One of the best California weekend getaways, THE US GRANT is a 5 star luxury hotel located in the heart of the Gaslamp quarter in San Diego. The hotel has been a national icon since 1910, and thousands of people from across the globe, including presidents and celebrities, flock to the hotel annually for a lavish getaway. San Diego is a year-round destination for couples and families.

THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is elegant, with enchanting chandeliers, silk carpets, and beautiful artwork adorning its walls. The Gaslamp quarter is full of top-notch restaurants, shops, nightlife, theatres, and entertainment venues for all ages.

1. THE US GRANT Rooms & Suites

THE US GRANT Rooms & Suites  

THE US GRANT has 270 guest rooms, including 43 different suites. Many of the hotel’s rooms are Superior Guest Rooms, which are beautifully decorated with French and Native American art displays and empire-style furnishings. The Superior Guest Rooms also have a standing mirror and the beds are made up with Italian linens and framed by a Yves Clement headboard. With the Superior Guest room, guests can choice from a king sized bed or two double beds, both with pillow top luxury collection bedding. It is important to note that the Superior Guest Room has limited views as its windows face the interior of the hotel.

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Another option available to guests is the Deluxe Guest Room. This room is 350 square feet in size and has a magnificent dark wood entryway that leads guests into a sweeping room with nine-foot ceilings. This room is also adorned with historical art displays, plush carpeting, and a comfortable king or set of double beds. All of the hotel beds are made with the highest quality linens, ensuring absolute comfort. If guests want to upgrade from the Deluxe Guest room, they can do so by reserving the Grand Deluxe Guest Room or the Grand Deluxe with a tub. The Grand Deluxe Guest Room has a similar ambiance that of the Deluxe Guest room and Superior Guest Room. However, it is larger and located in preferred areas of the hotel. A preferred area of the hotel is an area that offers views of the city and its excitement. The Grand Deluxe with tub Suite is a 300 to 425-square-foot room that is found on the top floor of the hotel in its own quiet nook. Surrounded by mesmerizing and authentic art, guests who stay in this room can relax and soak in the private whirlpool tub.

If guests are looking to splurge and experience even more luxury, they can check out the Legacy, Landmark, or Signature Suites. The Legacy Suite has an open studio layout with a partially separated living room and bedroom. It is furnished with empire style furnishings and refined, comfortable couches and chairs. The walls are covered in magnificent artwork, and the 475-square-foot space is perfect for business or leisure activities. The Landmark Suite is even bigger with a separate living room and King bedroom. If guests want to upgrade to the Landmark Suite, they might want to consider the Ulysses Suite as well, which offers the same amenities as the Landmark Suite but is instead located on the top floor. The Ulysses Suite offers guests their very own dining room and two full baths.

If guests want the best of the best, they can reserve the 770-square foot Signature Suite, which boasts a bedroom, living room, and dining room, as well as a 10 by 10 foot walk-in marble shower. The US Grant also offers an Event Planner Suite for event planning personnel who are busy at work but also need some time for relaxation. This suite has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a separate salon area.

Other lavish options include the 1300-square-foot two floor Presidential Suite and Presidential Penthouse. The Presidential Suite includes a living and dining area, a table for six, a butler pantry, and a balcony that overlooks the city and bay. On the second floor, guests of the Presidential Suite can find the master bedroom and king sized bed set atop a silk carpet.

The Presidential Penthouse, originally a radio station in 1939, is the eleventh floor rooftop suite and the most luxurious of the accommodations. This suite has breathtaking views of the city and the bay and offers its guests a combined living room and dining room area, a master bedroom, and a luxurious bathroom with a whirlpool tub and separate shower. The US Grant has a suite for every type of guest.

2. Restaurants & Room Service

Restaurants & Room Service  

THE US GRANT has its own restaurant called The Grant Grill, which promises a premier dining experience and is the definition of fine dining with white linen topped tables and a picturesque interior. Dressy attire is recommended for this restaurant. The Grant Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The restaurant offers authentic Californian cuisine and always uses high quality ingredients in all of its menu items.

