Cabanas on the beach at the Bahia

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LOCATION The Bahia Resort Hotel is located in the heart of Mission Bay, eight miles from Downtown San Diego and San Diego’s International Airport at Lindbergh Field, two blocks from the Pacific and on Mission Bay. A San Diego destination tradition, the Bahia Resort Hotel is located on a 14-acre peninsula surrounded by the sparkling waters of Mission Bay, steps from the Pacific, minutes from SeaWorld and a short drive to other major San Diego attractions.
ADDRESS 998 West Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, California 92109
858.488.0551
RESERVATIONS 800.576.4229
HOTEL MANAGEMENT Mr. Jim Greene, General Manager
OPENING DATE 1953
HISTORY The Bahia was Mission Bay’s first and foremost beach hotel and has celebrated a half-century on the Beach and Bay. The destination beach hotel sprung to life on a prominent piece of peninsula in 1953 and has been attracting generations of vacationers for traditional family-style beach getaways ever since. The bay was little more than a brackish tidal maze when William D. Evans and his wife Anne first journeyed out to the mudflats to survey the possibilities and envision the results.In 1953 the 52-room hotel opened on the white and sandy Mission Bay beach. Another 20 units were added just two years later, and an additional 40 units soon after that. Legions of vacationers arrived to soak up the sun, surf and sport. As Mission Bay grew, helped by the tremendous popularity of the Bahia Resort Hotel, the Evans opened the Catamaran and became operators of the historic Belmont Park on Mission Beach, home to the legendary roller coaster The Giant Dipper.
ACCOMMODATIONS DESIGN The family friendly, Mediterranean themed Bahia provides picture perfect views from 314 spaciously appointed guestrooms, deluxe studios or suites – each with all the comforts and amenities you desire, all with their own balconies or patios commanding views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.Bay front rooms allow guests to step onto the sand and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bay. Garden front rooms inspire guests to relax in a tropical paradise while listening to the sounds of a trickling stream surrounded by rare and unique palm gardens. Guest rooms offer one king or queen bed or two double beds, a large workspace and sitting area. All rooms and suites include free HBO, coffeemakers, irons, ironing boards and hairdryers.
SUITES Bay front suites offer direct bay access. Many allow guests to walk directly onto the sand and enjoy the breathtaking views. Suites have separate bedrooms offering one king or queen bed or two double beds.
STUDIO ROOMS Guests can stretch out in one of our 460 square foot studio rooms. Complete with a full kitchen and dining area for four, studios are perfect for families. Studios offer one king bed or two double beds.
AMENITIES Business Center offering: faxing, copying, computer and Internet access; daily room service; free HBO; guest room modem hookups; a retail boutique; water sports activity rentals; voice mail messaging; accessible rooms; outdoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi; and a video arcade.
DINING The Café Bahia offers a casual Mediterranean atmosphere and international cuisine with a Southwestern flair. This tropical oasis is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy light dining or a superb meal. Dine al fresco on the Café Bahia’s Outdoor Patio. San Diego’s perfect weather makes outdoor dining possible all year round.
MEETINGS BANQUETS With 20,000 square feet of versatile function space, the Bahia Resort Hotel can accommodate groups from 10 to 1,200. The Bahia is unsurpassed in functionality, flexibility and working comfort. All 16-function rooms are complemented by breathtaking, panoramic views.
The Bahia Sternwheelers provide a unique San Diego experience to complement a truly memorable event. The Bahia Belle and her sister ship the William D. Evans are replicas of 19th Century Mississippi riverboats. Each ship is magnificently adorned with rich woods, etched glass and polished brass fixtures bringing back an era of refined service and elegance.
The William D. Evans is equipped to handle up to 575 guests and the Bahia Belle can accommodate up to 200. The William D. Evans and Bahia Belle provide all modern amenities while still maintaining 19th Century grace and charm. The William D. Evans, launched in 1987, is a masterpiece of fine craftsmanship. Every detail has been painstakingly labored to produce an atmosphere which stops time and recalls the era when majestic boats ruled the waters. Asian ironwood parquet floors, hand carved mahogany doors and etched glass accent every corner and window on all three decks. The breathtaking upper deck ceiling is a stained glass vaulted skylight 42 feet long and 18 feet wide. The skylight’s radiant colors are created with over 50,000 pieces of imported European stained glass. On the first level, the “Boiler Room Bar” is twenty feet of copper and brass resembling massive antique boilers. Lights glimmer, gauges fluctuate and “fire” flickers, adding a special excitement to this one of a kind bar.The William D. Evans has modern state of the art audiovisual equipment and a full galley making her the perfect choice for a social, business or corporate event.
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES The Bahia hosts an outdoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi, fitness and exercise center, 2 tennis courts equipped for night play, and a video arcade. Watersport rentals are available and include: wetsuits, boogie boards & rafts, paddleboats, kayaks, powerboats and jet-skis and wave runners/sea-dos. In-line skates and bikes are also available to rent to use on the miles of boardwalk that surrounds the Bahia.Take a complimentary moonlight sternwheeler cruise on Mission Bay aboard our “Turn of the century” style sternwheeler boat the Bahia Belle which hosts DJ’s and live music. The Belle cruises beneath the stars across Mission Bay throughout the evening between The Bahia and her sister hotel The Catamaran. Dance the night away with the sounds of live music while enjoying your favorite cocktail. All passengers are invited to disembark at either hotel stop and re-board later. When stopping off at the Catamaran Hotel, dine in the elegant atmosphere of the Atoll restaurant and relax at the newly opened Catamaran Spa. For hotel guests, the cruise is complimentary; local patrons pay a one time per evening boarding fee of only $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under.