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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Ranked #15 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This is my favorite hotel to stay in while in San Diego. It is a nice hotel with beautiful paradise grounds. Very close to beach - 1 block away. Staff is very friendly. The front desk manager upgraded our room to a poolside room.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I'm a returning guest of the Catamaran, and I swear it gets better every time I come back! One of the most important parts of a hotel stay is the check in, and Sandra nailed it! She was incredibly warm, friendly, accommodating, and really started my visit on a high note! She listened to my preferences in what I wanted in a room and what I wanted to accomplish on my stay. The view from my room was breathtaking, accessible to everything, and incredibly comfortable. I love working out at the gym here; it even has a view of the beach! I can't wait to come back this summer!!!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We stayed on the 9th floor of the tower and couldn't have asked for a more beautiful view to call home for 7 days!! You can see the ocean and the gorgeous bay with the sail boats, paddle boards, rowing teams, and the resorts own large paddle boats cruising around the bay.
The staff is welcoming and ready to serve. The grounds are breathtaking around every corner from the tropical plants, flowers, Koi ponds, and duck families to the colorful parrots, tiki torches and white sandy beach.
Josh, our bellhop, was friendly and informative. Ralph and Ashley, our waiters, were courteous and very attentive.
The Mother's day brunch was absolutely phenomenal! It was an incredible delight for the eyes and the tummy. Atoll restaurant is sensational! (Try the Ahi tuna) Moray's bar served yummy appetizers and drinks by the cozy fire pit groups and tables as we watched the moon shine over the bay.
I would definitely return to this resort!!

Room Tip: loved the tower view
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Have stayed at many places in the San Diego are and this one was the best. Beautiful grounds, great staff and location was perfect. At the end of our stay Josh had helped us with our luggage and was very accomodating.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

If you are staying on Pacific Beach, this is the only place to stay! Friendly staff, clean rooms, nice pool and perfect location! We will return in the future without any questions... Thank you PB, San Diego and The Catamaran!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Pros: The room was very clean and the beds were comfy. The tiki vibe, proximity to the bay & ocean, the food, the price. Great setting.

Cons: The overall condition of the resort. The hallways were dank with old carpeting, ceiling tiles falling apart, and the aging elevators took forever.

Location: The bay and the beach. 10 min to the Zoo, 30 min to Legoland, 5 mins to the orca torture park, SeaWorld.

We went for a quick trip from Los Angeles, 2 adults and 2 kids. The hotel is great for the little ones, right on the bay and near the ocean. It has a tiki feel, complete with a lava rock waterfall in the lobby, parrots, koi ponds, and lush gardens. We were pleasantly surprised by food in the dining room. It was excellent, far better than we expected. Although it was a bit pricey (and the decor of the dining room was straight out of the 80s) our dishes were exceptional. Hats off to the chef. We went to the pool at the end of the day and it was very crowded. And if someone from the Catamaran is reading this, can you please tell the guests in the pool (adults and kids) who are hurling footballs back and forth to knock it off? It makes the pool nearly unusable for everyone else. Thank you. During happy hour on the patio, the tables were dirty and we had to bus our own table. Trash was on the ground blowing all over. Although the food was good and our waitress was nice, they seemed understaffed. If you're unfamiliar with San Diego do some research before booking in Pacific Beach. It's not the touristy part of San Diego. If you're looking for family friendly restaurants and sightseeing, try Mission Bay or downtown. PB has a very "locals" vibe to it which is both good and bad. Overall we'd stay here again due to the great price, proximity to the beach & bay, and food. A nice resort getaway.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Traveling CA, Manager at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Thank you for writing in and pointing out the ball playing at the pool. We never want to compromise the safety of our guests and our pool attendants should be monitoring that activity closely. It is common practice to ask guests to cease playing ball if other guests are there looking for a peaceful afternoon. We apologize you had to clear your own table at Moray's Lounge. Being busy is never an excuse for that and we could have certainly done better in this case. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your overall experience here and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Catamaran in PB is a great get away. We went for 3days and 2nights
Loved it close to everything or just stay at resort don't need to leave the grounds.
We out in the bay rented a lounger boat had cocktails at Morays Emma great server :)

Room Tip: Walk or ride a bike to World Famous for dinner Woodys for breakfast watch the surfers and dolphins
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Additional Information about Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Address: 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109-6959
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Region: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#4 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#6 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#55 Family Hotel in San Diego
#70 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#94 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: £104 - £335 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 310
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is a paradisiacal destinationon the shores of Mission Bay and mere steps from San Diego’s famous Pacific Beach. Featuring lush tropical gardens and a private beach, this Polynesian-themed hotel offers 310 guest rooms, studios or suites, each with a private balcony or patio. On-site amenities include signature restaurant Oceana Coastal Kitchen, featuring a surf and turf menu and a patio lined with tiki torches, fire pit tables and lush palms, and the Catamaran Spa, the only beachfront spa in San Diego. Additional activities include bicycle and water-sport rentals and the beach towns of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, featuring a beachside boardwalk,Crystal Pier and a variety of cafés and boutiques. The Catamaran is conveniently located within 10 miles of major attractions including SeaWorld,the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego International Airport. ... more   less 
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Catamaran Resort & Spa San Diego
Catamaran Hotel Mission Bay
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