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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

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National City, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw great reviews for this resort and went to visit with a friend of mine visiting from out of town. I have to say its one of the best thing you can do in San Diego. From the great bay views and beach life I was sucked in. My friend and I decided to try the brunch and we were...

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Thank you for reviewing your experience at our Sunday Brunch here at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. In addition to offering delicious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday, hotel and non-hotel guests can indulge in the best quality seafood, including fresh seafood made by our very own Chef Charl, at our Sunday Brunch. We are so glad you...

Reviewed 1 week ago

I had such an enjoyable stay at the Catamaran! I HAD an Amazing massage by Christina. She worked out every knot, and I felt way better after getting a massage. It was so nice to feel better! I highly recommend the Catamran and Christina.

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Thank you for reviewing your experience at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. It gives us great joy knowing that Christina assured you left here feeling better than when you came! We hope you have an opportunity to join us again for another stay and massage!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great vacation over Thanksgiving The hotel is in an excellent location. We loved it. The staff was awesome. We loved the access to the beach the bay, groceries stores, shopping and restuarants

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Thank you for reviewing your stay at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. We are in a prime location in San Diego that allows our guests easy access to Mission Bay in addition to plenty of local restaurants and attraction within walking distance. We hope to welcome you back during your next visit to San Diego!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We play in a soccer tournament every year, and we always stay at the catamaran resort. This was my first year that I had to reserve the block of rooms and dealing with Charlotte who is the contact person I needed to contact to set that up. My experience was awesome, she made it so easy. The resort is a...

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We would like to extend our gratitude for taking the time to review your experience at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. Charlotte consistently does a super job organizing the room blocks for our groups here, and is always a pleasure to work with. We are glad she made the experience so easy and that you continue to stay with...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I spend the day at the catamaran spa for a birthday gift to me. The receptionist kris, was very polite and sweet when she checked us in. Tracy my locker attendant was always there if I had a question , she kept the locker room very nice. By far one of my best experiences at a spa....

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Thank you for allowing us to partake in your birthday celebration here at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. We are delighted to hear your experience with us was one of the best you have had at a spa! In addition to getting a treatment, spa guests can enjoy the steam room, sauna, and relaxation pool with a stunning view...

long beach, ca
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful time staying in the tower with bay and ocean view. Gorgeous views of downtown, bay, and pacific beach from our balcony. Very friendly staff. Lush grounds. Loved the talking cockatoos and parrots we could visit on property. Overall a wonderful stay. Bay walking/biking trails right outside, beach rentals. Close walk to many restaurants and shops.

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Thank you for reviewing your stay at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. We offer our guests a small slice of paradise right here in San Diego with beautiful, tropical gardens and a picturesque view of Mission Bay. Additionally, our property is in the perfect location in San Diego so guests can easily access Mission Bay, Mission Beach and plenty...

Castro Valley, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I stayed at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa for 4 days. It was so enjoyable to stay there! The Catamaran Resort environment is so beautiful, classy, clean, and green, like tropical paradise! The staff is very friendly and professional! My whole family likes Resort so much! One thing I would really like to thanks so much to...

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Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. We do our best to create the most authentic tropical Hawaiian experience here in San Diego, so we are glad you and your family enjoyed your time here in paradise! Additionally, we take great pride in our staff for providing our guests with...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came down from Los Angeles to take out my fiancé's 93 year old grandmother for Thanksgiving. We all had a wonderful and stress free time. The entire staff was thoughtful and helpful. A special shout out to Mr. Hopper who helped us locate pumpkin pies and checked to make sure we were being well taken care of. We look...

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Casa Grande, Arizona
Reviewed 1 week ago

What I really like about this place was its old-school beach-resort vibe. I don't know what year it was built, but I'm guessing sometime in the 1970s. It's clearly been updated significantly over time, but it hasn't lost that retro charm. I could do with a bit more insulation in the walls and in between the floors when trying to...

