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Hotel overview

Ideal for families, spa-lovers, nature enthusiasts and active travelers of all ages, this San Diego gem offers superior accommodations amidst hidden gardens of over 100 rare palms, serpentine waterways and exotic birds. Here, spacious guestrooms were designed for comfort with daily room service, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, Plasma TV's, an iHome™ for you iPod® and a private balcony, while the hotel’s beachfront location provides the perfect blend of sun, surf and service. Fronting the shores of Mission Bay and only steps from the Pacific Ocean, guests of the hotel enjoy delicious dining and entertainment at a variety of restaurants and bars; a paradise of soothing treatments at the sensational spa; exciting water sports like boogie boarding, windsurfing, kayaking and more and kid-friendly activities including an educational kid’s club where your little ones can play games and meet new friends.


Mission Bay
San Diego, CA, USA - Lindbergh International Airpo : 5 miles

Property information

Year Built: 1962
Last Renovation: 2007
Accessible rooms: 5
Floors: 13
Total rooms: 311


Hotel details


Dining options are available for this property.
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Multiple amenities are available at this hotel.
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This property offers numerous activities.
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Hotel advisories

Advisory A minimum self-parking fee of $27 per night, per vehicle and valet parking fee of $33 per night, per vehicle will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. These fees are subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but is not a guarantee of the final amount due.
Advisory A mandatory Resort fee of $39 USD (plus tax) per night will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due.

General policies & fine print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
General Policies:

Check-in Policy: Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy: Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy: This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

General Information: Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Resort fee inclusions

All guests to enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access in guest rooms and public areas,

Bird exhibit,

Use of beach chairs and umbrellas (subject to availability),

Towels at the resort pool, access to indoor/outdoor bay front fitness center,

Access to outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool,

Two in-room bottled waters per day, USA Today newspaper in the lobby each morning, and complimentary local and domestic long-distance phone calls.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

4.5 7039 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great booking experience

    The best part of the Catamaran is the customer service, starting with booking the reservation. Rene was great - making sure we were aware of the different discounts available, and advising us on the activities happening during our stay. Can't wait to return!

    May 26, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fun,Sun,Great Weather and Arlo the Cat!

    The end of my Travel season always is sad. I always end it at the Catamaran Hotel and Spa. I have said on many occasions of how the Staff ALWAYS goes out of the way to welcome me and feel like family. The renovations of the Garden Rooms is excellent and when the project is complete,this Hotel will be spectacular. Another new addition is Arlo the Cat,who is the unofficial welcoming officer.He has free run of the Hotel and is rapidly becoming a guest favorite!Readers of my Reviews know that a somewhat long list of accolades of the staff accompanies it,so here goes. Jayne Astin,GM.Scott Hartmann,Director of Guest Services,Roberto,Front Office Manager,Hitomi,Assistant Front Office Manager,thank you for ALWAYS making my stays excellent! Supervisors"Cynthia and Angie{welcome aboard Angie!},as well as Joanne,Kim,Randy,Sarah,Layne and Aaron. The night crew: Supervisor Leslie,Mayra and Nichole.Bell and Concierge: Supervisor Greg,Mick,Michael,Marco,Jerzy,Barrett and Augusto. Valets' Edgar,Pascual,Alan,Michel,Bryan and Aaron. Security,which does a great job of keeping order and assisting when the need arises: Mel,Jose,Tony and Aarynn. The Groundskeepers,Tony,John,and Alvo. Reservations,who are so considerate,professional and helpful: Diante,Peter,Celina,Jocelyn,Liz,Marisa and Renee.Thank You All! Morays,Lava Java and Oceana: Arissa,Cassie,Teelee,Dyllon,Abigail,Jaelyn,Hailey,Emma,Pedro,Matt,Angela,Daniel,Clare,Nicole,Jen,Ariel,as well as Managers:Jessica,Vicki,and Chris. I am sure that I have ommited people and for that I am sorry. Special shout out to Arlo the Cat and Doug from Engineering. Thank You to all.

    May 24, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great visit- tower 👎🏻

    My room was originally booked in the tower listed as a pacific ocean view room.. however, after getting to the room it would be best described as a partial ocean view room. The only way to get the ocean view was to stand in the far right corner of the balcony and look left.. you could then see the ocean.. otherwise it was a parking lot view. The room in the tower was small, tower looks old and dirty.. and the bathroom in the room was less than stellar.. fast forward to the pool view room we were moved to and the room was a whole new world. I did lose the sight of the parking lot.. i mean ocean.. but the room was an upgrade! Bathroom was spacious, room layout was much better, balcony furniture was fantastic.. all around better choice. The resort alone was beautiful! Grounds are well landscaped and lush! Tropical birds were fun and talk!! Koi fish are huge! Location is FABULOUS! Would definitely come back .. but will avoid the tower unless there has been a MAJOR refresh! Truth be told.. i did book thru Southwest vacations.. and not directly thru the hotel…. The employee that helped me move rooms, said that was the reason for parking lot- partial ocean view room.. but that is not the case .. i did my research.. and knew it was a room in the tower but expected ocean view.. not a parking lot view with a side of ocean. Per the Catamaran website it says nothing of the ocean views being partial and the photos shown definitely don’t show parking lots.

    May 22, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Renee is the best! Catamaran is lucky to have her!

    Renee was the very best! She was so sweet and helpful when it came to making adjustments to our reservations! This is our annual sister trip and she has already made it so memorable. We will seek her out in anything we need with the Catamaran. It’s people like her who keep us coming back! Thank you Renee!

    May 21, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Anniversary Trip

    Beautiful ocean view from our room! Luxurious set-up! Slept well in the King bed! Had the best full body massage ever! Beautiful Spa and very accommodating amenities! Loved the tropical property and very peaceful ambiance of the grounds! Lots of areas to walk around and boat access!

    May 21, 2024