Written by Sidney, a mom blogger who recently enjoyed a staycation at Mission Bay Resort.
Looking for a stress free vacation without the inconvenience of traveling? Look no further than Mission Bay Resort, a beautiful beachfront getaway located in the heart of San Diego. Previously known as the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, this newly reimagined resort provides a revitalized ambiance, boutique appeal and an array of family friendly facilities. Speaking as a mother who recently enjoyed a staycation at Mission Bay Resort, I can genuinely attest that it’s an ideal spot for a relaxing beach retreat right in your own neighborhood.
Renovated Rooms and Suites: A Home Away from Home
One of the highlights of my stay at Mission Bay Resort was the beautifully renovated rooms and suites. Offering a range of options to suit every family’s needs, the accommodations are both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Whether you’re a solo traveler or a family, there is a room or suite that will make you feel right at home.
Traditional Guest Rooms
The traditional guest rooms at Mission Bay Resort provide ample space for relaxation and rejuvenation. With 365 square feet of living space, there’s plenty of room to spread out and unwind. Choose between a king-size bed or two queen-size beds, and enjoy the option of a balcony or patio with views of the garden, resort, or bay.
Studio Guest Rooms
If you’re looking for a bit more space, the studio guest rooms are ideal. With 480 square feet of living space, these rooms feature a dedicated living area complete with a comfortable couch and coffee table. Just like the traditional guest rooms, you can choose between a king-size bed or two queen-size beds, and connecting rooms are available upon request.
Fire Pit Studio Guest Rooms (Top Pick)
For those seeking a beachy atmosphere, the fire pit studio guest rooms are a top pick. These rooms open up to private patios with fire pits, some of which are right on the shoreline. Imagine sitting around the fire, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying the sound of the waves crashing just steps away. These rooms offer all the comforts of the studio guest rooms, making them perfect for groups who enjoy socializing outdoors.
San Diego Suites: Luxury and Elegance Combined
If you’re looking to indulge in luxury and elegance during your stay, the San Diego Suites at Mission Bay Resort are the perfect choice. Ranging from 671 to 1463 square feet, these spacious suites offer all the luxuries you would expect from a four-star resort. Choose between a private balcony with bay or garden views, or a patio with a fire pit. The suites feature open-planned living rooms separate from the bedroom, complete with a dining table and sitting area.
Accessible Guest Rooms: Inclusivity for All
One aspect of Mission Bay Resort that stood out to me was their commitment to inclusivity. The accessible guest rooms offer all the features of the traditional guest rooms, with special touches to ensure a comfortable stay for guests with mobility challenges. These rooms feature wheelchair-accessible patios with bay or garden views, as well as visual fire alarms, doorknockers, and phone alert options. Wheelchair users can enjoy lowered peepholes and towel rails, as well as roll-in showers and bathtubs.
Dining Options: A Culinary Journey for Every Palate
When it comes to dining, Mission Bay Resort offers an array of options to satisfy every palate. From waterfront dining to poolside snacks, there’s something for everyone.
Covewood: A Culinary Delight by the Waterfront
Covewood, Mission Bay Resort’s waterfront restaurant, offers a superb menu that has earned it several awards, including a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Covewood has you covered. Start your day with a buffet or à la carte breakfast, featuring a variety of soups, salads, pasta, and pizzas. For dinner, indulge in a three-course menu with a fixed price, offering a taste of the resort’s culinary expertise. Covewood also offers private dining rooms for larger parties, providing an intimate and memorable dining experience.
Plaza Del Sol: The Perfect Spot to Unwind
For a glitzy yet comfortable social experience, head to Plaza Del Sol. This bar area offers both a traditional bar area with high stools and small tables, as well as a serviced patio. Happy hour is a must-visit, with discounts on drinks and appetizers. Try their specialty drinks, crafted exclusively for happy hour. The extensive drinks menu includes a selection of top Californian wines, and there are also some light meals available to complement your drink of choice.
SolRisa: Poolside Dining at Its Finest
When it’s time for a poolside snack or a light lunch, SolRisa is the place to be. Located conveniently by the pool, this dining option offers a variety of delicious dishes. From quesadillas and wraps to smoothies and cocktails, there’s something for everyone. Kids can enjoy lunch boxes with grilled cheese or hot dogs, and Fresco’s offers a range of cocktails to complete the holiday atmosphere. SolRisa is open daily for lunch and dinner, and even offers light breakfasts on the weekends.
Mission JOe: Fuel Up with a Cup of Coffee
If you’re a coffee lover like me, you’ll appreciate Mission JOe, the resort’s dedicated coffee shop. Start your day with a cup of Zoka brand coffee, alongside other hot and cold drinks. Indulge in breakfast staples like bagels and muffins, or choose from a variety of pre-made meals if you’re on the go. The relaxed atmosphere of Mission JOe, coupled with the comfortable patio furniture, makes it the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy your morning cup of joe.
Room Service: Indulge in the Comfort of Your Room
Sometimes, all you want is a cozy meal in the comfort of your room. Mission Bay Resort’s room service has got you covered. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or need a quick snack for hungry children, the resort’s room service offers a first-class dining experience. They pride themselves on providing anything you might crave, ensuring your stay is as comfortable and convenient as possible.
