Catamaran Resort & Spa

4 stars
3999 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
766 reviews
Excellent Stay

Beautiful room and good service, great view of the bay! See full review

  • bjerke89
  • May 30, 2014
Great spring break

Overall experience was very good. Nice location- very close to pacific ocean. Enjoyed the bay and... See full review

  • a Husker traveler
  • Mar 14, 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.

        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
        • Sea World: 2.3 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
        • Pacific Beach: 0.9 mi
        • Belmont Park: 1.4 mi
        • Mission Bay Park: 2.2 mi
        • Sea World: 2.3 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
        • Gaslamp Quarter: 7.9 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 (766)

        Ratings and reviews for Catamaran Resort & Spa

        Overall score

        4.1 / 5
        5.01.0
        766 out of 766
        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

        5
        5.01.0
        mikeb5491
        Wyoming
        Oct 21, 2012

        great location, awesome staff

        @ blocks to the beach, close to eateries, surf shops, and nightlife. Close to laJolla. The staff are the best. Supposed to be free arcade but that didn't really happen as someone else aparently owns the machines.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        4
        Room cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Room comfort:
        5
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        5
        Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

        Surf shops where you can rent a board and wetsuit for 20% for 4 hours close by

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        Reviewer score

        3
        5.01.0
        Mister SAB
        Cleveland, OH
        Sep 4, 2012

        Hotel is Okay

        The hotel is okay for the price. It's toward the end of the strip for Pacific Beach. Its within walking distance to a lot of restaurants/bars. Reception wasn't too friendly, and rooms were just average at best.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        3
        Room cleanliness:
        3
        Hotel staff:
        2
        Room comfort:
        3
        Location:
        4
        Value:
        2
        Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

        PB Ale House

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        Reviewer score

        1
        5.01.0
        Roxanne's Mom
        Imperial County, California
        Aug 12, 2012

        Overnight Stay Underwhelming!!

        The room assigned to us was located in a noisy spot directly across the elevator and overlooking a parking garage. The bedding was too heavy for summer time. The sheets felt dirty and the bed was uncomfortable/saggy. The pillows were too soft!! The towels in the bathroom were thin--not 4 star quality at all. We could hear plumbing from other rooms. Bottled water left in the room not complimentary. Really? For a 4 star hotel? The grounds of the hotel were pretty with flowers and ducks. The location of the hotel was what we wanted, but the room itself was not. The air quality also felt stale. When the ac was turned on, it was noisy as well. We will not recommend this hotel to anyone and it certainly was not worth the money paid for the room. We felt like we overpaid and wish we could get a partial refund.

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

        2
        5.01.0
        kimiaklein
        San Francisco
        Aug 4, 2012

        Badly run hotel in a great location

        An attractive hotel in a great location on Mission Bay and just across the street from the ocean, but: the room smelled moldy when we arrived. We had to call maid service two days to get our room cleaned. One morning - not early - the buffet breakfast was barely set up and what was there was certainly not worth the cost. Every amenity cost money - nothing was complimentary. I would not willingly stay here again at the price we paid.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        1
        Room cleanliness:
        2
        Hotel staff:
        2
        Room comfort:
        2
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        1
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        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        fun in the sun91234
        wyoming
        Jul 29, 2012

        great honeymoon

        we had a wonderful time. it was beautiful. we could not have hoped for anything better. we even got free parking!!!! make sure you go sky diving while your in town!!!!!

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

        4
        5.01.0
        anaphrais
        denver
        Jul 18, 2012

        great family getaway

        Everything was great except: 2 many rules You pay for your parking We arrived at 10 am and we could not check in until 4 pm, it s just too much wait when you have a 9 month old baby.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        4
        Room cleanliness:
        4
        Hotel staff:
        4
        Room comfort:
        4
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        4
        Review of Catamaran Resort & Spa

        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        Sunny Summer
        Colorado
        Jul 4, 2012

        Awesome Weekend!!

        We got a room upgrade to a suite on the 12th floor with fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay!! Two balconies, king size bed, awesome views, fireworks from Sea World each evening, torch lighting, Hula shows - absolutely wonderful. The room itself was really nice, except the kitchen is pretty outdated, as is the bathroom - both could really use some new appliances, flooring, tile, etc. That said, it was nice to have a refrigerator and microwave - didn't use the stove. The size of the suite was great. More room than we needed - made us feel special! Everything was very comfortable and clean. The hotel is close to everything that is Pacific Beach! We walked everywhere - no need for a car, so didn't get hit with parking fees. The hotel staff members are so friendly and really work hard to give their guests a great stay. The parrots are great and VERY well cared for. The handlers try and educate as well as entertain their guests. The baby ducks are so cute! Had a couple hawks visit the last morning - not sure they are a welcome addition with parrots and such, but they were entertaining with their flights around our balcony - birds eye view of the hawks! Overall we love staying at the Catamaran and have for years. Thank you for the great room upgrade!! We'll see you again in the future. Cheap Tickets is super for putting vacations together, even a short vacation!! Thank you.

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        5
        Room cleanliness:
        4
        Hotel staff:
        5
        Room comfort:
        5
        Location:
        5
        Value:
        4
        Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

        Ralph's is just down the street - great prices on food you can take back to your room and enjoy from the balcony while looking out over Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean!! They'll loan you a Ralph's card so you get the discounts if you don't have a card.

        Review of Catamaran Resort & Spa

        Reviewer score

        4
        5.01.0
        an infrequent travler
        Vancouver WA
        Jun 20, 2012

        An enjoyable week

        We were lucky enough to get an upgrade from a garden view to a suite in the tower with a wonderful view. An enjoiyable stay

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        4
        Room cleanliness:
        5
        Hotel staff:
        4
        Room comfort:
        5
        Location:
        4
        Value:
        4
        Review of Catamaran Resort & Spa

        Reviewer score

        3
        5.01.0
        JHAldone
        Palm Desert, CA
        May 7, 2012

        Not worth the money.

        Paid for a suite and got two rooms with one air handler. Had to leave the door open between rooms to heat/cool the other. Not worth $385.00 per night. Bathroom was no bigger than the walk in closet. No value at all!

        Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
        Amenities:
        3
        Room cleanliness:
        4
        Hotel staff:
        4
        Room comfort:
        1
        Location:
        3
        Value:
        1
        Review of Catamaran Resort & Spa

        Reviewer score

        3
        5.01.0
        Lissi
        Ventura County, California
        Apr 23, 2012

        Too expensive for something very average

        The staff was friendly. Perhaps it just need a remodel, everything inside the room had a smoke scent, although it was supposed to be "non smoking". A little overpriced simply because it's by the beach.

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