Evidenced by its ranking as one of the United States' top three tourist and convention destinations, San Diego is a year-round paradise. Located in sunny Southern California, the city boasts an average temperature of 72 degrees, enticing global explorers to discover its enriching offerings.
Crowning the city, discover THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel. San Diego’s most iconic treasure, THE US GRANT opened its doors in 1910, built by Ulysses S. Grant Jr., in honor of his father, the Civil War hero and 18th President of the United States. From first glance, the timeless Harrison Albright designed structure is nothing short of extraordinary. A visual masterpiece with stunning architectural detail, the hotel was built to exude unrivaled opulence and continues to reign superior with legendary style. Top floor arcadia windows, balcony balustrades and imposing window finishes are just the beginning of the historic beauty. At night, the hotel illuminates the busy city streets with its signature exterior uplighting, most often in shades of presidential blue or brilliant gold.
Entering the grand lobby adorned with sparkling crystal chandeliers, custom artwork and woven silk carpets, guests are greeted into THE US GRANT’s contemporary yet classic luxury. The historic 4th Avenue carriage entrance exudes unrivaled beauty with black and gold travertine floors, rich mahogany alcoves and a circa-1910 crystal chandelier elegantly dangling from above. Plush couches and chaise lounges fashioned in intimate seating circles provide a space for guests to utilize the lobby’s complimentary wireless internet or simply reminisce on eras past whilst enjoying a selection of classic cocktails from the adjacent Grant Grill Lounge.
An art aficionado paradise, THE US GRANT features a $6.5 million collection of distinctive artwork, including stunning sculptures, ironwork, murals and paintings. Created by carefully selected, world-renowned artists from European, American and Native American backgrounds, THE US GRANT’s artwork heralds the storied past and modern renaissance of this cultural landmark. The centerpiece of the grand lobby is a most stunning, Native American, white bronze sculpture standing 4-feet tall and depicting a woman emerging from a pool of blue water while holding three primroses – the official flower of the hotel’s ownership, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. The organic quality of the work illustrates the woman as part of the vine with stems entwining her legs, and symbols of Native American life "hidden" throughout the piece. For further exploration into the arts, the lobby is also home to Celebration Fine Art Gallery. Consistently voted San Diego’s best gallery, the collection houses approximately $11 million of museum-quality fine art and antiques, available for browsing and purchase.
Additional art awaits in the THE US GRANTs 270 richly appointed guest rooms. Escape to your exclusive retreat where nine-foot ceilings with crown molding adorn rooms which too feature commissioned French and Native American art. Behind the bed, reflecting the hotel’s unique fusion of classic and contemporary, is a custom drip-painting headboard by the artist Yves Clement. Throughout the room, original artwork and Empire-style furnishings, including a standing mirror and executive desk, complement the cream walls and ornate molding. Comfort begins with the Luxury Collection pillow top bed and is enhanced with Italian linens, plush robes, and warm slippers. In addition to the captivating décor, top-of-the-line technology and luxurious amenities complete the experience. THE US GRANT’s 47 suites, including the gracious 700 sq. ft studio-style Signature Suite with two King beds and an impressive 10’x10’ marble shower, all promise a memorable and distinguished stay.
For the modern gourmand, THE US GRANT’s eminent restaurant, The Grant Grill, re-imagines the hotel’s legendary style through culinary art. Serving contemporary California cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Chef de Cuisine, Chris Kurth, creates his signature dishes using only the freshest local ingredients. Start off the day with an incredibly delectable French Toast crafted from Citrus Brioche and served with Orange Blossom Honey and Pure Vermont Maple Syrup. For the latter palate, seasonal tasting menus tempt diners with inventive dishes paired perfectly with regional wines, like the celebrated Grass Fed Strip Loin accompanied by a creamy Sweet Potato Puree, Caramelized Spring Onions, Asparagus and Beech Mushrooms, all balanced by a glass of Chappellet “Mountain Cuvee” from Napa Valley. Meanwhile, a haven of modern mixology, The Grant Grill Lounge serves classic cuisine to compliment hand-crafted and often times house-infused, signature cocktails. Among the glittering array of astounding selections is THE US GRANT’s commemorative 100 day barrel aged Centennial Manhattan. This pioneer cocktail of its kind was exclusively blended by the hotel’s Sommelier and Master Mixologist, Jeff Josenhans, in partnership with High West Whiskey to celebrate the hotel’s 100th Anniversary in October 2010. Featuring daily happy hour and weekend live entertainment, Grant Grill Lounge is known around the city for its sleek sophistication and unrivaled offerings.
Similarly, THE US GRANT is renowned for hosting meetings, weddings and events in its 33,000 square feet of versatile and truly unique space. From the expansive Presidential Ballroom – whose name pays homage to the 14 U.S. Presidents who have stayed at the hotel, to the enchanting Celestial Ballroom – a known Speakeasy during Prohibition, the 22 singular spaces are just the beginning. The high caliber of service fused with carefully crafted event menus promises a memorable affair, whether it be for an intimate board meeting or royal reception.
Though one could stay content within THE US GRANT’s romantic setting, beyond the hotel’s majestic walls, San Diego provides travelers endless options to escape. Form sailing on the pristine bay aboard the historic America yacht, golfing on a world-famous course or experiencing the beauty of Balboa Park - the nation's largest urban cultural park and home to 15 major museums, theatres, gardens and the renowned San Diego Zoo, adventure abounds in San Diego. Centrally located amidst downtown’s bustling Gaslamp Quarter – a collection of over 150 restaurants, shops and nightlife venues, the very best entertainment the city has to offer is at THE US GRANT’s doorstep, ready to be discovered under San Diego’s desirable cobalt skies or pleasant Summer nights.
For reservations and more information, please visit www.usgrant.net or call 1-800-237-5029.