If the Bahia had a school report, it would have "Must Try Harder" stamped all over it. On the surface, it's certainly a pleasant 3-star hotel, but the flaws detract significantly from the overall impression the hotel gives. On the positive side, the room we had was certainly spacious; we were upgraded to a bay-view suite with well-equipped kitchenette and separate bedroom. The staff are generally helpful, and the hotel features a prolific use of live music; in its bar, in the restaurant... even by the pool. Food in the restaurant is very good, although there are very few other places to go within near walking distance for a good meal, with the exception of the excellent Mizu Japanese restaurant.
Unfortunately, as mentioned in other reviews, the hotel is in need of updating. Our room smelt damp; age-old stains on the carpet revealed the source. The white bedsheets and towels were the equivalent of a Guest Book, with suntan/make-up/whatever stains dotted about them giving an indication of former residents. And how's this for a horror story: we went out for the day, and returned only to find our door wide open. The maids had failed to close it after they had cleaned our room. Thankfully nothing was stolen. In a separate incident, we were sat in our room one evening watching TV, when a family of four entered, laden with cases. They had been given a key to OUR room in error. Brilliant.
Overall the hotel is okay. Potentially it could be so much better. It just needs a bit of attention. While in San Diego, I would recommend visiting the Old Town (direct bus leaves opposite the hotel) and Sea World (if you don't mind rubbing shoulders with a million other tourists). Avoid Mission Beach unless you like the idea of mixing with extras from "Beverley Hills 90210". Fashion Valley is very good for shopping, and while you're there have a meal at The Cheesecake Factory.
- 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