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326 Broadway
San Diego, California 92101
United States
Main: 877-520-4855
Email: Email Hotel Mark Higginbotham
Director of Sales & Marketing: Mark Higginbotham
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.7
Chain Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Opened 1910
Renovated 2006
Guest Rooms 270
Kings/Suites/Doubles 141 / 47 / 82
Room Rates High $345 - 495 Low $199 - 345
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
Ideal Group Size 400
Max Group Size 800


Resort Fee $0
Room Tax 12.5%
Sales Tax 7.75%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 8,100ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 33,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 33,000ft²

Airport Proximity

San Diego International Airport-Lindergh Field
10 min 2 miles (3 km)


Complimentary 24-Hour Business Center
On-Site Audio Visual Services
Complimentary HSIA in the Lobby
In-Room Internet (fees apply)
Executive Meeting Specialist
Professional Concierge


Historic Property Tours
24-Hour Fitness Center
On Site Personal Training
In-Room Spa Services
On Site Celebrations Fine Art Gallery
Award Winning Restaurant & Lounge


Gaslamp Quarter
Westfield Horton Plaza Mall
Petco Park
San Diego Convention Center
Seaport Village
Embarcadero Marina & Park
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
Balboa Park
San Diego Zoo
Golf Courses
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Grant Grill Lounge
Cocktail Cuisine
The Grant Grill
California Cuisine

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $43 Cont. $28
Lunch Buffet $48 Plated $43
Dinner Buffet $92 Plated $72
Coffee Break $18
2-Hour Open Bar $44
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Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Albright Boardroom 23 4 3 247 13 11 12 20 10 15 10 0 0 0
Celestial Ballroom 523 19.5 x 26.8 3 5,632 64 'x 88' 11 200 280 300 500 60 54 50 0
Chaffee Court 41 N/A 3 442 N/A 10 12 25 20 30 16 0 0 0
Charimans Court 70 4.3' x 16.4' 3 756 14' x 54' 10 40 60 50 75 40 0 55 0
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Property News
Fun, Foodie and "F"ilanthropic Events
Posted April 25, 2014
THE US GRANT has introduced a new and imaginative break experience for groups seeking to maximize their meeting time while still creating a sense of community.

Inspired by the childhood classic PB&J sandwich, the Hotel's Executive Chef has prepared a break menu which elevates the classic brown bag lunch to an unforgettable culinary experience. While savoring a collection of PB&J inspired treats, including freshly baked mini loaves of Brioche with house made assorted nut butters and preserves, the event attendees can reminisce and share stories of childhoold memories and family traditions.

Meanwhile, THE US GRANT supplies an opportunity - a challenge, rather - to spread that sense of comfort, home and wellbeing by giving back to the community.

Attendees will be divided into groups and supplied with bulk ingredients to make as many PB&J sandwiches during the break as possible. Once the break concludes, the total number of sandwiches will be tallied, and then it is up to THE US GRANT staff and management to match that amount. As the final stage, all sandwiches will be donated to a local hunger relief organization, as selected by the meeting planner or attendees.

The Fun, Foodie and "F"ilanthropic break is now available at THE US GRANT, and can be customized to meet your group's individual goals.
On-Site Speciality Events at THE US GRANT
Posted June 15, 2011
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Partners with Coca-Cola®
Together with Coca-Cola we present you a refreshing selection of unique, on-site events to complement your meeting. From epicurean adventures and live entertainment to team-building and networking events with a socially conscious twist, you are free to create an engaging and innovative meeting experience on-site and on par with no other.

Specialty Events at THE US GRANT eliminate the need for off-site transportation and secondary venues, while reducing the carbon footprint of your meetings, creating efficiencies for your time and money. With just a single point of contact for all your planning needs, you can ensure that your meetings are inclusive and more easily managed.

Discover a wide range of authentic, on-site specialty events with THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Learn more at, or contact a US GRANT Sales Associate today!
San Diego's Iconic Hotel Celebrates 100 Years
Posted February 23, 2010
San Diego, CA (2010) - The downtown San Diego icon, THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is kicking off its 100th Anniversary Celebration with the launch of a "What's Your Story" blog, inviting everyone to share their fond memories of the hotel, past and present, by visiting [url][/url] . Initial postings range from a postcard sent with a 1-cent stamp by a guest in 1941, to digital images posted on Twitter in 2009.

Beginning February 2010 one story will be chosen from the previous month's posts by Doug Korn, General Manager, along with key hotel staff members, and announced on the 15th via the hotel's blog, Twitter, and Facebook. The monthly winner will receive a two-night stay at THE US GRANT, and be eligible for the grand prize package- An Epicurean Adventure for Two in San Diego, which includes two round-trip airline tickets to San Diego within the Continental U.S., a three night stay at THE US GRANT in the Presidential Suite, a wine pairing dinner for two at the Grant Grill, and a 2.5 hour sailing adventure aboard Dennis Conner's America's Cup, complete with a picnic basket prepared by the hotel's Executive Chef. The grand-prize winner will be hand selected by a group of San Diego dignitaries and announced on October 15, 2010, the official 100th Anniversary of the hotel. "Over the past century, THE US GRANT has made creating memorable guest experiences a priority," says Doug Korn, General Manager. "The 'What's Your Story' blog is our way of blending the legacies of the past 100 years of stories with the technology of today, to create an impactful conversation online - one that ultimately brings our guest experiences to life."

Built by Ulysses S. ("Buck") Grant, Jr. in honor of his father, Civil War hero and 18th President of the United States, THE US GRANT's rich 100 year legacy includes being a known Speakeasy during Prohibition and hosting elite guests, including Albert Einstein, Charles Lindbergh, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford and fourteen United States Presidents, most recently George W. Bush. THE US GRANT underwent a $56 million restoration in 2006, restoring the historic jewel to its original splendor; and The Grant Grill, home of the ultimate Power Lunch since 1951 received a lounge renovation in Summer 2009.

THE US GRANT is located at 326 Broadway in the heart of downtown San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter. For more information, call (619) 232-3121, visit [url][/url], follow @USGRANTHOTEL or become our friend on Facebook.

