Catamaran Resort & Spa

4 stars
View map of 3999 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109

Hotel Overview

4.1/5

Overall score

88%

Would recommend

Amenities:
4.1
Cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.7
Value:
4
Waterfront hotel feature spectacular views and lush garden

There's no shortage of things to keep you busy at the Catamaran Resort & Spa. The property gardens house more than 1,000 plants and dozens of exotic birds. Treatment options abound at the Catamaran Spa. The Atoll, the on-site restaurant, serves seafood and a highly-regarded Sunday brunch. Finally, take an evening cruise on the Bahia Belle, the property's historic Mississippi-style sternwheeler (limited schedule).

Highlights
    • Relax and watch the action on Mission Bay
    • One on-site restaurant
    • Lush garden complete with exotic birds
    • Take an evening cruise on the property's Mississippi-style sternwheeler (limited schedule)
    Rooms

    The Catamaran Resort & Spa offers 313 rooms, including 16 suites, spread over five separate two-story buildings. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, iHome docking station and laptop safe. All rooms also feature balconies or patios with views of Mission Bay and the La Jolla coastline. Guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access.

    Features

    The Catamaran Resort & Spa is all about the sea. The property boasts a dock and marina and operates a historic, Mississippi-style sternwheeler for seasonal cruises. There's a heated pool in the garden courtyard. Rooms with views of Mission Bay available.

    Guests also find other, more land-oriented diversions onsite. The property boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center with free weights and cardio equipment. What's more, guests have access to an on-site video arcade and lush garden, which comprises more than 1,000 different species of plants. The hotel also offers laundry service (fees apply).

    The Atoll, the on-site restaurant, offers traditional meals in a swank environment. At Moray's Lounge, the atmosphere is more casual with TVs airing sporting events.

    Transportation
      • MTS Bus (1 block)
      • San Diego Trolley (5 mi/8 km)
      • San Diego International Airport (8 mi/13 km)
      Attractions
        • Mission Bay Park (4 blocks)
        • Sea World (1.5 mi/2 km)
        • Old Town (5 mi/8 km)
        • Point Loma (6 mi/10 km)
        • San Diego Zoo (10 mi/17 km)
        • Petco Park (12 mi/20 km)
        Business
        • 20,000 square feet of meeting space
        • Indoor and outdoor meeting space
        • 24-hour business center
        Policies and fees
        • Valet and self parking are available (fees apply)

        This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

        Catamaran Resort & Spa Rooms

        Studio
        With over 400 square feet of comfortable living space, the studios are furnished with two double beds, breakfast table and chairs. The kitchen is equipped with an electric stove; oven, full size refrigerator, sink and wash area, cooking utensils and place settings for four people. All studios have balconies or patios with lounge chairs and tables. Amenities include bathrobes, irons and ironing board, hair dryer and a coffee maker. All rooms are non-smoking.
        Bayview Room
        Tastefully appointed in a tropical decor with over 400 sq feet and each room opens up to it's own balcony or patio. The Bayview room features one king or two double beds on a "request only basis". All rooms have bathrobes, hair dryer, coffee maker iron and ironing board. We offer room service 24 hours a day. All rooms are non-smoking.
        Deluxe Room - 1 king bed
        Our Deluxe King room is tastefully appointed in a tropical decor with over 400 sq feet and opens up to it's own balcony or patio. The Deluxe King room features one king bed. All rooms have bathrobes, hair dryer, coffee maker iron and ironing board. We offer room service 24 hours a day. All rooms are non-smoking.
        Deluxe Garden Room
        Tastefully appointed in a tropical decor with over 400 sq feet and each opens up to it's own balcony or patio. The Deluxe Garden room features one king or two double beds on a "request only basis". All rooms have bathrobes, refrigerators, hair dryer, coffee maker iron and ironing board. We offer room service 24 hours a day. All rooms are non-smoking.
        Bay View Suite
        Our Bayview King Suites offer king bed in the bedroom and a separate living room with a sleeper sofa as well as a private balcony. Each suite has bathrobes, a ironing board with iron, hairdryer, tea/coffee maker, television, telephone and clock radio. We offer room service 24 hours a day. All rooms are non-smoking.

