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 CATAMARAN RESORT HOTEL, San Diego, California
Catamaran Resort Hotel is for the birds, literally!

When we checked into our room at the Catamaran Resort one warm January evening, the sky was dark, the night was young and little did we know that the natives were resting in their nests. Completing check in to the sounds of a huge, splashing waterfall, we wove past the lounge and restaurant, navigated the outdoor walkways mesmerized by tiki torch flames and opened the door to a spacious suite. 

Everything was absolutely wonderful. We called the concierge to make a reservation at Tony Roma's across the street. It was Friday evening, 6:30 p.m. and we thought ribs sounded perfect. Walking right in as the concierge suggested, we just beat a huge crowd and escaped a 35 minute wait. After a warm meal and a stroll along Pacific Beach next to the restaurant, we walked back to our resort across the street in time to catch a free ride on the Bahia Belle, which stops at the hotel dock several times nightly for a rides around the bay. Our ground floor room featured a walk out patio facing Mission Bay which provided a quick route to the boat dock. Hotel guests are each issued one ticket per night of stay to ride the boat. What a perk!

The bar was too crowded to enter and buy a cocktail on this Friday evening so I journeyed to the upper deck where I stood and gazed at the city lights, trying to orient myself. As magical as any experience, this ride is highly recommended.

Night turned to day and I slept late. I thought I heard squawking at 11 a.m. but I had to be crazy, right?  As I dressed and exited my room to walk to the Starbucks nearby, I saw birds. Big birds of every color sat perched on posts just beyond my suite and walkway. Beautiful, exotic birds sat in the shady grove above a koi pond just outside my hotel door. A bird care professional told me that this was their home. The exotic birds slept next door in a suite beside mine.  I have to admit that they were quiet as mice throughout the night and were well behaved, even in the morning.  This treat was one of the many delights guests can experience at Catamaran Resort. 

The resort includes high rise view rooms and suites in a main building that is surrounded by two story buildings with rooms and suites. The hotel features kayaks, jetskis and sailboats for rent, many fun things to see and explore in a location on Mission Bay with the beach directly across the street. The beach includes the historic Crystal Pier, Tourmaline Beach (a favorite spot for surfers) and further down is the Mission Beach and Belmont Park.

The Catamaran Resort is one of the many reasons San Diego is tough to beat for accommodations and getaway vacations. 

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Property Type: Resort - Beach  Guest Rooms: 313

Features and Amenities
   24 Hour Front Desk, Express Check-out, Room Service, Tour Desk/Concierge
   Handicapped Accessible Rooms, Non-smoking Rooms
   Outdoor Pool, Heated Pool, Hot Tub and Fitness Center on site
   Business Center Facilities, Laundry/Valet Service, Voice Mail in Rooms
   Air Conditioned Rooms, Coffee Maker, Data Ports
   Hair Dryer, Iron/Ironing Board and Refrigerator in Rooms
   Cable Television, In Room Movies
   Bar/Lounge, Restaurant and Shops on site
   Beach  Fishing on site

Area Attractions
   Sea World - few minutes
   Sailboats, Catamarans, Jet Skis - on site
   William D. Evans, Bahia Belle Sternwheelers

Nearby Restaurants
   The Cannibal Bar - on site
   Moray's - on site
   The Atoll Restaurant and Patio - on site