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The Catamaran!: Resort and Spa

I haven't actually stayed at this hotel but have heard much praise and satisfaction expressed by people who have stayed here.

The Catamaran is one of the oldest hotels in the Mission Bay/Pacific Beach area. It has been renovated many times to keep up with current trends and styles which makes it an ideal place to stay. It now sports a fantastic Spa that offers serenity in a chaotic world of everyday life.

Located on Mission Boulevard, it is about a block from the ocean and Mission Bay is just in the backyard. So, what ever watersports you like will be easy access for you.

Over the years the Cataraman has offered favored dining clubs and entertaining bars that appeal to the locals as well as the tourists. In the 1960's Dr. Michael Dean was the resident hypnotist who had, us coming back week after week to see audience members volunteer to be hypnotized and bark like a dog, to "see" the rest of the audience naked, or whatever the current "suggestion" was. Sometimes the results were hilarious and always interesting and entertaining.

Later came the Cannibal Bar a popular singles hangout and now it's Moray's Lounge, especially popular for Jazz lovers and of course the Bahia Belle, a 1900's Mississippi-style sternwheeler, that travels on Mission Bay between the Catamara and the Bahia Resort. These hotels offer complimentary cruises for their guests and a nominal charge for those who are not guests of either hotel.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Business Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written March 13, 2006
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Entrance to The Catamaran

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Hyatt Regency Islandia: A Lovely Resort!

I haven't stayed at this resort hotel, but have had lunch at one of it's restaurants, the Baja Cafe, several times and can tell you that a stay would be worth the price, which is about average for this area.

Surrounding the hotel are lush tropical gardens, a marina and views of Mission Bay as well as the Pacific Ocean depending where your room is located.

Hyatt Hotels are reliable for quality service and comfortable accommodations. This location is near the beach and not far from the sites of San Diego. It is better that you have a car to get around in, how ever Mission Bay is right outside the door and Mission Beach is less than a mile's walk.

The Baja Cafe is opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the Chicken Cilantro Soup, Rainbow Nachos Grande or the "Napa Valley Connection" for lunch. For dinner I'd suggest the Char Broiled Seafood Brochette. A "Kids Menu" is offered here also. Before dinner or after step over to the Baja Cantina to relax and enjoy a drink.

The hotel is a resort so there are plenty of things to do, without the use of a car, they have their own exercise room, hammocks to have that real tropical vacation feel, a sundeck with room service options, state of the art hot tub overlooking the Marina, and get this, a heated pool shaped like the state of California!

If the exercise room is not enough for you, the hotel has a deal with Gold's Gym--a full service gym--that guests of the hotel are offered complimentary use of it's facilities.

On nights that SeaWorld sets off fireworks the hotel is a great place to watch from.

Within easy reach you can rent a sailboat or bicycle as well as take a deep sea sport fishing trip and of course, (seasonal) whale watching is offered.

The hotel will give you discount tickets to SeaWorld, SD Zoo, SD Zoo's Safari Park and Legoland and most useful, they offer daily tours with courtesy pick-up, which helps if you haven't a car of your own.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Beaches, Family Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written December 23, 2002
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