        Amenities

        • WiFi
        • Outdoor pool
        • No smoking rooms/facilities
        General
        No smoking rooms/facilities
        Concierge
        Elevators
        Activities
        Outdoor pool
        Fitness center or spa
        Fitness Center
        Spa
        Game room
        Dining
        Restaurant
        24 hour room service
        Room service
        Services
        Business center
        Tour desk
        Conference facilities
        Gift shop
        Internet
        WiFi
        Parking
        Parking

        Hotel Map

        32.7901 -117.2534
        Area served
        San Diego, CA
        Nearby airports
        (SAN)San Diego International Airport
        Area description
        On Mission Bay in Pacific Beach with many shops and restaurants.

        Nearby points of interest

        • Pacific Beach: 0.9 mi
        • Belmont Park: 1.4 mi
        • Mission Bay Park: 2.2 mi
        • Hospitality Point: 2.9 mi
        • Junipero Serra Museum: 4.1 mi
        • Bazaar Del Mundo: 4.1 mi
        • Old Town San Diego: 4.1 mi
        • Sunset Cliffs: 4.2 mi
        • Whaley House Museum: 4.3 mi
        • Heritage Park: 4.4 mi
        • Port of San Diego: 5.4 mi
        • Family Fun Center: 5.8 mi
        • Qualcomm Stadium: 6.7 mi
        • San Diego Museum of Art: 6.8 mi
        • Firehouse Museum: 6.9 mi
        • Pacific Beach: 0.9 mi
        • Belmont Park: 1.4 mi
        • Mission Bay Park: 2.2 mi
        • Hospitality Point: 2.9 mi
        • Junipero Serra Museum: 4.1 mi
        • Bazaar Del Mundo: 4.1 mi
        • Old Town San Diego: 4.1 mi
        • Sunset Cliffs: 4.2 mi
        • Whaley House Museum: 4.3 mi
        • Heritage Park: 4.4 mi
        • Port of San Diego: 5.4 mi
        • Family Fun Center: 5.8 mi
        • Qualcomm Stadium: 6.7 mi
        • San Diego Museum of Art: 6.8 mi
        • Firehouse Museum: 6.9 mi
        • San Diego Zoo: 7.1 mi
        • San Diego Museum of Man: 7.2 mi
        • San Diego Automotive Museum: 7.2 mi
        • Timken Museum of Art: 7.2 mi
        • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 7.3 mi
        • Botanical Building: 7.3 mi
        • Casa De Balboa: 7.3 mi
        • Spanish Village Art Center: 7.3 mi
        • San Diego Natural History Museum: 7.4 mi
        • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 7.5 mi
        • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 7.5 mi
        • San Diego Convention Center: 7.8 mi
        • Sorrento Valley: 7.8 mi
        • PETCO Park: 8 mi
        • Chula Vista Nature Center: 13.7 mi
        • Legoland: 23.7 mi
        • California Center For The Arts Museum: 24.6 mi
        • Cox Arena: 2,121 mi

        Dining

        Oceana Coastal Kitchen
        Open 7 days a week The Oceana Coastal Kitchen offers California inspired cuisine in a beautiful bay front location. Moray's Cocktails Lounge offers an intimate setting with both indoor and outdoor seating. Weekly from 10 am - 2 pm. Reservations are suggested Price Range: Varies Reservations Required? No Attire: Casual Attire
        Catamaran Spa
        Experience the Catamaran Resort Spa - A World Class Health & Wellness Facility. Featuring: private treatment rooms, ritual room, steam and dry saunas, outdoor whirlpool, Vichy shower, full service salon, and fitness facility. Please call the Spa at (858) 539-8821 for more information.
        Resort Water Sports Rentals
        Located on our white sand beach at the edge of Mission Bay. Our Water Sports Rental Department offers: sailboats, power boats, ocean kayaks, wind surfers, paddleboats.