THE US GRANT: Named One of the World's Best Hotels by Forbes Traveler 400!
Posted November 7, 2008

The Experience
An Edwardian grande dame given a spectacular makeover. Built in 1910 by the second son of the namesake president and Civil War general, the property was purchased for $45 million in 2003 by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, who promptly put another $56 million into a top-to-bottom renovation completed in 2006. The results shine from every corner-from the restored marble staircase and chandeliers of the lobby to the Empire furnishings and original French art in the guest room. Thirteen U.S. presidents have stayed in the U.S. Grant over the years, and now the owners of one of the state's biggest casinos are betting over $100 million that someday you will, too.

The Rooms
Nine-foot ceilings and broad windows create a light and airy feeling, reinforced by fine linens and an understated decor. Try hard for an upper-floor room, however; large windows mean poor sound insulation from the city outside, and the not-quite-great location, at the still-developing far northwest corner of the Gaslamp District, means a lower-floor room may offer an uninspiring view at best.

The Service
There's no pool or sauna, but a wide variety of in-room spa treatments can be arranged. The concierge and staff are friendly enough, which is a good thing: the hotel's location-half a mile and more from the waterfront, Balboa Park, the convention center and many other attractions-also means you may often rely on the staff for directions and transportation.

The Highlights
The U.S. Grant was listed in 1979 on the National Register of Historic Places; standing in the grand entrance, it's hard not to imagine Great War hansom cabs and Model Ts scuttling by. As the hotel strives to reclaim and improve upon its once-great past, it's only fitting that the Grant Grill, formerly a leading businessmen's haunt, has now become one of the Gaslamp Quarter's finest restaurants. Executive chef Mark Kropczynski has ambitiously taken on the challenge of expressing the hotel's various artistic motifs in his recipes, mixing French and contemporary California cuisine with Native American vegetables. The results are sublime.
The Us Grant Hotel Wins Three Magellan Awards
Posted November 7, 2008
Best Luxury Standard Room Design, Best Luxury Lobby, Best Luxury Hotel Overall

San Diego, Calif. (September 5, 2008) - Adding to the growing recognition of San Diego as a world class destination, the city's iconic emblem of refined luxury THE US GRANT has just won three Silver Magellan Awards in Travel Weekly Magazine's international competition recognizing the best of the best in the hospitality and travel industries. Adding to the already impressive trophy case amassed by THE US GRANT since its reopening in October 2006 following a meticulous $56 million recreation are three 2008 Silver Magellan awards in the following categories:
Best Luxury (Five Star) Standard Room Design
Best Luxury (Five Star) Lobby/Common Space Design
Best Luxury Hotel/Resort Overall

"Awards like these serve to underscore the dedication THE US GRANT's owners have to offering the finest luxury accommodations and service not only in San Diego but in the entire world," said hotel General Manager Douglas R. Korn. "We are honored and proud to receive these awards on behalf of Starwood's Luxury Collection, THE US GRANT and the city of San Diego."

THE US GRANT is owned by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, a Native American tribe who originally inhabited the land which includes modern day San Diego. Sycuan's purchase of the hotel thus represents an ancestral tribute to its local legacy as well as homage to President Ulysses S. Grant who passed an executive order in 1875 setting aside 640 acres of East County land for the Kumeyaay Tribes and granting them sovereignty. More than 100 years later, the gaming wealth garnered from that land allowed the tribe to purchase and restore the historic hotel to its original splendor - and beyond.


The hotel offers 270 luxurious custom-designed guest rooms, 47 of which are suites, including a pair of bi-level Presidential Suites and a Penthouse Suite. Expansive elevator foyers are enhanced by original bronze sculptures and the hotel's stunning lobby features a $250,000 Thai silk carpet with a leitmotif of the yellow primrose, the tribal flower of Sycuan.
In each guest room, large one-of-a-kind works by noted French artist, Yves Clement, have been blended into the headboard of each bed and original works of art by Native American artists decorate each foyer and bath. Other guest room stand outs include nine-foot ceilings accented with detailed crown molding, imported custom tapestry carpets, Luxury Collection beds with rich white-on-white Italian linens; 32-inch flat screen televisions; high-speed Internet (WiFi), granite vanities, basin sinks and spacious marble showers.
THE US GRANT is also distinguished by 33,000 square feet of elegantly restored interior function space including elaborate historic ballrooms that showcase the stunning craftsmanship of days gone by as well as state-of-the art Meeting Planner Suites . The hotel's Grant Grill has been re-imagined for the 21st Century, with a modern take on a dining club atmosphere, replete with rich mahogany wall paneling, buttery leather furnishings and dramatic velvet drapery panels.

Design Team: An international team of architects, artisans, designers, craftsmen and master builders was assembled to recreate the iconic hotel over a 21 month period, weaving together the hotel's history with the owner's legacy to create a timeless masterpiece..

THE US GRANT guestrooms were envisioned around a theme of "Sleep with Art" originally presented by French interior designer, Frederic Marq. Local resident Deniece Duscheone was instrumental as the lead renovation project manager and designer ensuring a timely and successful re-opening in October 2006. Design Challenges: Retaining the historical ambiance and designations that placed the hotel on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 while creating a more timeless and contemporary hospitality environment that would move THE US GRANT to international recognition and acclaim as a luxury destination.

Design Resources: Volumes of historical information served as a foundation for weaving in 21st-century textiles, technology and design with turn-of-the-century character and nine decades of history. In addition, this project benefited from a massive renovation and retrofitting in the early 1980's that gave THE US GRANT a contemporary floor plan of uniform king- and double-bedded rooms along with a large volume of unique suite designs.

Design Intention: The ultimate goal was to make each guest's US GRANT stay truly one-of-a-kind by creating a significant guest room design with original art that could not be replicated in the industry and would incorporate the historic architecture of the 11-story Beaux Arts hotel. The hotel's owners commissioned nine noted artists - of European, American and Native American descent - to create a vibrant collection of new paintings, sculptures, murals and ironwork for the hotel's public and private spaces that together create a subtle, yet moving, cultural experience for each visitor.

