Since 1913, the Grande Colonial has provided an exceptional guest experience and genuine, friendly service. We continue to "Make History Every Day" by building authentic, personal connections with every guest. We invite you to join our team, and enjoy a fun, rewarding work environment, and excellent benefits.
Our company is built on four fundamental values that are the essence of our culture, our brand and what have made us so special for more than a century.
We love what we do, and it shows. We want employees who genuinely want to work in the hospitality industry. Those who love to interact with guests. Those who like to get involved with their department. And those who ask questions and want to learn something new every day. Hear what our own family members say about how they got their start in hospitality and why they love working at Grande Colonial.
WINE DIRECTOR & SOMMELIER
"I got into hospitality while in college at UCSB. I was a painter at a chic country club in Montecito. One day, someone from their restaurant staff didn't show up, and I was asked to fill in. Next thing I know, I'm in a full tuxedo, with white gloves trying to serve cocktails on a (very slippery) silver tray. I broke many a martini glasses that day! Working at the Grande Colonial and NINE-TEN to me means constantly learning and expanding horizons.
Chef Jason and the rest of the team never rest on their laurels and are constantly utilizing new ingredients and innovative presentations. For me, as wine director, I feel our wine list should also not be stagnant, and I'm always pushing myself and the staff to learn about new wines to pair with and/or challenging my old assumptions and revisiting ‘classic' varietals. It's invigorating. There's also pride that comes with working here. When you say you work here, it's instant street cred."
ENGINEER & PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING
"I remember just getting home from a four-year fishing excursion between San Diego, Hawaii, and Ecuador. My Chief Engineer on the boat was talking to me about the hotel industry, and he was able to get me an interview with his brother-in-law, Bud, at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, downtown. It was during that interview that Bud asked me if I could start the next day. I said ‘YES' and remained there for the next ten years. Then a decade later, Bud told me about an opportunity at the Grande Colonial and set up a meeting for me with the GM, Terry Underwood. The rest is history. I have officially been in hospitality for almost 31 years and have never looked back.
Working for the Grande Colonial has been a blessing to me and to my family. I've grown over the years with Terry being my mentor and am thankful for the entire management team and the hundreds of employees with whom I have worked over the years. We have been through so much and we have accomplished so much. I thoroughly love coming to work every day and putting my passion for hotel maintenance to work!"
ENGINEER & PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
"I first found interest in the industry when I took a Hospitality ROP course in high school. When I attended college, I had a hard time deciding between a degree in Hospitality or Criminal Justice, so I signed up for an entry-level course for each subject. My Hospitality instructor had us do a project that required us to contact a local hotel and interview a manager, then present on that meeting. I contacted the HR Director and was surprised when he kindly agreed to meet with me. He told me about immigrating to America and starting out as a busser in the hotel restaurant, eventually working his way up to be the company's HR Director.
A few years later during my last semester (deciding to pursue Criminal Justice), I applied to work Front Desk at a hotel. Having grown up in a family where service was important, I soon realized that I loved working in a hotel to provide service to others. I started at the Grande Colonial in 2011 as Asst. General Manager before moving into HR in 2017, and then being promoted to General Manager in 2022.
Each day I come to work continues to be an opportunity to interact with and serve others while feeling challenged with each new day and situation."