When you decide to visit one of the top 3 tourist destinations in the country, you don’t want to cut any corners. Get the full San Diego experience by staying at the historic US Grant Hotel. Erected in 1867 by an established real estate developer who called San Diego “heaven on earth”, it was later bought and renamed by the daughter in law of Ulysses S. Grant.
Through the years the hotel was updated and expanded, but always kept its charm. Many notorious names have been guests of the hotel, such as Albert Einstein, Demi Moore, and 15 U.S. presidents. Needless to say, you’re in good company when choosing the US Grant.
Something that immediately caught my eye was that the hotel’s checkout time is noon. Now I know that’s only one more hour than most hotels, but there is nothing worse than having to rush out while the maid is knocking on your door. That extra hour is persuasive all on its own, without even looking at the rooms. With that being said, however — just wait until you see these rooms!
Rooms start at $234 a night. All room options will place you in luxurious accommodations with high ceilings, elegant decor, and beds you will want to sink into. You will have your own LED flat screen TV, a Bluetooth clock radio and have WiFi access.
The more expensive rooms, ranging from $255-$308, include complimentary bathrobes and slippers, downtown views, and the Grand Deluxe Rooms include a large soaking tub, perfect to relax in after an active day.
The hotel’s suites range quite substantially from $322-$1,215 a night. The most prestigious is the Ulysses Suite, which measures almost 800 square feet. Here you will enjoy a living space and dining area, decked out with chic furniture contrasted perfectly with dark hardwood floors. A 55-inch flat screen TV is provided, and the expansive master bathroom has a large, roll-in shower. The suite also has a guest bathroom with his and her vanities.
The Landmark and Grant, Legacy, Senator, and Signature Suites are all quite similar but have their own personal touches that set them apart. The Legacy Suites have a more open floor plan than the others, with the living room and bedroom only partially separated. In the Landmark and Grant suite, you enter the door into a small foyer and it is said to have a slightly more elegant feel.
The Signature and the Senator Suites both have two bathrooms, two bedrooms, two plasma televisions, and unrivaled splendor. The Signature Suites, however, boast an incredible, 10 x 10 foot shower with six shower heads.
If you still aren’t convinced, call and reserve one of the Presidential Suites. The prices aren’t listed, but these accommodations include a balcony that overlooks San Diego Bay and downtown, a whirlpool bathtub with mood lighting, and dining seating for 6.
Before you even arrive you can ensure a smooth check-in with US Grant’s luggage liaison service. Pack your bags and ship them in advance to extinguish any airport hassle or suitcase lugging.
No one wants to start off their vacation with a sore shoulder from carrying their bags around or by standing in a herd at baggage claim.
Whether you do or don’t have sore shoulders after arriving, take advantage of the hotel’s spa concierge service. At the US Grant Spa guests can choose from a massage, body treatment or facial. Guests also have 24-hour access to the fitness center, where at any time of day they will be greeted with clean towels, fresh fruit, ice water, and earbuds. Personalized training and small classes are also available upon request.
Also be sure to check out their outdoor pool. With weather as great as San Diego, it is typically open year-round.
The hotel is also notorious for its large event spaces and meeting areas, which ooze elegance and charm, perfect for everything from weddings to corporate events.
Dining and Nightlife
Without leaving the hotel grounds, guests can find two dining options. The Grant Grill is open for all meals, serving local and authentic California cuisine. Choose from a variety of tempting dishes, and make sure to try the house-made soda and non-alcoholic beer.
The restaurant also features a private dining room.
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The Grant Grill Lounge opens at 2:30 daily and hosts the lively crowd, often with live music, until 1:00 AM. The lounge’s seasonal pumpkin cocktail has been featured on The Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, and the establishment has been prominent for its liquor and craft cocktails since the 1950s. You do not want to leave without ordering one for yourself. The bar also serves small bites for all to nosh on while sipping away.
Room Service is also available 24/7 for all hotel guests, which means you can always bring the party to you.
The location of the hotel is a great allure as well. Ideally located in the midst of the Gaslamp Quarter, there is entertainment everywhere you turn. Restaurants, bars, and people watching will keep you busy. If you are looking for more, the Westfield Horton Plaza is a popular attraction for shoppers, where you will be delighted by over 130 stores and boutiques.
The San Diego Convention Center, Little Italy, Seaport Village, and the Padres’ Ballpark are all within walking distance. Across the street from the hotel is the Civic Center, home to Opera and Broadway spectacles. Take a short drive to Balboa Park where you can visit over 12 museums as well as the acclaimed San Diego Zoo. Less than 30 minutes away, you must visit the exquisite California beaches, and Sea World and LEGO Land for the kiddos.
Get the best of the best at the US Grant Hotel!
San Diego, CA 92101
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