In July my daughter and I took a stay-cation at the US Grant in San Diego where every effort was made to ensure we were attended to. When I want to retreat to a place near home where I will be pampered and taken care of, this is the place to which I would return.
Upon arrival the staff at the hotel entrance was swift and courteous as we gathered our things, left the car with the valet, and went to check in. We were met with a warm greeting by guest services who apologized that our room was not yet ready and hoped that we would not mind waiting. Looking around at the lobby we saw it had plenty of comfortable seating, all in an invitingly casual elegant style with contemporary flair; but our receptionist wanted us to be as comfortable as possible so she lead us to the Grant Grill Lounge and told us our drinks and appetizer would be on the house. The opening to our stay was met with an exceptional attitude towards our overall experience, as the lounge staff was equally if not more cordial, hospitable and concerned. I enjoyed their signature Rooftop Garden Tour and my daughter had a signature julep; we shared a cheese and charcuterie platter; everything was perfect.
Our room was a quiet double-double corner room on the eleventh floor with generous space and decor with the same level of understated contemporary elegance throughout the hotel to make us feel welcome. Comfort was in abundance... robes & slippers... a large flat screen TV... complementary water, coffee, and chocolates... a cozy, well lit space to sit and put our feet up... gorgeously appointed and very roomy bathroom... and heaven sent beds! This was relaxation at its five-star finest.
The hotel is across from Horton Plaza, a short walk to Seaport Village, and a short drive to Balboa Park and the zoo. Plenty of dining and nightlife can be found up the street in the Gas Lamp District; but the hotel restaurant, Grant Grill, is so fabulous that if you wanted to "stay home" you'd be completely comfortable and very well taken care of. The lounge offers plenty of comfortable seating for dining and a terrific happy hour menu of small bites (which are plenty large) and affordable first class drinks.
The noon checkout is great! What's even greater is that they extended our checkout another hour while we had lunch at the Grill; we could freshen up after our meal before heading towards home.
If you have an AAA membership, check online at the US Grant website for terrific deals. We got complementary parking and a food and beverage allowance. If you are somewhat flexible as to when you are able to stay at the US Grant, shop for different days at different times because you might find that one of the best rooms is available at nearly a standard room price from time to time. We got a wonderful room at a terrific value, which makes me want to return.