$139 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 21, 2014 Check-out: Dec 24, 2014

Catamaran Resort & Spa

4 stars
3999 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
454 reviews
Catamaran Resort

After visiting San Diego 5 years in a row and staying at 5 different hotels, we've decided that we... See full review

  • PaulandLisa
  • Oct 9, 2014
Great stay

I had a great time here, I'm definitely going back See full review

  • Just1
  • Oct 8, 2014
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.

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        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

        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

        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.

        Dining

        Atoll Restaurant
        Open 7 days a week The Atoll restaurant, with its award-winning menu, offers spectacular views. Located directly on the sandy beach of Mission Bay, guest may enjoy quiet dining or relaxed outdoor-patio beachfront seating. Meals Served: 6:30am-11:15am Breakfast 11:30am-2:15pm Lunch 5:30pm-9: 45pm Dinner (Fri & Sat 10:45pm) Specials: Sunday Brunch, voted 'Best Brunch In San Diego' by San Diego Magazine, offers an outstanding presentation that will satisfy the most discriminating of our guests. 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.

        Hotel Policies

        Check-in:
        1600
        Check-out:
        1200

        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 (454)

        Ratings and reviews for Catamaran Resort & Spa

        Overall score

        4.1 / 5
        5.01.0
        454 out of 454
        Amenities:
        4.1
        Room cleanliness:
        4.2
        Hotel staff:
        4.3
        Room comfort:
        4.1
        Location:
        4.7
        Value:
        4

        88% would recommend to a friend.

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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        Seaworld family
        Business
        Santa Barbara, CA
        Nov 30, 2009

        Enjoyable Stay

        We stayed on the 11th floor of the tower. The hotel was convenient to Seaworld and Downtown via public transit. The room had an awesome veiw, and the kids loved the animals (parrots, ducks, swans, fish) and water falls on the grounds. Hotel was well maintained and food at the resturant we very good.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Room cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Room comfort:
        4
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        5
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

        If you get a studio ralphs is a short walk down the road, and there is a farmer's market on Saturday mornings.

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        Reviewer score

        3
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        Greenville, SC
        Nov 30, 2009

        Pretty view, ridiculous charges

        The hotel was gorgeous, inside and out. The room was a little small but we did not plan on being in there much so that was no big concern. Toilet/shower were iffy. But the biggest problem was the charges for everything. Complimentary toothpaste? not here. Local phone calls? 75 cents! And parking... Hope you planned on extra expenses because its $13 a night to self park or $17 a night for valet. And it is also open to public so if you are there in the summertime, I can't imagine finding a parking spot.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        1
        Room cleanliness:
        3
        Hotel staff:
        2
        Room comfort:
        3
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        1
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

        Lahaina Bar

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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        Middletown, NJ
        Nov 29, 2009

        Catamaran Reort in Mission Beach

        Super location - right on the bay and a block from the ocean. There is a great paved path along the bay (and a paved boardwalk along the ocean as well) that hosts joggers, walkers, skaters, etc. There is plenty of shopping and great restaurants within walking distance. Mission beach is a short drive to all local attractions so we really couldn't complain at all about the location.We went off season (first week in November) so traffic wasn't an issue but in the busy season, the bus that stops right outside the hotel would be a viable alternative to driving.The hotel grounds were pretty with a stream that was home to ducks, a swan, and a lot of koi. Our patio backed right up to the stream so the kids enjoyed morning visits from a couple of the resident ducks. Also entertaining were the talking parrots they keep on the grounds.The service, the ambiance and the food at the restaurant were all excellent. Like most hotel restaurants, a bit pricey for a family to make a habit of though.The rooms were kept clean but were somewhat dated...pretty much my only negative comment.The pool area was nice and we met some great people just hanging out in the large whirlpool. Off the pool area is a pretty well-stocked game room for the kids.Overall, it was a pleasant experience [...]

