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San Diego Mission Bay Resort Hotel Review

San Diego is one of my favorite destinations and the San Diego Mission Bay Resort is the perfect place to stay when visiting America's Finest City. Here is my full review and everything you need to know before booking a stay.

Aerial view of palm trees and pools at Mission Bay Resort


Located 10 mins away from downtown San Diego and the airport, the San Diego Mission Bay Resort is in the perfect location to visit and explore the city and surrounding areas. The resort is located on the waterfront of Mission Bay making it the ultimate outdoor destination. This property is centrally located from all of the attractions and must see places in San Diego being a short drive from the beautiful suburban beaches of La Jolla, Downtown San Diego, or many of the nearby amusement parks. See the full list of Must Visit Destinations in San Diego.

Aerial view of the Mission Bay Resort along Mission Bay  with palm trees and boats

THE PROPERTY The resort sits along the water in Mission Bay and has a very large and open footprint. As you arrive you will walk through their open air lobby perfect for enjoying the year round perfect weather in San Diego. The resort does a great job with having plenty of comfortable places to enjoy the outdoors.

There are multiple 2 story buildings and one large tower that houses all of the resort’s guest rooms.

Many of the ground floor rooms have large grass areas or fireplaces right outside the door which make the room feel larger. This is also great for quick access to enjoy the pool or beach areas.

Out back is the outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs. Enjoy the San Diego sunshine as you sit pool side under the palm trees or in one of their rentable cabanas.

You can enjoy drinks and food directly at your lounge chair or walk to the back and enjoy food at the outdoor bar and dining area which overlooks beautiful Mission Bay.

It is easy to stay fit and moving in whether you visit the fitness center or take a walk or jog around the paved pathway along the water. The resort also offers bikes for rent in addition to their beach volleyball and outdoor tennis courts.

Water Activities are the best part of this resort which make it stand out from many of the other properties in San Diego. Head down to the water and you can rent jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks, or even a private boat.


Enjoy their beautiful coastal inspired hotel rooms that feature large private balconies with amazing views of the bay. The guest rooms are very spacious and have great beds and very large TVs. The top floor rooms on the two story buildings have high vaulted ceilings. The bathrooms are very well appointed and have great showers. The upgraded rooms have larger sitting areas and a wet bar.


There are multiple places for dining or drinks on property.

Covewood is a great indoor /outdoor restaurant that makes a great place to enjoy the fresh Pacific Ocean breeze during breakfast or brunch. They also have a beautiful bar and outdoor dining area with fire places perfect for year round enjoyment.

Plaza Del Sol is a great spot for grabbing cocktails or enjoying some sharable small plates. This is a great place to get out of the sun and enjoy the shade under their sun cloth canopies and palm tree filled outdoor area.

Solaria serves Mexican food and drinks and is your place for poolside dining and drinks.

Mission Joe is the perfect spot for a quick drink or açaí bowl before heading out to explore the City.

The resort also has a marketplace which has snacks, drinks, deserts, clothing, and other items like sun screen or things you may need for your stay.

The San Diego Mission Bay Resort is a perfect place to stay whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly environment. Be sure to book this stay with an American Express Platinum Credit Card which offers this resort as part of their Fine Hotel program offering room upgrades and resort credits to be used on property in addition to earning 5X points for your stay!

This resort is an amazing place for hosted events. They have huge indoor ballrooms as well as an outdoor tented event space perfect for weddings, conferences, or parties.

And like any luxury getaway resort, be sure to enjoy the spa after a day of water activities on the bay or at the many nearby amazing beaches.

This is a great resort and a great place to stay when visiting America’s Finest City!


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