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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This was our first stay at the US Grant. The property, service and history are all worthy of a return visit. If you take a stroll to the second floor above the lobby, you will see the portraits of the former US President guests.
I attended a conference at the US Grant recently. I was initially aprehensive about the location because I had stayed in this hotel some years ago and bk then it was a dowdy hotel living on its faded glory.
This trip I found a cool, classy refurbished hotel that dazzled in every way. Check in was smooth. I was given an upgrade to a signature suite and found myself in a spacious, gorgeous, well though out room.
Staff throughout the property were gracious and thoughtful.
The multi-head shower was as big as my first apartment....
Everything was clean and crisp. Frete linens on the bed. Fine toiletries. upon returning each day there was ice in the bucket, a turned down bed and music playing.
The restaurant offered a wonderful breakfast too!
Also getting here from the airport is a pice of cake. Just buy a transit pass in the terminal at a machine (all day $8) walk a few steps to the curb and get on Bus 992. Drops you right in front of the hotel.
The GasLamp is right outside your door.
Enjoy the perfectly refurbished US Grant!
I absolutely loved everything about this hotel. The rooms were very nicely decorated. Beautiful travertine and marble bathrooms, detailed molding on the walls, super comfy bed, cool hounds tooth carpet, velvet chairs, high ceilings and neat mural. My view of the abandoned hotel and Asian grocery store wasn't the best but I just closed the curtains. The room was also immaculate. The housekeeping dept did an exceptional job.
The lobby has been kept in the original grandeur. You feel like you're in the 20's or 30's. And, the restaurant and lounge has such an intimate feel with chandeliers and beautiful ambient lighting that keeps with the historic feel of the hotel. The food was good but I loved the atmosphere so much.