Some of the dishes include the wild mushroom and bacon quiche for breakfast, slow braised pork, hand cut rigatoni, with parmesan reggiano for lunch and the sea scallops, pea puree, and prosciutto entrée for dinner. The restaurant can seat up to 85 guests during regular hours or 140 guests for private parties. If guests would rather lounge around their suite and enjoy a meal in house, the Grant Grill offers room service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And if guests would like to wake up and enjoy breakfast in bed, they can order from the Grant Grill.

Bar and lounge options include the Grant Grill Lounge and the Lobby Lounge. The Grant Grill Lounge has been named one of the country’s best hotel bars due to its innovative beverage program and extravagant yet delicious cocktails, craft beers, and wines.

The lounge also offers small plates like pretzel bites with dill butter and heavier items like the Grant Grill burger. Open from Sunday through Thursday, it’s the perfect place to go if you are looking for a few cocktails and a lively crowd to mingle with. On these nights, the lounge offers half priced food and drinks during happy hour and live jazz, rock, blues, and pop music throughout the night. If you are looking to dance the night away, visit the Grant Grill Lounge on the weekends.

For a unique pre-dinner experience and fabulous cocktails, guests can also check out the Lobby Lounge located in the hotels main lobby. With marble floors and chandeliers hanging overhead, the lounge allows guests to enjoy a classic cocktail as they sit atop plush, comfortable couches.

3. THE US GRANT Weddings and Conferences

THE US GRANT Weddings and Conferences  

THE US GRANT provides the perfect setting for exchanging vows. Ceremonies at the beautiful US Grant can take place in the magnificent Crystal Ballroom, the Chairman’s Court, Celestial Ballroom, or the Palm Court. The Crystal Ballroom is the most requested wedding venue. Wedding packages include beautiful décor, the couple’s choice of chairs and satin linens with matching napkins, a dance floor, personalized menu presentation cards, a two-course plated dinner, a specialty cocktail created by the hotel Chef de Bar, custom banquet seating, a sound system, a draped gift and ceremony table, a guestbook table, bridal dressing room and groom’s room, complimentary overnight accommodations for the newlyweds, and preferred guest room rates – the list goes on.

The hotel also hosts banquets and caters many types of events, including business meetings and conferences. With 33,000 square feet of function space, it’s the ideal venue for any occasion. The hotel has boardrooms and conference rooms that can be reserved. Clients and guests will be impressed with the level of attention. For hosts of events, the hotel provides a dedicated and highly trained executive meeting specialist who remains by their side throughout the event to assist them with all requests and needs they may have. The hotel also provides high quality audiovisual equipment, WiFi, high speed Internet, easels for presentation discussions, laptops, projectors, and recording capabilities.

For every event, the hotel also offers various catering options. Groups can chose to have continental breakfasts and boxed lunches served by staff or they can order upscale cuisine like filet mignon or lobster for their fellow colleagues and guests. The resort staff is very flexible and will happily craft or customize meeting, wedding, and event packages upon request.

THE US GRANT does not have a spa facility on site but does offer an intimate and private Spa Suite to its guests on the 8th floor of the hotel. Guests can also take advantage of a massage and special treatment to pamper both their body and soul in their own guest room. Treatments are available from 9 AM to 9 PM, seven days a week. If guests would like services before or after these hours, they can reserve them but they are subject to availability. Advanced reservations are recommended. The hotel also provides a fitness center for its guests. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day and is equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, reclining and stationary bicycles, free weights, and medicine balls.

4. Eco- Friendly Features

Eco- Friendly Features  

The hotel is committed to doing its best for the environment, the community, and hotel guests. Therefore, the hotel takes sustainability seriously. The US Grant focuses on energy and water conservation, waste minimization, and sustainable food and beverages. For example, they use high efficiency lighting, automatic flushometers and faucets, and reduced hot water settings for the kitchen and laundry. For waste minimization, the hotel uses recycled paper products and recycles kitchen oil. When it comes to food and beverages, the hotel eliminates threatened species of seafood from all of its menus and makes sure they offer organic and fair trade coffee and grass-fed meats and use local produce whenever possible.

The hotel also has a program called “Make a Green Choice,” which rewards guests for declining housekeeping during their stay of two or more nights at the hotel. The hotel states that a single day of participation in this program will conserve gallons of water and large amounts of energy and gas. The hotel thanks guests for forgoing housekeeping with 500 Star points for each night they decline housekeeping.

326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, Phone: 619-232-3121, (website link)

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