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“Great location, friendly staff. "Beach" is public and no chairs”

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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Ranked #16 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Stayed at Catamaran Resort with a girlfriend for a few days. The room was spacious, staff was nice. The resort is obviously a bit older and could really use an update. The grounds are very pretty, the nightly cruise is nice and Catamaran clearly makes an effort to have activities to keep guests entertained. Don't get fooled by their "beach" though. It's a public beach and very few chairs are available, so plan on sitting on the sand or going to the pool (or bring your own chairs).

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Can't beat the location, close to the bay and ocean (and other restaurants). Grounds are beautiful, love the parrots and ducks. Did the luau, the food and entertainment were fabulous. Had appetizers and dinner from the Atoll on the bar patio, also delicious. Great and inexpensive kids crafts at the pool area, my daughter loved them. The arcade is small, and only a handful of games are free. Our room was in the tower (lower floor) facing the parking garage. The beds were comfortable but our location was noisy in the morning (they were rehabbing the room below us - starting at 7:00 am). Maid service didn't come until 4:00 pm, which interfered getting the family ready for dinner. That said, the room and kitchen area was clean. Free Wi-Fi worked great. There's also a safe in the room. We would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Lower tower floors facing the parking garage can be noisy - car alarms and staff moving equipment. A...
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

As a San Diego local, I adore the catamaran! From the spa to the bay to the luau, there's always something to do and the people watching is amazing from the outdoor restaurant! They also have free yoga on Thursday nights in August with lululemon which is super fun.

Melissa and her staff were divine at the luau - can't wait to attend another one!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Wow! I love this place! Would live here if possible, beautiful grounds, lavish furnishings, the most comfortable bed in town. Activities were great, the cruise around the Bay was enchanting. The pool area very well organized and outfitted with twin cabana lounges.,The bay beach was clean, and had many paddle boats, sailboats,kayaks, and kid stuff to rent. Free beach chairs to use and tables for drinks.
Don't miss this place for the ultimate beach stay, casual yet surprisingly elegant.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The luau at the Catamaran in San Diego is better than the one I saw in Maui earlier this year! The food was great and the dancers were amazing. The luau offers great food and family fun! Melissa Armstrong is a wonderful hostess!

Room Tip: Property offers an island oasis feel and can't beat the location on the bay
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Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

This hotel has excellent beach location- great for kids- upgraded at reception but pity in upgrade I could not see the beach- made complaint about room cleanliness asked for them to come back to me but they failed- wonder why?- this hotel is obviously very popular- but will suffer from overuse unless there is substantial reinvestment- it's getting dull looking- a little too busy for me

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Bad service, when we ordered we get the wrong things and the also was rude
Eneough to demand graduty on the bill, hopeless..the rest of the hotel was fine. Nice weather and beaches. Hope my next stay will be better.

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Additional Information about Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Address: 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109-6959
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#5 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#6 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#55 Family Hotel in San Diego
#70 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#94 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $170 - $378 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 310
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is a paradisiacal destinationon the shores of Mission Bay and mere steps from San Diego’s famous Pacific Beach. Featuring lush tropical gardens and a private beach, this Polynesian-themed hotel offers 310 guest rooms, studios or suites, each with a private balcony or patio. On-site amenities include signature restaurant Oceana Coastal Kitchen, featuring a surf and turf menu and a patio lined with tiki torches, fire pit tables and lush palms, and the Catamaran Spa, the only beachfront spa in San Diego. Additional activities include bicycle and water-sport rentals and the beach towns of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, featuring a beachside boardwalk,Crystal Pier and a variety of cafés and boutiques. The Catamaran is conveniently located within 10 miles of major attractions including SeaWorld,the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego International Airport. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Catamaran Resort & Spa San Diego
Catamaran Hotel Mission Bay
Catamaran Resort San Diego
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