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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is the place to stay in San Diego. We just came in from Philly and stayed at the Catamaran. Our room overlooked Mission bay and the grounds are impeccable, making you feel like you are staying in the Caribbean. Steven from Valet was superior. He is a great face to start your stay at the Catamaran as he greeted...

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Niskayuna, New York
Reviewed 20 April 2016

The grounds are beautiful, staff is great, beach and bar are awesome. The rooms are a little dated, but clean. Spa is amazing and I highly recommend the steam room and vitamin-c shower. The one issue that could have made the stay better was a mini-fridge. We were in the tower with a king bed, but there was no mini-fridge...

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Valhalla, New York
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Our daughter, who lives in San Diego, had her wedding at the Catamaran on April 16, 2016. We traveled from New York to host the wedding. We had a wonderful experience. The staff was extremely helpful with everything. The Banquet Captain Dave Hopper was exceptional in accommodating our every request. Sylvia Ramirez did an outstanding job in arranging the reception....

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Julia T, Manager at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review and for choosing to celebrate such a wonderful occasion with us. We’re happy to hear that everything went smoothly and that our staff was able to accommodate you and your guests. We take great pride in the service that our staff provides and will be sure to let Dave, Sylvia and the...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 20 April 2016

We had a Business luncheon here, and it was such a pleasant and enjoyable experience. From the moment we walked in, the staff was so warm and welcoming. They made everything very stress-free, and were so helpful. Dave Hopper, the fabulous Banquet Captain, made such an effort to take good care of us. He was so kind, and we truly...

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Julia T, Manager at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing to host your business luncheon at the Catamaran. We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed dining with us. We take great pride in the service that our staff provides and will be sure to let Dave know of your kind words. Thank you again for your positive feedback, we look forward to hosting...

Boise, Idaho
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Just stayed here April 15-16 and I have to say it was so amazing! A block from Pacific Beach and all the fun stuff the area has to offer. Our room overlooked Mission Bay and was clean, quiet and the staff was amazing! We also ate at the Oceana Restaurant at the hotel and I highly recommend that as well....

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Reviewed 18 April 2016

My ONLY complaint is that the parking fee ($23/day) was not disclosed to me until after I got there. Booking was also a fiasco (through Travelocity) - but I suppose that is no fault of the resort. All of the other amenities take this place from a 4 to a 5 star place. Didn't even make it to the free...

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Chandler, Arizona
Reviewed 18 April 2016

I've stayed here a number of times for business meetings and it's fantastic. Yes, the rooms are a little dated, but I enjoy it. They're clean, staff is great, beach out the front of the hotel, fantastic restaurant and bar, birds on property, pool, etc. Great for families, nice beach and next to a great running/walking/biking path.

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San Diego, CA
Reviewed 18 April 2016

This isn't the newest resort in San Diego but it has the corner on location. Close to the beach and the bay and easy to get to all the attractions you'd want to see. We stayed with 3 small kids and it was really easy for us to get around. The pool could be bigger but it worked fine (again,...

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Julia T, Manager at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and for the kind feedback about our resort. We pride ourselves on the great service that our staff provides and are so happy to hear that Tye was able to help resolve your room issues in a timely manner to make your stay more enjoyable! We’re happy to...

Anchorage, Alaska
Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

We just got back from a Cali trip. We stayed 4 nights at the Catamaran. What a great spot! The mission Bay Area is beautiful and we felt very safe walking around in the area. The hotel staff was very. Helpful but most of all you can tell they enjoy their jobs. Valet staff was outstanding and helpful. We had...

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Julia T, Manager at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing to stay at our resort and for taking the time to write this review. We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed exploring the area and our hotel amenities. We take great pride in our staff providing a safe family environment for our guests to enjoy and will be sure to let Tom know of...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Great room overlooking the bay in the tower The kitchenette was handy for easy meals Beds ok bit old but ok Staff were lovely and attentive and bought is wine and cheese for pour Pool area was great for the kids they loved it Recommend this hotel for family it's great

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Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • 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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  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
  • 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: $260 - $582 (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 Hotel Mission Bay
Catamaran Resort & Spa San Diego
Catamaran Resort San Diego
Catamaran San Diego
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#6 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#8 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#55 Family Hotel in San Diego
#70 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#94 Business Hotel in San Diego
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