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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was our second stay at the Catamaran - the first was in a ground floor room on the grass looking out at the Bay a few years ago. This time we were in the high-rise on the 6th floor with a Bay view.

It was Father's Day weekend so the place was full of families and kids running around, especially at the pool. Up in the high rise it was peaceful and quiet on the small deck with a great view. My first complaint was there was no small refrigerator in the room.

The property is very nice (if a little dated) with a convenient restaurant and bar with plenty of outdoor seating looking at the water. The food is pretty good and the service is friendly and enthusiastic from the young staff. We didn't use the Spa but worked out in the exercise room there with large open windows looking out at the Bay.

My second complaint is a $17 a day charge for self-parking (in a 2 story structure with no elevator) or $22 for valet parking.

There are umbrellas and chairs on the beach, boat, paddleboard and bike rentals with a paved 8 mile trail around the Bay. Across the street is Mission Beach with even more activity, shops, bars and restaurants and a 4 mile trail to walk or ride. At 10pm every night you can see the fireworks display at Sea World across the Bay.

The location is good between the airport and La Jolla, with easy access to Little Italy, downtown or any of the other San Diego attractions.

Overall I really like the Catamanran Resort and can't think of anywhere I'd rather stay for a weekend in San Diego.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a review of the spa services only. We booked a spa treatment package special for each of us. It allowed us the use of the entire resort (sans room) from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. We arrived at 9, had breakfast overlooking the Bay. The service was 5 star and continued that way throughout the day. Every staff member we met acknowledged us or asked if we needed assistance. We were surprised at the reasonable price for breakfast at a hotel! My yogurt, fresh berry and homemade granola were delicious and more than I could eat. We checked in at the spa, each of us escorted for a tour of the facility; an oasis of eucalyptus scented tranquility. Our day consisted of an hour paddle boarding, whirlpool, heavenly massages, hanging out in the relaxation room, a facial for me, steam room for him. We wandered around the facility, shared guacamole and a glass of wine in the outdoor patio by a koi pond.
We recommend this for people who live in the area or vacationers staying somewhere else.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Thank namastegirl
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

This was our family of four's first trip to San Diego. We picked this resort because it seemed centrally located to the attractions we were doing (Zoo, Legoland, La Jolla, Coronado, Sea Port Village). We selected a bay view room with two double beds. We had a balcony on the 11th floor overlooking the bay and we could also see the ocean....what a treat! The room was very clean and comfortable. We utilized the kitchenette for breakfast on more than one occassion.
We had one issue with a lamp in our room, but it was quickly remedied with a call to the front desk.

The kids loved seeing birds on property....baby ducks wondered all over and the macaws were a big hit. We found an excellent breakfast/lunch place within walking distance (The Mission Restaurant)....food was fantastic and service was excellent. We also enjoyed World Famous for breakfast and dinner (walking distance), but weren't as impressed with Tony Romas. The resort pool was never too crowded and we really liked being able to order food from the grill while at the pool. It was a short walk to the beach, but we were not prepared for the number of bicyclists, skateboarders and roller bladers that we encountered. If you are with children keep them on the right side of the sidewalk so those folks can pass you if needed. Lots of interesting people watching on the beach. We also enjoyed taking the kids kayaking while at the resort and we did eat at Moray's Lounge outside and the food was pretty good there.

Overall we had an excellent stay and would recommend this resort to others.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Angela M
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

This is my third year coming to the Catamaran and I fall in love every time I come here. I especially want to thank Jocelyne at the front desk for making our stays even better. Brittany was very helpful as well. The grounds and animals are breathtaking. I feel like I'm in Hawaii. The rooms are perfect in size as well as beautiful views. My grandson loves the pool and the birds. So much to do here with the water sports, pool, bay, happy hour, walking, biking, or just sunbathing under the complementary umbrellas & chairs. I feel spoiled and never want to leave. This will be our vacation place every year hopefully for years to come.

Room Tip: The bay room suites are breathtaking and perfect for a family of 4.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Beachers5
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Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

We have stayed at dozens of resorts in Palm Springs, San Diego, Hawaii, Florida, and elsewhere. The Catamaran is my families favorite. The grounds are beautiful and tropical. The staff is top notch. During the summer they have great free family activities such as a free arcade, free stern wheeler cruises, and movies on the bay. The location can't be beat. It's right on the bay and 1 block from the ocean. You can walk to many restaurants and shops so you don't feel stuck at a resort. There are fun water sport rentals right on site too. The pool has a bar and food stand as well as the hotel bar and restaurant. Plenty of choices.... They have thought of everything! I highly recommend the catamaran Resort!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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