the next room) was loud as HECK!
Spend the extra $25 bucks for the harbor view. It’s incredible.
This is a lovely hotel right on the harbor. The beds were not very comfy, but aside from that, it was a great stay.
Don’t miss the 40th floor lounge for a nightcap before bed.