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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
sacramento, ca
2 reviews
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“Great hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

We very much enjoyed The Dana. Our double-Queen room was spacious enough for two adults and two kids. The free shuttle to Sea World was a fantastic bonus. The front desk staff was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and the grounds are beautifully maintained. The food at the on-site Blue Pearl restaurant was tasty and reasonably priced (especially considering it is a hotel restaurant, which tend to be over-priced), the food arrived quickly--always a plus when travelling with kids--and the service was great.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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 August 8, 2011

Great location, beautiful view of the water, access to boats and kayaks and a very nice atmosphere.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Stayed here 7 nights with my girlfriend and her son(age 12) and another couple and their 2 kids(2-6) Everyone loved it! Our first night we had a courtyard level room and the courtyard by the tropical pool is beautiful, but it was a tad too small for the 3 of us for a week, plus we could hear the people above us stomping around. Usually I can tolerate occasional noise, but these rooms have older AC units and the combo of the foot stompers and loud AC was enough to change rooms. The next day we went to the front desk and they moved us to the newer section, which is made of concrete and quieter. We paid $40 a night for the upgrade, but the room was larger, with a view of the bay and worth the extra $$! By the way, the front desk crew was very nice and accomodating to us our whole stay.

We ate breakfast at the Blue Pearl a few times and it was pretty descent. Lunch was ok.
We had 3 meals at the Firefly and they were excellent. We were very happy with the quality of the food and service!

The pools are nice(towels provided in the room), with wait service at the pool by the firefly and a cabana-type bar at the tropical pool.
San Diego has so much to offer, but you can easily stay at this hotel and not leave(as long as you're willing to run a tab)
Since there's a marina behind the Dana, you can rent jet skis, paddle boats, pontoon and ski boats, etc.

I'd recomend this hotel for families, friends,and couples old and young. The staff is friendly, food good, rooms are nice, and you can't beat the location to Sea World, the beach ,downtown and the airport.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fullerton, California
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

False advertisement. It's the Lobby and entrance that is modern and clean looking. The rooms are old and stinky and small. The restaurant is like a coffee shop nothing special. The service was off and on. The price didn't match what you got. They offer a free shuttle for Sea World but not very many time slots. This was the main reason we chose this place other than what we saw in pictures and what people had to say about it.

We frequent San Diego every couple of months and stay for a long or short weekend. This place needs a makeover in a BIG way!!

Room Tip: I'm not sure you can get a less noiser room. the windows open and the parking is on both sides o...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

My husband and I were taking a much needed vacation in San Diego. We wanted something fun but relaxing in a beautiful location. The Dana Hotel is all of those things and MORE!
First off, you just cannot beat the location. It is set on beautiful Mission Bay and our room overlooked the bay full of jet skiers, kayakers and boaters. We rented bikes and took a short trip to the Boardwalk which is full of fun nightlife and cool restaurants. Also, the hotel property is full of luscious trees and flower beds with two pools. The one pool we went to was rather large and had cabana shade you could sit under for no extra charge. It is a great place to take a nap or read a book. The other pool we never made it but it is located next to a beautiful garden and had a sandbox for kids to play in. It also had a snack bar that serves drinks :) There were two days that we didn't even leave the property. We just hung out at the pool and ate at the hotel.

Second, the rooms are beautiful. The beds are comfortable and the decor is relaxing. Water in the shower stays warm and the shower head gives a strong flow. (with curly hair this is a must :) ) The housekeeping staff keeps the room super clean and restocks all towels and robes quickly.

The last and rather important aspect is the wonderful restaurants and staff at the Dana. We loved breakfast at the Blue Pearl which has really reasonable prices and AMAZING eggs benedict! We also loved the Firefly because not only does it serve the BEST creme brulee ever the staff is so friendly. My husband and I would get drinks there and chit chat with the wonderful ladies behind the bar.

Basically, when I go back to San Diego, I know I will be staying at the Dana and I know we will have an incredible experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boulder, Colorado
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

We splurged and spent the extra money for an upper level room overlooking Mission Bay. It was worth every penny. Spacious, clean room, large bathroom, microwave, sink and 'fridge, with balcony and patio furniture. Very pleasantly surprised by the quality of food at the onsite restaurant "Firefly". Very convenient location.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yuma, Az
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

We have spent 6 summer vacations at The Dana and a few days throughout the year as well.
It's exciting to arrive, check in, unpack and begin our stay, but it is so heartbreaking and hard to leave The Dana.
It is the entire staff that makes The Dana such a wonderful, excellent and memorable place to stay.
We can't wait to get back!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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