The Manchester Grand Hyatt is hard to miss. The high-end hotel on San Diego Bay features two soaring towers -- one is the third highest building in the city and the other the ninth, making it the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast. That means jaw-dropping views of the bay, the Pacific Ocean, and Coronado Bridge, especially from the upper floors, where you can see all the way to Mexico. The Manchester Grand Hyatt has all sorts of amenities, including a full-service spa, outdoor pools and hot tubs, two tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a basketball court. From the hotel, it’s a 10-minute walk to the Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter. It’s also a pleasant 3-minute stroll to the Seaport Village Trolley Station.
Chic, contemporary guestrooms feature clean-lined furniture, the hotel’s signature Grand Hyatt Bed, and views from the upper floors that seem to go on forever. Windows open to let in the salty fresh air.
Marble counters are a luxe touch in the hotel’s bathrooms, which also feature white-tiled bathtub-shower combos. Upgraded rooms feature niceties like Japanese soaking tubs.
In contrast to the contemporary guestroom decor, the Manchester Grand Hyatt’s opulent lobby could be from the Gilded Age, with marble-clad inlaid floors, stately wood columns, high coffered ceilings with massive chandeliers, and a trio of huge Victorian-style paintings.
The Manchester Grand Hyatt’s main pool is located on the fourth floor and features chaises, cabanas, and a poolside bar. There’s also an adults-only pool on the third floor of the Harbor Hotel that overlooks the bay. The pool deck’s luxe cabanas are complimentary on a first-come, first-serve basis.
There’s no such thing as a bored kid at this hotel thanks to the BackYard (seasonal), a hub of activities for kids, including foosball, table tennis, giant-sized Jenga and Checkers, and all sorts of arts and crafts. Every Friday night, the hotel hosts a game night with rounds of Pictionary, Connect 4, Scrabble, Twister, Sorry!, and more. The hotel also hosts family-friendly cinema nights on select Saturdays during the summer.
The hotel’s full-service Marilyn Monroe Spa offers facials, massages, and body skincare treatments. You can also get your hair and makeup done for a glam night out.
The fit-obsessed will flip for the Manchester Grand Hyatt’s athletic offerings. The hotel’s state-of-the-art, 24/7 StayFit Fitness Center has more than 30 pieces of Precor cardio and weight-training machines, including treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers, and stationary bikes -- including a Schwinn spin bike. There’s plenty of room to spread out and panoramic views make getting your sweat on a pleasure. But that’s not all. The hotel also has two tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a basketball court.
Sally’s Fish House & Bar serves sustainable seafood and sushi in a chic modern space with views.
On the 40th floor of the hotel, the sky-high Top of the Hyatt is one of the city’s premier spots for drinks. The views are insane.
With the trolley stop a block away, guests can see a lot of sights without a car. The Green Line services the Gaslamp Quarter, the Santa Fe Depot (home to Amtrak and the Coaster, which services coastal communities to the north), Little Italy, Old Town, and the world-class Fashion Valley shopping center. Interstate 5, a major north-south freeway, is about a mile from the hotel; I-5 connects to other highways that cover the sprawling region.
The hotel is close to family-friendly options like The Cheesecake Factory and San Diego Burger Co. at Seaport Village. On the posher side, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood (5-minute walk), is an elegant fine dining restaurant with a seafood and steak menu and live jazz music (it’s a chain, but a high-quality one). For a hipper, far more unique experience, Lion’s Share (5-minute walk) is an intimate spot with lots of character, creative cocktails, and a menu of exotic items like boar sausage poutine, rabbit hand pie, and antelope sliders -- there are only a couple of non-meat items (even the PB & J biscuit is smothered in foie gras), so vegetarians should steer clear. Reservations are a good idea.
There aren’t a lot of nightlife options right by the hotel, but all it takes is a 10-minute trolley ride to get to some of the city’s best nightlife. The Gaslamp Quarter has something for everyone, including bumping clubs like Omnia (5-minute walk from trolley stop), little sibling to the Las Vegas mega-club, which has blingy decor, multiple dance floors and a rooftop terrace bar, and Onyx (5-minute walk from trolley stop), a super-sleek lounge with two dance floors. The Tipsy Crow (5-minute walk from trolley stop) is an eclectic, very popular spot with a marble billiards room, posh oversized seating, a dance floor, and games like Connect 4 and foosball. You can also find family-friendly pubs and breweries for a happy hour with the whole gang.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Paradise is an elevator ride away at the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast. The Manchester Grand Hyatt is known for its epic views and upscale amenities that cater to every type of guest, from large families (kid-friendly activities galore!) to relaxation-seeking singles and couples (hello, adults-only pool!). Other perks include a full-service spa, multiple restaurants, nearby transit, and a sky-high cocktail bar on the 40th floor.