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Hotel Spotlight: Moxy San Diego

Hotel Spotlight: Moxy San Diego

New to the Gaslamp Quarter, the chic, minimalist, and funky Moxy Hotel, located at 831 Sixth Avenue, greets travelers and guests with a thoughtful, spirited and fun experience. Guests receive a delicious signature cocktail when they arrive (check-in is at the bar)! As soon as you enter the hotel you know that the lobby is the place to be with plenty of seating, a full-service bar, coffee bar, a large self-service wall nook stocked with drinks, snacks and full meals that is accessible 24/7.

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downtown san diego gaslamp quarter moxy hotel
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter moxy hotel
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter moxy hotel
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter moxy hotel
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter moxy hotel

Each Moxy property has its own theme, so with San Diego being a military town and on the water, they decorated with a Marine life theme. Painted Octopus and sea life murals adorn the back lounge of the lobby, along with fabrics on upholstery and pillows adorned with cool boats, sea shells and fish.  A beautiful digital light installation sculpture called “FLOW” spirals up through the middle of the 8 floor hotel, glittering with pink lights and symbolizing a waterfall flowing towards the sky.  Pacman and Galaga video games, jenga boards and checkers are scattered about so that guests can get a cocktail and connect with a fun game.

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downtown san diego gaslamp quarter moxy hotel
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter moxy hotel
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter moxy hotel
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter moxy hotel
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter moxy hotel

Insider Tips:

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  • When staying at the Moxy, you can work out in their Gym, housed in an old shipping storage container. This work out space is complete with free weights, machines, elliptical trainers, a custom Moxy exercise bike and even unicorn or festive bike helmets!

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  • Upstairs from the lobby you can find a library filled with books where guests can decompress on the cushy couches with a good read. There is also a conference room and coffee bar.

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  • Believe it or not there is a secret room! Where? Find out more information on their mysterious website. This exclusive venue has live music, sumptuous bites and high end craft cocktails.

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  • The rooms are small, but expertly designed! Every inch of space is used wisely. Visitors will find plenty of plugs for electronics near the beds, modern lighting, 42” TV, fold-able table, comfy chairs and pegs for clothing.  For each room there’s also a full-size bathroom with a shower, vanity and upscale amenities.

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  • Designed with millennial social media lovers in mind, the Moxy sports a large video wall in the lobby dubbed “The Guestbook.” Guests feed their photos and videos into Instagram and soon see their shots blown up on the wall, constantly changing as the social media feed pours in via their free WiFi.  But like any good hotel, privacy is yours if you want it, as posting is at your discretion.

THE US GRANT – An Oasis of Timeless Style and Excellent Service

THE US GRANT – An Oasis of Timeless Style and Excellent Service

Visiting the Gaslamp Quarter and looking for a place to stay for President’s Day Weekend?  The Gaslamp Quarter has a lot of beautiful hotel properties to choose from but why not choose a stay at the US GRANT where other US Presidents stayed!

Home to the very first Comic-Con held in 1970 and the location President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his first fireside chat outside of Washington, D.C., THE US GRANT is the perfect accommodation for you to experience the history of the historic heart of San Diego while enjoying excellent service. 

THE US GRANT was built by the son of 18th U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. Since its opening in 1910, the hotel has hosted 14 U.S. Presidents, Albert Einstein, Charles Lindbergh and many more. 

Each of THE US GRANT’s 270 guest rooms encapsulates sumptuous serenity, effortlessly weaving modern comforts with classic architecture and artistic accents. The hotel has over 33,000 square feet of event space with four ballrooms that ranks among San Diego’s most requested venues. 

The hotel is also home to the Grant Grill. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Grant Grill’s menus set the standard for San Diego fine dining. Next to the Grant Grill is the Grant Grill Lounge, named one of the “Best Hotel Bars” in the Nation by Food & Wine. The Grant Grill Lounge offers a unique Gaslamp Quarter experience perfect for a late-night or mid-day happy hour.

The hotel also has just brought back Rendezvous, The Wonder Bar which was established by THE US GRANT’s then-owner, Baron Long, in 1933 just after Prohibition was repealed. Today, it makes its historic return to THE US GRANT Hotel in the form of a French cocktail bar, inspired by the original 1930’s concept.  Guests can enjoy a wealth of hand crafted cocktails and sumptuous bites as well as live music on the weekends.

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Check out below for a timeline of the many significant events that happened in the history of THE US GRANT!

THE US GRANT

Behind the Scenes: Luxurious Presidential Suites of the Gaslamp Quarter!

Behind the Scenes: Luxurious Presidential Suites of the Gaslamp Quarter!

