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"Our family of 4 (two children) had a pleasant stay at The Dana. We enjoyed the beautiful gardens, the pools, and location situated in the Bay. The po ... " More

By a verified traveller on Mon 16 Apr 2018

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Hotel Description

The Dana on Mission Bay puts you in the heart of San Diego, steps from Mission Bay and within a 20-minute stroll of Belmont Park. Highlights at this hotel include 2 outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant, and a marina.

All 271 rooms feature flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and you can enjoy MP3 docks, WiFi, and coffee/tea makers. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators, microwaves, and room service. Nice touches include bathrobes and free toiletries. Additionally, safes, hair dryers, and phones are available.

The restaurant, Firefly Eatery & Bar, serves Californian cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the hotel's own poolside bar or bar/lounge, you can enjoy a drink. Enjoy the fitness center, spa tub, and seasonal outdoor swimming pool as well as access to kayaking. A conference center, a meeting room, and a business center are among the business amenities offered. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, coffee/tea in a common area, and spa services. Buffet breakfast is available daily between 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM. There's also self parking, along with the convenience of car rentals on site.

With a stay at this 3.5-star San Diego hotel, you'll be 1.8 km (1.1 mi) from SeaWorld and 2.7 km (1.7 mi) from Mission Beach.

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Marina View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Marina View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds, Park View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds, Bay View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Park View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

The Dana on Mission Bay ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.0 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Dana on Mission Bay

Everyone (1) Family (2)
3 out of 5

A nice stay but a little overrated

Pros: Beautiful gardens, pool, poolside movies.
Cons: Kids menu and a more varied lunch and dinner menu at the Firefly (incl. vegetarian options); breakfast included; a small convenience store onsite.
Location: A good base to explore Mission Bay area, but if you have small children, you will require a car to get around.
Our family of 4 (two children) had a pleasant stay at The Dana. We enjoyed the beautiful gardens, the pools, and location situated in the Bay. The poolside movies are a wonderful idea and my children enjoyed and looked forward to these immensely. All staff were friendly and helpful, and the rooms were clean. There were a few things we didn't expect, and therefore, were a little disappointed. Essentially, when promoted as a resort and upon payment of a daily resort fee, you do anticipate more. Whilst the rooms were clean, they were small (even for a small family of four) and dated. We stayed in a Lanai room which opened on to the garden. This did help with the feeling of being cramped, but still disappointing. The buildings themselves are quite old and dated, which does influence the atmosphere unfortunately. Although the room service menu had a Kid's menu, The Lunch and Dinner menu at the restaurant did not, nor did any menu have very good vegetarian options. Strangely, the room service menu options are not available at the restaurant. All this is an important consideration, as you do need to walk a reasonable distance to other dining options, which can be difficult with small children. It was an acceptable and enjoyable stay, but The Dana in my view, is overpriced and overrated.

Posted by , from Australia on 16 Apr. 2018

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4 out of 5

Great location for Sea World

First floor room much better than ground floor. Sea World & beach easy 15 min walk.

Posted by , from Victoria, Australia on 5 Mar. 2016

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2 out of 5

Staff were rude

Pros: The pool was lovely and the location of the Hotel on the bay was beautiful.
Cons: Service
Location: Close to SeaWorld the hotel offer a free shuttle but the park closes at 5pm and the last shuttle back to the hotel is at 3pm
Check in wasn't a welcoming experience the staff were rude. This hotel has ample parking and when I questioned the rate of $20.00 per night I was told that the Hilton charge more!!! The rooms are tiny if you are 2adults and 2 children beds are doubles and not enough room for luggage for 4x people. We stayed on a Monday & Tuesday and the hotel was reasonably quiet felt like we could have been upgraded to have a better experience. We were traveling for 3 weeks and this hotel was bottom of our memories. We dined at the Firefly restaurant and found the food bland also beverage prices are high.

Posted by , from new zealand on 7 Oct. 2015

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Renovations + Closures

This property is closed from 4 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 (dates subject to change).

Property Features

The Dana on Mission Bay offers its guests a marina, 2 outdoor swimming pools, a spa tub, and a fitness center. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. Business amenities include a business center and a meeting room. A seasonal outdoor pool, spa services, and a terrace are also featured at the business-friendly The Dana on Mission Bay. Parking is available for a fee. This 3.5-star San Diego hotel is smoke free.

  • 271 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) (8.4 km / 5.2 mi)
  • Train station: San Diego-Old Town Transit Center (6.5 km / 4 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Dana on Mission Bay offers 271 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature MP3 docking stations and safes. Flat-screen televisions come with premium satellite channels. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include showers, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • MP3 dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

The Dana on Mission Bay has a restaurant on site.

Firefly Eatery & Bar - Overlooking the pool, this restaurant specializes in Californian cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 3:00 AM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 40 per accommodation (varies based on length of stay), plus a USD 100.00 deposit
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 30 lbs)
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Debit cards


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 36.06 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Pool access
  • Beach loungers
  • Health club access
  • Fitness center access
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Sporting facilities or equipment
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

The mandatory resort fee includes the following property amenities: 50% off breakfast, per room; shuttle service to SeaWorld; USD 5 drinks and half-off bottles of wine during Happy Hour; drive-in movies on weekends; beach chair and umbrella rentals; lawn and board game rentals.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 30 for adults and USD 20 for children (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 36.06 per night (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 25 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet deposit: USD 100.00
  • Pet fee: USD 40 per accommodation (varies based on length of stay)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.