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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe US Grant San Diego
Downtown in the Gaslamp District. Walking distance to bars, clubs, restaurants and the whole enchilada. Beautiful Historic updated hotel. Excellent condition.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The US Grant San Diego
Beautifully restored hotel.
If you long for a stay at a grand old hotel but worry that you will have to give up luxury and comfort, worry no more. The US Grant offers you the chance to capture the experience of a grand old hotel that has been enhanced with a modern touch that blends in very nicely with the original hotel.
Open for just a few months since its restoration, everything looks and feels brand new. The lobby is large and elegant. The elevator décor is dark wood and clubby. The foyer and hallways on each guest floor have blue silk panels within dark wood walls, different and nice. And the rooms, fantastic. The standard rooms may not be as large as other new five star rooms but our standard room had outstanding design features including: a high ceiling, raised braided paneling, three large windows, including one in the bathroom, and bold custom art work behind the bed. There is a frosted glass door to the bathroom, which is done in neutral marble with a cool modern sink area, and a great shower. Our bathroom did not have a bathtub - which was not an issue for us. Overall a very nice room, and a little different for once compared to other standard luxury hotel rooms.
We did not use any of the restaurants but they looked very nice.
The gym is pretty good, in a front corner of the hotel with lots of windows. There is room for some more equipment which they could use.
The staff was very friendly and always on top of things.
The hotel is centrally located and an easy walk to all of the wonderful restaurants of the Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel is also across the street from Horton Plaza for shopping and entertainment needs. If you want to be in the heart of city in a classy hotel with a subtle cool edge, you should be very happy at the US Grant.
Truly 5 Star experience
Stayed at the Grant Dec. 25 - 27 on the first leg of a vacation trip driving from San Diego to San Francisco and all points in between. The renovation to the hotel is fantastic and is a beautiful property. From the color selections to the paintings in the rooms and all the amenities are first class. In our trip we stayed at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, W Hotel in LA, Four Seasons in Santa Barbara, Mission Ranch in Carmel & the new St. Regis in San Francisco - The Grant was the best of them all.
One of the Nicest Hotels We have Stayed at!
Upon the time you drive up to the hotels entrance to the time you leave the hotel, you are treated like a king or queen. All, I mean all of the hotels staff are very friendly and attentive. The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. We had room service and I had the best pork chop I have ever had. Nice jacuzzi bathtubs! I have stayed in a lot of nice hotels and this is without a doubt one of the nicest! Will definately return to the US Grant!
Nice Renovation, Great Location
Stayed here 3 nights during Thanksgiving. We had 2 rooms, a jr suite and a deluxe room. The hotel has only been open a few months and has a few "kinks" to work out. We did not feel the jr suite was worth the extra money, there was no separate sitting area. They did show us other rooms but we did not feel like moving our things. The rooms were very nicely decorated and comfortable. The location is great, easy walk to restaurants and shopping. Very short drive to the zoo and other sights. The staff was excellent. We ate 1 breakfast & 1 dinner at the Grant Grill. The food was very good and the service was fine, but the kitchen was incredibly slow. It was so slow that on our second morning we decided to leave the hotel for breakfast and walked to a restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter and had a fine breakfast for a third of the cost. We enjoyed our stay at the US Grant and would stay there again.
I stayed at the recently re-opened US Grant this past month while at a convention in SD. The minute I arrived at the front door, there were was a friendly yet extremely respect bellman who accompanied me all the way through the check-in process until I arrived at my room.
My first view of the hotel was the lobby - grand yet not overdone. Marble floors with thick persian rugs, with dark espresso wood detailing. The bell told me the hotel just reopened in Oct 06 after a 56 million dollar remodel - (the building itself is around 100 years old).
My room was a large corner room, facing Horton Plaza. Morning light poured in from 4 different full length windows. Espresso wood furnishings, with a thick persian run on the floor made it feel like a bedroom, not a hotel room. The bed was exquisitely comfortable, the dressing area had dark hard wood floor that led to the travertine tiled bathroom with vessel sink and frameless shower door (no tub).
All the amenities were available in the room.
I ordered in room dining twice and was very impressed with the speed, service, attentiveness to detail and the tastiness of the food (one night ordered baked salmon with a balsamic reduction - delicious; one morning the spa breakfast - egg white omelet with yellow and red tomatoes, toast, juice, coffee; Christofle silverware and crisp linens. Very enjoyable).
All of the hotel employees were friendly. The only complaint I had was the housekeeping that didn't refresh my spent shampoo and lotion bottles without my asking, and also gave only 1 towel instead of 2 one day (small issues).
There is a gym with a few treadmills and stairmasters with built-int LCD tv monitors in the control panel, a very small "nautilus"-type multi-weight machine.Functional gym.
Convention center is an 8 block walk (took me about 12-15 minutes max). Many fine restaurants and shops are within 1-2 blocks from the hotel. Great location.
I have stayed at the Hyatt (next to convention center) previously; this is the only other SD hotel I can compare to the US Grant ; if you want a different, more luxurious stay, I would definitely recommend the US Grant. If you like the location and modern touch, perhaps the Hyatt, but I would likely stay at US Grant again.
