Downtown San Diego’s historic icon
270 Rooms / 43 Suites
Situated in downtown San Diego’s arts and culture district, The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel provides posh accommodations and modern amenities in a classic setting steeped in history. The hotel’s prime location on Broadway and Fourth Avenue puts you within easy reach of the city’s vivacious nightlife, top attractions and nearby bays and beaches. Proximity and a reputation for lavishness make The US Grant a top choice among savvy travelers. However, it’s the hotel’s long-running legacy — spanning more than a century — for which it is best known.
Built by the son of U.S. President Ulysses Grant, the hotel debuted in 1910. Known for luxurious amenities, it soon became a magnet for politicians, high-ranking military officials, dignitaries and celebrities. During Prohibition, the San Diego hotel ran a popular speakeasy complete with live jazz and booze secreted via underground tunnels. Not surprisingly, the hotel has played host to 14 presidents, from Woodrow Wilson to George H.W. Bush. And while updates and renovations have kept the National Register of Historic Sites landmark fresh and polished, its historic charms remain intact.
When it comes to grabbing a bite, head to The Grant Grill. Located off the lobby and fronting Fourth Avenue, this culinary enclave has been the hub of power lunches and sumptuous gastronomy since its 1951 inception. Classic offerings such as the sherry-rich mock turtle soup still grace the menu and mingle with contemporary California cuisine prepared with items harvested from the luxury hotel’s own rooftop garden. For those seeking libations, the adjacent Grant Grill Lounge offers signature sips, including its own Cocktails Sur Lie — an effervescent line of bottle-conditioned cocktails such as the Mule. The best times to hit the lounge are when live entertainment fills the room with music and when happy hour is in full swing — it becomes a hot spot for locals and visitors alike.
Browse the hotel’s impressive fine art gallery, which features sculptures, paintings, glass and ceramic pieces; or book a personal trainer to work out in your room, outside or the lower-level fitness center.
While each room is unique, all have high ceilings, crown molding and regal empire-style furnishings. Pillow-top beds are dressed in 300-thread-count Italian linens and backed by original Yves Clement drip-painting headboards. Guests who prefer spacious surroundings will want to book a well-appointed suite. These sumptuous abodes offer a wide range of sizes and configurations designed to suit individual preferences. Each features an additional area for business or pleasure and added luxuries such as the 10-foot-by-10-foot walk-in marble shower with six showerheads.
The two Presidential Bi-Level suites on the ninth floor were originally part of the hotel's celebrated Grand Ballroom. These ultra-chic suites supply 1,300 square feet of opulent living space spread over two floors. Each twin dwelling provides an upper-level master bedroom and bath with a living and dining area below. Soaring windows and private furnished balconies present impressive views of the bustling city and sparkling bay beyond. But for the very top-of-the-line experience, you’ll want to book the 11th-floor Penthouse Suite. It originally served as The US Grant’s radio station and is the prevailing choice among celebrities and A-listers today.