On February 1st, 2013, the Grande Colonial officially celebrates its 100 year anniversary as a cornerstone of the La Jolla and San Diego community. Watch our Centennial video here.
Hotel management and employees bury a time capsule underneath the hotel containing a collection of items relevant to the hotel, our community and to our present day. The capsule was dedicated with a permanent plaque inviting those who come after us to remember us and the time in which we lived by opening the capsule on February 1st, 2113.
NINE-TEN Sous Chef, Ramon Bojorquez, premieres as a "cheftestant" on season 11 of Bravo TV's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series, "Top Chef", filmed in New Orleans. Ramon joins only a handful of other San Diego chefs who have been invited to compete on the show.
HOTEL RENOVATION: The Grande Colonial unveils a $4 million renovation of its guest rooms and suites, including a majority of the bathrooms. The project, completed in phases, building-by-building, floor-by-floor, was completed in March of 2019. Interior design was provided by Warren Sheets Design, Inc., a San Francisco-based architectural and interior design firm, the same design firm used for the two most recent renovations of the hotel lobby, and meeting spaces.
HOTEL EXPANSION: At the same time of the 2019 room renovation, the hotel unveiled the completion of another historic restoration project, the adjacent Swansea Apartments, originally constructed in 1927 by local designer and builder, William B. Melhorn of the Melhorn Construction Company. The Tudor-style building and four apartments have been completely restored and converted into four, 1-bedroom suites, and are now a part of the Grande Colonial's total 97-room inventory.
MICHELIN GUIDE RECOGNITION: The first-ever MICHELIN Guide, which has continued to evolve and expand internationally and has served as a trusted source and companion to travelers and foodies alike since 1926, was unveiled in the State of California. NINE-TEN was recognized within this Guide as a "Plate Distinction" Restaurant, amongst a very exclusive group of restaurants.