US Grant Hotel: A Haven for Presidents

Gregory Dolgos - Dec 27, 2010
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Few places in America have stood long enough to celebrate a 100-year anniversary, but this fall season, the US GRANT Hotel of San Diego does just that.


Presidential History

In 1910, the son of President Ulysses S. Grant opened the landmark hotel in the middle of metro-chic San Diego, and it’s remained a top destination for America’s bigwigs ever since. Out of the nation’s 44 presidents, 14 have stayed in the historic hotel, including John F. Kennedy and legendary scientist Albert Einstein. Renowned for its unparalleled opulence and hospitality, the US GRANT Hotel has earned its ranking as not only a presidential destination, but also as a corporate and leisure one.

Today Still Fit for a King

The foundation and reputation may be 100 years old, but the hotel’s interior has recently enjoyed a facelift. Following a $58 million renovation in 2006, The US GRANT now boasts 270 classic guestrooms, including 47 suites, each exquisitely appointed with original artwork, marble baths and Italian linen bedding.

The hotel's Grand Lobby, adorned with sparkling crystal chandeliers, hand-loomed silk carpets, and artwork gives guests a preview of modern and elegant guest rooms and 22 distinctive meeting rooms. 

Each of the guest rooms and suites feature such stunning details as a custom Yves Clement drip-painting headboard, adding a modern touch to classic Empire-style furnishings in a contemporary setting

Crown Jewel

Still known as “The Crown Jewel of Downtown San Diego,” the US GRANT Hotel is an Exxon-Mobil Four Star Hotel, a winner of HotelWorld’s “Best Luxury Guestroom Design Award” for 2008, and was named one of The Robb’s Report’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World.”

The hotel’s restaurant, The GRANT Grill, features California-fresh seasonal cuisine, offered in conjunction with handcrafted cocktails from a top-notch artisanal bar. The unmatched quality of ingredients and precision from the kitchen earned the hotel a “Best Hotel Dining” award in 2008 from San Diego Magazine.

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