The Luxury Collection is a selection of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world's most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination's indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent dcor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Today, The Luxury Collection is a glittering ensemble of more than 69 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 26 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning hotels that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class in some of the most desired destinations in the world. In Most recently, Mystique, a Luxury Collection Resort, was honored with the 2008 Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Small Resort in the world. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world's finest. For more information, please visit [url][/url].
THE US GRANT- "The Best of Traveling Green"
Posted June 18, 2008
THE US GRANT best "Eco-Friendly Product Design"

With its grand reopening in October 2006 after a $56 million renovation, the iconic THE US GRANT hotel reclaimed its position as San Diego's timeless luxury retreat whose Beaux Arts bones and exquisite interiors have been ushered into the present-day with an ambitious program of "green" initiatives.
THE US GRANT - a Four Star, Four Diamond urban oasis whose guestrooms recently won the esteemed "Best Guestroom Design" award for the global luxury segment by the HotelWorld Global Hospitality & Design Awards - is dedicated to maintaining its discerning standards of quality and service while also introducing a diverse array of substantial eco-savvy elements that include:

Installation of low-flow showerheads (2.4 gallons per minute)
Installation of low-flow toilets (1.6 gallons per flush)
Guest Green Program (Bed linen changes upon request) enforced to conserve water and energy.
State of the art, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, designed to customize temperature by individual zones in each guest room or suite, limiting use to specific need.
Sink aerators with a 2.0gpm max flow rate
Motion sensors installed in each room for HVAC control
Non smoking environment throughout entire hotel
Allergy free materials such as room fresheners, cleaning chemicals
Anti-microbial filters in vacuum cleaners
Hepa filters in all AC units

Staff training: turning off lights and air conditioners when rooms are unoccupied. Also during summer months, closing drapes etc.
Replacement of exit signs, guest corridor, public area, bathroom and lobby lights with LED light bulbs (extremely energy efficient).
Energy management system to tie in air handling units, HVAC, and lighting to prevent air conditioning space when it's not necessary.
Light sensors in offices, restrooms, and associate work areas
Sink aerators in public restroom faucets with a 2.0gpm max flow rate
Installation of low-flow toilets in the Public bathrooms (1.6 gallons per flush)
Exterior lighting of hotel with LED lights and astronomical sensors

ENERGY STAR office equipment
Use of recycled paper products throughout the hotel.
Cardboard, glass, paper and plastic recycling
Electronic equipment not in use turned off nightly
Internal ECO committee
Reduced hot water settings for kitchen and laundry
Dish and cloth washers operated only with full loads
Recycle of kitchen oil to Biofuel company

Beautiful examples of THE US GRANT's eco-mentality are the stunning LED light fixtures designed by Deniece Duscheone, the GRANT's lead renovation project manager and designer, that shine energy-efficient light throughout the hotel's interiors and exterior. The Flur, a glamorous crystal chandelier gracing the hotel's twin Presidential Suites, was honored as the best "Eco-Friendly Product Design" in the March 2008 issue of California Home + Design magazine.

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The Grant Grill - "Best Hotel Dining"
Posted June 18, 2008
3 Contemporary Restaurants:
They're annual winners and reliable standbys for a reason: They keep it fresh while also holding to tradition



Pretty pink roses bloom on the tables of the Grant Grill, the calm haven of privilege in the U.S. Grant hotel that has weathered the vicissitudes of downtown since 1951, survived a succession of owners and undergone two radical renovations in the past 25 years. Late in 2006, it emerged from the second of these to mixed applause, but on re opening day, those who understand the essence of Grant Grill could tell you the mood of coddled serenity had been preserved in a nicely freshened, ineffably el - egant package.

Even with new owners and a new look, the Grant Grill owns traditions that loyalists insist upon-and that several of the executive chefs who have governed the hotel since the 1980s renovation have at tempted to jettison. A case in point: the mock-turtle soup, a Grant Grill signature for nearly six decades. Upon reopening, the restaurant blithely printed menus that omitted this rich, sherry-scented broth-which, after a certain degree of public outcry, returned to the list much more speedily than might be expected of anything associated with turtles, mock or otherwise.

Today's menus, collaborated on by hotel executive chef Mark Kropczynski and Grant Grill chef Christopher Kurth, focus on contemporary luxury. In other times, an appetizer billed as "aromatic pork belly" (served with English peas and young celery in a maitake-mushroom broth) might have seemed more mad than daring in conservative San Diego. But now, it comfortably prefaces specialties like local halibut with tarragon and red artichokes or Maine lobster with braised veal cheeks, cavalo nero (rather dressy cabbage) and Cara Cara oranges.

Always formal, Grant Grill continues to provide the kind of service not easily found elsewhere. It is more relaxed now, however; servers wear golden vests instead of black-tie, and are friendly without indulging in familiarity. The 2006 renovation changed the look, but the treasured booths along the Fourth Avenue side of the room remain, now upholstered in leather a tone or two darker than cream, as if drops of Kahla had been stirred into the dye vat. The result: comfort from another age that looks very 21st century.
326 Broadway, downtown San Diego, 619-744-2077;

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Iconic Us Grant To Debut Fine Art Gallery In January 2008
Posted February 13, 2008
Celebrations Fine Art to Open on Lobby Level

San Diego, California (January 2008) -- The reopening of the iconic US GRANT Hotel in October 2006 after a $56 million historically chic restoration was a harbinger of great things to come for the fast paced evolution of downtown San Diego. This National Register of Historic Places and award winning Starwood Luxury Collection hotel -- which was newly designed to include a theme of "sleeping with art" by incorporating original works of art in every guest room -- is announcing another step in the properties elevation as an arts and cultural destination. January will mark the opening of a 3,000 square-foot art gallery on the hotel's lobby level.

The Celebration Fine Arts Gallery, located at the corner of Broadway and Third Avenue, will offer a mixture of works by contemporary masters including paintings, sculptures, glass and ceramics. The works of over 90 different artists will be featured including: Pino, Frederick Hart, Ulla Darni -- known as the "Tiffany of the 21st Century" -- and even 24 sculptures by the legendary artist, Renoir. Visitors will also be able to buy original works by Yves Clement, the French artist commissioned to create the black-on-canvas paintings called "drippings" displayed as guestroom headboards at the hotel.

Due to open in mid-January, the gallery space is being transformed into a showcase truly worthy of its art, with a metallic floor in a flowing river pattern, museum quality lighting, 9-foot moveable carpeted walls and pillars adorned with silk stitched wallpaper in warm golden hues.

