Grande Hotel Career Opportunities

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.

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Who We Are

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.

  • FAMILY is the strength and soul of our company.
  • We serve with PASSION.
  • We act with INTEGRITY in all we do.
  • We provide and seek GROWTH as a company and as individuals.

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.

Read below to learn more about what our own family members say about how they got their start in hospitality and why they love working at the Grande Colonial.

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Guest Room Attendant

Ana Casarrubias Bernal

Ana trabaja en Grande Colonial desde 2015. Ana comenzó su carrera aquí como asistente de habitaciones por recomendación de su hermano, quien también trabajaba aquí.  Ana comenzó su carrera hotelera en otro hotel y rápidamente se dio cuenta de que esta era la industria adecuada para ella. Le gusta hablar con los invitados y ayudarlos.  Ana dejó el Grande Colonial para cuidar a un familiar pero regresó rápidamente cuando estaban bien. Ella dice que el Grande Colonial se siente como en casa. Le encanta la gente con la que trabaja, así como la cultura de nuestro hotel. Ella disfruta especialmente que se mantiene en movimiento durante todo el día, lo que la mantiene saludable.

Ana has worked at Grande Colonial since 2015. Ana began her career here as a Guest Room Attendant at the recommendation of her brother who also worked here.  Ana began her hospitality career at another hotel and quickly realized this was the right industry for her.  She enjoys talking to guests and assisting them. Ana left the Grande Colonial to care for a family member but quickly returned when they were fine.  She says the Grande Colonial feels like home. She loves the people that she works with, as well as the culture of our hotel.  She especially enjoys that she keeps moving throughout the day, which keeps her healthy.

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Assistant General Manager

Ryan Dodds

“I started in the hospitality industry as a bellman at a hotel in Pacific Beach in 2011 and quickly learned to love the energy that hospitality in a destination city like San Diego could provide. I was interested in all aspects of hotel customer service and quickly moved to the front desk and later into revenue management where I gained a better understanding of key hotel metrics and travel trends. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to grow with the help of managers who saw the value in learning multiple areas of hospitality.

I love the Grande Colonial because of the people I’m lucky enough to work alongside. Every department is full of people with a positive spirit and great attitude who are committed to providing the best experience for our guests. It really is a family atmosphere that I have yet to see rivaled anywhere else.”

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Wine Director & Sommelier

Chris Russo

“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.”

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Engineer & Property Maintenance

Adan Guerrero

“I have worked at the Grande Colonial hotel since 2012. I absolutely love working here. All of the managers are so friendly. They help each of the employees to grow as individuals. There are so many hard workers at the property. And I love the views of La Jolla outside the hotel that we get to look at every day.”

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Director of Engineering

Jose Virissimo

“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!”

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Engineer & Property Maintenance

Francisco Rios Juarez

“I love working here at the Grande Colonial hotel and for NINE-TEN Restaurant. I started working here in 2014. It’s a great place to work and I like it so much because Mr. Terry Underwood, our general manager, and Jose Virissimo, my manager in the Engineering department, are so encouraging and understanding.”

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General Manager

Kim Avant

“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.”

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The Grande Colonial is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All candidates must successfully complete post-offer and pre-employment screening, criminal background check, and reference checks. This organization participates in E-Verify.