Inn at the Park hotel (formerly known as Park Manor Suites) was the creation of Frank P. Allen, Jr., an architect who has been lauded by the San Diego Historical Society as a “consummate San Diego architect worthy of remembrance and tribute.” Mr. Allen had come to San Diego from Michigan in 1911 to design buildings and landscape for the Panama – California Exposition, an endeavor that resulted in the world famous Balboa Park of today. An iconic landmark – the stately and beautiful Cabrillo Bridge, over which the main El Prado runs – was one of the many time-honored structures constructed by Mr. Allen.
In May 2011, Shell Vacations purchased this iconic hotel to add to its collection of 25 one-of-kind resorts, boutique hotels and lodges in the US and Canada. As part of the acquisition, the company also announced it will officially change the name to Inn at the Park in an effort to maintain brand recognition with other similar properties within the Shell Vacations collection.
Inn at the Park hotel (formerly known as Park Manor Suites) was named a Historic Site of San Diego in 1991, and is often praised by guests and visitors for its grand appearance and its beautiful interior. Boasting a lobby with the size, grandeur and design details that are rarely found in this day and age, the hotel has kept the original footprint of the suites that Mr. Allen so artfully designed. The hotel is also home to Inn at the Park Restaurant & Bar and Top of the Park Penthouse Restaurant, featuring contemporary American & California cuisine in a comfortable and relaxed setting.