Celebrations is owned and operated by Klim and Iya Altman, who also own successful galleries in Moscow, Russia and Sedona, Arizona. The Altmans' Visions Gallery in Sedona was named "Best in the Region" for the past four years by Market Surveys of America and is one of the top selling galleries in the U.S. As a sister gallery to such a successful enterprise, the new gallery at THE U.S. GRANT will open as a one-stop shopping destination for art, catering to a discriminating clientele.

"We realize that La Jolla has always been the county's gallery hub," explains Altman, "but it really feels like downtown San Diego is ready for a gallery like this. And THE GRANT's grandeur, so lovingly restored, makes the entire hotel a piece of artwork in and of itself, and hence begs to be tied in with a gallery on that level."

The Altmans' say that they are surprised by how many people are cultivating a taste in art today and that this new San Diego gallery should become a mecca for decorators as well as a wide range of art aficionados. While prices will range from entry level to "quite significant," he says he is committed to fair and competitive pricing.

Fascinated with art as a child, it was through his travels in international trade that Klim Altman rediscovered his love of art. Importing artworks from all over the world for his and his wife's personal collection and as gifts for his family and friends became a passion. But beyond just ownership of special works, it was the history, aesthetic value and an abiding love for the creative expression that drove him on to develop such showpiece galleries. Iya and Klim Altman firmly believe that a home without art is like a body without a soul, this is part of the reason they hand pick every piece in their galleries.

When asked what makes their galleries different, Both Altmans immediately focus on service and the personal interest their staff takes in each visitor. "We want to be a trusted resource for our clients for life," he says. "And, we want to make shopping a real WOW! experience for them; like they are visiting several different galleries in one."

The hotel's General Manager, Victor Barothy-Langer says the opening a gallery of this caliber is apropos for the evolution of THE GRANT. "So many guests tell me how moved they are by the commissioned works of art now on display throughout the hotel. It's only natural that many of them would be inspired to add to their own art collections during a stay with us,' says Barothy-Langer. "The new Celebrations Gallery will give our guests and local residents yet another reason to make THE US GRANT a regular destination."

THE US GRANT is the world-class embodiment of the history, vitality and dynamic character of Downtown San Diego. The landmark hotel re-opened in October 2006 as a member of the elite Starwood Luxury Collection after a meticulous $56 million renovation and historic restoration by its owner, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. Located at 326 Broadway, San Diego, Calif. 92101 and originally opened in 1910, the 11-story hotel has been listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places since 1979. The historically chic hotel offers 270 guest rooms, including 47 suites; 30,000 square feet of Ballroom and special event space weaving elegance and history with 21stcentury technology, and a contemporary interpretation of the legendary Grant Grill and Lounge. In the fall of 2008, the hotel will debut an 8,000 square foot world class spa. The hotel sits at the edge of the city's trendy Gaslamp Quarter, theater and financial districts and minutes from San Diego Bay, Balboa Park and the area's famed visitor attractions. With entirely new furnishings, dcor and original works of art in both public spaces and guest rooms, THE US GRANT is an urban sanctuary in the heart of one of America's most cosmopolitan cities. For additional in information, please call (619) 232-3121, or visit THE US GRANT online at:

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A Year Since Its Reopening, The Us Grant Hotel Named Among Top 100 Luxury Hotels In T
Posted February 8, 2008
"Today, as we enter the Second Golden Age of Hotels, we have an abundance of guides and rating systems to assist us with our travel choices. More often than not, they also fail to answer the basic question of which hotel is the best in town. This question is the underlying principle behind our annual guide to the top accommodations in 100 cities worldwide."


San Diego Landmark to Add 8,000-square-foot Spa & Indoor Pool
Plus 3,000-square-foot Art Gallery

San Diego, Calif. (December 2007) - THE US GRANT is ringing in the New Year by toasting to a remarkable 2007 that saw the iconic hotel reclaim its position as San Diego's timeless urban luxury retreat, a distinction that has unfolded since its October 2006 reopening after a meticulous $56 million restoration. With entirely new furnishings, commissioned works of art and traditional dcor accented with splashes of modern lan, this 11-story Beaux Arts beauty was redesigned to be a historically-chic hotel in the heart of one of America's most dynamic cities. The following accolades for this proud member of Starwood's Luxury Collection prove the reopening goal was met:
Robb Report's "Top 100 Luxury Hotels in the World" - Explained that a hotel from the first Golden Age is now - after a striking renovation - among the best in the second Golden Age of hotels.
Conde Nast Traveler's Hotel Hot List in the May 2007 issue.
AAA Four Diamond Award for both the hotel and its signature restaurant, The Grant Grill.
CNN Headline News "Top Hotel" in its "America's Best Beach Cities" spotlight on May 25, 2007.
SELF Magazine's "Best Spa for Lovers of Luxe" in the April 2007 issue.
The Los Angeles Times in March 2007 - Four Star, "Excellent" Rating.
The New York Times on July 15, 2007 - Lauded as an In-room Spa Trendsetter in article titled "The Room as Spa, and Vice Versa."
Star Magazine on July 30, 2007 - Named a "Hot Hotel" in conjunction with pop singer Christina Aguilera's weekend stay.
Lodging Hospitality's "Design of the Times" Award for US GRANT interior designer Deniece Duscheone.
C Magazine's "Most Improved Resort" in the May 2007 issue.

In December 2003, the legendary property was purchased by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the Native American tribe who originally settled on the land that now includes downtown San Diego where THE US GRANT resides. Sycuan's purchase of the hotel represents an ancestral tribute to its local legacy. Sycuan announced that in 2008 it will further enhance the property by adding an 8,000-square-foot, 2-story spa with an indoor pool, as well as a signature art gallery.
Having played host to 13 different U.S. Presidents since opening in 1910 and now a favorite of celebrities visiting San Diego - including Stevie Wonder, Quentin Tarantino, Larry King and Tyra Banks -THE US GRANT was also a popular item in the 2007 ESPY Award's Gift Basket.
The following descriptions from publications that reviewed the hotel during its debut year provide insight to the one-of-a-kind experience every guest can expect at THE US GRANT:
CONDE NAST TRAVELER: May 2007 - "The US Grant became the swankiest digs downtown overnight when it reopened in November after a '$56' million retrofit that swept away almost everything but the original chandeliers. The cool blue hues throughout take their cue from both the presidential seal and the blue Belgian marble of the original 1910 lobby, while the 270 guest rooms flaunt Persian carpets and stylish retro-Baroque furniture offset by abstract black-and-white art. A lot of thought (and money) went into the bathrooms, especially the showers with their Escher-esque tiles."

