This majestic edifice is the tallest building on the West Coast waterfront. It's not just conveniently located right in the heart of Downtown San Diego, it's also right smack on the bay, where you can simultaneously watch sailboats and air craft carriers from your hotel room window.
From the moment you check in you're treated like royalty. No matter the number of people in line, the receptionist takes time with each guest to answer any questions and make sure you're happy with your accomodations. And when you see the palatial lobby for the first time, you'll definitely be impressed by its high ceilings, elegant wood paneling and marble floors. It is, after all, a four-star resort.
The rooms, and there are over 16-hundred, are spacious and well appointed with a coffee and mini bar, in-home movies, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and daily newspaper delivery. And, unlike most hotels, this one boasts a room with a view throughout the facility. There's 24-hour room service available, gift shops and boutiques, several restaurants and pools, a state of the art fitness center and a full service spa.
The spa, in fact, has its own private pool overlooking the bay. It also features his and her steam rooms, saunas, an outdoor whirlpool, and all the spa services you might imagine: massages, body treatments and facials. You can also order spa cuisine featuring healthy choices that are also pretty tasty. It's open every day from 8 in the morning till 8 at night.
There are two main restaurants as well as a coffee shop on the hotel grounds. Each is named for one of the daughters of the hotel's developer. Lael's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it's their signature breakfast you won't want to miss, featuring Sticky Bun French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict and made to order omelets. Their Breakfast Buffet has quite a varied selection for $22 per person.
For dinner I'd suggest Sally's, a little more romantic with dim lighting and an haute cuisine menu. You can dine indoors or on the patio overlooking the harbor. Chef Sarah Linkenheil prides herself on her eclectic selections from around the world: Seafood Cioppino ($31) with the broth poured onto the seafood at the table to keep the shrimp and scallops from getting soggy; Fish and Chips ($29) served with malt vinegar and a spicy tamarind sauce; and Grilled Peppered Ahi ($32) with a miso mustard sauce. There's also a Miso Crusted Beef Tenderloin ($35) for those who prefer meat over seafood. The beef so tender you don't even need a knife!
Leave room for dessert, because the Dark Chocolate Cake with Coffee Bean Syrup served with a vanilla/coffee sauce is amazing. It's better than any souffle I've ever tasted. And if you like Tiramisu, Sally's is not only tasty it's beautifully served in a martini glass with a tall spiral of dark chocolate.
Not that hungry? Ann Marie's Coffee House is open from 6:30 in the morning and serves Starbucks, pastries, and if you stop by later in the day, you can sample their gelato. There's also Redfield's Deli (not named after a daughter, I'm afraid). You can grab a sandwich or salad anywhere from 5am to 8pm.
No, you won't go hungry at this hotel!
One spot you simply can't miss during your stay at the Manchester is the Top of the Hyatt on the 40th floor. Voted San Diego's Best Upscale Bar, the lounge features traditional and exotic drinks with a view that won't quit. Afraid of heights? Don't look down!
Rooms at the Manchester range in price from $300 and up. There are spa packages and weekly rates available, as well. You can check it out on their website:
Published on May 24, 2012