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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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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.

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.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

4.5 5732 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    I called the Catamaran to book a reservation for April. I spoke with DeAnte who was extremely helpful with my reservation. He went over backwards to get me good rate and applied a return visit discount for our up coming stay. He was polite and patience. This is why my husband and I look forward to returning to The Catamaran, the service is great even before you get to the hotel. Thank you again DeAnte!

    Jan 25, 2021
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Wonderful Wedding and Service Experience

    I visited the Catamaran to attend a friends wedding, which was absolutely beautiful. The ceremony was on the sand overlooking a sunny mission bay. You couldn't ask for a better venue. The staff was extremely friendly, covid conscious, and helpful. Hopper was excellent. He was jovial, polite, and attentive. He really made us feel like royalty. Later we had the opportunity to visit the bar, they were only offering to-go beverages, but Denyse was very helpful. She explained the California Covid rules and directed us on how to get an actual mix cocktail (eating at their restaurant). Oceana was a wonderful experience. The food was great, and Jordan made the experience all the better. I suggest their fillet, mouth watering. Overall our time at the Catamaran was an exceptional vacation experience, and I would suggest this place to anyone visiting San Diego.

    Jan 24, 2021
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    We love this Resort !!

    We have stayed here a few times and every time have the best experience. This last time we were there for New Years and thru and had an outstanding time even despite Covid. Dave Hopper the banquet captain was amazing each day we were there. He was very hospitable and in making sure we were taken care of each day with our bay front seats. Thank you to all the staff for making our time so great and to Dave especially for being so helpful, upbeat and personable.

    Jan 19, 2021
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Favorite Hotel in San Diego

    I’ve been meaning to write this review for sometime now. We have stayed at the Catamaran three times now and each time I love the experience. It’s like stepping into old Polynesia and it’s amazing. But, what helps this beautiful resort stand out is the people working there. Every time, we find someone that just makes us feel totally at home. Whether it’s the lady caring for Chadwick and the rest of the parrots or a person at the front desk it’s always wonderful customer service. This time, I really want to mention Debora in Reservations. Debora, you are the best! She totally went out of her way to help make our stay even more enjoyable. Thank you Debora and everyone at the Catamaran. We can’t wait to stay again..

    Jan 17, 2021
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Pretty Outside, Not Great Inside

    We visited San Diego this weekend and stayed a couple nights at the resort. I am avid traveler and when I pay for a 4 or 5 star hotel I expect alot. Staff was very friendly and accommodating, they even gave us a "upgraded" room that we were excited about. The property outside and around the resort is very pretty and well kept. BUT as soon as we entered the room it went down hill quick. The room was very outdated and very dirty. The carpet had cheetos on it, the bed had hair and lint everywhere. The outdated wall paper was turning yellow, the ceilings were separating from the walls. The bathroom was sooooo gross! The grout was black from the dirt, the tub had food in it, the floors were brown but the tile was white. We had dirty towels, very nasty soap dishes and plates. Cobwebs and dust hanging from the ceilings. There was a huge brown recluse spider web on the patio and balcony, the beam on the balcony was cracked and had a ton of termite damage. We were very grossed out with the room tbh but we were hardly in it during the day as we were enjoying the sun. Plus I dont like to make a scene unless needed. All in all a ok Resort but for the $173 a night I was expecting a little more.

    Jan 17, 2021