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

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Hotel details


Dining options are available for this property.
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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 5454 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    The most caring resort in San Diego.

    I'm an RN working the COVID 19 crisis frontline. The Catamaran Resort and Spa have been instrumental in helping many of us get through this crisis. I work 12 hours, go to the hotel shower, sleep, have wonderful room service get up to work again and my family can now be more at peace because I am being given an opportunity to do all I can to keep my family safe too. Without the kindness and caring of the staff and management at this beautiful resort I would still be entering my home after twelve hours and not be able to find any comfort because I know they fear me because of the job I do. They try not to fear me and I know I try not to notice that I'm currently their biggest threat. The offer to have a safe place to decompress and rejuvinate will never be forgotten. I will be "staycationing" every year at this resort. They will be my only go to spot. They are caring for me when I'm sure they are scared too. Will never be able to THANK them enough. Hope everyone will give this resort their day and vacay buisness. They deserve to be supported in the same way they have supported the healthcare community during this unprecedented pandemic crisis.

    Apr 05, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    It has a great location, great views on some rooms, i would recommend this to a friend or family i am a returning guest and have been here many times, it is very peaceful, beautiful pond, fish, birds.

    Apr 01, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Perfect staycation

    Beautiful resort and the perfect getaway during strange times. Everyone is taking extra precautions to keep us safe! Antonio in security went out of his way to bring us soda after room service was closed and the soda machine wasn’t working, he made our stay extra special and we are so grateful! :)

    Mar 31, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing Staff

    We absolutely loved our stay at the Catamaran Beach Hotel. It was our 50th wedding anniversay and when we arrived at our room, Edith and Anna (hopefully remebering names correctly) had left chilled bottle of Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. It was so inviting and made us feel very special. The whole staff was so gracious to us and the property was beautiful. From the palm trees, beaches lined with umbrellas for sunbathing, the coy ponds, to the McCaw birds out on display each day, it could not have been better. In fact though it was. After leaving San Diego, my phone was stolen and all my bautiful pictures of our trip were gone. My husband, knowing how disappointed I was called the resort near my 70th birthday in March and explained how my phone was stolen. Steve took the initiative to take not one but about 20 beautiful pictures around the resort area including the gorgeous exotic McCaws and texted them to me. This is definately going the extra mile in customer service. I cannot say enough about what these kind gestures meant to us. Thank you again to the Staff and owners of the Catamaran Beach Hotel for making our 50th Anniversary trip the best anyone could ask for.

    Mar 23, 2020
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Disappointing stay in Mission Beach

    We stayed at the hotel for 4 days in March 2020 during a trip to the west coast. I think it's fair to say that the resort is not quite as good as it looks on the website - it is a bit tired and dated. The first room we were shown was in the tower but faced onto the hotel car park and being on a lower level was not exactly the view we had envisaged. We asked for a room change whcih they kindly obliged with and this had a far better view over the lagoon. That said, the room had a certain smell to it and the decor/furnishings probably haven't been updated for a long while. Overall, we would not plan on returning to the hotel nor recommending it to our friends.

    Mar 19, 2020