by Whitney Rife
The Dana is perfect for families who want to be as close as possible to SeaWorld. Though guests can easily walk to it, shuttle service is available to the park. Shuttles also go to the airport and the cruise ship terminal. Sometimes, the hotel offers discount tickets to nearby attractions, like the San Diego Zoo. At Dana, guests enjoy a waterfront location on Mission Bay that is within walking distance to the beach. The hotel has two pools and a private marina. Families can watch a “Dive-In Movie” at the Tropical Pool. A kids’ water sports camp is available during the summers and bicycle rentals can be arranged at the front desk. The Dana provides dining options in its fine dining Firefly Restaurant and its casual Blue Pearl. Rooms and suites at the hotel are built in three-story buildings, and present views of the bay. Units feature kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves.
Our Editor Loves
- Kitchenettes in units
- Walk to SeaWorld
The family and I paid a visit to The Dana for a little getaway and family reunion. The kids had a blast in the pools and running the grounds! In the late afternoon we walked out to the bay and watched sea lions playing while enjoying the sea breeze. The rooms were a little tight for a family of four but the location and service more than make up for the squeeze. The parking lot was packed in the evenings, something to keep in mind if you go out to dinner or take in the sights later in the day. We particularly loved the ability to feel somewhat secluded while having easily drivable access to everything that San Diego has to offer. We will stay here again!
In San Diego for a business conference, I ended up staying at The Dana because the Hyatt across the street (site of the conference) was booked. The reviews were pretty good so I booked through Expedia.
There were four items that were sub-par at the hotel.
1. I checked in around midnight. Though the clerk at the front desk told me where my room was, it's a little strange having to walk around an unknown property late at night. I was in building 11 and the building didn't have a lit sign on it designating that it was building 11. It could have a couple of signs that would not interfere with the rest of the occupants. I found my room with the help of a nice young guy staying at the hotel with his baseball team. Also, there were 5 or 6 steps down that older people might have had trouble with when carrying their luggage.
2. There was no desk in the room. Trying to do computer work with the computer on your lap or in bed was not comfortable. Yes, there's a nice sitting area in the room, but how can a room not have a desk for work these days?
3. The nightstand is very small. There's a lamp (with a couple of outlets), a phone, and not room for anything else. The clock radio was on the dresser next to the TV. No pressing the snooze button there.
4. The shower had no soap dish. How can a hotel that charges over $200/night not make the shower comfortable to use?
The room did have a nice view, the carpeting was a little worn, but not too bad. The bed was moderately comfortable. But this hotel, based on my experience, doesn't suit the business traveler at all.
I interacted just a little with the staff. They were uniformly pleasant and helpful.