San Diego grew from shallow waters fished by native Indians, passed into Spanish hands, was annexed as part of the United States. It drew Japanese vendors and workers, Portuguese fishermen and miners coming from or going to the Gold Rush in northern California. All that industry, fluctuations in population and history has peppered the city with stories that live on in the San Diego historic hotels remaining in the region. If you’re planning a trip to the area, why not enjoy the same rooms once frequented by royalty (Hotel del Coronado), by Presidents (the Horton Grand Hotel) and Financial Forefathers (the Courtyard by Marriott ?)
Have dinner in a bank vault.
Adapted from the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank over a decade ago, the Courtyard by Marriott is a stunning example of reuse. Everywhere remnants of the original remain. A private family reunion would be secure in the old bank vault. A secretary’s alcove still sits in the original board room which now houses meetings and small banquets. The penthouse bedroom features a painted ceiling where the original architect stayed and offers a rare view of the downtown Gaslamp area. There are nearly 245 rooms, the lobby houses a bar where tellers once sifted bills lit by grand chandeliers that still illuminate the space.
Stay where Marilyn Monroe filmed
No hotel says ‘San Diego’ better than the Hotel del Coronado. It’s red turrets and beach front views are like none other. Holidays and special occasions will echo with the memories of stars like Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon who filmed ‘Some Like It Hot’ on the premises in the 1950’s. Presidents have held meetings in private rooms. Royalty has dined in the Great Ballroom under crown-shaped chandeliers designed by Frank L. Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz, who summered there while working on the book and drawing designs for the hotel. Every Christmas holiday a giant tree fills the redwood trimmed lobby and spinning skaters circle an ice skating rink within earshot of breakers. Whether you stop for a drink, a meal at one of the restaurants or stay a few days, the Hotel Del, as the locals call it, will become a cherished part of your history as well.
Looking for romantic elegance?
The Horton Grand Hotel is a boutique property set on a quiet side street just a block from the bustling Gaslamp crowds and close to the waterfront Convention Center. It’s the oldest hotel in San Diego and was originally built nearly half a mile away. Famed lawman, Wyatt Earp was a hotel guest for seven years. Saved from the wrecking ball, over four years it was relocated stick-by-stick to its current site before reopening in 1982. The light-filled lobby sits between two glass walls with the street on one side and the interior brick courtyard on the other. There are gilt mirrors, large portraits and a wooden staircase created in Europe for the original location. Many of the rooms feature antiques and have petite patios. The corner Palace Bar has sidewalk seating as well as small tables inside.
When you visit one of these San Diego historic hotels you sleep where the famous and infamous once stayed.
This post was sponsored but all opinions and story ideas are mine.