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        4
        Room cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        4
        Room comfort:
        4
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        4
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

        The highlight of the trip for my kids (12 and 13 years old) was kayaking in the caves in La Jolla and swimming with the sharks - all part of the same guided tour. I enjoyed the Old Town Trolley tour - it's a hop-on/hop-off tour that gives a great overview of the city and its attractions. Great Mexican food and margarita's in old town too!

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        Reviewer score

        5
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        San Diego, Local
        Nov 23, 2009

        Great Night

        Wife's birthday and spent the day at the beach with some friends and family. Great pool and hot tub.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Room cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Room comfort:
        5
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        5
        Trip purpose:

        Business

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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        Traveling for my gymnast
        Business
        Yorba Linda, CA
        Nov 17, 2009

        Wish I could have stayed longer

        Overall the visit was great. The service was friendly and the check in process was effortless. The location was amazing, centered right between the bay and the beach. The room was very quiet and the beds were extremely comfortable. The only negative aspects of the visit was that parking was $13 in spite of there being plenty of spaces available in the parking structure. Also, we had a suite with a kitchen. The suite was very nice but the kitchen was a little dated and it was not very well stocked. I highly recommend bringing some paper towels or napkins, since there were none in the room, as well as a non-stick pan if you are used to cooking with them. I had difficulty using the pans that were provided. But it did offer me the opportunity to cook some meals which was great.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        4
        Room cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Room comfort:
        5
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        5
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

        Ralph's is only a few blocks away. We purchased some items for dinner and breakfast there and were able to save quite a bit of money by not eating out.

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        Reviewer score

        5
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        Toledo, Ohio
        Nov 17, 2009

        Off Season Blah

        We traveled off season. The staffing was at a very low level. Had to go get our car 50% of the time even though we payed for valet. At 7 pm on Saturday night the valet was "on break". Still amazing view, very relaxed/restful, beautiful facility, friendly staff, and great facilities

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Room cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        4
        Room comfort:
        5
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        5
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

        World Famous Restaurant practically across the street. Monday nights during football season all appetizers were 50% off. Not just your typical wings/nachos either. We had seared ahi, oysters, and scallops. Amazing!

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        Reviewer score

        5
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        san diego, ca
        Nov 13, 2009

        very nice

        wonderful

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Room cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        4
        Room comfort:
        5
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        5
        Trip purpose:

        Business

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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        Phoenix, AZ
        Nov 3, 2009

        a good weekend get away

        location was excellent for walking to the beach and the bay. many small restaurants very close in walking distance. the free boat ride around the bay was fun. the staff was very courteous and the concierge had very good suggestions for dining, coffee houses and places to visit in the area. the on site dining was disappointing in that there was only the one main restaurant which didn't have much for small meals for a quick bite to eat. can't beatthe location for access to many things to do and the view from the tower's room was great.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        4
        Room cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Room comfort:
        4
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        4
        Trip purpose:

        Business

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        Reviewer score

        3
        5.01.0
        Mayzie
        Business
        Pinehurst, NC
        Nov 2, 2009

        Good potential but....

        The housekeeping staff did not come to the rooms until late afternoon, even when requested for morning service. Twice I wanted to rest in the afternoon after very early mornings , but was awakened but housekeeping coming to the room after 3 pm....

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

        Business

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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        Anonymous
        Business
        Indiana
        Oct 29, 2009

        Great stay at the Catamaran

        Statyed on the top floor (Room P-60) in the tower overlooking Pacific Beach and the hillside. View was absolutely awesome. Room was very clean, with a furnished kitchen. Hotel grounds are beautifully landscaped. Would definitely recommend to others.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Room cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Room comfort:
        5
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        5
        Trip purpose:

        Business

        Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

        CaTake a short walk to a restaurant on Pacific Beach called World Famous. The food is wonderful. Make reservations on a weekend, as it can be a long wait. Great seafood. Went kayaking at the caves in La Jolla caves, fun. About $80 for a double. Saw a lot of seals on nearby beach. Torrey Pines State Park is beautiful also, with scenery as good as Hawaii. Lots of fun trails there.

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