Because the Westin Gaslamp Quarter was suddenly much more expensive on the second night of my stay in San Diego such that it was even more expensive than the US Grant which is a Luxury Collection property, I chose to move there for the second night. It was a relatively easy move since the US Grant is just located opposite the Westin Gaslamp Quarter, separated only by Broadway. The rate I paid for the second night was US$189, and it is naturally a higher rate since the hotel is indeed more luxurious overall. I checked into the hotel early before noon and was attended to by a very helpful front desk agent. Initially I had been blocked into a Junior suite but because I arrived earlier, the agent actually helped me to find another room for me. Well it turns out the hotel still had another Legacy suite for me.
Things were definitely looking up here as I proceeded to cross the magnificent grand lobby towards the elevator to get to my assigned suite on the 8th floor.
Room No: 808 Category: Legacy Suite King
As the hotel is located in a historic building, the suites and rooms could come in numerous configurations. The suite that I was assigned could probably be considered a true suite in all senses as there was a living area on entry.
There was a drinks cabinet on the side with a 2-seater sofa and a plush armchair on the corner. On the side table was an espresso machine and there was an assortment of magazines on the glass coffee table. There was also a flat screen TV in the living space in addition to another one in the room.
Along the walkway to the bedroom there was a nice work desk with a leather stationery compartment filled with envelopes and writing paper. The way the desk was stocked would be very useful for the business traveller and definitely made the property feel more upscale than the average Westin and Sheraton branded hotels.
The bedroom itself was also very nicely designed with a feature art behind the bed and another large armchair by the corner near the window. There was also a lot of pillows on the bed which made the bed look really comfortable!
The only small complaint I have is perhaps the small size of the bathroom which usually comes with heritage hotels. However the bathroom was renovated and features a walk-in shower which I prefer over the bathtub and shower combination. Thus the lack of a bathtub did not matter at all!
While the bathroom was quite small, it features better amenities as all the essentials from cotton buds to cotton pads are all there. In addition the bathroom amenities are similar to those found on St Regis hotels, as they are made by Laboratoire Remede.
Where the hotel truly shines was really in the evening where the lights illuminate the facade and truly shows the building as a landmark in downtown San Diego. In addition, the hotel does have turndown service, where the housekeeping will also leave a chocolate by the bed, in addition to drawing the curtains and refreshing the room amenities. This is a feature I usually appreciate in hotels as it makes the stay more comfortable especially after using the room in the afternoon.
At night, the hotel does have a restaurant in the lobby, but I chose to have my dinner a few blocks down at Currant, an American brasserie. I did not find the food there to be particularly good, and they were average at best. However on the next day before I left for the airport, I had a good takeout of fish tacos from the Downtown Fish Joint just beside the hotel along C Street.
Compared to my stay at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter, I preferred the US Grant in all aspects of the stay and would most probably choose to stay here again especially if rates are on par or $10-20 above the Westin, since they are located in the same area. However my favourite hotel in San Diego remains the Andaz, which is a Hyatt property!