Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today that it has finalized a long-term agreement with U.S. Grant Hotel Ventures, LLC and welcomes the US Grant Hotel in San Diego to The Luxury Collection portfolio of prestigious hotels. The 285-room, US Grant Hotel is situated in downtown San Diego, and will be affiliated with The Luxury Collection in January 2005.
“The landmark US Grant hotel is a welcome addition and perfect complement to our existing Luxury Collection portfolio, which is renowned for its distinctive landmark hotels considered as some of the finest in the world,” stated Stephen Alden, senior vice president of The Luxury Collection and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “The US Grant is one of the most historic hotels in the United States and rooted with a rich history of fabled guests. In addition, San Diego has long been regarded as one the country’s preeminent leisure destinations with their superb coastline, near-perfect climate and fabulous recreational activities and attractions.”
“The affiliation of the US Grant with The Luxury Collection is true testament to the deserving recognition of the US Grant,” stated Michael Gallegos, President and CEO of APMC (American Property Management Corporation), appointed management company of US Grant. Gallegos continued, “The allure of The Luxury Collection is echoed with the superior service, luxurious appointments, and prestigious clientele served by the US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. The hotel has a tradition of first-class hospitality and is synonymous with a one-of-a-kind guest experience consistent with the rest of The Luxury Collection hotels around the world.”
Featuring outstanding dining and nightlife options, the hotel is currently managed by APMC, an independent operator. Built in 1910 and is located on Broadway, close to Horton Plaza and the city’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter, the US Grant Hotel is minutes away from the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego International Airport and close to the Marina and Bay.
Prior to its affiliation with The Luxury Collection, the hotel this year will undergo an extensive $10 million dollar interior renovation that will include guestrooms, food and beverage facilities, lobby areas and meeting space. Coupled with the last major renovation in 1995 when the hotel underwent a massive $80 million refurbishment, the US Grant features 33,000 square feet of meeting space including the 9,300 square-foot Grand Ballroom. Guests staying at the hotel will dine in the luxurious ambience of the Grant Grille or relax and enjoy a drink in the comfortable atmosphere and setting of the Grant Lounge.
To sophisticated travelers worldwide, The Luxury Collection delivers the finest hotel experiences through their unparalleled attention to their guests’ needs and preferences, their exceptional and distinctive properties and seamless integration of the customs, culture and environment of each property’s locale.
The US Grant Hotel will mark Starwood’s seventh property in San Diego along with its sister hotels including The Westin Horton Plaza, W San Diego, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Sheraton Suites San Diego, Four Points by Sheraton San Diego and Four Points by Sheraton Rancho Bernardo.