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Amy W, Guest Relations Manager at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share a rating of your stay with us. We're thrilled you enjoy the old-school beach vibe charm and koi fish. Thank you for your compliments regarding the Bahia Belle, we're glad you had the opportunity to experience it during your stay. We would love the opportunity to welcome you back for another stay...

Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here in August. You are about 2 blocks from the Ocean and located directly on the bay where the hotel has chairs available for guests. The pool is nice and has a bar if you'd like a cocktail. There are a few restaurants and a bar. We stayed in the tower which is a bit dated but the...

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Amy W, Guest Relations Manager at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to share a rating of your stay in August, Moira. Thank you for your compliments regarding our room views and great location, right by Pacific Beach. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again next time your travels bring you to San Diego.

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Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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  • Breakfast Available
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
One of the few resorts on Mission Bay to not charge a resort fee! The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is a paradisiacal destination located on the shores of Mission Bay and mere steps from San Diego’s famous Pacific Beach. With features including lush tropical gardens and private beach, this Polynesian-themed hotel offers an ideal blend of fun and tranquility all year-round. Established in 1958, the Catamaran is a paradise featuring more than 1,000 varieties of exotic plants and animals from around the world. Palm trees, bamboo, waterfalls and koi ponds appeal to the senses, while playful parrots delight and intrigue guests. The Catamaran’s architecture, reminiscent of the traditional Colonial Hawaiian style, boasts accents including totem poles handcrafted in Bali, art pieces such as tapa cloth from Vanuatu and a beautiful front desk constructed of Black Koa wood imported directly from Tahiti. At the Catamaran, guests are checked into one of 310 guest rooms, studios or suites, each with a private balcony or patio that opens to stunning views of Mission Bay, the Pacific Beach neighborhood and coastline, or the hotel’s lush tropical gardens. All guests are provided a full range of amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. On-site dining options include Oceana Coastal Kitchen, rated by Zagat as one of San Diego’s most anticipated restaurants of 2015 and featuring chef-driven surf and turf dishes. Next door to this signature restaurant is Moray’s, where guests can sip on a signature Moray’s Mai Tai, savor a local craft beer and enjoy daily happy hour specials. Both venues feature a blend of indoor and patio spaces, the latter lined with tiki torches, fire pit tables and lush palms. Guests may also choose to grab a bite poolside at the Catamaran’s full bar and grill which serves up barbecue favorites during the spring and summer months. Another standout summer special is the Catamaran’s signature luaus, featuring live performers that guide guests through the cultures of the South Pacific as they enjoy a Hawaiian buffet. Those who prefer to spend their time on the water can opt for a cruise on the Bahia Belle, a replica of an 1860s-era sternwheeler that tours around Mission Bay. Step back in time and enjoy a colorful sunset from the top deck, or kick up your heels as the vessel becomes a vibrant nightlife destination with live entertainment and a full-service bar. The Catamaran Spa—the only beachfront spa in San Diego—offers a South Pacific-inspired menu of treatments including massages, facials, body wraps, hydrotherapy treatments and more—carried out with all-natural marine and botanical elements. Additional wellness amenities include an outdoor pool and hot tub, beach cabanas, an open air fitness center, seasonal outdoor yoga classes and more. Further vacation activities include rental paddleboards, sailboats, kayaks, surfboards, bicycles and Segways. The Catamaran is also located within the beach towns Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, where guests can stroll the boardwalk or the iconic Crystal Pier, play at the beach or experience a variety of cafes and boutiques. The resort is also within 10 miles of major San Diego attractions such as SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Downtown’s Gaslamp District and the San Diego International Airport. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Address: 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109-6959
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $188 - $427 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 315
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Also Known As:
Catamaran Resort & Spa San Diego
Catamaran Hotel Mission Bay
Catamaran Resort San Diego
Catamaran San Diego
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#5 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#5 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#5 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#56 Family Hotel in San Diego
#71 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#95 Business Hotel in San Diego
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“Bayfront has an amazing sunrise view!”
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“If staying in the "tower" you have a choice of the bay, or the ocean. Some of the lower (ground level) rooms don't have privacy”
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