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10 Things We Love About The Guild Hotel in Downtown San Diego

Historic Charm Meets Luxe Accommodations

The Guild Hotel stands as a refurbished reminder of the history of downtown San Diego. At nearly 100 years old, the historic landmark shows off its personality with modern rooms that host a myriad of details, going beyond just a cozy bed. The Guild works with area artists, offers local craft beer and boasts a chic, urban space for San Diegans to enjoy. Guild Hotel San Diego


1 | Making History Guild Hotel San Diego

Built in 1924 and reborn in 2019, The Guild Hotel is the reimagined rising phoenix of San Diego’s iconic Armed Services YMCA building. The hotel aims to combine history with the modern era. There’s a mesh of old and new, exposed brick with stories to tell and rooms equipped with modern technology like smart TVs and Bluetooth audio. The entire hotel drips with character for a unique hospitality experience rooted in nostalgia and modernism.

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2 | Inspired Architecture

The historical terracotta and custom iron detailing of the Renaissance-style exterior remains as a memory of the building’s architects, Lincoln Rogers and Frank Stevenson. However, the revamped interior of the hotel breathes modern architectural life into the building. For example, the nearly 100-year-old YMCA basketball court was transformed into the elegant Grace Ballroom with tall ceilings, bright windows and white brick.


3 | The Great Outdoors

The openness of The Guild Hotel’s Grace Garden makes it a serene focal point and urban outdoor event space. The Grace Garden Terrace is landscaped with succulents, olive trees and Carolina Laurel cherry trees, making it a serene spot for an outdoor wedding, meeting or al fresco dining. It’s a beautiful hideaway amongst the buzz of downtown. Spend the day relaxing under the trees and stay to witness the magical city skyline come sunset.



4 | Curated Chambers Guild Hotel San Diego

Natural light, leather tufted headboards and curated art give The Guild’s guest rooms a local and luxurious flair—each created with a different type of traveler in mind. The top-notch Penthouse Room includes epic rooftop patio views of San Diego, Little Italy and San Diego Bay, while the Artisan Room has historic floor-to-ceiling arched windows with velvet drapes, rose gold lamps and custom desks. Each room is elevated by plush and thoughtful amenities like Garnier-Thiebaut bedding, Maison Margiela Paris bath amenities, a handheld steamer, an ionic hair dryer and more.


5 | All in the Details Guild Hotel San Diego

The Guild stays true to its past with historic details, such as original tilework, high ceilings, elegant archways and exposed brick walls.


6 | Bells and Whistles

The gym is open 24 hours a day and is equipped with Peloton bikes; guests can also access the rooftop pool at Broadway Athletic and Swim Club.


7 | Pups Welcome 

Bring Fido! The hotel has pet amenities like bowls, treats and a dog bed to welcome your furry friend.


8 | Unmatched Hospitality

Hotel designer Sormeh Rienne preserved and framed one of the building’s initial blueprints, which was discovered in a wall during construction. It now hangs in the lobby!


9 | Local Flair Guild Hotel San Diego

This boutique hotel has plans to partner with local artists, artisans and museums in 2021 to create a rotating art gallery in the rooms.


10 | Strike a Pose

Find inspiration everywhere! In particular, the impressive set of pillars and intricate stone carvings of the entryway make for a superb backdrop for guests and photographers alike.


The Guild Hotel, San Diego
500 W Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

Photography Provided By: The Guild Hotel, San Diego

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Carmen Varner is a North County San Diego-based writer and social media manager. She writes about food, beverage, lifestyle, and travel. You can find her tending to her patio garden, sipping on Earl Grey tea, or looking up a fun place to visit.


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