The Dana on Mission Bay

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1710 W Mission Bay Dr., San Diego, CA, 92109
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Located on Mission Bay with a marina, on-site fire pits, pools, spa, and numerous popular attractions within walking distance, The Dana checks all the boxes!
Todd Sarouhan
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The Dana on Mission Bay
Prices starting at $179 / night
The Dana on Mission Bay
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Uncover a Tropical Waterfront Paradise at The Dana on Mission Bay

Entrance to the The Dana on Mission BayTiki Art at the The Dana on Mission Bay

Directly on the waterfront, a stay at The Dana on Mission Bay will give you some of the most breathtaking views you could ever imagine!

The Dana, as it’s called for short, is located along the beautiful Mission Bay. At only one mile from the main beach in Mission Beach, just next to Belmont Park and its classic wooden roller coaster, the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean is not far away.

The Dana's casual atmosphere is great for families but also a choice hotel for business travelers, and is even one of our top picks for the Best Hotels in San Diego!

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Mission Bay & Mission Beach
Crystal clear blue waters, heart-pumping water sports and outdoor activities are waiting for all who visit!

But beyond its excellent views and location, I want to give you a more in-depth look into why The Dana is one of my personal favorite places to stay in all of San Diego - from someone with firsthand experience. I’ll cover the basics, but also provide some details that are often overlooked!

Once you finish reading about The Dana, if you’d like to hear about a similar hotel, check out our article, Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa vs The Dana on Mission Bay, to learn about key differences between the two. This one covers why one hotel may be a better choice than the other for your needs on your next visit to San Diego.

But before we get into comparisons, let’s get into some of the amazing features of The Dana!

Gift Shop at the The Dana on Mission Bay
Gift Shop at the The Dana on Mission Bay

Amenities

The Dana on Mission Bay has an array of amenities to make for a memorable stay.

The lobby features a gift shop and ATM. The multilingual staff will assist you with anything you need, including dry cleaning and room service. You can take advantage of the on-site laundry and event spaces inside and outside the facility as well.

The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness center for guests who don't want to miss a workout, even when on vacation.

Dog Friendly at The Dana on Mission Bay
Dog Friendly at The Dana on Mission Bay

Pet-Friendly Rooms

The hotel features accessible rooms and also has pet friendly rooms set up to provide a place for guests who wish to bring their dogs but away from other rooms to provide guests with allergies an equally enjoyable time.

While I understand that this may not be important to everyone, when you’re traveling with your dog, this is vital to your stay!

The Dana is actually featured in our Best Pet Friendly Hotels in San Diego.

Local Tips
Mission Bay & Mission Beach
Crystal clear blue waters, heart-pumping water sports and outdoor activities are waiting for all who visit!

Why You Should Consider The Dana

Entrance Sign at the The Dana on Mission Bay
Entrance Sign at the The Dana on Mission Bay

Beyond its excellent amenities and pet policy, here are three reasons why you should consider staying at The Dana.

Private Marina at The Dana on Mission Bay
Private Marina at The Dana on Mission Bay

The Hotel Grounds

Not only is The Dana right on Mission Bay, but there is a first class marina just in front of the hotel for you to enjoy. I also love the grounds of the hotel, where you’ll find two swimming pools and the bay boardwalk, also right in front of the hotel.

Firefly Outdoor Eating Area at the The Dana on Mission Bay
Firefly Outdoor Eating Area at the The Dana on Mission Bay

Top Notch On-Site Dining

The Dana has an outside poolside cafe called the Firefly Eatery & Bar and I love going there to eat for breakfast and lunch.

In the evening my family and I like to sit outside by its firepits and relax with a drink and a bite to eat while listening to the sounds of the crackling fire.

Belmont Park a Great Place for Family Fun
Belmont Park a Great Place for Family Fun

Nearby Attractions

When I’m looking for a place to stay, location, and what’s around the hotel really matters!

If you’re looking for things to do, one of my favorite things about The Dana is how close it is to other attractions.

It’s only about a 10-minute walk to both Belmont Park and the main beach at Mission Bay. There are also a nice selection of restaurants and bars within walking distance.

