The US Grant Hotel San Diego: So Nice, But Not the Price

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This is part of the Trip Report: The Greatest Diamond Challenge of All Time. Check out how I planned my Hyatt Diamond Challenge and how it cost next to nothing here.

In this report, I will cover:


Getting There: Uber is authorized to pickup at the airport.


It’s the small, some may say trivial things, that transcend a hotel from good to great. Does the bellman ride in the elevator or allow the guest to go on his own? Does the staff greet the guest with a genuine, warm smile as he passes by or do they carry on about their business?

The US Grant Hotel San Diego is the model of greatness. No detail is overlooked. Like the living room in an Arab house with white furniture that is scotch-guarded, the decor of the US Grant is too nice to touch. The lobby is grand. The chandeliers are majestic. The artwork is some other superlative.

While I didn’t receive a suite upgrade thanks to Taylor Swift in town the same weekend as TPOL, I have no reason to complain aside from the fact that I could not afford to stay at this hotel on a daily basis. Rooms go for well over $500/night on the weekends and 16,000 SPG points. If you valet a car, add in another $40. These cost-prohibitive rates, much like the strict rules in my aunt’s house, are enough to keep out the points churning riffraff. That may be a reason why the US Grant stays as nice as it does.

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The US Grant
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From the street
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The building
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Across from my alma mater sports bar, Umich and ASU
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The art
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The lobby
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More art
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Behind the front desk
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Elevator to my floor
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The entrance
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The bed
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Time to relax
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The TV was dated
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The minor touches
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Philosopher’s chair
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The mirror
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Great light
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View from the room
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The bathroom
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A souvenir
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Great soaps
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The exterior
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Cheers to the US Grant San Diego: Champagne not included

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