FYI - the internet rate for Nov 06 was $339/night, but the convention rate was $204/night.
A great hotel
The location is across the street from Horton Plaza and a couple of blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter. I was attending a meeting at the Convention Center which is about 8 blocks. I actually enjoyed the walk back and forth.
If you want to stay in luxurious surroundings this hotel is for you. The room was decorated in a traditional, elegant style, with drapery and upholstery in neutrals. The carpeting and furniture carried on the overall design scheme of the hotel--chocolate, light blue, silver. The entrance to the room, where the closet and coffee set are, is hardwood, The bathroom is neutral marble throughout and very well done. The entire room experience was one of beauty and luxury. As pointed out in another review, the bed was excellent.
I found the staff to be uniformly helpful and polite. I noticed when I was walking down the halway, staff busy at their tasks actually stopped, raised up and said hello.
Room service was overpriced but not more so than other hotels. Moreover, it was very tasty and not slow.
There is no pool as has been pointed out.
The shower was not one which would knock you down with water pressure.
I called twice to get a wake up call and never got through.
Beyond this, I can think of nothing negative to say.
One of the nicest hotels I have stayed in a while. The service was perfect. There wasn't much they wouldn't do for you. The 52 million dollar renovation is beautiful. The beds were so comfortable and the food is great. 24 hour room service is a plus. The valet and bellmen were cute and friendly. It was a little pricey but you definitly get what you pay for. Clean, comfortable and great service.
Is this the same US Grant?
I stayed at the US Grant in August of 2004. I can't believe this is the same place. My stay two years ago was fabulous. The front desk staff then was very accommodating and helpful..........not this time! The desk clerk that checked us in seemed to have been under the influence of something and the clerk that checked us out was no better. The hotel has been remodeled and looks nice, but the interior does not make up for the bad attitudes. I would rather stay at an older hotel with nice and helpful employees than a remodeled place with awful, mean, stoned employees.
Also, there was a very flamboyant manager in the lobby speaking very loudly to one of the workers cleaning the front area. I could not belive that he would repremand another worker in front of guests and other employees.
HORRIBLE PLACE....WOULD NOT RECCOMMEND TO MY WORST ENEMY!!!!!!!!!
Gaudy Art Deco Renovation with pastel blue velvet couches in lobby
The U.S. Grant finally re-opened in mid October 2006! Ignore all reviews before October 2006 because they are now totally irrelevant.
I visited the property last week, and as a historic preservationist I was sorely disappointed. They totally gutted the hotel lobby and restaurant, and removed nearly all vestiges of its 1910 historic character. Instead of historic class you'll encounter gaudy, anachronistic, Art Deco decor. Pastel, light blue velvet couches in the lobby, along with gaudy Las Vegas type carpets and giant chandeliers. The only historic element left is the tops of the Corinthian columns -- and even they were painted with splotchy (antiqued?) light blue paint. Rooms are small, especially for the price: $200-$400+/night. The Courtyard by Marriott, down the street at 530 Broadway, did a great job of restoring the historic character of their building. Too bad the Indians couldn't have done the same with the U.S. Grant....
They removed the historic pools in the basement, and did not install a replacement pool. The pools in these old hotels were often jewels, and would have been a highlight, had they restored them. Sad...
The Grant Grill is now Art Deco, with all its original historic character removed. It is nicely done though, with dark wood floors, high ceilings, and silver deco trim. The hosts were very warm and gracious. Look for the bronze plaque on the wall from the 60's -- "Men Only", and the one that commemorates the 3 lady lawyers who challenged the policy and won admittance.
Outstanding! Modern Elegance! The Jewel of San Diego!!!
This GRAND HOTEL is beautiful! After the $60 million renovation that was put in to this hotel, it is "THE JEWEL OF SAN DIEGO."
The rooms are a bit small but has so much elegance to them. As you go in your room, you will first come across the coffee station area that has single serving gourmet coffee. Enough for four cups! There is a large mirror and a few chairs in the room. The bed is soft and caparable to Westin style beds, but more elegant. The bathroom is a decent size and has a large shower area. Tubs can be found in the suites.
This hotel was built in 1910 and pretty much has all the charm and elegance of that era, but with all the modern convinences of today!
The Grant Grill has been totally redone! It is much nicer and more accomadating with first class service! The bar tenders when I had visited, Chirs and Jason, are superb! The food is five star caliber!
I was fortunate to have visted all of the ballrooms and they are all beautiful. The Presidential ballroom is magnificent with all the state of the art equipment available!
One thing I have to say about the reviews from the past, well, they are the past and this hotel is now under the management of Starwood Hotels and their Luxury Collection. Only a few hotels in the world are in this tier of service.
If you book a room at this hotel, plan to spend over $300 a night for a room but it is worth it! The hotel is still undergoing renovation but most of it is outside the hotel on the sidewalks. I believe final renovations should be complete by November.
The staff is so friendly and like all Luxury Collection hotels, the staff will go out of their way to please you!
The reviews on travel websites show a star rating of 3 1/2. This hotel ranks up at the 4 1/2 if not five star. I personally rank it at five stars!!!
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