After making a commitment to attend the Holiday Bowl at nearby Qualcomm Stadium, I picked this hotel because it was across the street from one of the trolley stations taking us to the game. What I could not realize at the time is that the 1,625 room hotel was also host to the out-of-town team, the Baylor Bears of Waco, Texas.
Since I was rooting for the UCLA Bruins, having the "other" team in the hotel was actually kind of fun. Not only was the actual college football team sequestered in our hotel, it was the official travel hotel for the entire Baylor nation. So when we arrived we were greeted by Baylor fans mobbing the lobby.
As others have pointed out, this is a big convention hotel. With that comes all the rude behaviors you come to expect from people that don't get out much. That said, the hotel staff was extremely attentive in terms of checking us in, having the car ready when we needed it and politely answering our questions when looking for a nearby restaurant. And I might add, the Baylor fans were wonderful even when I was wearing my UCLA powder blue shirt.
Where we had some trouble was once we left the lobby and were in our room. Maybe I was sensitive knowing some of the players were staying on our floor. Maybe I am just getting crotchety in my old age. But I swear, no one on that floor knew how to quietly close their door. Every time someone came in or left a room (not all Baylor football players) it was a click followed by a slam! C'mon folks. A little respect for quiet amongst your neighbors please.
As it turned out the problem did not persist late into the night. My wife slept with ear plugs and our room, being on the end of the hallway, was not as susceptible to the noise as I imagine rooms in the middle of the hallway were. The door slamming did not keep us up at night.
Our room was a corner room with windows on two sides. The cost was about $35.00 more per night but was well worth it. Our 16th floor room (out of 44 floors in the hotel) looked out over San Diego bay on one side and the city of San Diego lights on the other. We would see the trolley we would be taking to the stadium down below.
The room was large with a great flat screen TV, more than adequate closet space and a comfortable bathroom. My only qualm was about the sheets they used on the bed. The sheets were not fitted so the flat sheet tended to pull up during the night leaving your ankles in a tangled mess. My thought, as I lay in bed trying to decide whether to get up in the middle of the night to fix it was, "How is is a Hyatt has this problem and, if I fix it won't it just come undone a couple hours later?"
We didn't use the coffee shop, the restaurant or the bar during our two night stay. I will say that it was impressive to have a variety of food service alternatives available to say nothing of the plethora of restaurants and shops just outside the back door where Seaport Village is.
Whether to attend a football game at Qualcomm, a convention at the convention center, a business meeting in downtown or just for a family on vacation, this was a good location. As I said, even with the hotel full during our stay, the staff was prompt and professional. Now if I could say as much for the door slammers.....:-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Under new ownership. The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is the ultimate waterfront urban hotel and spa and tallest waterfront building on the West Coast rising high above magnificent San Diego Bay. Panoramic bay and city views welcome you in all of our 1628 newly renovated guestrooms including 76 suites. A 25,000 sq/ft roof top pool deck overlooks San Diego Bay and has 2-whirl pools, a pool bar, cabanas, fire pit and stage area. The Grand lobby is filled with marble, brass, dark stained woods and several grand paintings all lit naturally by 3 stories of windows, which look out over a massive 5 lane porte cochere giving the guest a sense of arrival not seen outside of Las Vegas. The hotel has two marina-view restaurants, a full service Marilyn Monroe Spa and Salon, a sky lounge, a lobby bar, coffee house, a deli and an upscale lounge/restaurant featuring specialty martinis, mojitos and California cuisine. The hotel has over 130,000 sq/ft of meeting space, featuring a 34,000 sq/ft exhibit hall, a 30,000 & 25,000 sq/ft ballrooms next to each other, a 10,000 sq/ft Jr Ballroom and 41 meeting rooms and 45 conference suites. We hope to welcome you soon! ... more less
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