WATG completes first phase of Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego transformation

Southern California hotel Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego completed the renovation of its 1,628 guestrooms after a 13-month project beginning spring 2012, making them the newest hotel rooms on the San Diego Bay. The hotel also debuted a new Executive Club Lounge on the 33rd floor Grand Club Level. The next phase of the renovation for the tallest waterfront building on the west coast will include revamping its meeting facilities, lounges, restaurants and public spaces.

Led by owner Host Hotels & Resorts and inspired by the location, the new guestrooms combine “California coastal” with a contemporary design using floor-to-ceiling windows that open to allow in sea breezes, bay and city views, a 46-inch flat screen TV, Grand Beds with plush bedding and June Jacobs bath amenities.

The goal of design firm WATG was to create a more urban environment inspired by the structure of the nearby Coronado Bridge. The hallway corridors create the idea of transferring to a destination highlighted by a color accent. The room furnishings reinforce straight line elements with structure and cross bracing details in espresso wood tone complemented by taupe, bronze tones and navy blues. Walk-in showers were also installed in several rooms to allow guests the option for either a shower or bathtub. Another change was the removal of heavy, window drapery and the installation of new vertically opening shades intending to increase the level of natural light and enhance the views, making them a primary aspect of the room.


Guests on the Grand Club Level have access to a newly-remodeled Exclusive Club Lounge, a private refuge 33 floors above sea level. With colors and patterns inspired by San Diego’s U.S.S. Midway, guests have a personal concierge, complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages, private workstations and views of the San Diego Bay and city skyline. The lounge is complimentary for guests of the Grand Club Level, but can be accessed by all other guests with an upgrade.

In addition to the renovation at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego’s waterfront is welcoming change with the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center. Meanwhile, the former San Diego Police headquarters neighboring the hotel will also reopen this October as “The Headquarters,” an open-air lifestyle and retail center.

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