A San Diego icon since 1910, the opulent US GRANT Hotel is located in the city's vibrant and historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter, just steps away from San Diego's finest shopping, dining and entertainment, and a short drive from world-renowned beaches, museums and family attractions.
THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary in October. Named for President Ulysses S. Grant, the hotel was opened by his son. Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., came to San Diego in 1893 seeking a better climate for his ill wife and looking to build a grand hotel. In 1905, the first bricks for THE US GRANT were laid and five years later, the hotel opened with 437 rooms.
The site of THE US GRANT is one of the most historically significant locations in San Diego. The City of San Diego has grown up with THE US GRANT while the hotel has presided over it as the archetype of style andsophistication. In 1868, Alonzo Horton — the revered “father of New Town San Diego” — purchased 960 acres of undeveloped land that now constitutes downtown San Diego. Two years later, he opened Horton House, the region’s first luxury hotel, on the site of what is now THE US GRANT.
In 2003, the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians purchased the hotel,returning this unique parcel of the land to its original ancestors. The acquisition of THE US GRANT holds a special significance for The Sycuan Band because of the hotel’s namesake, President Ulysses S. Grant, who signed an executive order in 1875 setting aside lands in San Diego County for the Kumeyaay, including the Sycuan Reservation in East County. It became an opportunity for the Sycuan to come full circle and return to the area peacefully inhabited by the ancestors for more than 12,000 years.
A visual masterpiece, THE US GRANT Hotel was designed to exude unrivaled excellence among San Diego's breadth of luxury and premiere hotels. Today,the Luxury Collection hotel maintains this status, reigning as San Diego'spremier destination and the city’s only Exxon Mobil’s Four-Star hotel. Overthe years, the hotel has hosted lavish weddings, galas and an array ofcelebrities and luminaries including Charles Lindberg, Albert Einstein, BruceWillis, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and fourteen U.S. Presidents.
The Harrison Albright design boasts a sense of timeless elegance inherent tothe iconic hotel. In 2006, the hotel underwent a 20-month, $58 million restoration, emerging with the timeless style and classic grandeur for which THE US GRANT is synonymous, coupled with the style and sophistication ofthe 21st century.
Top floor arcadia windows, balcony balustrades and imposing exteriorwindow finishes are just the beginning. Adorned with sparkling crystal chandeliers, hand loomed silk carpets, marble flooring and cultural artwork,the Grand Lobby previews the remaining grandeur of the hotel. The hotel’s 33,000 square feet of event space includes four exquisite ballrooms. The Celestial Ballroom, the most historic site of the hotel, is embellished with magnificent color palettes emphasized by the elegant ribs of curved ceiling vaults and enhanced with theatrical up-lighting. It has held court overhundreds of weddings, social occasions and family reunions.
Each of the hotel’s 270 guest rooms, including 47 suites, encapsulates treasured memories and experiences by effortlessly incorporating modern comforts into the classic empire style furnishings. These inviting sanctuaries, reaching nine feet tall, are capped with delicate crown molding. Custom carpet and French and Native American artwork lead guests to a Luxury Collection bed, wrapped in luxurious 300 thread count Italian linens. Behind the bed of each room rests THE US GRANT’s signature painted headboard, a classic, yet modern drip-painting by French artist Yves Clement.
Outside of the captivating hotel suites, the award winning Grant Grill Restaurant takes its guests on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. The Grant Grill is a haven of playful sophistication, seductive settings and contemporary farm-to-table California cuisine. Art Deco influenced design is infused with modern urban energy; the restaurant offers both graceful charmand an exquisite dining experience.
Using locally grown produce and market-fresh ingredients, culinary masterminds Executive Chef Mark Kropczynski and Chef de Cuisine Chris Kurth prepare authentic and innovative dishes that pair perfectly with regional wines. Mixologist and Certified Sommelier Jeff Josenhans inventively creates seasonal cocktails, adding another contemporary touch to the historical restaurant.
In addition to the exquisite dining, The US GRANT also offers a wide array of amenities, including a state-of-the-art business center, a fully equipped fitness facility, a fine art gallery and more than 33,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Their Celebration Fine Art houses over $11 million of breathtaking, museum-quality fine art and antiques comprising paintings, sculpture, glass ceramics and jewelry with work by French and Native American artists.
THE US GRANT Hotel is just as symbolic of the singularly gracious and world-class hospitality experience for the 21st century as it was in its 20th century heyday. Managed by the impeccable Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, the Luxury Collection hotel’s concierge team stands ready to be of service seven days a week, 24 hours a day, dedicated to ensuring that each guest experiences the very best of San Diego.
This October marks a historical milestone with its 100th anniversary, celebrating with a series of events and promotions designed to capture the history of the hotel and evoke the memories that the hotel inspires in each of its guests.
For reservations and more information, please visit www.usgrant.net or call 1-800-237-5029.