A San Diego Landmark Bahia Resort Hotel History

Located on the shores of Mission Bay, the Bahia Resort Hotel was conceptualized by the City of San Diego and William and Anne Evans, the founders of Evans Hotels, in the late 1940s. When the City of San Diego offered several parcels to be bid on for commercial development, William and Anne journeyed out to the mudflats to survey the possibilities.

The duo envisioned a beautiful beach hotel and took a leap of faith as the first commercial lessee on Mission Bay. By 1953, the Bahia Resort Hotel’s first 52 units were open and attracting visitors. In two years, the Evans opened another 20 units, and shortly thereafter they debuted another 40. William and Anne’s vision for Bahia Resort Hotel and Mission Bay proved to play an important role in the region’s future as many other businesses followed suit.

Today, the Bahia Resort Hotel is a highly sought after 313-room hotel which includes beachfront cottages, studios with panoramic views and spacious bayside suites. The Bahia continues to attract vacationers interested in experiencing an idyllic Southern California beach getaway.

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