"Nice clean hotel good location. Great live music bar next door! " More

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Hotel Description

The Horton Grand Hotel puts you in the heart of San Diego, within just a 10-minute stroll of popular attractions like San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park. Highlights at this Victorian hotel include a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a 24-hour business center.

Flat-screen TVs with cable channels are featured in all 132 individually decorated rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, fireplaces, and coffee/tea makers. Additionally, room service, ceiling fans, and hair dryers are available.

The restaurant, Salt & Whiskey, serves American cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Salt & Whiskey is the hotel's own piano bar, serving drinks along with light fare. 22766 square feet (2115 square meters) of event facilities include 7 meeting rooms and conference space, and other business amenities include limo/town car service. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and a 24-hour front desk. Each morning cooked-to-order breakfast is served between 6:30 AM and 11 AM. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Attractions within a 30-minute walk of this 3.5-star Marina District hotel include USS Midway Museum and San Diego City College.

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Fireplace

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$102 per night

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Fireplace

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Grand Suite, Fireplace

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Horton Grand Hotel ratings based on 23 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.7 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Nice clean hotel good location

Nice clean hotel good location. Great live music bar next door!

Posted by , from CDM, California on Aug 1, 2017

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5 out of 5
Great location staff very helpful. San Diego was awesome!

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great location, nice hotel!

The hotel is located just off the Gaslamp Quarter in the historic district of San Diego within walking distance of great food and shopping locations. Highly recommend the hotel and location.

Posted by , from MI on May 21, 2017

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5 out of 5

charming hotel, good location

Pros: charming ambience, quiet and clean room, nice bar downstairs
hotel is beautiful, easy access to downtown, convention center, gaslamp quarter, and Balboa park.

Posted by , from San Diego on Mar 23, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 19, 2017 by NFulton

Thank you for the great review, we are so happy to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. The bar is an amazing thing to see at the hotel and we continue to expanded our whiskey collection.

3 out of 5
Quaint hotel within walking distance of the Convention Center. The room service food was good and priced well.

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 15, 2017 by NFulton

Thank you for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

4 out of 5

Great location and the Bar was fabulous.

Pros: The bar. The location, the central lounge area.
Cons: the heating/AC in one of our rooms was problematic. an upgrade there would probably be best.
Location: Lots of restaurants and bars. Located in the Gaslamp District, much to walk to and explore.
We chose this hotel after stopping into the bar last year for a drink. The Palace Bar has a great selection of whiskey and scotch. For our stay we were on the top floor, the 4th floor. Our rooms were located around a central gathering area, sofas and chairs to enjoy. A great place to relax and chat after the days adventures. Because it is a central space the opportunity to meet new interesting people happened everyday. I'm a curious person and I love hearing peoples stories, this was a plus for me. The rooms were nice, the bathrooms were not large but worked. Having a little balcony was nice. a green view of the courtyard. Having a door that opened to the outdoors was nice allowing some fresh air into the rooms. All staff were friendly and attentive. We would stay here again.

Posted by , from Las Vegas, NV on Dec 28, 2016

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5 out of 5

Lovely Historic Hotel

Beautiful Lobby and rooms. Loved the fireplace in room especially. Friendly and accommodating staff. Good selections on menu in dining room and bar with organic choices. Thanks for a great time!

Posted by , from Chicago on Dec 11, 2016

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4 out of 5

Very nice charming older but modern hotel

Pros: Location and amenities
Cons: Public areas were to cold and public computer does not work well.
Great location in the Gaslamp district, near many restaurants, shopping and public transportation. Rooms are bit small but cozy. Food in restaurant was excellent and reasonable priced. Staff was always friendly helpful and courteous.

Posted by , from Livermore, CA on Dec 11, 2016

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5 out of 5

Beautiful facility

Pros: The bar was great
Location: Close to gas lamp district. Could walk to restaurants.
Very nice hotel I love the old architure. Wood staircase banister very nice. Open comfortable lobby bar area. My room even had a fireplace

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016

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5 out of 5

Deserves 'Grand' in the name

Cons: Include soft pillows in the assortment.
This is the coolest hotel. Great location in the gaslight area and an awesome old restored and very historical hotel. The hotel is so interesting and inviting....you really just have to see this place even if you don't stay here. The rooms were furnished w heavy oak carved pieces, some authentic and some repro, but not fussy stuff. They put a lot of money into restoring this place so everything was very clean and well kept. The beds were very comfortable and sheets were nice. They have an awesome bar at street level - great place to have a drink and meet up with your friends before walking around the area.

Posted by , from Dallas on Jul 30, 2016

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About the The Horton Grand Hotel

Location 311 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and meeting rooms are available. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. Event space at this hotel measures 22766 square feet (2115 square meters) and includes conference space. Tour/ticket assistance, gift shops/newsstands, and concierge services are also featured at the business-friendly The Horton Grand Hotel. For a fee, parking is available. A complete renovation of The Horton Grand Hotel was completed in December 2016. This Victorian San Diego hotel is smoke free.

  • 132 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • 7 conference rooms
  • 22766 sq ft of conference space
  • 2115 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1986
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) (5.2 km / 3.2 mi)
  • Train station: San Diego Santa Fe Depot Station (1.4 km / 0.9 mi)
  • Metro station: Civic Center Station (0.8 km / 0.5 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Horton Grand Hotel offers 132 air-conditioned accommodations with fireplaces and coffee/tea makers. These individually decorated accommodations include desks. 37-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This San Diego hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Fireplace
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.

Salt & Whiskey - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Salt & Whiskey - This piano bar specializes in American cuisine and serves light fare only. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.


The Salt & Whiskey hosts live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening.

Nearby Activities

Five blocks away, the Embarcadero recreation area offers jogging trails and bike, boat, and kayak rentals. Within 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of the hotel are the 1,200-acre Balboa Park with 2 golf courses and a driving range, 13 museums, and the San Diego Zoo. Surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and other water activities are available at local beaches and Mission Bay Aquatic Park, 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) from the hotel.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 5:30 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

  • Only service animals are allowed


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 100.00 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 5 and USD 18 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 42 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Late check-out fee: USD 100.00
  • Refrigerator fee: USD 10.00 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Grand Horton
  • Grand Horton Hotel
  • Horton Grand
  • Horton Grand Hotel
  • Horton Grand Hotel San Diego
  • Horton Grand San Diego
  • Horton Hotel
  • Hotel Horton
  • The Horton Grand Hotel San Diego

You should know

  • Children 12 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.