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
Unlike many hotels with a long history, the US Grant has a contemporary, yet classy feel to it. Rooms and amenities are well designed and up to date. The hotel is located walking distance to all Downtown and Gaslamp Quarter attractions.
The US Grant sits just feet away from the well-known Gaslamp District and blocks away from the USS Midway Museum. Very clean with touches of history scattered throughout the hotel. The beds feel like you are sleeping on a cloud! Staff was super friendly and more than accommodating. This is truly a treasure in the great city of San Diego!
The service was excellent.Very reasonable room rates for such high quality & close to everything as well.The views are not all that good,however,everything else makes up for it.
Definitely would use this accommodation again.Staff are extremely helpful.
We enjoyed this hotel. Great beds and linens. They do have surveillance cams in the ceilings all over the place, just be aware of this. One has to be on our best behavior as they are recording.
Lots of history in this property. Beautiful and clean hotel.
The location is the reason we chose to stay here--walking distance to our concert venue and the eateries in the Gaslamp District. The property is very luxurious, impeccably clean, and the valet and front desk employees extremely polite and helpful, offering cold bottles of water upon arrival and departure. Its location in this area of town, was overwhelming for me: the luxury within the hotel vs. the homeless lying around just outside of my window! Pain gripped me each time I looked out. And the coffee machine in the room did not work. Huh? I thought this was a luxury hotel. They were gracious enough to send a coffee tray to the room so I could regroup and think! The hotel did not have a swimming pool or a jacuzzi on the premises, so I probably will not stay here again.