Amenities: A Haven of Relaxation and Fun
Mission Bay Resort is not just a place to sleep and eat—it’s a haven of relaxation and fun for the whole family. From swimming pools to beach access, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Swimming Pools: Dive into Refreshment
One of the highlights of my stay was the variety of waterside locations offered by Mission Bay Resort. The resort boasts two fabulous swimming pools, as well as exclusive beach access. The waterfront pool allows you to enjoy both the beach and the pool, with plenty of loungers available for relaxation. The poolside restaurant ensures you’re never far from refreshments. For an added touch of luxury, consider renting a poolside cabana, complete with loungers, a TV, and free WiFi. The little ones will enjoy the wading pool, a shallow pool filled with brightly colored balls. Parents can relax on the surrounding loungers or join their children in the pool. Please note that children under 3 years of age are only allowed in the wading pool and must wear swim diapers.
Beach Access and Water Sports: Fun in the Sun
Mission Bay Resort offers exclusive access to a private bay beach, allowing you to enjoy the sand and seclusion without leaving the hotel. The beach is fully serviced, meaning you can order food and drinks from Fresco’s while enjoying the sun and surf. Take part in beach activities such as bonfires, volleyball, bean bag toss, and badminton. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at water sports like water skiing and stand-up paddleboarding, available right in front of the hotel. Action Sports Rentals on-site offers everything you need for a day of fun in the water, including surrey bikes for a family-friendly ride around the bay.
Fitness Center: Stay Active and Energized
Staying active and healthy is made easy at Mission Bay Resort. The resort boasts a fully equipped fitness center, complete with Life Fitness equipment and free weights. You can also take part in fun fitness classes, such as boot camp, yoga, Zumba, and pilates. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day, and saunas are available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Whether you prefer a solo workout or enjoy the camaraderie of a group class, the fitness center has everything you need to stay active and energized during your stay.
Spa Brezza: Pamper Yourself in Paradise
No staycation is complete without a little pampering, and Spa Brezza at Mission Bay Resort is the perfect place to indulge. The spa focuses on beautiful and healthy skin, offering a variety of treatments inspired by aromatherapy. From massages to body wraps to facials, there’s something to suit every preference. Couples can enjoy a romantic couples massage, and pregnant women can indulge in a specialized prenatal massage. Children under 13 can also enjoy select treatments, making Spa Brezza a truly inclusive destination. The spa also features a salon for hair and makeup appointments, ensuring you look and feel your best during your stay. Please note that spa hours may vary, so be sure to check before booking your treatment.
Family Activities: Fun for the Whole Family
Mission Bay Resort is a paradise for families, with a wide range of activities to keep children of all ages entertained. In addition to the swimming pools and beach access, the resort offers board games at the front desk, ping pong tables, and jumbo checkerboards. Children can also participate in tennis clinics or join in the fun of s’mores nights by the beachside bonfires. The resort’s commitment to family-friendly activities earned it the title of the second-best family resort in the US in 2019, and it’s easy to see why.
Dog-Friendly Accommodation: Bring Your Furry Friend Along
At Mission Bay Resort, every member of the family is welcome, including your furry friends. The resort allows up to two dogs per room, with a maximum weight limit of 75 pounds each. A fee of $100 USD per dog for a three-day stay applies, with an additional $25 USD per day thereafter. The resort’s grassy areas and proximity to Mission Bay parks make it an ideal destination for dogs. Please note that ground-floor rooms for guests with dogs are not guaranteed, but the fire pit rooms are located on the ground floor, offering a convenient option for dog owners.
The Mission Bay Neighborhood: Exploring San Diego
Mission Bay Resort, located at 1775 East Mission Bay Drive, is conveniently situated just a little over 10 minutes away from the San Diego International Airport. Nestled in the charming neighborhood of Mission Bay, this resort offers a delightful escape with its man made saltwater bay and relaxed holiday ambiance. You can explore the nearby Mission Bay parks, which boast small bay beaches, playgrounds for children and spacious grassy areas. Enjoy a picturesque sunset sailing trip or have a lovely picnic at Bonita Cove Park. And if you’re visiting with kids, make sure not to miss SeaWorld San Diego right on Mission Bay – it’s packed with captivating marine animal exhibits, shows and even exciting roller coasters for thrill seekers. For an awe inspiring experience between January and March, be sure to witness the magnificent California gray whale migration – it’s truly mesmerizing! To get an even closer look at these majestic creatures as they journey to Mexico, consider embarking on a thrilling whale watching tour. If you’re up for some more exploration beyond Mission Bay, there are plenty of attractions just a short drive away such as the historic Old Town San Diego, the renowned San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND California and beautiful Balboa Park.
Make Reservations and Start Your Staycation Today
Looking for a beach getaway without actually leaving San Diego? Mission Bay Resort is the ideal spot for families planning a staycation. For the best deals and special offers, it’s recommended to book directly through the hotel’s website. If you happen to be an AAA member, check out the San Diego Mission Bay Resort AAA page for discounted rates that often include parking. Another option is to book through Hotels.com, which adds convenience to your reservation process. So pack your bags, grab sunscreen and prepare yourself for a relaxing and unforgettable staycation experience at Mission Bay Resort.