        Meeting facilities

        Meeting Info
        With fresh ocean breezes and exotic ambience, the Catamaran Resort is an invigorating and creative setting for any group. All fourteen of our Function Rooms are complemented by scenic views, balconies, patios and most of all - our unforgettable bayfront. Inventive, fresh culinary style, and stunning presentations await you. With accommodations from 30 to 450 guests and over 20,000 square feet of contiguous function space, the choices are easy and endless. Our friendly and helpful staff, modern amenities and on-site Business Center ensure every detail is taken care of. Whether it's for business or special occasions, large or small, fancy or more down to earth, the Catamaran Resort is unsurpassed for style, flexibility and comfort.

        Hotel Policies

        Check-in:
        4:00 PM
        Check-out:
        12:00 PM

        Terms and conditions

        Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

        The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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        Guest Reviews (466)

        Ratings and reviews for Catamaran Resort & Spa

        Overall score

        4.1 / 5
        5.01.0
        466 out of 466
        Amenities:
        4.1
        Cleanliness:
        4.2
        Hotel staff:
        4.3
        Comfort:
        4.1
        Location:
        4.7
        Value:
        4

        88% would recommend to a friend.

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        Reviewer score

        5
        5.01.0
        Missing San Diego
        Business
        Orange County N.Y.
        Jul 2, 2011

        Catamaran Resort San Diego

        the grounds of the Catamaran were picture perfect with palms and flowers every where, the staff was friendly and helpful. Its close to the Ocean and right on the Bay. There is so much to do in the aread, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, boat tours the Old Town Trolly just to name a few. We stayed for 10 days and enjoyed every one. The only negative would be that they charge for parking, didnt know about that until we got there

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Comfort:
        4
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        4
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

        Do the Old Town Trolley, go early so you have time to stop and look around at the differnt stops, you can't do them all, but stop on Coronado Island and little Italy for sure

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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        Las Vegas
        Jun 28, 2011

        Nice resort

        We enjoyed our stay. Some things to be aware of are $13 per day parking. $100 deposit, free arcade, 1 block from the beach. Great Mexican food at the taco shop next door. Lots of shops/restaurantS within walking distance. Overall clean and comfy rooms. Price is not bad considering the location.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Cleanliness:
        4
        Hotel staff:
        4
        Comfort:
        4
        Location:
        4
        Value:
        4
        Trip purpose:

        Business

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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        santa maria, ca
        Jun 14, 2011

        Amazing hotel!!!!!

        Amazing hotel!!!!!

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        4
        Cleanliness:
        4
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Comfort:
        4
        Location:
        4
        Value:
        4
        Trip purpose:

        Business

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        Reviewer score

        3
        5.01.0
        Jeep dad
        Business
        St Louis mo
        Jun 11, 2011

        Great location but mixed results

        This was our first trip to San Diego. Traveled with two 15-year-old girls, who both loved the beach. This hotel has a very exotic feel with birds, luscious foliage, winding paths, etc., and is located between Mission Bay and Pacific Beach. Aside from one trip to Seaworld (an $11 cab ride) we spent the entire time sitting walking distance of the hotel. We got two rooms. I'd recommend asking for ocean view, as we were stuck looking at a parking garage. The rooms are spacious. Our room had an updated and modern bath, but the girls had an older bathroom in the adjacent room. Both rooms were located in "the tower." The biggest plus is the location and tropical feel. Also the free paddleboat cruise around the bay was nice. Don't expect elegance, however. The hallways were noisy and more than a few partiers woke us up in the middle of the night.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        4
        Cleanliness:
        3
        Hotel staff:
        3
        Comfort:
        3
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        3
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

        Cab ride from airport was $33.00, so renting a car is not a bad idea. Bikes can be rented for cheap for a quick ride to the beach amusement park.

