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
On our first visit to San Diego, we stayed at the US Grant and were so glad it was our choice. It truly is in a great location. We walked to the Midway, the ferry to Coronado Island, and great restaurants just blocks away. The room was spacious and had great bath amenities. The bar served super cocktails in the most unusual glasses and the appetizers were interesting. There was street noise, but it was no more than what you hear in other cities where the hotels are in the middle of the city. To me, it’s just the price you pay to be close to ‘the action’. All in all, a great find!
My wife and I arrived at the US Grant Hotel early on a Tuesday morning and requested pre-check-in and baggage check. Andy, the front desk representative greeted us warmly and informed us a room with two queen beds was available if we wanted and we gladly accepted. Andy was very helpful during check-in and also later when we requested directions to the pier. We could tell from our interactions with him that quality customer service was a priority at this hotel. Our room was very spacious and clean and the bathroom facilities, particularly the shower, were just outstanding. The beds were comfortable and the air conditioning worked very well. The fridge and television in the room were by far the best I've seen in a hotel. The housekeeping staff was outstanding; we were completely amazed by the nightly turndown service. I have only experienced treatment like that at all-inclusive resorts. The hotel is perfectly situated close to numerous restaurants and bars and Petco Park. If I ever return to the San Diego Gaslamp area I will definitely stay at the US Grant Hotel.
I stayed at this hotel while attending a conference at the SDCC. It was lovely. The room was quiet, comfy beds, giant windows, spacious bathroom. I didn't eat in the hotel as breakfast wasn't included, and there's a small starbucks right across the street.
The taxi drop-off underneath the hotel was more convenient than getting dropped off on the street outside as with many other San Diego hotels, although you couldn't catch an uber there. I'm already booked in to stay there for the conference this year as well.
I stayed at this hotel for a few nights and its a very nice hotel. The rooms look just as they do online and their very comfortable. This hotel is literally in a prime location downtown. You are 1-2 blocks away from the night life as well. The gym is nice as well along with the cool towels which were my favorite. The only disappointment was they don't have pool. Otherwise, this hotel was great
With family ranging from 4 to 75, everyone was well taken care of. From the front desk and concierges, to the valets and room cleaners, it was very warm. There was even a turn down each evening. And when was the last time you had this. Plenty of free bottled water. Prices were reasonable.
It is in the middle of downtown (gaslamp district) where, like most big cities, there are many homeless. Never was a problem. Convenient to all San Diego sites and restaurants.