As a symbol of life, the Evening Primrose breathes life into the high-end US Grant Hotel near the Gaslamp Quarter. Incorporated into the original design of the stair banisters and tiles in the Celestial Ballroom, the Evening Primrose, appropriately enough, is also the symbol of life to the current owners, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, according to Marketing Manager Vanessa Randazzo.
Built in 1910 by the son of President US Grant, the property changed hands a few times over the years, even flirting with demolition in the late 1970’s. The Sycuan Band purchased the property in 2003 because of the significance to their ancestors. The hotel sits on land that had originally belonged to them. The Sycuan also saw it as a fitting tribute to President Grant’s legacy as he was the first President to return land to the Indian nations.
Rooms include tastefully appointed standard rooms with furnishings in the Empire style. Each room also includes a hand-painted headboard by Yves Clement.
The 2-story presidential suites on the 9th and 10th floors replace ballrooms from an earlier era. These 1500 square foot suites include a living room, dining room, butler’s pantry, and a second bathroom. French doors lead to a balcony with views over a roof-top garden, which the chef uses to grow herbs.
The hotel exudes the ambiance of a high-end hotel while the primrose is woven into appropriate places throughout the hotel.
The lobby boasts a sculpture by David Montour of a woman emanating from a primrose flower while the blue and gold carpeting from Thailand in the lobby as well as on guest room floor hallways have also successfully captured this symbol of life.
Prices average $350 for standard rooms and $3500 for the presidential suites.