I stayed at this hotel in San Diego for a conference in October. I was late signing up to the conference, and the regularly designated hotel was full, so I was recommended the US Grant as the "overflow hotel" nearby. Boy, did I luck out! After spending time in sessions in the regular hotel and talking to participants, the US Grant was a much better choice.
The hotel itself is gorgeous, extremely well kept and clean, and the staff are helpful, polite and courteous. All the common areas are comfortable and the lobby in particular is just gorgeous. There's a nice restaurant and an art gallery on the main floor.
My room was on the first floor of rooms (I think 3rd floor overall) and was large, beautifully decorated and clean. The bathroom is stunning and spacious - very clean and updated. There was a tiled shower, but no tub for those that might be looking for a tub. Bed and linens were comfortable.
Downsides: 1) The usual lack of plugs in the room. I was working on a laptop on the desk, and ended up having to unplug a lamp on the bedside table and string the cord part way across the room. With historic properties, this always seem to be a problem. 2) There was a fridge in the room, but when I tried to put my leftovers in it, I discovered a huge sticker on it that said if I removed ANYTHING from the fridge, I would be charged for it. There seemed to be some kind of weight detection system for determining if you moved things. No room for leftovers, since it was full of overpriced drinks already. The note also mentioned you could rent a fridge from the hotel if you needed one. The whole thing just seemed unnecessary and unfriendly. Why not leave a little space for guests? 3) My room looked out over the roof of the lobby and right into a guest room a short distance across from me. There was little privacy and I kept the curtains drawn.
The upside of being on the lowest floor and right over the lobby was that I could access the free wi-fi signal from the lobby in my room! So I didn't have to pay for wi-fi each day. The signal was good and I had no problems with it.
I will say too that the water in San Diego tastes awful. I tried to drink tapwater, but just couldn't manage it. The hotel provides FREE bottled water - they put several bottles in your room each time it's serviced, and you can always ask for more in the lobby.
In all, it was a great stay, just with a few quirks I could live with. And a definite A+ for the staff!
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