● USA TODAY: December 15, 2006 - "Traditionalists and conventioneers are lining up to book
at a just re-opened grande-dame hotel-the 96-year-old US Grant. Fans of grande-dame hotels
will love just-renovated The US Grant."

● THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: March 14, 2007 - "The whole hotel is a time capsule The
hotel's phoenix-like resurrection wouldn't be as remarkable without its absolute authenticity.
From the moment you enter the lobby, there's a sense of time suspended: A grand piano resonates, lush, silky carpets absorb your steps, and employees radiate a genuine, almost old-fashioned sense of pride in fine service.
Although the hotel is a poem to the past, its attitude is au courant, particularly in the historic Grant Grill. The restaurant barred women until 1971, but it now is a sophisticated spot where guests dine on contemporary fare and select from a growing wine list."
ELITE TRAVELER: March/April 2007 - "History loves company and the newly renovated 96-year-old US Grant Hotel in San Diego is a dazzling host. Spa Suites on the top floor of the Beaux Arts icon feature oversized bathrooms with infinity tubs, ceiling spouts, color therapy soaks and grand views of the San Diego skyline. Two palatial Presidential Suites and a Penthouse Suite are worthy of the presidents and statesmen who have slept there"
WINE SPECTATOR: November 15, 2006 - " The Grant retains its historical appeal, but a new sense of artsy poshness has been added along with modern amenities."

CONCIERGE.COM: May 2007 - "In this case, the heroes are the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians, who used capital from their nearby casino to buy the hotel and pour $56 million into its renovation. Unveiled in October 2006, the new-again U.S. Grant echoes the stately grandeur of its past without feeling dated."

LOS ANGELES WEDDINGS: Fall 2007 - "Today, the hotel's romantic grandeur waits to sweep guests off their feet. ... The 1910 Harrison Albright-designed hotel makes guests feel like modern-day royaltyThe Beaux Arts-style white Carrara marble staircase in the lobby, complete with alabaster banister, would garner a nod of approval from Scarlett O'Hara.

Although it's listed in the National Register of Historical Places, the hotel offers guest rooms that exemplify modern luxury. The [Celestial] ballroom professes a moody sophistication with silvery blue tones, a coved ceiling, and mahogany-clad columns. The ballroom's stage is ideal for exchanging vows framed by velvet curtains. And when the last vow is uttered and it's time for the kiss, the grand piano is available for breaking into strains of the Etta James classic "At Last."

805 LIVING: December 2006 - "You may never get to sleep at the White House, but you can sleep where over a dozen U.S. presidents have snoozed This national landmark is one of the most distinctive in the country.

The food should quickly reestablish Grant Grill as one of the city's premiere dining spots. Breads, including a delicious sage-herb brioche, are baked fresh daily, and signature dishes include seared Baja scallops with yellow beets, tenderloin of Kobe beef in a reduction of pinot noir, and a daily fruit sorbet served between courses."

HOSPITALITY DESIGN: January/February 2007 - US Grant interior designer Deniece Duscheone was named recipient of hotel design award.

TRAVELAGE WEST: August 6, 2007 - "you'll be hard-pressed to leave the comfort and
luxury of the US Grant for too long, which is a sure sign that the hotel will once again become
an integral part of San Diego."

The landmark hotel has not just garnered rave reviews from the media in its first year. THE US GRANT also achieved the second-highest scores in the Luxury Collection's North American division for both the Guest Satisfaction Index and the Meeting Planner Satisfaction Index. And, November 2007 guest reviews from include glowing comments such as: "Absolutely Gorgeous!" "A jewel in downtown San Diego" "Great Experience" "Excellent Hotel - would definitely go back!"
THE US GRANT is the world-class embodiment of the history, vitality and dynamic character of Downtown San Diego. The landmark hotel re-opened in October 2006 as a member of the elite Starwood Luxury Collection after a meticulous $56 million renovation and historic restoration by its owner, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. Located at 326 Broadway, San Diego, Calif. 92101 and originally opened in 1910, the 11-story hotel has been listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places since 1979. The historically chic hotel offers 270 guest rooms, including 47 suites; 33,000 square feet of Ballroom and special event space weaving elegance and history with 21stcentury technology, and a contemporary interpretation of the legendary Grant Grill and Lounge. The hotel sits at the edge of the city's trendy Gaslamp Quarter, theater and financial districts and minutes from San Diego Bay, Balboa Park and the area's famed visitor attractions. With entirely new furnishings, dcor and original works of art in both public spaces and guest rooms, THE US GRANT is an urban sanctuary in the heart of one of America's most cosmopolitan cities. For additional in information, please call (619) 232-3121, or visit THE US GRANT online at:

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Posted February 8, 2008
Commissioned Sculptures and Paintings to Underscore Theme of
Unifying a Hotel's Legendary Past with a Visionary Future

SAN DIEGO, CA -THE US GRANT, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, and newest member of Starwood Hotels elite Luxury Collection, is showcasing art as part of a $52 million dollar restoration slated for completion in the fall of 2006. THE US GRANT, which has defined Southern Californian grace and grandeur since it opened in 1910, is creating an innovative approach to its art program by weaving a contemporary slate of original work from an international array of artists into the history and ownership of the storied hotel.

THE US GRANT was built by Ulysses S. Grant Jr. to honor his father a Civil War hero and two-term U.S. President. The hotel is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. In December 2003, the legendary property was purchased for $45 million by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the Native American tribe that originally settled on the land that now includes downtown San Diego. Sycuan's purchase of the hotel represents an ancestral tribute to President Grant, who in 1875 signed an Executive Order setting aside 640 acres of land in Dehesa Valley in San Diego's East County for the Kumeyaay Nation.

