El Cortez Hotel
Structure in General
- Built on site of the home of Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.
- See: http://sandiegohistory.org/journal/00winter/elcortez.htm for anything and everything you ever wanted to know about the El Cortez Hotel. A complete and thorough accounting.
- Architectural style: Spanish Colonial Revival.
- Opened with 117 rooms including 32 hotel rooms.
- Opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1927.
- $23 million to convert abandoned hotel into 85 apartments.
- Situated on Cortez Hill, 175 feet above sea level.
- Added to the National Register of Historic Places (#01001458) January 17, 2002.
- Empty for 22 years (closed 1978) the El Cortez transformed from hotel to residential and re-opened fully renovated in 2000.
- Famous for the 'ahead-of-its-time' outdoor elevator with sparkling stars that took guests up to the Sky Room.
- San Diego's tallest skyscraper until the 1963-67 building boom.
- The outdoor elevator, called the "Starlight Express" because it went to the Starlight Room, cost $400,000 to build.
- Originally owned by Haroun al Handlery, who also developed the Town & Country and Handlery Hotels in Mission Valley.
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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- City landmark
- National landmark