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“Exceeded expectations” 5 of 5 stars
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The Dana on Mission Bay
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1710 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 (Mission Bay Park)   |  
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Ranked #93 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
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“Exceeded expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

I really can't say enough great things about the Dana. In fact, part of me wants to keep this little gem all to myself so I can return any time without facing a sold-out situation. Another part of me wants to shout it out to all the families with young children how great it is. It's location, close to airport, on the bay, across from Sea World and close to a market is perfect. The hotel staff smothered us in service to the point that it became a joke among us, "I bet they're calling to make sure we got our towels...yup - that was it". The courtyard rooms, are small but fantastic for both children and parents. Children can run around in the enclosed courtyard while parents can relax or get ready. This feature afforded me the luxury of actually being able to relax for the first time in a long time. I was impressed with The Blue Pearl restaurant with its great service, prices and decent food. I wouldn't recommend renting a car considering the parking fee and the fact that you can do so from the front desk they day before you need it. The only bummer is that there's no kiddie pool but there is a gigantic sand pit with toys. The Dana is affordable and totally awesome and I pray to go back someday!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

Stayed at the Dana with our family of 9 people. Rooms were beautiful and very comfortable. Bay view suites which offered great view of Mission Bay and sail boats etc. Staff was very polite and helpful. Food at the Blue Pearl restaurant for breakfast was good, but service was slow, needs more wait staff. Pool was perfect for kids.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011 via mobile

I always try to stay here cause everything is so convenient I dont need to rent a car and the view is killer. Front desk, shuttle drivers and house keeping are all super friendly.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

The room was not even up to the quality of a Motel 6. The fee for parking in their parking lot was $18. and tacked on after arrival, not part of their advertised fee structure. The room was small and noisy, and workers were renovating the room above us with power tools at 7 AM. The shower was tiny and there was no fan! In short, in 50 years of travel, the only room I've been in that was worse was in Vietnam in 1968. If one spends $250 a night on a room, it ought to be at least 4 star and not a 1 star! Yes, the grounds were pretty, yes the beach was nearby, yes the shopping and fun 1/2 mile away in Mission Beach was fun but oh, the "resort" room itself was poor.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

My family recently stayed at The Dana for a little mini getaway. It was a beautiful hotel - tropical landscaping, right on the bay. We paid a little more and stayed in a beautiful spa suite. It worked out really well. Able to put the toddler down for bed and then enjoy the rest of the evening in the living room. The suite had a huge balcony and a view of the bay. Loved it. Our daughter enjoyed both pools and we couldn't keep her away from the statue of the kids. Got some great pictures! Front desk staff was very knowledgeable about the area and loved the free shuttle to SeaWorld. We'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011 via mobile

We were really happy with our stay here. We stayed in one of the older rooms facing the pool. It was a little on the small side, but we were travelling with three little kids. We have a lot of stuff and we weren't in the room that much. It was very clean and the beds comfortable. The location was wonderful, easy access to everything and the most beautiful views. We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

we stayed at the Dana for one week, the hotel is not that big but it is nice and the location is great! customer service is very good and the staff are friendly. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a jacuzzi which is very nice. I recommend this hotel for a business trip and not for a honeymoon...as one can find much bigger hotels but it is up to your budget!

Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1710 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Mission Bay Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#30 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#44 Family Hotel in San Diego
#72 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Dana on Mission Bay 3.5*
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