THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego
What We Love
- Nine-foot ceilings in spacious guestrooms
- Opened in 1910 and listed on National Register of Historic Places
- On-site Grant Grill is a fave for power lunches and chill happy hours
What To Know
- No pool
- The hotel was last renovated in 2006
- Not near the beach
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1910 by the son of President Ulysses S. Grant, this grand 11-story Beaux Arts Gaslamp gem was completely restored in 2006 for a lovely San Diego stay. Guest rooms all have 9-foot ceilings, plush wool carpets, ornate moldings, custom furniture, Italian linens and Native American artwork. Be on the lookout for images of the Evening Primrose, the tribal flower and a symbol of life to the entire Kumeyaay Nation who now own the hotel. Versions of the flower appear in the lobby, bronze banister of the Broadway staircase, the intricate patterns lining the Spanish tiles of the Celestial Ballroom, original plaster ceilings of the Crystal Ballroom and the molding of the Chaffee Court. Perhaps most spectacularly represented is the Grand Lobby’s carpet. The on-site Grant Grill is a city stalwart, with white leather booths that make it popular for power lunches.
In the Area
When it’s time to escape the Gaslamp Quarter head north to La Jolla and rent a rig for a paddle around La Jolla Cove (be on the lookout for seals). If you want to catch a wave, check out mellow La Jolla Shores — experienced shredders should head straight to Windansea Beach where it can really get pumping. Check a course off your bucket list and hit the links at the world famous Torrey Pines golf course, just a 10-minute drive up the coast. No trip to San Diego would be complete without a trip to the famed Balboa Park, where you’ll find 15 museums, the zoo, gardens and more.
How to Get There
Stayed here for short family trip to San Diego. Perfect central location for visiting all the standard sites. We had a rental car which was $50 a day for parking. Rooms were a little old and on the small side but clean and solid. Didn't really use any of the amenities. The restaurant for breakfast was amazing.
The hotel respects the past with luxury dining space and rooms! We were greatly surprised to see how gorgeous the interiors of the room were! The beds were so comfy and facilities were well taken care of.
I took photos of the lobby! The food is amazing at the restaurant. Si definitely check it out! There is a CVS if you forget anything. Car valet parking is $50 a day. I had fun here!
We had booked this hotel for 2 days pre our cruise to Hawaii- February 18-20. Check in was smooth after our flight - we were upgraded to a beautiful room with large bathroom and view out to the front.
I had prepaid and left my Canadian AMEX card on file as one HAs to do.
WE checked out on the 20th and were told we had no incidental charges( I should have requested a paper receipt but our taxi was waiting)
After our cruise I checked my AMEX account - found a charge for 85.USD converted to CAD 110. I have a USD Visa which I use when I KNOW I will be spending. So I called the hotel on March 11( returned home on March 09)
I was told that the charge was for a meal in the Grille. We had not eaten in the hotel . The gentleman I spoke to said he would deal with it and that the charge occurred after we had checked out.
Nothing happened .. I called back on Thursday 14 March and spoke to a female who said that she noted the file had a note on it and would also deal with it. Still nothing.
I called again this past week and spoke with someone in accounting--- who said they would investigate. I reiterated that we had not incurred this charge- if we had eaten at the Grille- We would pay for it.
Calling Amex--- they stated that someone must have had the PIN for my chip card---- and could not assist me. I do know that it is required to give a card at check -in.
So we have had the ROYAL RUNAROUND from the US Grant and still no refund of charge. I am frustrated at this situation and we will not stay at this lovely property again. We are returning to San Diego in August for 6 ballgames.
All I want is this issue to be corrected. I am sure someone just erred in placing charge to room.
We travel frequently - previous issue in Quebec City which was corrected within 48 hours .
In summary- Be aware and make sure you get a receipt on checkout. I was promised
an email receipt which I could view when home but I did not receive that either........
This hotel is great the room (326) has been super it has lots of space (2 big comfortable beds, relaxing sofa area, large dining table) and a very nice bathroom with a huge double walk in shower 2 sinks with plenty space around, great bathrobes and slippers, lots of nice bath soaps and shower gels.
Only thing was (and it’s fine we were warned about it beforehand) this room does not have the best view although that been said it is still a very bright room with huge windows and you can open them to let in some fresh air like I feel i always want to in hotel rooms.
I must add that the Staff here are all very nice and the room service dinner was exceptionally well presented to us.
Many thanks to all the team!
We visited back in Jan. for a long weekend. This is the nicest hotel we have ever stayed in. Rooms were decorated fabulously & the service was incredible. Concierge was over the top & passionate about the San Diego area. The only con is there are some homeless people around the outside of the hotel, which is common in larger cities. I would definitely stay here again!!