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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        Glendale, CA
        Jun 7, 2011

        Early June stay during the week

        Wanted to have a relaxing trip on the beach where I can walk out my hotel and lay out on the sand. Even though the resort is not on the actual beach, it is on the bay, and the calm water is very relaxing. The hotels are very nice, and rooms are a good size. The middle of the hotel consists of nice little waterfall and a pond where there a bunch of ducks. The pool is alright, but the bar seems to be closed during the week at around 6 pm. All in all a nice place and you get a bang for your buck.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Cleanliness:
        2
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Comfort:
        5
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        5
        Trip purpose:

        Business

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        Reviewer score

        5
        5.01.0
        Kara T from CT
        Business
        Connecticut
        Jun 5, 2011

        Nice Stay, Great Vacation

        This hotel was very nice, and the staff was friendly and helpful. We were fortunate to have an upgraded room due to a full hotel on Prom weekend. Our room was on the 11th floor of the tower over-looking the Bay side, but also had a view of the ocean to the right. The restaurant was some of the best food on our trip, but a little pricey. The Sunday buffet is great, but be sure to make a reservation before you arrive! Parking rates were cheaper than other hotels, be sure to bring you luggage in through the lobby if your room is in the tower. The hotel location was good, right on the beach. We drove everywhere and found free parking in the town with no problem. The town has plenty of restaurants and amenities. We left the area to get to the Zoo and other attractions, all accessible by the highways. Be sure to use a GPS if you are driving. It helped immensely. Our room had two double beds and a small kitchen with basic supplies which we used for breakfast and leftovers. The room was clean and up to date with extra towels and pillows. We did not hear our neighbors, it was very quiet (except for the 2 nights with the complimentary booze cruise). At night we left the balcony slider doors open for a cool breeze and the sound of waves put us to sleep = very relaxing. And for those of you used to mosquitos, we didn't see a single bug (we were there in May). In the morning you can hear the parrots below in the courtyard, which the kids may enjoy, plus ducks wandered about the water feature which was stocked with large, colorful fish.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Comfort:
        5
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        5
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

        The beaches are accessible on foot, both the Bay and Pacific. The hotel is on the Bay side, you need to walk a few short blocks to the Pacific side. People are constantly exercising along the boardwalks and bikes are available to rent. This is a good vacation spot for people who want to exercise by walking or jogging everyday right by the hotel.

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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        jbrenner
        Business
        Iowa
        Jun 5, 2011

        Great Resort!

        We absolutely loved the catamaran! Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful, the grounds were beautiful and had a great pool area. The rooms need some updating but wasn't a huge deal since we were hardly ever in the room. A great location to restaurants and the beach!

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Comfort:
        4
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        4
        Trip purpose:

        Business

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        Reviewer score

        5
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        Utica NY
        Jun 3, 2011

        Best of Both Worlds

        Fantastic experience. My wife and I actually spent our honeymoon here and had an absolutely tremendous time. Mission bay is much more peaceful and relaxing than the Pacific Coast yet you can still experience it by a short walk. Public transportation runs regulary everywhere and there is so much to do regardless of your pleasures. Hotel condition, atmosphere, service, food were all top notch. Make sure you go to the Green Flash on the Ocean for great seafood, drinks (Mary calientes) at a great price!

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Comfort:
        5
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        5
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

        Use the bus! Goes everywhere all day for $5 or single trips for $2.25

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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        dousman, wi
        May 30, 2011

        Great Location and Beautiful Resort

        Pleasant and helpful staff. Great location in mission bay area. Within a block of the beah. Will stay there again.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Comfort:
        4
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        4
        Trip purpose:

        Business

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        Reviewer score

        3
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        pdx
        May 29, 2011

        great hotel below average room

        the hotel is very nice with beautiful grounds and very friendly staff. our room had some issues: the bathroom had a translucent window that faced into the inner hallway-we felt very exposed the water would not maintain any temperature-supper hot one second and tepid the next. Overalll we liked the hotel but not the room

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        4
        Cleanliness:
        4
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Comfort:
        2
        Location:
        4
        Value:
        3
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

        great breakfast spot on mission beach is Konos-a huge amount of food for a great price also the mexican food place next to the hotel-great! and there is a Starbucks on Mission Blvd near Ralphs grocery store-about 4 blocks away

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