We stayed at the US Grant in San Diego after some research, as high end properties were hard to come by in the city due to the fact that most hotels of that category were located well outside San Diego proper, in La Jolla or Del Mar. We didn't find the Marina too appealing either since we wanted to be as close to the action (Gaslamp Quarter or Little Italy, Hillcrest was far off anyway) as possible. So, right before flying to the USA we came across The US Grant, which had very good reviews and a very nice appearance; to my surprise, room rates were incredibly affordable, so I immediately assumed there would be a catch.
Well, I was definitely wrong: right from our arrival we found the hotel to be sensational. A 1910 building with an enormous lobby, featuring beautiful carpets and ballrooms as well as a nice Christmas decoration. Check-in was speedy, although as it is often the case with big hotels I found the staff to be corteous and efficient albeit a bit cold and impersonal. Our car was properly taken care of (for US$35 a night) and we were escorted (through beautiful corridors) to our room on a high floor which, to my surprise, not only had great views over the city but had been completely renovated in a classic-chic style, with an ample bathroom (shower was not well-maintained, though), very comfy bed, a huge closet and overall modern facilities. We particularly liked a full-figure mirror at the entrance. There was complimentary bottled water as well as chocolate provided by the turndown service.
Breakfast was superb, too. It was à la carte but with plenty to choose from, and the staff was professional and attentive. A great way to start the day.
Location: unlike some reviewers, I didn't find it to be dodgy or scary. Granted there are some homeless around, as everywhere in San Diego, but it looks as if some people are scared off by the presence of poor people around. Not to mention it is perfectly located, within walking distance to all the action at the Gaslamp Quarter, adjacent to two great breweries and not-too-far from Little Italy on foot. You can also leisurely walk to Labrea Park or the Marina during daytime hours, so its location is also perfect for exploring the city's attraction. You can do no wrong with this one.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the hotel and the value for money turned out to be excellent. If you want a good property outside the major chains at the Marina area or the luxurious hotels well far off San Diego, do not think twice.
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Thank you for exploring San Diego from another culturally rich and exciting location; the Basque Country!
San Diego has come a long way from it's early days and THE US GRANT has been there to see this evolution. In full stride we are working hard to deliver the exceptional and it is agreed that at rates that make more expensive cities blush.
Your comments and photos are appreciated, as we know that you will help impact where they choose to stay when they come to San Diego and our hope is that THE US GRANT appeals to them for all the reasons that you eloquently explained.
Sincerely, Nathan Davis, Director of Operations
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