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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Ranked #24 of 281 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Buena Park, California
1 review
“Fantastic Trip and Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The whole experience from start to finish was amazing. The restaurant and Mooray's lounge were great places to eat and hang out. The rental items were cool to go around the bay and paddleboard, take a bike to the beach or sail for a bit. Housekeeping kept our room very clean and fresh every day. I do not have one complaint about this resort for the 5 nights we stayed. We will recommend this place to everyone and will be back next year!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the Bay are the best!!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We (family of 5) stayed at the Catamaran on the recommendation of friends who had stayed there a few years back. We were there 4 nights. The location was absolutely perfect as we went to Seaworld (10 minutes away) . . . USS Midway/Downtown Waterfront (20 minutes away) . . . San Diego Zoo (20 minutes away) . . . Coronado (25 minutes away) . . . La Jolla (5-10 minutes away) . . . Point Loma (15-20 minutes away) so we loved the location. The staff was very friendly and the food at the restaurant was average to above average (we only ate there twice). We had a Bayfront room and loved waking up to the sun coming up over Mission Bay and downtown in the distance. The Catamaran has been around awhile and therefore the negatives were that the room was musty smelling and the furniture dated. Onsite self parking is $17.50 per day (valet is $27.50 per day). Otherwise we enjoyed our stay and would recommend to anybody with kids. Our kids loved playing with all the ducks that walk around the place. They also put out colorful McCaws & Parrots that talk and the kids enjoyed those as well.

Room Tip: Would recommend the Bayfront rooms for sure.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Just finished a week at the Catamaran Resort. The staff is outstanding, the amenities are terrific and there is NO resort fee. Excellent beach on Mission Bay with chairs and umbrellas set up each day for use. Location is great, middle of the Pacific Beach area! Restaurants were nice and well priced. The grounds are maintained beautifully with tropical birds brought out each day for viewing. Ducks roam the property all day long and there are multiple koi ponds. Pool area is large and well staffed.

We had a fantastic stay!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I am rating my spa experience. Mariah assisted me in the spa and she was amazing! I highly recommend the catamaran's resort and Spa. The ambiance is tranquil and the customer service is above and beyond!

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The location, service, price, and room was great. I have nothing bad to say about this place! Although I was there for a Board Meeting, I felt as if I was on vacation when I went back to the room. It was awesome.

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We would like to express our gratitude to all the staff especially Amber Kelly, Director of Catering from the first meeting to the evening of the reception did a magnificent job in bringing our Daughter's Wedding Reception to full fruition and making it so memorable for us and all our Guests. All your staff were so helpful and attentive.The Hotel was very inviting and theBay view was absolutely indescribable!! Thank you so very much, Amber for such a magnificent job!! I would certainly recommend choosing the Catamran for a Wedding Reception!!!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the bay are priceless!
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I recently spent two nights at the Catamaran and was blown away by the room we stayed in. We could step right out to the beach and bay, relax on our patio and could walk to many close destinations in the area. I loved the Polynesian vibe it had and would definitely stay there again. Big thanks to Charlotte Corvi and Melissa Armstrong who helped accommodate our trip!

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Additional Information about Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Property: Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Address: 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109-6959
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:
#6 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#7 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#9 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#56 Family Hotel in San Diego
#71 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#95 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 315
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 
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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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