Sweet dreams of art and history at the US Grant in San Diego

I’m sure it comes as a surprise to no one that life in hectic Sin City can get a little tiring — so I’m no stranger to rejuvenating weekend getaways in places such as Sedona, Austin, Ojai and Napa. On my most recent trip to San Diego and La Jolla, I had a one-track mind: to get some R&R. My quick trip started at the historic US Grant in the Gaslamp district. The hotel was gorgeous! And full of history: The hot spot opened to much fanfare in 1910 and now houses a $6.5 million art collection. I loved everything about staying downtown, from the enormous, old-fashioned hotel lobby, to the neighbors who seemed just feet away when I looked out my hotel room window. Sometimes I miss city living! And sometimes…

A night alone in a hotel room is just the night’s sleep that the doctor ordered.

After powering through another crazy week at work, much of it revolving around a certain Canadian songstress named Celine Dion, I arrived at US Grant ready for some down time. The rooms blew me away! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hotel so dedicated to art. Every time you turned a corner, there was something new to see.

The unique headboard art comes courtesy of a French artist named Yves Clement.


Johnny “Bear” Contreras created the bronze sculpture that is the focal point of the lobby of the seventh floor, where I stayed.


Great art abounds at the US Grant.


I couldn’t go to sleep without dinner! The hotel is home to an excellent restaurant called Grant Grill, which had great live music the night we were there. I could not have asked for a better kickoff to a relaxing weekend: everything was amazing, from the daring champagne cocktail with ginger to the melt-in-your-mouth homemade bread, crab risotto with pine nuts and pork cheeks.

My dining companion? My younger brother Ryan, who is an attorney in San Diego.

Grant Grill’s famous homemade bread, served with butter, pepper and sea salt.

Some delicious heavy red wine that we had with dinner put me in the perfect drowsy mood, and I headed to bed, letting my younger brother take off to the bars.

After an insane week, sometimes nothing beats an early bedtime on a Friday night!

 I was a guest of the US Grant and Grant Grill, but all opinions are my own. 

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  1. Thank you for this timely article! My husband and I are considering visiting San Diego soon and the Grant looks wonderful!

  2. I have to say that I’m surprised you didn’t call us from the table to brag when you saw that bread and butter set up. Next time!

  3. Awww your bro is so cute!!! What an awesome getaway! I used to live in SD. Miss it a lot.

  4. I love San Diego! It seems so much more laid back than the other “larger” cities on the west coast — but has as much to do as any of those places.

  5. Those beds look pretty comfortable! Wouldn’t turn that down!

  6. I love the art!! And, some homemade bread and heavy red wine sounds just … divine.

  7. That risotto sounds out of this world good. And I love the headboards!

  8. The meal was amazing — and I slept so soundly it was ridiculous!

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