Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel

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Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego.jpg
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
Hotel chain Global Hyatt Corporation
General information
Location United States
Address One Market Place
San Diego, California
Coordinates 32°42′35″N 117°10′06″W / 32.7097°N 117.1684°W / 32.7097; -117.1684
Opening 1992
Owner Host Hotels & Resorts
Management Hyatt
Height Tower I: 151.5 m (497 ft)
Tower: II 135.9 m (446 ft)
Technical details
Floor count Tower I: 40
Tower II: 34
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Developer Doug Manchester
Other information
Number of rooms Tower I: 875
Tower II: 750
Number of restaurants Sally's Seafood on the Water
Lael's Restaurant
Top of the Hyatt
Redfield's Sports Bar / Deli
Website
manchestergrand.hyatt.com
[1][2][3][4][5]

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel is a high-rise building in San Diego composed of two towers. The towers are the third and seventh tallest buildings in the city. Developed Doug Manchester and owned by Host Hotels & Resorts,[6][7] the taller tower is the tallest building on the waterfront on the West Coast, and with 1,625 rooms, it is Southern California's largest hotel.[8][9] Because of its proximity to the waterfront, as well as its amenities, the Manchester Grand Hyatt is referred to as a spa and resort.[10]

Description[edit]

The Manchester Grand Hyatt consists of two towers, the 40-story Harbor Tower built in 1992 and the 33-story Seaport Tower which was added in 2003.[11] Starting in 2012, all of the guest rooms and suites had a complete renovation when the property was transferred to new ownership.[12] A four-story building with a rooftop pool connects the towers to each other. The hotel's 1,628 guest rooms each have partial water or city views, and many offer views of the Pacific Ocean. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, and iPod docking stations.[9]

The hotel has three bars: the Top of the Hyatt, Redfield's Sports Bar, and the Grand Lobby Bar.[13] The third floor holds the Kin Spa with its private pool and the fourth floor holds the general swimming pool, whirlpools, and sun decks for all guests.

Top of the Hyatt[edit]

The 40th and top floor of the Manchester Grand Hyatt is known as the "Top of the Hyatt", a bar with views of San Diego, Coronado Island, and Mexico.[14] The bar was awarded the title of "Best Upscale Bar" by SignOnSanDiego."[15][16]

Kin Oasis[edit]

Kin Oasis is an adult-only pool (ages 21 above) located on the third floor of Harbor Tower. The rooftop pool includes bottle service, cabana rentals, and hosts pool parties on holiday weekends in conjunction with Fortune Industries.[17]

Location[edit]

The Manchester Grand Hyatt is located on the Marina’s waterfront, a few blocks away from the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, as well as the San Diego Convention Center.[18] The San Diego Trolley stops near the hotel which connects to several lines to reach the majority of the San Diego metropolitan area. The hotel is located only 3 miles from the San Diego Airport, less than a mile from Petco Park, an Amtrak train station, and Woodbury University's San Diego campus.[19]

Proposition 8 controversy[edit]

Doug Manchester, Chairman of Manchester Financial Group,[20] sparked controversy in 2008 when he backed California's Proposition 8 with financial support in the amount of $125,000.[21] The money was donated before Proposition 8 was a ballot initiative. Before a proposition can be officially placed on a ballot for voter consideration, 700,000 signatures need to be gathered. The $125,000 donated was used by supporters of the proposition to pay professionals to acquire signatures in an effort to solidify the initiative's place on the ballot. When asked about his contribution, Manchester was quoted as saying, "When they say that we cannot say that a marriage is between a man and a woman, that's where I draw the line."[22] While Manchester has admitted that he "supports" his employees who are gay and lesbian, he cites the fact that he is Catholic as a motivation behind his actions.[23]

Boycott[edit]

The support caused an immediate response from gay-rights organizations, including GLAAD, which canceled any events that were to be held at the hotel.[20] Labor unions, including Hotel Workers Union Local 30, publicly admonished Manchester for his actions, with one member describing Proposition 8 as "pure and simple discrimination."[23] In addition, a boycott from Proposition 8 protesters quickly followed.[24] The boycott was originally intended to last one-year, but subsequent protests of other Hyatt locations continued after that duration.[25]

The Global Hyatt Corporation has made an attempt to separate Manchester's views from that of the managing corporation. The Global Hyatt contends that Manchester does not speak on their behalf, and that they have a proven history of supporting gay and lesbian rights. In addition, the Global Hyatt Corporation has issued a statement that asserts many Hyatt hotels, including the Manchester Grand Hyatt, offer benefits to domestic partners of employees,[26] which is optional for businesses. Californians Against Hate, a gay-rights activist group, has estimated that the boycott resulted in a loss of over $7 million, despite Manchester's attempt to reach out the gay community through room credits and donations.[27] The marketing manager for the hotel, Kelly Commerford, has confirmed that cancellations resulting directly from the protest, cost the hotel $2.4 million.[28] This figure does not include estimates for those who choose other accommodations due to the boycott. The developer, Manchester, claims that the boycotting unions are using gay marriage support as a screen "to cover [their] real goal of organizing" the hotel's workers.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at CTBUH Skyscraper Database
  2. ^ Manchester Grand Hyatt Seaport at CTBUH Skyscraper Database
  3. ^ Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at Emporis
  4. ^ Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at SkyscraperPage
  5. ^ Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at Structurae
  6. ^ "Our Properties". Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Now Under New Ownership to Undergo Major Renovation". Market Wired. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Make a Grand Entrance - Rappel 33 Stories from the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego". The California Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  9. ^ a b "Manchester Grand Hyatt". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-07-20. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego". San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  11. ^ "Expanded Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego now is hotel on Southern California coast". Los Angeles Business Journal. 2004-07-05. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  12. ^ "Digney York". Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lounges/Bars". Hyatt Corporation. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  14. ^ "New Year's Eve". The Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  15. ^ "Top of the Hyatt - Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego". San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  16. ^ Reynolds, Christopher. "San Diego Nightlife Spots". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  17. ^ "Kin Lounge". NapkinNights. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  18. ^ "Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel San Diego". Hotels Combined. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  19. ^ "Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego". GoThere. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  20. ^ a b "Papa Doug Manchester". dougmanchester.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  21. ^ Lamb, John R. "Bonnie vs. the Manchester Hyatt". San Diego CityBeat. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  22. ^ Ainsworth, Bill. "Developer is foe of same-sex marriage". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  23. ^ a b "Gay Rights Leaders Urge Boycott Of Manchester Grand Hyatt". CNN. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  24. ^ "Protestors Plan New Year Of Manchester Boycott". CBS8. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  25. ^ Wockner, Rex. "NY Governor Introduces Bill to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage". The San Francisco Bay Times. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  26. ^ "San Diego Hyatt Update". National School Boards Association. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  27. ^ Michaelson, Elex. "Manchester Grand Hyatt Reaches Out to Gay Groups; Boycott Continues". San Diego 6. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  28. ^ a b Lewis, Connie. "Union Local Fears Loss of Jobs If Grand Hyatt Is Sold". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 

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