The Gaslamp Quarter, over it’s 150 year history has played host to 14 different US Presidents.  Whether it has been Woodrow Wilson in 1918, to recently George W Bush, each have stayed in luxurious Presidential suites.  Have you ever dreamed of staying in a gorgeous suite in one of the Gaslamp Quarter’s hotels?  Elect yourself President and peruse through these posh hotel suites sure to make you feel like the leader of the free world!

US Grant Hotel- 326 Broadway

The US Grant hotel this year celebrates it’s 100th anniversary.  It is a Presidential landmark, built by the son of 18th US President Ulysses S. Grant, in his father’s honor.  Since the hotel’s opening in 1917, The US Grant has hosted 14 US Presidents within its storied walls.

The historic hotel has two Presidential Bi-Level Suites at 1,300 square-feet each.  The 11th floor was added onto the roof top of the hotel in 1939 as a radio station, exhibiting the tallest radio towers to the west of the Mississippi.

 

Hard Rock Hotel- 207 Fifth Ave.

The Hard Rock Hotel’s two-bedroom/two-and-a-half bath suite covers all the bases of feeling presidential and having the rock star treatment.  Aside from a well-equipped living room, dining room and conference area, there’s a back stage green room inspired m-bar for refreshments too.  This is the only suite on the property that gets to enjoy the private patios with a personal outdoor, rooftop Jacuzzi and unparalleled views of downtown!

Omni San Diego- 675 L Street

Named after the 39th President, The Omni San Diego Hotel’s finest accommodation, the President Jimmy Carter Suite, is a one-of-a-kind space occupying most of the hotel’s top floor.  Residential in design, the 2,200 square foot suite features a service entrance, full kitchenette and wet bar, dining room, living room and marble foyer entryway.  Guests have views of Coronado, the San Diego Bay and city skyline in any location in the suite and has two private balconies.

The Andaz San Diego- 600 F Street

Andaz San Diego has three spectacular suites, each individually designed for a very unique experience.  The Sweet Suite is a beautiful loft style room with a living room area as well as a dining room table for six people and beautiful mosaic work in the master bathroom.  The Cabana Suite features a private staircase up to your own spacious pool side cabana, and the Star Suite has a river rock wet room in the master bath, king sized bunk beds in the living room, an entertainment pole, six person shower and full bar for entertaining.

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter- 660 K Street

The Presidential suite at Marriott Gaslamp Quarter includes an array of chic extras including comforting touches such as Gilchrist & Soames bath products.

The Keating- 432 F Street

Designed in the spirit of the six pillars of The Macallan, the namesake suite as the Keating Hotel includes a Pininfarina-designed Morpheus jacuzzi tub wrapped in gleaming copper, a reference to the small stills used to create the fine Scotch whiskey.  The suite’s exceptional design continues with an intimate seating area situated around an original oak cask for the Macallan, a rare find outside of its Scottish home, as well as custom leather furnishings and a cask wood coffee table reflecting the Macallan’s natural hues.  This suite has the ultimate sensory space, it features these luxurious accommodations and an upgraded Bang and Olufsen entertainment system and two flat panel high-definition televisions.

Gaslamp Plaza Suites- A Historic Beauty in the Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Plaza Suites- A Historic Beauty in the Gaslamp Quarter

As you enter the subtle elegance of the Gaslamp Plaza Suites lobby, you step back in time.  In 1913 this nationally registered historic site was erected by Nathan Watts to be the city’s first “skyscraper”.  Eleven stories of marble, brass, mosaic tile, and Australian gumwood make this iconic building a beauty of master craftsmanship.  This excellence was extended into the banking offices of the financial institution that was to become San Diego Trust and Savings.  This organization occupied the tile, marble and gumwood splendor until 1927, when the offices were moved to their present location at the corner of Broadway and Sixth Ave.

In 1926 the building had its first change of owners, Mrs. Pauline Watts Settle became the owner at the death of her brother and kept the building for eighteen years. With the upsurge of the economy in 1937, Mrs. Settle authorized the first major remodeling of the Watts Building with new elevator and hall lighting systems.

The business use of the building took a decided change in 1944 when ownership was transferred to the Teacher family.  One was a jeweler from Illinois and soon the jewelry trade became prominent among tenants.

Ownership then was transferred to Joseph H Norman in 1951, the building was described as having “125 offices,” and then in 1952 both the ownership and the name of the building changed for the next 25 years.  The Robinson building housed a variety of businesses.  It remained an important address for doctors, lawyers, jewelers, photographers and importers.

