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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

3999 Mission Blvd | San Diego, CA 92109  [SEE MAP]San Diego, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Resort has a pool, a spa, two restaurants and ample on-site activities
Some say rooms and Wi-Fi speed could use improvement
On the northwest shore of Mission Bay, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa attracts visitors looking for a bit of R&R. The property is visibly older than other modern luxury accommodations in the San Diego area. However, each of the guest rooms features a plasma TV and an iPod docking station. Still, some guests can't help but remark that the rooms need an upgrade. But the on-site amenities are better received, with travelers praising the Catamaran Spa for its soothing ambiance and its long list of treatments. Recent guests also commend the hotel staff members for their friendly nature and eagerness to help out. And for many, the resort's Sunday Champagne Brunch was a highlight of their visit. The property charges a $25 resort fee, which covers amenities like hotel-wide Wi-Fi access, in-room water and towel service.
San Diego, CA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort hotel, 311 rooms
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  • 4.0Hotel Class


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A Polynesian theme prevails throughout the resort, with koi ponds, waterfalls, squawking macaws, nightly torch lightings, lei-making classes, weekly luaus, and Hawaiian music in Moray's Lounge (complete with huge live eel).

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 5455 have reviewed the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5455 reviews 4.5 (based on 5455 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Garden rooms are the Catamaran's standard guest rooms and they offer a casual setting with dark wooden furniture and tropical accents. The accommodations have one king-sized or two full-sized beds, small refrigerators, flat-screen TVs, a breakfast table with two chairs, alarm clocks with docking stations and laptop safes.
  • All rooms have patios or balconies with small tables and two chairs
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • No resort fee
Nightly resort fee$30

Standard room size329 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is a Polynesian-inspired property on San Diego's Mission Bay. The resort has a secluded, island feel with its Hawaiian architecture, tropical plants, totem poles and parrots, yet the property sits on the area's main street, Mission Boulevard, and is a few blocks away from the bustling Pacific Beach Boardwalk.
  • SeaWorld is about 3 miles south of the hotel; the San Diego Zoo and other downtown attractions are about 10 miles southeast
  • Located 8 miles north of San Diego International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($29)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($25)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The Catamaran Resort has two on-site restaurants. The waterfront Oceana Coastal Kitchen serves classic seafood dishes with a California twist, all crafted with local, sustainable ingredients. Moray's is more tropical in theme and serves lunch and dinner, along with craft beers and cocktails. Both restaurants do alfresco dining.
  • The hotel also offers a special Sunday brunch
  • Poolside and beach service offered seasonally

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The Catamaran Resort has an outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool, surrounded by lounge chairs. The Pool Bar and Grill offers a seasonal poolside food and beverage service.
  • Resort has a large, sand beach area on Mission Bay with complimentary lounge chairs
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Catamaran Spa offers South Pacific and Asian-inspired treatments with botanical-based products. The full-service spa's treatment options include massages, facials, water therapies, nail treatments and hair styling.
  • Spa hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Outdoor whirlpool provides views of Mission Bay

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The Catamaran Resort is a family-friendly property with a variety of activities available including biking, boating and paddleboarding. The resort also offers bayside movie nights on the beach, seasonal luaus, riverboat cruises and an arcade. What's more, there is a bird show that teaches guests about the various birds that live on the property, including the talking macaws.
  • Rollaway beds and cribs can be requested but the hotel stresses they are not guaranteed
  • Kids menu available at the hotel's Oceana Coastal Kitchen restaurant
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The resort offers a fitness center overlooking Mission Bay, with strength-training equipment and cardio machines. The hotel also offers beach cruisers, paddleboards and kayak rentals. It also conviently sits right along an extensive boardwalk area, great for walking, running or biking.
  • Fitness center hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Open Air Yoga and Paddleboard Yoga are seasonal
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


The Catamaran Resort has 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, and can do custom-themed event planning. In addition to meeting rooms, the hotel has the Bahia Belle sternwheeler for private events on Mission Bay.
  • 24-hour business center
  • A/V services available
  • Resort offers room, transportation and admission discounts to groups

Number of meeting rooms5

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The hotel allows one dog per guest room weighing 50 pounds maximum or up to two dogs weighing a combined 75 pounds maximum. Guests will be expected to sign a waiver upon arrival and pay a nonrefundable cleaning service fee of $75.
  • Does not accept "aggressive breeds" including pit bulls, rottweilers, cane corsos, or any cross breed
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


The Catamaran Resort is able to host indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions, along with pre- and post-wedding events. The property has beach, garden and lawn ceremony locations, as well as a sternwheeler for weddings on Mission Bay. There are also two Polynesian-inspired ballrooms on-site for indoor celebrations.
  • Wedding packages available
  • Resort can host weddings for up to 400 attendees for outdoor celebrations (200 max for indoor)

Maximum wedding guest capacity400

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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