The Dana on Mission Bay
Prices starting at $179 / night

The Dana on Mission Bay caters to families in search of a waterfront hotel with access to ocean sports along Sail Bay. Travel with Todd and tour this hotel near gorgeous Mission Beach in Mission Bay Park.

Stay at The Dana on Mission Bay

What's Nearby

SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego
22 min Walk
Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
5 min Drive
Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego
10 min Drive
Gaslamp District
Gaslamp Quarter
17 min Drive
Cabrillo Nat. Monument
Cabrillo National Monument
17 min Drive
Petco Park
Petco Park
18 min Drive
Balboa Park
Balboa Park
18 min Drive
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
20 min Drive
Beach
La Jolla Cove
26 min Drive
Beach
Coronado Beach
29 min Drive
Park Hiking
Torrey Pines State Reserve
33 min Drive
Shopping
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
35 min Drive
LEGOLAND California
LEGOLAND California Theme Park
38 min Drive
The Dana on Mission Bay
Prices starting at $179 / night

Things to Know Before Arrival

Neighborhood Mission Bay Park
Visit Mission Bay Park for the boardwalk, bay, beaches and SeaWorld San Diego. Enjoy the Bay by paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing.
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Pet Policy
Dogs are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room and maximum weight of 80 lbs per pet. There's a charge of $40 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Resort Fee
$36.06 Includes: Pool access, Beach loungers, Health club access, Fitness center access, Fitness/yoga classes, Sporting facilities or equipment, Business center/computer access, Internet access (may be limited), Newspaper and Phone calls (may be limited).
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Breakfast
Not Included
Property Size
271 Rooms

Property Amenities

Bar on Property
Bar on Property
Bay Front Hotel
Bay Front Hotel
Bellhop
Bellhop
Business Center
Business Center
Concierge Desk
Concierge Desk
Conference Center
Conference Center
Couples Friendly
Couples Friendly
Family Friendly
Family Friendly
Fitness Room
Fitness Room
Gift Shop
Gift Shop
Golf Nearby
Golf Nearby
Hotel Near Beach
Hotel Near Beach
Jacuzzi
Jacuzzi
Laundry
Laundry
Massage Services
Massage Services
Onsite Cafe
Onsite Cafe
Pets Allowed
Pets Allowed
Pool
Pool
Restaurant on Property
Restaurant on Property
Safe Deposit Box
Safe Deposit Box
Spa
Spa

Parking

Self Parking
Self Parking
$25 / day for Self Parking

Room Amenities

Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning
Daily Maid Service
Daily Maid Service
Flat Screen TV
Flat Screen TV
Handicapped Accessible
Handicapped Accessible
Iron
Iron
Mini Fridge
Mini Fridge
No Smoking
No Smoking
Phone in Room
Phone in Room
Room Service
Room Service
Safe Deposit Box in Rooms
Safe Deposit Box in Rooms
Getting Around
SAN Airport
SAN Airport
- 10 min Drive
Trolley
Trolley Station
- 10 min Drive
Cruise Port
Cruise Port
- 16 min Drive
This Month's Forecast
67°F / 77°F
Sunny in July
Aug
69°F / 79°F
Sunny in August
Sep
67°F / 79°F
Sunny in September
Oct
63°F / 78°F
Sunny in October

Rooms & Rates

Deluxe Bay View Room at The Dana on Mission Bay

The Dana features 10 acres of luxurious tropical landscapes with rooms available in either Marina Cove or Water's Edge.

All the rooms at The Dana on Mission Bay feature flat-screen HDTVs, refrigerators, microwaves, single cup coffee and tea makers and Wi-Fi.

Marina Cove rooms are divided in: One queen or two queen rooms, standard rooms, view rooms and Lanai - patio rooms.

In addition to the basic amenities, Water's Edge's rooms also have a private patio or balcony, pull out sofa, wet bar and views overlooking Mission Bay. Water's Edge rooms are divided in:

The Dana on Mission Bay
Prices starting at $179 / night
Deluxe Park View

This room offers one king or two queen beds.

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Deluxe Bay View

This room offers one king or two queen beds.

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Park View Suite

This beautiful suite offers two queen beds, living and bedroom areas, dining table with chairs and two TVs.

