Destination San Diego: Manchester Grand Hyatt

If you’ve taken a boat tour of San Diego Bay you’ve seen the Manchester Grand Hyatt. 

Its two towers soar over the city skyline with distinctive architecture that make them instantly recognizable.

Flanked by Seaport Village and the San Diego Convention Center, a short walk away from the Gaslamp Quarter and San Diego Harbor, the hotel is also within easy reach of Coronado Ferry and the trolley. It’s a fantastic location whether you want to stay in the heart of downtown San Diego or explore the neighborhoods beyond.

The Manchester Grand Hyatt provided one night accommodations. All opinions are mine and weren’t influenced at all by the bottle of Rodney Strong Cabernet and the tray of cheeses they sent to the room…

Like all Grand Hyatt hotels, the Manchester features an appropriately grand lobby. The entrance is majestic, featuring rich woods, massive chandeliers, and marble flooring. Murals and giant canvas paintings line the walls above the concierge and registration desks. These scenes depicting life in the 18th century were painted by the late local artist Richard Gabriel Chase, whose work can also be found in the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Manchester Grand Hyatt Lobby
Manchester Grand Hyatt Lobby

What’s also grand is its size. The Manchester Grand Hyatt is the largest hotel in Southern California and the taller tower is the tallest building on the waterfront on the west coast.

At 340 square feet for a standard, the rooms themselves are spacious, featuring a desk as well as a bench seat along the floor-to-ceiling windows (that open). The mattress is pillow-top; the duvet is down; and the bath products are June Jacobs.

Manchester Grand Hyatt Room, luxury hotel in San Diego California

The rooms themselves are lovely, but you don’t want to spend all of your time inside in San Diego. Instead, take a dip in the glorious 4th floor pool.

It’s surrounded by cabanas and features a bar and grill that’s open between Memorial and Labor Days. If you’re traveling without kids you get your very own adult pool, conveniently located right next to the Kin Spa on the 3rd floor. Poolside massages, you say? Yes, please!

Manchester Grand Hyatt Pool
Manchester Grand Hyatt Pool

There are several dining options in the Manchester Grand Hyatt, and their cuisine gives new definition to the phrase “hotel restaurant”.

The global Hyatt philosophy is to serve as much locally sourced cuisine as possible. You’ll find examples of this throughout the many restaurants on the property, including Sally’s Seafood on the Water, Redfield’s Sports Bar, and Lael’s Restaurant.

For a relaxing afternoon, try some of Sally’s Tapas, offering $6 tapas and $6 wines, draft beers, and well drinks from 2:30pm to 5:30pm daily right on San Diego Bay.

All of these amenities are enhanced by the service. Every interaction we experienced, from the moment we checked our bags in early, to the text message letting us know our room was ready two hours ahead of time, to the bellhop and to our checkout was handled politely and efficiently.

Every employee we spoke with seemed genuinely happy to help. I’ve found this to be the case at every Hyatt, whether I’ve stayed as The Local Tourist or as a purely recreational guest.

When you’re looking for a place to stay in San Diego that’s in the heart of everything and provides world class accommodations, consider the Manchester Grand Hyatt for a truly “grand” experience.