Sycuan has not only carefully selected craftsman to restore the opulent, beaux arts architectural details of the hotel -- such as the gold-toned marble pillars and the sweeping white Italian marble grand staircase with its alabaster banister - but it has also commissioned renowned artists to create a stunning collection of new sculptures, ironwork, murals and paintings to be showcased throughout the property. In commissioning significant new work from European, American and Native American artists, the Tribe is ensuring that the art of THE US GRANT will herald the renaissance of this cultural landmark.
YVES CLEMENT - Guest Room and Suite Paintings
Masterfully blended into the moldings of the headboards in each guestroom is a one-of-a-kind work by Yves Clement, a world-renowned artist from France. Clement has integrated his art into the design of the headboards as an original work of art with large black-on-canvas paintings that he calls "drippings." Measuring 6 feet by 6 feet for king rooms and displayed as triptychs for double bedrooms -- one original work over each bed with a narrower center work between --the paintings punctuate the historic spaces with an unexpected touch of modern lan. Guest rooms deliver a lovely combination of classic and contemporary tranquility. Distinguished by nine-foot ceilings, extensive crown molding, imported custom wool carpets and rich white-on-white Italian linens, THE US GRANT's 270 guestrooms, 47 of which are suites, will be the epitome of historic chic.

The artist behind the "Sleeping with Art" concept, Clement, who also is know as Clement Le Grand, began his artistic scholarship as a student at the University of Grenoble, where he studied Art History. A mere two years following the completion of his studies, Clement became Official Royal Court Artist and Interior Decorator for several members of the Moroccan royal family, including His Majesty Mohammed VI, as well as many different politicians within the Kingdom of Morocco.
Clement has set out to present a singular cultural experience for guests and visitors to the hotel. "The ultimate luxury is art," says Le Grand. "The pieces that will be installed in each room establish a dramatic focal point, and my intention is to lend an exquisite and imaginative tone to the surroundings so guests literally sleep with art."
The scale of the project was immense. Taking over the hotel's entire 9,300-square-foot Presidential Ballroom, Clement created each of the hundreds of "dripping" paintings on site over a five-month period. Employing the "action painting" process, Clement worked intuitively, dribbling paint directly onto a floor canvas with a paint stick rather than a brush. By virtue of his controlled gestures, the original paintings are evocative, loosely figurative abstract works in black oil.
Inspired by his work with THE US GRANT, Clement has created an Internet site that allows artists throughout the greater San Diego area to post a visual, three-dimensional gallery of their own works. Clement describes this site,, as a virtual space provided at the artist's pleasure. Artists may adjust the virtual lighting, backdrops and catalogue of their gallery, essentially allowing that artist to manage his own exhibit directly online.
The Us Grant, A Living Gallery Of Art Chapter 2
Posted February 8, 2008
Commissioned Sculptures and Paintings to Underscore Theme of
Unifying a Hotel's Legendary Past with a Visionary Future

GENE LOCKLEAR - 300 Paintings for Guest Rooms

Gene Locklear's commissioned art clients include The White House, The Pentagon, the National Football League, the PGA, the History Channel and now THE US GRANT. Locklear works from a studio in El Cajon in San Diego's East County. Not only is Locklear a full-blooded member of the Lumbee Indian Nation and a renowned artist specializing in oils and acrylics, he also played Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees. He explains that his native culture and life experience provide him special insights into the Native American themes he paints -- the plight, pride and spirituality of the Indian people.

Born in Pemboke, N.C., in 1949, Locklear earned a degree in commercial art at the Minneapolis School of Art and was later awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Pembroke at the University of North Carolina. Other career highlights include spending a year painting backdrops for TNT's live sports shows, which often included creating portraits of the MVP or star of that particular game, including the likes of Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neill. Locklear was also the subject of a 30-minute special hosted by Joe Garagiola that aired on ABC's Wide World of Sports.
Since Locklear's paintings will grace the foyers of each guestroom, they are the first thing arriving guests will see as they enter their rooms, setting the tone for a unique art experience.

CHRIS MARESCA - Three Oil Paintings in the Hotel's Main Entry & Mezzanine
Chris Maresca's sizeable oil on canvas work "The Sycuan Desert Rose" will welcome guests arriving at the hotel's newly restored Fourth Street entrance. The 8ft x 12ft painting will grace the east grand stairway leading down from the main entrance to event rooms on the historic lower level, whose design remains nearly intact from opening. The word Sycuan literally means "primrose" which translates to "life" in the language of the Kumeyaay. Maresca's nuanced but arresting painting starts with a flower detail from one of the hotel's original turn-of-the century handrails. An image of a primrose overlaps the original flower, with the two images bleeding into one another and becoming one, representing the evolution of the hotel's historic roots to its present day owners. "The significance of that blending is very important in the piece," explains the San-Diego based Maresca.
The colors used in the painting - dark brown, gold, white and deepening shades of sky blue - complement the colors of the hand woven carpets, wood trim and crown molding in the hotel's breathtaking new lobby.
He has also been asked to create two 2 ft. x 6 ft. paintings that will hang in the Mezzanine level. Maresca feels that they will most likely be a pair, with a brother/sister relationship as their unifying theme.
DAVID MONTOUR - Bronze Sculptures in the Valet Area and Main Lobby
Sculptor, flute carver, painter and musician this vibrant Native American artist grew up in New Mexico, South Dakota and Montana. His mother is a member of the Potawatomi and Ottawa people. His father is a member of the Mohawk and Cayuga people. He is known for combining a traditional and contemporary sensibility in sculptures of stone, wood and bronze. Some of his notable artistic achievements include his six-year tenure as resident artist at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; his one-man show at the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and carving the chair Pope John Paul II used while conducting mass for the Native Americans in the Arizona Veterans' Memorial Coliseum in 1987.

