- The West Coast’s tallest waterfront hotel, the
Manchester Grand Hyatt boasts a place of honor in the city
skyline and features 1,628 guestrooms and suites overlooking San
- The hotel is steps from attractions like the Gaslamp
Quarter, the USS Midway, and San Diego’s scenic Embarcadero, and
there isn’t a bad view, with all overlooking either the Pacific
Ocean, San Diego Bay, or downtown city area.
Standard rooms start at $189 a night and range in price based
on the view. I opted for a bay view, which cost about $30 more per
night and felt worth the price for the stunning
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It’s tough to go wrong in a city where most January days are
filled with sunshine and temperatures that can reach into the
That city is San Diego and it’s home to beaches, amusement
parks, a military base, and world-famous zoo, with easy access to
activities like whale watching, kayaking, and biking.
It makes for a great weekend getaway any time of the year,
especially considering how many interesting hotels have opened
their doors here.
During my last visit, I spent three nights at the
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in a mid-tier
King Bay View room, starting at $219 a night. While there are
cheaper downtown options, I chose this hotel for the Hyatt level of
sophistication I knew I could trust, as well as the friendly staff,
the plethora of on-site dining, and central waterfront location
that made it easy to both explore and watch the sunset. I’ve
remembered those views long after checking out, and wouldn’t
hesitate to go back or recommend the property.
With 1,628 guestrooms, including 76 suites, the hotel is huge
but not impossible to manage. Rates for the standard
King Bed or Two Double Beds start at $189, making it accessible
in price, too, if you’re not specific about which incredible view
I had a long list of things I wanted to see and do while in San
Diego and this hotel’s downtown location made getting around easy,
with plenty of sea air and views worth savoring along the way.
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Book Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego starting at $189 per
Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.
Manchester Grand Hyatt is a massive hotel. It’s hard to think
about anything else right off the bat.
I knew it had more than 1,600 accommodations before I arrived,
but as I was turned into the driveway and looked up, it was hard to
tell just how far the dueling pair of towers jetted up into the
sky. As such, I knew there had to be plenty to see inside, too.
The lobby was equally immense, with a front desk long enough to
check-in 18 guests at a time, and it reminded me a bit of a grand
Thankfully, there was no line at 7:30 p.m. on a Wednesday and
check-in was fast and went without a hitch. Along with a room key
card, I was provided with specific directions to get to the correct
bank of elevators. That’s important because there are a lot of
Rooms are spread throughout two towers. Each tower has two sets
of elevators that service particular floors. I hesitated the first
couple times I made the trip to my room, but the layout really was
fairly simple, and in a day or so autopilot kicked in.
The hotel does a nice job of spreading out the large number of
folks that stay here on any given night. The property was always
happily buzzing, but it never felt uncomfortably crowded at any
point during my stay. From business professionals to kids on
vacation, I saw all walks of life in the hotel.
When staying in big hotels, I always have concerns about noise,
but as I stepped off of the elevator on the 38th floor, the first
thing that caught my eye was a quiet hours sign. From 9 p.m. to 8
a.m., guests are asked to keep noise to a minimum, and they do.
Over the course of three nights, I never heard anyone in the
hallway or moving about.
Because of the strong military presence near the hotel, and the
close proximity to the airport, I did hear planes from time to
time, but it didn’t bother me. Instead, it drew me to the almost
full wall of windows in my room to have a closer look and take in
the bay and city views.
The view from my
King Bay View room, a mid-tier room category starting at $219 a
night, certainly added a wow factor to my stay.
I’m a big fan of natural light in hotel rooms, and also really
appreciated that I could open one of the windows to let in some
fresh air, even if it was just a few inches. Equally important,
when it was time to sleep, window coverings kept city lights
Room decor is similar throughout all of the property’s
accommodations and my room was no exception with a black-gray color
scheme that found some shimmer from silver accents. All white bed
linens made the European-style approach with no top sheet pop in
Although the needs of modern travelers have changed dramatically
since the hotel was first built, well-placed power cubes with USB
ports made plugging in easy.
The bathroom was compact but offered everything I needed. Though
compared to other Grand Hyatt properties I’ve stayed at, it was
underwhelming. The single sink vanity had barely enough room for
two, and the walk-in shower and toilet fit together tightly.
I was disappointed to see toiletries provided in small,
disposable plastic containers. That should change by June of 2021
as part of a Hyatt initiative designed to reduce single-use
plastics across the entire brand.
However, I did appreciate there were two towel hooks, and that
the hairdryer was easily accessible on a shelf below the vanity,
not hidden away in a hard-to-untie bag.
