A few blocks from the gorgeous Pacific coastline is a beautiful beach resort hotel that is also kid friendly. For our San Diego winter family vacation – an escape from this historic Boston winter – we were eager to stay somewhere right near the beach. The Bahia Resort Hotel is exactly what we were looking for, and we had a fantastic stay.
Disclosure: We received a few complimentary nights as well as a media rate during our vacation at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase/click through one of these links may result in a commission paid to us.
Bahia Resort Hotel Review
The Bahia Resort Hotel is located on Mission Bay, a few blocks from Belmont Park and Mission Beach. Ample free parking is available at the resort. My winter-weary family arrived well before check-in time at about noon, so our room wasn’t ready. After a relaxing lunch at the onsite Bahia Cafe, we soaked in the sun on the private beach for a while, and then went to the pool. We received a text when our room was ready, and after checking in with the friendly front desk clerk, headed off to our suite.
The Bahia Resort Hotel offers several different types of hotel rooms including suites (perfect for families), beach-front rooms, garden-view rooms, beach-front studios, and garden-view studios. Studios and suites include refrigerators, microwave, range-top, and cooking utensils. All rooms offer a coffee maker, high-speed internet, and hairdryer.
Our suite had a huge balcony overlooking the marina. After dealing with several blizzards at home, I was so thrilled to sit on that balcony chair sipping my coffee in the mornings while looking at the gorgeous San Diego coast. It was especially fun to watch all of the activity on the beach. I would recommend getting a room with a patio or balcony if you can, because it’s so nice to be able to sit outside in the gorgeous San Diego weather.
The suite that we had included two rooms – a master bedroom, pictured above, as well as a living room with pull-out couch. The small kitchenette was off to the side of the living room, and the bathroom was off the master suite. The room was perfect for our family, and we had so much space to spread out.
The Bahia includes many family-friendly features and amenities. My kids’ favorite feature is Gracie, the beautiful rescue seal that lives in a large pool by the front entrance. Because Gracie is essentially blind, she’s unable to return to the wild. Therefore, she now resides at the Bahia Resort Hotel, where guests can watch her feedings twice a day. Since we visited the Bahia, Gracie has been joined by another rescue seal. We loved the rescue seal exhibit at the Bahia, and we loved greeting Gracie each day.
The Bahia is located on a peninsula on Mission Bay, and offers a private beach to guests. Covered beach chairs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Because it’s a protected peninsula, the water is relatively tame in this area, which would be especially nice for those with young kids.
For a more authentic Pacific beach experience with larger waves, just walk a few blocks to Mission Beach. The Bahia also offers complimentary rides on their ship, the Bahia Belle, to guests. Family-friendly cruises are available. Because we were jet lagged, we missed our chance to ride on the Saturday we arrived. In season, the Bahia Belle runs more frequently.
There’s also a heated pool on property. The pool area features a large outdoor hot tub, a small fitness center, and an arcade. Food and beverages are offered, as are pool towels. Although it was a little chilly on our last day – about 65 degrees – my kids still enjoyed the pool.
Other amenities at the resort include a new playground, a fitness center, tennis courts, and shuffleboard. There’s definitely plenty to do at the resort and within walking distance of the resort.
Food at the Bahia Resort Hotel
There are several options for food right at the Bahia. Cafe Bahia offers outdoor seating with a local California themed menu. We enjoyed eating there a few times during our stay. There’s also the Tangier Bar, with more casual options, as well as the pool bar. Room service is also offered.
We loved our stay at the Bahia, and plan to stay there again on future family vacations to San Diego. To learn more, visit the Bahia Resort Hotel’s website. For more Bahia Resort Hotel reviews click this link.
Disclosure: We had several nights comped at the Bahia and received a media rate for the remaining nights.