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Bay View Suite

This room offers one king or two queen beds, living and dining areas and two TVs.

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Executive Bay View King Suite

This room offers one king bed, living and dining areas, cascading shower and two TVs.

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Deck Queen Suite

This room offers the same as the bay view room with an extra-large bay view deck.

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The Dana on Mission Bay
Prices starting at $179 / night

Nearby Things to Do At and Around The Dana

The Dana offers many things to do, both on-site and nearby. Let’s have a look at your options!

Things to Do at the Hotel

Whether you decide to visit the marina, the beach, or lounge by the pool, there’s plenty to do right at The Dana.

Let’s talk about some of my favorites!

Morning Kayaking on Mission Bay
Morning Kayaking on Mission Bay

Visit the Marina

Stay in the bay and enjoy the private marina with paddle boat, kayak and bicycle rentals. The marina has 140 slips on 5 separate docks, making it one of the most sought after in the area.

Beachgoers at Ocean Beach City Beach
Beachgoers at Ocean Beach City Beach

Go to the Beach

Don’t forget about the beaches surrounding the bay area, which offer swimming and other water activities. One area specifically provides a beach for dogs, Ocean Beach Dog Beach, so if you brought your furry companion, make sure to check it out!

Main Swimming Pool at the The Dana on Mission Bay
Main Swimming Pool at the The Dana on Mission Bay

Enjoy Two Beautiful Heated Pools

You can also enjoy two outdoor heated pools and various outdoor activities. Try out the poolside ping pong tables, outdoor lawn games and hopscotch.

Of course, at both pool and spa areas, it also is recommended to take advantage of the spa services. You can enjoy massage services, reflexology, aromatherapy and hot lava shells.

The Bayside Infinity Pool and Spa

The Bayside Infinity Pool and Spa provides you Mission Bay views, cabanas and poolside service from the FireFly Eatery & Bar.

This contemporary restaurant provides you with all day dining options. Daily you can enjoy a breakfast buffet, which features an expanded brunch menu on Sundays. Sip a cocktail or savor dishes made with local ingredients.

The FireFly also provides special service to canine visitors, providing them with a filet mignon dog biscuit and water!

The Tropical Pool and Spa

The Tropical Pool and Spa is in Marina Cove and is family-friendly. It provides dive-in movies throughout the season as long as the weather cooperates.

It also has a bar for the adults to enjoy unique drinks while they lounge by the water.

Things to Do Near the Hotel

Go exploring and see what other nearby attractions Mission Bay has to offer. (Psst. My favorite: Mission Bay Cove!)

Boardwalk at Mission Point Park
Boardwalk at Mission Point Park

Mission Bay Park

Mission Bay Park is 4,600 acres of beaches and water that offer something for everyone.

Whether you want to soak up the sun in Mission Beach, take a bike ride along scenic boardwalks or have some fun in the water off Sail Bay, there is sure to be a fun activity for you here.

Mission Bay Cove

Whether you want to picnic, watch boat races, or participate in the Annual World Championship Over-the-Line Tournament, Mission Bay Cove has so many activities to choose from it’s hard to pick just a few!

Classic Wooden Roller Coaster in Belmont Park
Classic Wooden Roller Coaster in Belmont Park

Belmont Park

Spend a family-friendly day at one of San Diego’s best amusement parks!

Roller coasters, bumper cars, a carousel and the largest heated pool in Southern California, Belmont Park is guaranteed fun for kids of all ages!

Swimming Turtle at Turtle Reef in Seaworld San Diego
Swimming Turtle at Turtle Reef in Seaworld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

The Dana just so happens to be the closest hotel to SeaWorld San Diego and one of my family’s favorite places to visit while in Mission Bay!

Jump aboard a shuttle that will take you directly to SeaWorld San Diego and enjoy its animal shows, roller coasters and other rides for the entire family. Encounter its famed orcas, dolphins and sea lions, or take a tour through the ocean life habitats.

Popular Activities

Belmont Park Ride and Play Pass
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The World Famous San Diego Zoo
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USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
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Visit SeaWorld San Diego
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La Jolla Stand Up Paddle Board Rental
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