All of the over 1,600 accommodations at the
Manchester Grand Hyatt boast a Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay or
downtown city view, and come with in-room amenities including a
coffee maker and refrigerator.
So, if you’re on a budget and not picky about your view, booking
King Bed or Double room with rates starting at $189 is a good
way to go. It will be identical to my room, minus the bay view.
Manchester Grand Hyatt offers everything you’d expect from the
high-end Grand Hyatt brand. Services such as laundry and dry
cleaning, shoeshine, a 24/7 business center, Wi-Fi, and turndown
service complete with chocolate are all offered.
There are two rooftop pools, one only for adults (21+) and one
that is family-friendly. Both offer panoramic views of San Diego
Bay, which should not be missed on a warm day. The Marilyn Monroe
Spa is located next to the adult pool with treatments ranging from
massages and facials to aromatherapy and reflexology.
The 24-hour fitness center is spacious with two Peloton bikes,
free weights, treadmills, and a variety of other exercise
equipment, some of which are perfectly positioned to sweat while
gazing at amazing San Diego views.
If you’re hankering for a specific craving, chances are good you
can order it at one of the eight on-site dining options. My
personal favorite spot for dinner was the waterfront seafood
restaurant Sally’s Fish House & Bar. Along with sushi and
sashimi, they served clam chowder, scallops, and filet mignon.
Breakfast Buffet Restaurant served made to order omelets,
avocado toast, and the option of covering a waffle with whipped
cream and M&M’s candy. For grab and go options, Market One
stocks pastries, sandwiches, and salads, which are available 24
hours a day.
There’s also more than 140,000 square feet of dedicated indoor
While all views were gorgeous, my favorite was the one I
observed at sunset at Top of the Hyatt, a sleek bar perched 40
floors up, with a somewhat romantic vibe. Grab a cocktail or small
plate, and come early. Seating is available on a first-come,
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is located on the waterfront
in downtown San Diego, between the San Diego Convention Center and
the popular retail and dining spot, Seaport Village.
Some of the city’s top attractions, including the USS Midway and
the Gaslamp Quarter, are within walking distance. If you’ve never
been to San Diego, I highly recommend putting on good shoes and
exploring on foot.
Balboa Park, home to the San Diego Zoo, along with a number of
museums and gardens, is less than a 10-minute drive, or about a
20-minute bus ride.
Amusement park aficionados are less than an eight-mile drive
from SeaWorld San Diego, and just shy of 35 miles from Legoland
The San Diego International Airport is less than three miles
More than 6,000 reviews give the property an excellent rating.
Guests repeatedly praise the waterfront views and central location
that makes it easy to explore downtown San Diego attractions.
More critical reviews felt rooms needed updating and expressed
frustration with room service. Some reviewers also noted long waits
In addition to being steps from the San Diego Convention Center,
the Manchester Grand Hyatt also offers a large amount of event
space. As such, large groups of business travelers can sometimes
temporarily impact the level of service for leisure travelers.
Who stays here: A true mix of folks. I saw
everyone from couples to families with young kids at the pool, to
convention-goers schmoozing in The Landing bar.
We like: I’m not a beer drinker, but the
on-site Brew30 gastropub has so much to offer with 30 taps
dedicated to local breweries and distilleries.
We love (don’t miss this feature!): Of course
the room views, but don’t miss the sunset from the Top of the
Hyatt. Located 40 stories up, floor-to-ceiling windows make it a
fantastic spot to watch the sky put on a show with a cocktail or
bite to eat.
We think you should know: There is a $35 daily
destination fee. It adds up, so be sure to factor it into your
budget. It’s also worth taking advantage of what you’re paying for
in the fee. Along with the expected Wi-Fi, and the fee provides
access to the fitness center and pools, and some things you might
miss if you don’t read the fine print like bike rentals, a ticket
for a San Diego harbor tour, and kayak or paddleboard rental during
We’d do this differently next time: Catch a
movie at the Rooftop Cinema Club. The hotel shows movies on its
rooftop sports deck multiple nights a week, April through October,
and for a month during the holidays. Think blankets, deck chairs,
and starry skies, along with popcorn, candy, and cocktails.
They’ve thought of just about everything and put it under one
big roof at the
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.
Accommodations are spacious and comfortable with postcard-worthy
bay and city views. There are many great hotels to choose from in
downtown San Diego, but with a reasonable starting price of $189,
the on-site attractions, stellar views, and super central base to
explore make it tough to beat.
That said, if you’re just looking for a place where you can
forget about the world and happily lounge in the sun by the pool,
you’ll find that here too. It’s the best of both worlds really, and
just a few miles from the airport, earning extra bonus points for
a room at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego starting at $189 per
Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
I stayed at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast, and think it gives new meaning to room with a view