Most recently before its transformation into a small luxury hotel, the building was known as the Jewelers’ Exchange.  The marble corridors were filled with gemologists and jewelers, buyers and sellers, wholesalers and retailers, importers and exporters.

In 1988 Gaslamp Plaza Suites opened as a 60 – suite hotel, exuding its rich history with quiet elegance befitting an historic structure of its stature.  Many of the original architectural aspects are still evident such as original marble on walls and stairways, coiffured ceilings, brass elevator doors, and Australian gumwood carpentry around the etched glass windows and doors.  All are preserved meticulously in keeping with their status of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Each staff member is aware of the Gaslamp Plaza Suites rich history, and have taken pride on letting their guests know about its provenance.  Merry Andrus hosts a historic walking tour of the District every Monday, and lets guests know about why The Gaslamp Quarter is a historic jewel, as well as makes all aware of great places to eat, and shop!  “I have enjoyed working at the Gaslamp Plaza Suites for many years, and have been able to make great relationships with the member businesses around the Quarter!”  said Andrus, referring to restaurants like, Vin De Syrah, the Melting Pot and Pushkin (a new Russian eaterie).

All rooms at the Gaslamp Plaza Suites have incredible amenities, and personalized in wonderful European style.  Superb craftsmanship, great service, and historic charm make this a fantastic place to stay!

Horton Grand Hotel- A Historic Landmark in the Gaslamp

Horton Grand Hotel- A Historic Landmark in the Gaslamp

Perhaps you are visiting the Gaslamp Quarter and looking for a great and historic place to stay, well the Horton Grand Hotel is just the stop! Located in the heart of downtown and dating back to 1886, the Horton Grand is full of history and culture.

In the late 1970’s, the Grand Horton and Khale Saddlery Hotels, were scheduled for demolition to make room for the Horton Plaza mall development project. The two buildings were taken apart piece by piece, numbered, and then reassembled as one hotel to be known today as the Horton Grand Hotel.  Located next to the lobby is a museum of sorts showcasing Wyatt Erps taxidermy horse Sunshine, and numerous photos of the Horton Grand Hotel during the 18th and 19th centuries.  The hotel itself went through gorgeous renovations in the lobby, and rooms, with accents of the modern times while keeping it’s classic Victorian charm.  The hotel is only steps away from the Convention Center, great dining locations, shopping centers, and entertainment. The Horton Grand features luxurious guest rooms and spacious suites among multiple other amenities!

The hotel is also home to multiple great event venues suitable for intimate meetings or large galas. One of our personal favorites is the Horton Grand Theatre, a state of the art professional working theatre that can comfortably hold 240 guests for an array of events. The Horton Grand has an attentive support team that can help plan and execute a first class event unlike any other.

Another great stop within the Horton Grand is the Ida Bailey’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily! This one of a kind restaurant combines delicious food with a beautiful ambiance to make for the perfect meal! Directly next to the restaurant is the Palace Bar, an ideal location for a drink after work or prior to a night on the town. The Palace bar has a comfortable and inviting atmosphere with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. You can also marvel at the gorgeous hand carved staircase, and murals of the 1800s. The Palace Bar also houses the largest single malt scotch collection in San Diego.  Definitely enjoy a stay at the Horton Grand Hotel, especially when you combine it with the Gaslamp Quarter’s extraordinary fine dining, art galleries and retail shopping.

 

The Historic Keating Hotel celebrates its 125th anniversary!

The Historic Keating Hotel celebrates its 125th anniversary!

The Keating building, located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, is celebrating its 125th anniversary.   The Keating building was constructed in 1890 as a tribute to the late George J. Keating.  Originating from Kansas, George moved to San Diego in 1886 with his wife, Fannie, during the westward expansion of their  farming company, Smith and Keating.  George Keating passed away after only 2 years in California; Fannie enlisted the skills of the Reid Brothers to design and oversee the construction of this five-story Romanesque Reival stayle building. Modern amenities such a spacious floor plans, steam heat, and a wire cage elevator (the first, and still longest running, elevator in San Diego) made the Keating Building one of the most prestigious and sought after office spaces.

Now onto the future….. The Keating Hotel was revamped  in  2011 And the Italian design team responsible for Maserati and Ferrari, Pininfarina selected the property to embody the tradition of expressive design, unparalled quality, and sophisticated luxury.  To create an experience like no other, Pininfarina began by removing features typically found in the average hotel. A color scheme of black and white with Ferrari red in public spaces contrasting with light grey and soothing blue throughout the guestrooms represents signature notes of Pininfarina and America’s finest city, San Diego.

Book your stay today, and wish them a happy birthday!

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