Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego

The Bahia Resort Hotel is uniquely positioned on a private 14-acre peninsula in stunning Mission Bay. The 314-room hotel is located near the intersection of Mission Boulevard and West Mission Bay Drive – just a half block from the iconic Belmont Park, and is itself a San Diego icon among beach hotels. The Mediterranean-style décor is complemented by the outdoor tropical garden setting complete with seal and duck ponds, garden gazebo, and garden fountain. The Bahia celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2003 and continues to be an in-demand San Diego vacation destination for families who introduce the next generation to all it has to offer.

Bahia Resort Rooms

There are five styles of rooms at the Bahia – bay front, bay view, garden view, courtside garden, and accessible. The five styles of suites include marina, bay front, bay front deluxe, bay view, bay view deluxe, and garden. Their bay/garden view studios are housed in the two towers at the front and back of the property.

Bay view rooms face Mission Bay on the opposite side of the peninsula from the beach and offer relaxing private water views. The mid-size rooms include 37” TVs with movies, plus an Internet and gaming station. Garden view rooms are centrally located along walking paths surrounding the tropical gardens and ponds. They are the same size as the bay view rooms, and include the same room amenities.

The bay front rooms are the smallest, but open right onto the beach on the Santa Barbara Cove side of the property. They have smaller 32” TVs inside an armoire with no Internet or gaming station, but rooms still have movies and complimentary hi-speed Internet access. Courtside garden rooms are the largest and have all been recently renovated; they have the same room amenities as bay front rooms. Some courtside rooms are designated as accessible rooms.

Bay or garden view studios include two double beds or a king bed, plus a fold out couch, over-sized chair, and the same room amenities as the bay front and courtside garden rooms. Studios also have kitchenettes with a stove, oven, full-size refrigerator and breakfast bar; great for longer stays or when you don’t always want to eat out.

Bay front suites include the standard bay front, deluxe bay front, and marina suites. Each includes pull-out sofa beds and oversized chairs. At 450 square feet, the bay front is the smallest and has a wet bar in the living area and the same amenities as the bay front room. The larger deluxe bay front suite includes 37” TV, and dining area for four. It has a kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, service for six, and small appliances. The marina suites offer over 600 square feet of vacation space. This suite features an L-shaped sofa bed, 40” plasma TV with movies, Internet and gaming station, table, and desk. The kitchen includes stove, oven, microwave, compact fridge and breakfast bar. All three suites have bedrooms with one queen or king bed and a 32” TV.

Bay view suites are spacious and renovated with granite countertops, sofa bed and love seat, 42” TV with Internet and gaming station, desk, and breakfast bar. The kitchenette has a fridge, microwave, and coffee-maker. The bedroom includes two queen or one king bed and a 32” TV. The deluxe bay view suite includes the same room amenities, plus a full kitchen and dining for four. Garden suites, the largest of the Bahia suites, have been recently renovated and include a sofa bed and chair, TV, wet bar, microwave, and compact fridge in the living area. The bedroom includes two double beds and a second TV.

Room tip: Some guests have expressed concerns about noise between rooms; try choosing corner rooms or suites to minimize noise from other guests.

Bahia Resort Hotel Amenities

Café Bahia is a Mediterranean-themed restaurant where guests may choose to eat either in the family-friendly restaurant or on the spacious heated patio. Saturday nights feature their Prix-Fixe dinners that change weekly. Tangiers is Bahia’s vibrant Moroccan-styled hotel bar featuring a piano and fireplace. Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Be sure to check out the Jason Hanna Trio jazz band every Friday night.

Bahia Resort Hotel guests ride the Bahia Belle hour-long cruises around Mission Bay for free. Cruises run every day during the summer and on weekends during the off-season. There is live music, karaoke, or DJ dance music on every cruise. Family cruises start at 6:30 p.m. and cocktail cruises for 21 and up begin at 9:30 p.m. continuing on the hour to the last stop at 1:30 a.m.

Other Bahia hotel amenities include the Kids Arcade, stand-up paddle board yoga, or wake surfing. Hang out poolside for a relaxing afternoon; the pool bar and grill offers service from noon to 7 p.m. Make a reservation for a game of tennis on the complimentary courts; you can check out complimentary rackets and balls from the Resort Security Office. Live it up outdoors like a local. Rent anything from a beach cruiser bike to a 16’ sailboat, or rent a pontoon or ski boat for the ultimate family fun on the water.

Amenities tip: Some guests suggest also checking out Mission Bay Sportcenter for similar rentals at lower prices. (They also offer JetPack flights if you dare, and a water taxi service.)

Bahia Resort Mission Beach Neighborhood

The Bahia Resort Hotel is in the heart of exciting Mission Bay. The obvious place to start exploring is historic Belmont Park, just a half block away at the corner of Mission Boulevard and West Mission Bay Drive. Around the back of the park along the boardwalk is the Wave House open-air beach bar and surf pool, and the adjacent Mission Beach Park; here you’ll always find something happening that is photo-worthy. Across the street is Bonita Cove Park – a great place for a romantic or family picnic.

Across from Belmont Park the other direction on Ventura Place is the Sandbar Sports Grill, a small, popular place to stop in for football, a beer, and a sandwich at a reasonable price. Try their Skybar for a drink with a view. Another neighborhood favorite that transforms into a football venue on Sundays is Guava Beach Bar & Grill. Voted best beach bar, they have endless specials, so check out their website; they’re nearby on Mission Boulevard.

You’d be remiss if you never left the bayside to experience the Pacific Ocean a block and a half away. Bike the length of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach to Crystal Pier and back to get the big picture. Join in a beach volleyball game, try your hand at boogie boarding, or just relax on one of the best and widest beaches in San Diego. (Note: Drinking alcohol on the beach is no longer allowed and will result in a ticket from one of the San Diego police patrolling the beaches on 4-wheelers – they don’t play.)

Bahia Resort Promotions

With all the free activities there are at the Bahia Resort Hotel, including the complimentary hourly bay cruises on the Bahia Belle, there is hardly a need for promotions or discounts. However, guests can also sign up for exclusive hotel deals and special offers on the Bahia Resort Hotel website.

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