The Good: The front desk clerk was wonderful! We arrived 2 hours before the 4pm check-in time thinking we would just walk along their private beach. We were told our room was ready, but if we wanted a free upgrade to a room with a view of the bay we could wait. Less than 30 minutes later, we were sitting on our "porch" overlooking the bay, the paddleboat, and Belmont Park!
The Bad: A) The old, dingy room with an overpowering smell of disinfectant. B) The nonexistent poolside bar and grill. C) The "adults only" paddleboat cruise dance band (which comprised of one guitarist). Since we always read tripadvisor prior to traveling, we were pretty much prepared for this. What I wasn't expecting was a damp carpet or having to listen to 3 "fussy" toddlers in the adjoining room OR a happy hour bartender who didn't know how to make a strawberry daiquiri.
The Ugly: We booked at the Bahia because of a deal found on Travel-ticker.com. (They offered one night and a complimentary breakfast for two for $99.) In the morning, we were shocked to find that the Bahia refused to honor the complimentary breakfast! They acknowledged that we had indeed booked online with travel-ticker, but they said we had NOT clicked the section which included breakfast. Once I got home, I double checked the reservation system...there is NO section mentioning breakfast!
If you want a pretty "cheap" room in San Diego (and you can interpret "cheap" anyway you want), go ahead a book for one night. But if you expect a nice resort with management who advertise (and honor) special deals, be prepared for the old bait and switch game!
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- Also Known As:
- Bahia Hotel San Diego
- Bahia Resort San Diego