Of the two bronze sculptures that Montour has been asked to create for THE US GRANT, the lobby centerpiece is a stunning 4-foot tall white bronze sculpture of a woman emerging from a pool of blue water while holding three primrose flowers. The organic quality of the work will show the woman as part of the vine with stems entwining her legs and symbols of Native American life "hidden" throughout the piece.
MARIE NAJERA - 20 Mixed Media Pieces on Wood and Canvas for Presidential Suites, Penthouse & Executive Suites
Iconography, images and icons with multiple meanings and feelings are layered together to create a sense of chaos and order. Within the heavily textured paintings, the viewer is allowed glimpses of objects, words and numbers. Secrets often lie just below the surface about love, lust and truths. Every object holds within in it a double meaning. Artist's Statement
San Diego native Marie Najera has had exhibitions of her art mounted in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Memphis, Tennessee; and San Diego & La Jolla, California. The mostly self-taught artist is known for expressive paintings where pattern and texture are infused with personal symbolism.
Living just ten minutes from the US GRANT in the Hillcrest village area, Najera says she often walks to the hotel -- that to her is in the true heart of the city - to gain inspiration for the twenty mixed medium pieces she has been commissioned to create.
The pieces will be inspired by the history of the hotel but done in an abstract style. She takes her time with every piece, since each part is hand made, including the wooden "boxes" and stretcher boards on which they are mounted. As she explains it, her work is about layering colors on wood and wax and then carving out a unique line drawing through the many layers. And, she says that even though some of the pieces she is doing for THE US GRANT will be the same size, each will be completely different.
"JOHNNY "BEAR" CONTRERAS - Four Sculptures for Elevator Lobbies
A member of the San Pasqual Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Contreras is a self-taught sculptor and creator who mixes the traditions of his culture with the contemporary design techniques of modern art. One of his best-known pieces, The Spirit of The Earth, is an abstract sculpture depicting the tradi-tional origin story of the Kumeyaay Nation, which was commissioned as a public work for the new Our Lady of Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles. Contreras recently was awarded a fellowship as the 2006 visiting artist for the Smithsonian's National Museum of The American Indian in Washington, D.C., where he will research archives of native peoples to help incorporate the texture, pattern, design and composition of those artifacts into future creations.
Contreras is creating sculptures for the oversized elevator lobbies on floors 3 to 7 of THE US GRANT. The bronze sculpture for the 7th floor lobby is a representational piece showing three women undulating, with their arms interlocked and hair flowing as they move in different directions. Measuring approximately two feet high, it will sit on a table as the centerpiece, a positioning that will also draw attention to the lobby's French doors that open onto an upper terrace with establishing views of the city and bay. The three other commissioned sculptures Contreras is creating for THE US GRANT will depict the traditional dances of the Kumeyaay.
The youngest of 10 children, Contreras says that his experiences from growing up in such a large and diverse family contribute greatly to his colorful depictions of his life and culture. He lives and works at his home studio on the San Pasqual Indian reservation located in Valley Center, Calif., near the world-famous Palomar Observatory.
The artist feels that for Sycuan to make such a civic and historic statement with THE US GRANT is a momentous occasion and that a historic hotel is the perfect venue for this kind of artistic exposure and authenticity. "Our responsibility is to inspire others if one more person appreciates this story and is made more aware of their culture via an object of fine art, I've done my job."

HAMPTON HALL - Ceiling of the Crystal Ballroom

This talented Los Angeles-based artist has painted for elite clients all over the world ranging from West Coast industry professionals to the Sultan of Brunei. He has created ceilings and wall murals for the Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton hotels. Hall's work has been exhibited in major galleries and museums throughout the world and is well represented in private and corporate collections.
He has spent 35 years developing his natural talent, working out of the same Los Angeles studio from the start of his career.

In honor of the historical significance of THE US GRANT and the fact that the Crystal Ballroom will be popular for sophisticated events and romantic wedding celebrations, Mr. Hall says that design on the ceiling of the Crystal Ballroom will be restored to its original elegant motif but enhanced with a fresher palate to illuminate the room with a soft, warm glow. He will employ special painting techniques to create the impression of raising the depth of the ceiling in the Crystal Ballroom, giving it a floating feeling.

Mr. Hall loves to explore as he paints and encourages the viewer to do so as well. He typically works with a team of professionals to complete a job, and expects that THE US GRANT project will require three months' work. "I start where a lot of artists stop I work until that magical moment until the piece shines. It has to be beautiful for me to be satisfied. You know when it is finished when the canvas just sings to you."
Conventions And Meetings At The Us Grant
Posted February 8, 2008
Downtown San Diego's Presidential-Caliber Hotel Raises the Bar for Professional Meetings with Technologically Distinctive and Fashionable Ballrooms, Private Dining Rooms and Precision Staff

