When in need of a quick seaside getaway, San Diego is often the first place us Phoenicians turn. And rightfully so. The destination has it all, from a happening downtown to a relaxed beachfront. And for seasoned visitors of the city, a new renovation of one of San Diego’s most iconic hotels will give reason to book another trip.
Hot off the heels of a six year property-wide renovation, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego has debuted a refreshed look with plenty of exciting features. For those unfamiliar with the regal hotel, it’s made up of two towers, both with a memorable exterior design making it easy to spot from the ground, air and water. Home to a whopping 1,628 rooms, you’d never guess it was that large during your stay.
We recently visited for the hotel’s official grand renovation reveal party and discovered that the hotel’s size was no indicator of its overall atmosphere. Able to accommodate large conventions, the hotel is just as well-suited for a fun family getaway or quick girlfriend trip. Its location alone is a major draw for travelers as it’s situated in the heart of the action: it’s located within walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter, downtown and the convention center; it neighbors Seaport Village (that’s about to undergo a renovation); it overlooks the harbor; and it’s near the Coronado Bridge, which takes guests to neighboring Coronado Island.
But enough about what’s nearby, the interior is just as noteworthy. The lobby itself is stunning. Upon arrival, the grandiose entrance with towering ceilings gives off a sense of being in a big, bustling city. Paneled walls and ceilings, marble counters, touches of brass and a flood of natural light give off Grand Central Station-meets-the-West Coast vibes. Its most notable redesign is found at The Landing, the stunning lobby bar that quite frankly, we’d be fine sipping martinis at every weekend. The gorgeous lounge and bar area features plenty of seating, a glowing backlit bar and wide open spaces.
Our favorite amenity however were the expansive views from our 37th floor suite. Floor-to-ceiling windows from both the bedroom and living area showcased views of the marina, downtown, Coronado Island and the surrounding cityscape. And since the Manchester Grand Hyatt is the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast, views should come as no surprise. For the best of them, Top of the Hyatt is located on the 40th floor with floor-to-ceiling windows where we savored cocktails, bar bites and the iconic California sunsets.
Sally’s Fish House & Bar, the hotel’s signature waterfront restaurant, is definitely something to write home about. It serves up the most delicious fresh fish, sushi and raw bar. A huge seafood tower greeted us upon arrival at our table, crowned with Alaskan King Crab legs over a selection of huge lobster tails, oysters and big, juicy shrimp. After sampling a little bit of everything (and loving it all), the seafood paella and hamachi jalapeño were standout dishes. And while we’re hesitant to give praise to cauliflower, the pan-roasted buffalo cauliflower is a must-order appetizer and the best version of the trendy vegetable we’ve ever had. And if that doesn’t sum up how impressive the Manchester Grand Hyatt is, we don’t know what will.
For more information or to book a stay, visit manchestergrand.hyatt.com.