Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
It is well documented that my wife is a horrible flier. So on our recent trip to Aulani (http://www.wdwfamilytips.com/aulani/) we broke up our long flights to spend a few days in Seattle on the way out and San Diego on the way home.
Through one of my other blogs, I have built a great relationship with Hyatt Hotels (http://newenglanddaytripper.com/hyatt-boston-harbor/) so when it was time to book our hotel in San Diego, we headed over to hyatt.com. The last time we were in the San Diego area, we stayed in LaJolla. We found it to be a little out of the way, so this trip we decided we would stay in San Diego. Once we started searching, we found the Manchester Grand Hyatt! On paper it looked like the perfect spot, tucked in between the Gaslamp Quarter and the Seaport Village at the downtown waterfront. Once we checked in and walked around, we quickly found out it was the perfect location!
We checked in late around 11:30pm and were all starving. We asked if there was anything still open and were told right across the street was Kansas City Barbeque. It was cool as that is where a scene from Top Gun was filmed so they had some great props around the bar. I knew it was going to be good when you get to the table and there is a roll of paper towels on the table just begging to be used. We had some great ribs then off to bed. The bed and pillow were so comfortable, my wife ended up taking a picture of the tags so we could try to find them when we got back to New Hampshire.
The next morning, my daughter and her friend were extremely excited to see that there was a Starbucks in the lobby of the hotel. That turned out to be our very first stop every
morning. We decided to walk around to see the area. Along with the Seaport Village, the waterfront was spectacular. Although I love Boston, I think they could learn a little from the San Diego waterfront. There was plenty to do just in this area alone. After some shopping, we walked along the waterfront and stumbled across a huge statue of a sailor kissing a nurse. It’s called the “Unconditional Surrender Statue” and it was the quintessential World War II photo celebrating the end of the war. There were also a lot of Navy vessels in the port including the USS Midway that is docked and available for tours.
If you are staying at the Manchester Grand Hyatt there is plenty to do that you really don’t need to rent a car. We did want to go back to LaJolla and a few other places so we did rent a car. The Hyatt is about a 5 minute drive to the highway connecting you with the rest of California. Of course being a Disney nut, we even found our way to Disneyland for a day to see the 60th Anniversary celebration. Disneyland is a little less than a 2 hour trip, for Disney nuts, you can’t be that close and not swing in for the day. Our plan was to just visit downtown Disney, however we ended up purchasing a 1 day ticket!
We only had a couple of nights in San Diego, but we were able to do so much. Even the morning we left, we found little hidden jewels in the neighborhood. If your plans bring you to San Diego, check out the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel (http://manchestergrand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html) for business travelers, you will find the convention center is just a few blocks away. For baseball fans, Petco Park is about 2 miles away. Other attractions which are about a 10 minute walk include the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and a few great beaches. You can’t ask for a better location in San Diego!