Hotel Overview | Downtown San Diego Hotel
Some hotels have to make up their “authentic” story.
We have more than 135 years to draw upon.
We know you could have chosen to stay at one of the big national hotels with thousands of rooms. Instead, you chose The Keating Hotel for a one-of-a-kind experience. That says a lot about your discerning taste.
The Keating Hotel is a boutique San Diego Hotel, located in the heart of Downtown San Diego and close to all things that make San Diego one of the country’s most popular destination cities to visit; San Diego Convention Center, San Diego Harbor, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, beautiful beaches and famous Beach Towns like Pacific Beach and La Jolla Village.
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10 things that make The Keating Hotel stand out among Downtown San Diego Hotels:
- The Keating Hotel building was constructed in 1890, San Diego’s population was 16,159.
- The Hotel has the oldest continuously running elevator in San Diego. (The original cage has been replaced, but it’s still running!)
- The Keating was built in the Romanesque Revival style, a nod toward the 11th- and 12th-century European styles inspired by Roman architecture. So yes, it’s a revival of a revival.
- The Keating’s architects were the Reid Brothers, who were also known for building the Hotel del Coronado. (Note all the curved corners of the building.)
- Take a moment to notice those iron rings on the curb. That’s what people used to hitch their horses to. Leaving your horse unhitched then was kind of like leaving the car running today.
- Scientific fun fact: the dome awning above the lobby door enhances voice projection. It was designed for security reasons when the building housed a bank.
- The Keating provided the setting for the office on the TV show Simon & Simon, which was filmed in San Diego from 1981 to 1989.
- In 2011, The Keating was revamped, and Pininfarina, the Italian design team responsible for Maserati and Ferrari, injected new life into the building with their unique brand of design and sophisticated luxury.
- Each floor showcases a concept car model by Pininfarina.
- The Keating once housed San Diego’s first library, a bank, law offices and a Vegas nightclub. Listen closely, as these walls have stories.
The Keating Hotel: A Rich History.
Our downtown San Diego Hotel was constructed in 1890 as a tribute to the late George J. Keating. Originally from Kansas, George J. Keating moved to San Diego in 1886 with his wife, Fannie, during the westward expansion of their farming company, Smith and Keating.
When George passed away after only two years in California, Fannie enlisted the Reid Brothers to design and oversee the construction of this five-story Romanesque Revival–style building.
Modern amenities such as spacious floor plans, steam heat, and a wire cage elevator made the Keating Building one of the most prestigious and sought-after office spaces. Over the years, it served as an office building, a city library, a bank, and the setting for the popular TV show Simon & Simon.
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