Bahia put a smile on my face, and hopes for a return asap. Here's why:
The location is fantastic, adjoining Mission Bay with its beaches right at the hotel; an easy walk to the Pacific Ocean beach-town atmosphere and and alleys of beautiful white-sand Mission Beach; activities such as paddle boat rental available right at the hotel; a five minute walk across the road to Belmont Park with its roller coaster and miniature golf; an enormous, room which is more like a suite, with sitting area and kitchenette, for $89 at AAA rate (and NO resort or parking fee!!!); room with large patio on a lawn facing the bay and friendly visiting ducks who amazingly seem trained to avoid entering the room. I cannot think of a better place to stay in San Diego, especially for families with children, because of activities right at the resort and within easy, quick walking distance.
Staff: AMAZING!! Every single person is helpful, professional and truly (not plastic-like) friendly. Kudos to the entire reception area's folks and the concierge/bell desk people (wish I recalled names-- all are fantastic!), housekeeping and grounds staff. Every Bahia employee you encounter treats you like they're sincerely glad to see you.
An example: The morning I (sadly) had to leave, hostess Lorena in the restaurant asked if I wanted breakfast. All I wanted was a cup of coffee to-go. She then returned not just with a paper cup, but with the cup on a set-up tray with napkins, cream, silverware. Sure, she could have just brought the cup, but she added that extra graciousness that sends a guest off with a smile. Oh--and the coffee was delicious, better than at most hotels.
The room was enormous-- more like a suite. If you want a super modern somewhat sterile place with identical rooms, look elsewhere. My room at Bahia was not brand new, but it was super spotlessly clean and had "character." Yes, there were a few worn areas in the carpet, and a scuff mark on the bathroom walls, and the water didn't get hot for one minute. I understand that many of the rooms have been recently upgraded and modernized. Perhaps the wing where my room is located is next, but honestly, it doesn't matter, for the excellence of the whole place outweighs the small "dings" which actually add to the charm of Bahia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bahia Resort Hotel is a welcoming waterfront property located on a 14-acre picturesque peninsula in San Diego’s scenic Mission Bay. Featuring spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and lush tropical gardens as well as friendly service and comfortable accommodations, Bahia Resort Hotel is the ideal destination for an authentic Southern California beach getaway. Impressive accommodations are key at the Bahia; guests may choose between our deluxe studios and suites, each with its own balcony or patio and a full range of amenities. Further room options include kitchenettes, direct access to the beach and views of the sparkling bay and our expansive tropical gardens. At Bahia Resort Hotel we ensure you receive all the comforts and amenities needed to enjoy your vacation. Staying at the Bahia grants guests easy access to an array of dining options, including our signature restaurant Cafe Bahia, which offer international cuisine served amid this indoor-outdoor tropical paradise. At our Moroccan-inspired Tangier Lounge, guests enjoy crafty drinks alongside a crackling fireplace and live piano bar. Beyond the Bahia, seemingly countless options offering an array of culinary experiences are just minutes away. For those seeking to spend their vacation on the water, Bahia Resort Hotel boasts an assortment of options. Headlining these choices is the Bahia Belle, an 1860s-era sternwheeler that tours guests around the bay nightly. Step back in time and enjoy a colorful sunset and views of the bay’s playful seals from the top deck, then prepare to kick up your heels as the vessel becomes a vibrant nightlife destination with live entertainment and a full-service bar. Additional nearby water activities include sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing and more though nobody will blame you for simply relaxing on our soft sand beaches or at our sparkling pool. Back on land, the Bahia boasts a fitness center, kids’ arcade, tennis courts and bicycle and Segway rentals. Within walking distance guests can also explore Belmont Park, an oceanfront amusement park featuring the Great Dipper, a wooden roller coaster and designated historic landmark built in 1925. Take in the picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean during a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk, go rock climbing, or play miniature golf in this popular beachfront locale. Traveling further afield is a breeze, as the Bahia’s location is ideal for those seeking to experience San Diego’s major attractions. The Bahia Resort Hotel is located directly across from SeaWorld and is within 10 miles from the world famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Downtown’s Gaslamp District and the San Diego International Airport. The Bahia Resort Hotel is owned and operated by Evans Hotels, a San Diego-based hospitality group that also includes the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa and The Lodge at Torrey Pines. The Bahia is a reflection of all that “America’s Finest City” has to offer ‒ from year-round perfect weather and soft sandy beaches to dazzling Pacific Ocean sunsets ‒ and we look forward to helping you create your picture perfect Southern California getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bahia Hotel San Diego
- Bahia Resort San Diego