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 2006) -Opening in October 2006 following a $56 million restoration, THE US GRANT Hotel pairs its historic prestige and grandeur with technologically advanced meeting and event space designed for unparalleled convention and event opportunities.
The ultimate choice for discriminating professionals since 1910, including 13 U.S. Presidents, THE US GRANT is now a elite member of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Luxury Collection. The hotel has been completely refurbished by weaving contemporary features with stately historic ambiance and now boasts 31,250 square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art meeting and event space. THE US GRANT further complements these distinctive event venues with spacious residential Event Planner Suites designed for the savviest meeting planners. With a total of 270 stylish guest rooms, including 47 elegant suites, THE US GRANT offers the highest ratio of event space to guest rooms in San Diego.
"Our goal is to blend the heritage of the hotel with superb service and the ultimate in modern technology. Our objective is to not simply anticipate guest needs, but to surpass the expectations of today's discerning meeting and event planners with an exceptional experience," said Mark Dibella, director of sales and marketing for THE US GRANT. "Because of its distinctive features and superb amenities, THE US GRANT is ideal for a wide range of meetings especially incentive, pharmaceutical and product launches."Internet availability, special event lighting, an on-site audio visual department, a dedicated business center, and StarMeeting Concierge professional conference coordinators put the event and banquet space of THE US GRANT at the cutting edge of technology among luxury hotels without sacrificing elegance.
THE US GRANT offers wireless high-speed Internet access (WiFi) in all public areas of the building. Event rooms also include group connectivity with WiFi-ready display stations/CPUs can be networked for consistent, integrated multi-venue presentations, and audio connectivity through to all meeting spaces. In addition to video and satellite broadcasting capabilities, meeting rooms are equipped with data and telephone connections, power lines, fluorescent and halogen theatrical and convention lighting, T-1 lines for video-conferencing, and accessing the Web. Advanced broadcast capabilities allow for on-site press briefing.
THE US GRANT's event venues are located on the lobby level, the second level, the historic lower level and 8th floor of the 11-story landmark property that encompasses an entire city block at the geographic, financial, government and social heart of downtown San Diego. The second level and historic lower level rooms offer separate access from the main Grand Lobby. All major event rooms have multiple entry doors, ensuring effortless flow for larger groups.
The Event Space locations are as follows: Historic Lower Level - Celestial Ballroom; Crystal Ballroom; Chairman's Court; Chaffee Court & Vintage Board Room; Lobby Level - The Palm Court; Second Level - Presidential Ballroom; Congressional Room; Executive Room; Senate Room; Albright, Long, Sickels Boardrooms and Sycuan Parlor; 8th Floor - Two open-air rooftop terraces, Promenade East and West
The largest event room, accommodating up to 1,200 guests, is the second level, 9,300-square-foot Presidential Ballroom, named in honor of the 13 United States Presidents who have visited THE US GRANT since it opened nearly 100 years ago. This premier San Diego ballroom has a built-in 1,100-square-foot theatrical stage with drape, concert-quality sound system, dual rear screen capability, and backstage access to up to seven auxiliary rooms. The Presidential Ballroom is immediately adjacent to the banquet kitchen, a true service delivery advantage.
Also on the second level and contiguous to the Presidential Ballroom, are a suite of three east-facing rooms named in honor of the United States government departments President Grant interacted with the most. Graced by natural light from large windows overlooking Fourth Avenue, these rooms have connecting doors opening into each other. The 620-square-foot Congressional Room and Senate Room accommodates up to 60 guests each and the adjoining, 1,395- square-foot Executive Room accommodates up to 90 guests.
Adjacent to these function spaces, a pair of special Event Planner Guest Suites provide both office and residential accommodations for event planners. Each spacious suite offers an entry foyer, a comfortable living room with separate bathroom and a versatile den/office with a dining/conference table that can accommodate up to six guests. The suite is equipped with a fax machine and printer and ample counter space and built-in cabinets, as well as separate closets for material storage to make conference coordination and organization seamless. The master bedroom is distinguished by a Luxury Collection king bed, an additional writing desk with ergonomic chair, and private luxury bathroom. Standard event suite amenities include honor bar service, small refrigerator, 12-cup coffee maker, wireless Internet, essential office equipment (three-hole punch, scissors, tape, etc.), 32" plasma television, DVD-CD player, four phones each with dual lines, (one cordless and one with speakerphone), and voicemail.
On the west side of the second level are three signature event rooms, each named after a visionary who left an indelible mark on THE US GRANT Hotel. The 247-square-foot Albright Boardroom honors Harrison Albright, the hotel's master architect, and accommodates up to 20 persons. The 323-square-foot Long Boardroom, accommodates up to 30 persons and honors Baron Long, co-developer of Agua Caliente Hotel and Spa and the Los Angeles Biltmore, who co-managed the hotel in the 1920s and '30s. The 228-square-foot Sickels Boardroom, accommodating up to 20 persons, honors developer Christopher Sickels, whose purchase of the hotel and $80-plus million renovation in the early 1980s saved THE US GRANT from the wreaking ball and placed the property on the National Registrar of Historic Places.
Honoring the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the owner of THE US GRANT since December 2003, the 1,026-square-foot Sycuan Parlor features windows on the south and west side and includes a secluded balcony that commands a perfect vantage point to the Broadway corridor of downtown San Diego.
Located on the historic lower level at the base of the hotel grand white marble staircase, the 5,632-square-foot Celestial Ballroom is a majestically columned, evocative room, which best represents the heart and soul of this legendary hotel. Originally the signature dining room in the 1910's, this room has evolved from speakeasy to nightclub to social hub through 9 decades of evolution. The versatile Celestial Ballroom accommodates up to 500 persons and features an oak-floored stage, mahogany clad columns, Italian chandeliers and a custom-designed carpet that complements the original Catalina tile of the south entry foyer. It provides an excellent setting for social and food and beverage events, as well as for exhibits.
The 465-square-foot Vintage Board Room - three of whose walls are lined with custom-built oak cabinets that will cradle 1,000 bottles of wine with an estimated value of $50,000 - will accommodate a the ultimate in power private dining or conferences. The hotel's designated boardroom, the Vintage Room will seat up to 14 persons around its substantial oak table.
The 2,730 square-foot Grant Hall, distinguished by floor-to-ceiling paneling of Birdseye Maple panels, can accommodate up to 200 persons or be divided into four separate breakout rooms. Also showcasing marvelous Birdseye Maple-paneled walls, the 756-square-foot Horton Room accommodates up to 75 persons.
One of San Diego's most sought after and distinctive signature venues is the historic 2,664-square-foot Crystal Ballroom, which was introduced to San Diego in 1927 by Baron Long as a private society ballroom. Accommodating up to 250 persons, the Crystal Ballroom is an interplay of the new and historic: The ballroom's original black and gold travertine floors have been restored, as have the opulent plaster capitals on the supporting columns; the elaborate, hand-painted ceiling has undergone a painstaking refurbishment and now incorporates the new US GRANT crest. A custom-designed silk carpet is available for groups who prefer to have the stone floor covered. The private marble foyer is ideal for coffee breaks.
The Crystal Ballroom's two supporting "courts" are the 756-square-foot Chairman's Court, accommodating up to 80, and the 442-square-foot Chaffee Court, accommodating up to 30 persons. The Chairman's Court, originally the men's smoking lounge is distinguished by intricate, original inlaid parquetry flooring, paneled walls, and a fireplace of marble and wood. The intimate Chaffee Court is named in honor of Fannie Chaffee Grant, the first wife of U.S. Grant Jr., who developed the hotel in honor of his Civil War hero and U.S. President Father. Although she passed away a year before the hotel was completed, the presence of Fannie has been encountered by guests and staff enumerable times over the last 96 years.
Off of the hotel's Grand Lobby, the chic, 3,705 square foot Palm Court features 16-foot ceilings, cove moldings, nine Italian chandeliers, four magnificent grand columns, and a wall of west-facing windows elegantly draped. This airy and sophisticated venue accommodates up to 350 guests and captures the elegance of the hotel's fashionable history and speaks to its future as the premier hotel in San Diego.