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At first, there was a scary vibe as you walk down the dark hallways with seemingly washed up blood throughout the carpets. It reminded me of the Hotel season of American Horror Stories. When you get over all this, the hotel is actually quite special. Great location in gas lamp quarters! Grand entrance and rooms were modern and artistic. I wish they had the rooftop garden open for guest to enjoy. Staff was great and service was top notch! Definitely coming back and highly recommended when in San Diego.
"Great Gaslamp Location "
Great location in the Gaslamp district within walking distance to a number of restaurants and attractions. The hotel lobby and refreshed lower level are very nice with plenty of seating and breakout space. The also serve complementary coffee and tea each morning. They provide excellent service and the concierge is very helpful with suggestions and maps. The rooms are well decorated but are small and the AC can be noisy when it turns on. Also the rooms are dark especially if you get a room abutting the alcove, which is what we had. Overall, a good choice at the right price and would recommend this hotel.
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After careful consideration and exhaustive research, the U.S. Grant was chosen for our 5 night pre-17-night-cruise-to-South-America-from-San-Diego Halloween weekend stay. We absolutely loved San Diego and adore this property. The charm & hospitality of the hotel (especially that shown to us by Kimber at the front desk.and Umberto & Corey in the Grant Grill) is world class. The lobby exuded elegance with a tasteful opulent old world decor, our well appointed smartly furnished 5th floor corner accomodations overlooking Broadway & 4th Ave housed ample comfort and charm, and the restaurant & lounge, staffed by the best that hospitality has to offer, delighted our pallets in chambers set with cosmopolitan ambiance & subdued with an easy vibe. This SPG "Luxury Collection Hotel" certainly lives up to its branding. Selecting this lodging for its character, great reputation, & its location as a bookend to the heart of the gastronomically sumptuous, immersive nocturnal playground that is San Diego's historic Gaslamp District, we took full advantage of being a stone's throw from great entertainment and epicurean delights. Everything that 4th & 5th Avenues have to offer is literally a few steps away and the hotel is well within stumbling distance if your carriage is still in New England, like ours, or transmutes back into a pumpkin in the wee small hours. We enjoyed the bar menu, craft drinks, and live entertainment in-house at the Grant Grill Lounge after our 10 PM check-in on Friday night. Saturday we slept in, dressed for an amazing 80 degree day, (We're from Massachusetts & we are talkin' late November...80 degrees is pretty NICE!) had innovative craft drinks at Cafe 21 on 5th Ave, lunched on octopus & sea bass a few steps and an elevator ride away at Rooftop600 (poolside on the roof of the Andaz Hotel, on F Steet), spent our afternoon at Sea World, and freshened up at the U.S. Grant before enjoying stage-side table seating at the world famous Flamenco dinner show at Cafe Sevilla on 5th Ave. Sunday AM my wife shopped Horton Plaza Mall across the street from the Hotel while I shredded myself to bits at 24 Hour Fitness also located in Horton Plaza. In the afternoon we visited the San Diego Zoo then kicked off the evening at the Grant Grill back at the hotel where we feel we were treated especially well and I can't thank them enough for a wonderful fine dining experience. Then off to the Lyceum Theater (also just across the street from the hotel) for center front row seats to San Diego Repertory's emotionally moving award winning production of "Disgraced", which I think will prove to be our favorite time spent in San Diego...So well written and acted ..and delivering a not-so-subtle timely message. We capped the evening with a late-night cappuccino and desserts at Bice on 4th Ave. On Monday, we slept in again, lunched at Operacaffe on 4th Ave., visited museums at Balboa Park (San Diego Air & Space Museum, Botanical Building, and the S.D. Museum of Art), freshened up, then ate 1st & 2nd dinner courses at Allure on 4th Ave...& 3rd, 4th, and 5th dinner courses at De'Medici on 5th Ave. We highly recommend the bananas foster for 2 prepared & flambéd table-side at De'Medici & suggest that it perhaps may be the best dessert in San Diego. The remainder of the evening (8 'til late) was enjoyed at "The Shout! House" (Dueling Piano Bar) on 4th Ave. where we sang along all night and tricked & treated with the gathered Halloween crowd. Tuesday AM began in the gym (24 Hour Fitness/Horton Plaza,). We lunched at The Taco Stand in La Jolla (wicked-awesome cheap eats), and then visited the seals & sea lions all afternoon at the beach in La Jolla Cove. (For those who don't know, they're wild, but friendly for the most part...its not a zoo or themepark...its just where these cuties choose to hang out & sun themselves) We headed up (literally) to George's at the Cove (overlooks the cove) after for braised short ribs & blackberry mojitos on their rooftop terrace and to watch the sunset...a heavenly magical day. Then, back to the U.S. Grant & to bed. Wednesday, our last morning in San Diego, was a day to sleep late, pack, shave, shower and get ready to Cruise to South America. I would have loved to visit the USS Midway Museum on Harbor Drive, but we regretfully ran out of time. Mid-morning we said a heartfelt goodbye to the U.S. Grant and headed on over to the cruise ship pier where we said hello (& embarked) the Norwegian Sun, which would be our new home-away-from-home for the next 17 nights. The U.S. Grant makes an excellent pre- or post-cruise hotel for cruises departing or ending in San Diego. Its close to everything fun & tasty that one needs to be close to, including the airport & cruise pier (which admittedly are neither especially fun nor very tasty, but rather, logistically conveniently). It also works great as a stand alone vacation and/or business hotel. I would return in a heartbeat and recommend it highly. Thank you for reading this lengthy review. I hope you find it useful. Safe Travels!
The hotel is grand in appearance. The room we were assigned was newly refinished. The first problem is they sent us the old key to the door which was very frustrating. Then, the bed was just too high for short little me (5'4") and no means to get up which made each evening difficult for me. There was no chair in the room other than the desk chair for my husband and I to sit in and relax. Now when I got up in the bed it was heaven. The air conditioning fan was very loud.
"Historical hotel in the middle of downtown night life"
I stay at the US Grant when I want to stay downtown and attend a show at the Civic center, which is only one block away. I've also been there more than a few times for various parties and events. Valet parking is very easy, accessible from both sides of the hotel and fast for both drop off and pickup. The hotel restaurant, the Grant Grill, is much more upscale and sophisticated than its name would suggest. The chef is very talented and the menu has a variety of great choices. When choosing rooms, get a suite if possible. I booked a regular room one time and the walls and door were thin enough to allow little noise privacy and make it hard to sleep. A suite solved all of those problems. The area around the hotel has great restaurants and bars within walking distance, though the Gaslamp area proper is about 6 blocks away. There are a lot of homeless around the hotel, but this has been an increasing problem in San Diego in the last couple of years. The vast majority leave you alone, but it's good to keep situational awareness for those that have mental illnesses and might try to intercept you as you walk by.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM