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U.S. Grant Hotel, San Diego

The 156-member Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation now owns the newly renovated US Grant hotel, named for the 18th president, near downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. “Sycuan Basket Lady,” by sculptor David A. Montour, is among the art and artifacts the tribe has added to the hotel’s early-20th century decor. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
The 1910 hotel’s comfortable yet elegant lobby, home to afternoon tea, reflects its past and its present. Stately columns are capped with a gilded-plaster flourish, including a signature G, while the carpet incorporates the evening primrose, the tribal flower of the property’s new owners. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
The $52-million renovation restored pieces of the luxury hotel’s past, including the original bronze “Broadway Staircase” that, perhaps presciently, also features the Sycuan Band’s tribal flower, the evening primrose. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Indian artistry mixes with sleek, contemporary style in the 11-story hotel’s standard guest rooms. The painting is by Gene Locklear of the Lumbee Indian Nation. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Stylish comfort marks the rooms’ appointments, which evoke a Parisian air. Firm but fluffy beds, covered in high-thread-count linens beneath “drip painting” headboards by artist Yves Locklear, beckon. (Don Bartletti / LAT)