Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

San Diego, California

Virgin rating

The hotel

This Polynesian-themed tropical hideaway sits directly on the sparkling shores of Mission Bay and offers casual elegance with palm trees, lush vegetation, koi ponds and waterfalls. Here, you can enjoy a variety of acitivities including hiking, water sports and yoga, and there is also an on-site Spa (the only beachfront spa in the area!)

Amenities

  • Families
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • No Smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

Located directly on Mission Bay.

Hotel information

310 rooms, studios and suites. All with air-conditioning, balcony or patio, TV, complimentary WiFi, iHome docking station, safe, Keurig® coffee maker, small fridge, hairdryer, and iron and board. Standard Rooms with either 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Studio Rooms are located in the tower and offer views of Mission Bay and downtown San Diego or Pacific Beach. They also feature a dining area, and private balcony, with 2 queen-size beds and a sofabed, sleeiping maximum 6 adults.

Suites offer direct access to Mission Bay's beach and boardwalk. They also feature a separate living area with pull-out sofa, dining room and balcony or patio, with either 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 6 adults.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Moray's (open for lunch and dinner). Sunday Champgane brunch also available at Oceana Coastal Kitchen. Swimming pool and whirlpool. Spa*. Fitness centre. Seasonal Yoga*. Action Sport Rentals* (paddleboards, sailboats, kayaks, surfboards, bicycles, segways). Games arcade. Room service*. Self-parking $26, valet parking $30, plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

This hotel has a resort fee of $39 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change)

Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Pleasant Surprise at The Catamaran Resort

Jun 20, 2024 Passport66651991544

My stay at the resort was extremely satisfying. I have stayed at this resort many times over the past 10 years. I noticed that the quality of the staff and amenities had declined over time. Last August I visited The Catamaran and was very disappointed. I was unhappy to the point that I wrote a letter to the management detailing my complaints of… Read more
My stay at the resort was extremely satisfying. I have stayed at this resort many times over the past 10 years. I noticed that the quality of the staff and amenities had declined over time. Last August I visited The Catamaran and was very disappointed. I was unhappy to the point that I wrote a letter to the management detailing my complaints of how I felt unwelcome and that their service was substandard. This visit was an absolute surprise. The staff were friendly, responsive and overly helpful. The Oceana restaurant had quality menu selections, the staff was very receptive to our needs and provided satisfying suggestions for our dining choices. They were very proud of their kitchen staff and Chef Paul. The diner of hanger steak and duck, the full service brunch and the breakfast were all fantastic. I look forward dining here again in the future. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating GREAT STAFF HOSPITALITY

Jun 18, 2024 lisaapugh Henderson, Nevada

I just booked a room for a return visit to the Catamaran Resort. I was there over Memorial Day week this year. Aaron & Kim at the front desk were really helpful on my last trip. Diante Ashby in Reservations, this trip, was friendly, professional & customer-oriented. We are celebrating our anniversary & Diante booked us a room during a busy… Read more
I just booked a room for a return visit to the Catamaran Resort. I was there over Memorial Day week this year. Aaron & Kim at the front desk were really helpful on my last trip. Diante Ashby in Reservations, this trip, was friendly, professional & customer-oriented. We are celebrating our anniversary & Diante booked us a room during a busy time. We're looking forward to our trip! Read less
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Jun 18, 2024 Christina T

Fantastic stay! Before visiting customer service was super helpful over the phone and took down our requests. We booked a pool side room. Although it didn't come with a microwave. I made a request before hand and luckily we were able to get one in our room without an additional charge. Upon arrival the person at the desk Randy was super helpful.… Read more
Fantastic stay! Before visiting customer service was super helpful over the phone and took down our requests. We booked a pool side room. Although it didn't come with a microwave. I made a request before hand and luckily we were able to get one in our room without an additional charge. Upon arrival the person at the desk Randy was super helpful. Gave us a rundown of everything, told us where to park etc . Room was clean and they brought in our crib and microwave before we got into the room. Our stay was amazing , scenery was so beautiful. Kids loved the hotel cat, ponds, and birds . The pool was so fun. We had a blast at the arcade as well ! Loved that this hotel including clean pool towels for convenience. Next to the pool was daily kid crafts . We made cute keepsakes while we were there ! The kids also were able to do the movie on the bay and ice cream social on Wednesday! We had a scavenger hunt given to us by the front desk and afterwards the kids turned it in to the Java cafe for a baked treat. Gift shop was REASONABLY PRICED ! Which is something I never thought I'd say! My kids were able to pick out some goodies under $10! ( bracelets , necklaces , notebooks) We ordered room service a few nights and the food was INCREDIBLE! The portions were HUGE. The kids meals could easily feed an adult and came with a scoop of ice cream ! Win win Restaurants are within walking distance. We tried world famous. The food was incredible, great portions and had a view. Beach was fun and clean . We did yoga on the beach in the am (8:30) and it was just so beautiful and the ladies we had instructing us were amazing ! Also kid friendly. Afterwards checking out was an absolute breeze and zero hidden fees were found once checking out ! 1)One thing I will say is poolside can be loud, however didn't bother any my kids including a baby sleeping . The curfew at 10pm was always enforced which made things perfect. 2) no top latch on the hotel doors. Also wasn't a huge problem for us . 3) make sure to ask for utensils and condiments when ordering room service . One night they were slammed and I ran down for some. Again totally understandable Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Best Vacay Ever

Jun 17, 2024 maryhH2DA San Diego, California

This is the best hotel to visit if you want that quintessential escape to a beautiful and relaxing setting! We did the family girls spa day and spent the night. We got a room with the bay view, it was so worth it and isn’t that much more expensive than the garden view. We also were tired and ended up getting room service for dinner and I highly… Read more
This is the best hotel to visit if you want that quintessential escape to a beautiful and relaxing setting! We did the family girls spa day and spent the night. We got a room with the bay view, it was so worth it and isn’t that much more expensive than the garden view. We also were tired and ended up getting room service for dinner and I highly recommend the teriyaki chicken! Coffee was excellent with the to-go cafe, and the restaurants were good. There are some beautiful walking paths around the bay and we checked out the beach, and enjoyed the vibe of the historical and quaintness of Mission Beach. Kayaking, sailing, SUP, and tours on a boat are available which we want to do next time! The staff at Catamaran are fabulous, the lush trees, saltwater aquariums are amazing, and the parrots. What are you waiting for, make a reservation, you will be glad you did! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing wedding at the Catamaran.

Jun 15, 2024 J1618TSjusting

My wife and I just had our wedding at the Catamaran. Everything was spectacular from the service, to the room, to the food; the views and everything in between. We were really blown away by the whole experience on our big day. Of particular note is Mae, who is the catering sales manager who we initially reached out to for details about the… Read more
My wife and I just had our wedding at the Catamaran. Everything was spectacular from the service, to the room, to the food; the views and everything in between. We were really blown away by the whole experience on our big day. Of particular note is Mae, who is the catering sales manager who we initially reached out to for details about the venue, and through whom we booked the wedding. She went way above and beyond what we could have expected, helping us throughout the entire process and even on the actual wedding day. Any time we reached out for details, she was quick to respond and her answers were always thorough, detailed and helpful. On the day itself, she was right there helping with anything she could, and even helped set up some of our own decorations which I'm not even sure is part of her job description. The Catamaran is extremely fortunate to have someone like Mae working for them. Read less