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Dolphin Motel

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#19 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited San Diego in June of 2016 and stayed at the Dolphin based on other Trip Advisor recommendations. We were prepared for the room being very small, but it was also clean and comfortable. Be prepared to stay organized because there is not a lot of space. Once you do that, you're set. The motel was...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed in this motel last month. All i could say is, you cant get any better deal at this price in San Diego. The hotel was at a perfect location, facing the harbor. So in the morning you can grab your coffee and go for a walk. You can also see sports fishing. Though, the rooms are very small...

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2Thank Deepshikha M
Nanaimo, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We checked in very late, after midnight as arranged, and the staff were very kind and courteous. The room and motel itself was quiet. It was modest, basic, clean, with very comfortable beds and with a small fridge (bonus). Thomas, the manager, was very attentive, friendly, and really cares about the guests, as do the rest of the staff. Everyone,...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a not so great weekend trip to socal we decided to try and salvage it with a quick trip to San Diego. Thomas and Dolphin Motel turned what was a horrible trip into a great trip. Checking in, he was so helpful with places to get a great meal and a fishing license for the day. The motel is...

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Newark, Delaware
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I accompanied my friend to Mexicali for a medical surgery. We were brought to San Diego in the morning and had a red eye flight. Since she was not up to any sight seeing and needed a place to rest we booked a room at the Dolphin. They accommodated us by letting us check in at 11 am. Andy leave...

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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

You are so nice to us Ms. B.! You are definitely a good friend to be by her side and to help her as she is recovering. The room was promptly made ready first thing in the morning as we do our best to accommodate all our guests. On occasions, our guests do request a late check-out, and we may...

Bawtry, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

My mother in law stayed here on a business trip 20 years ago ! She loved the place then. I was told I had no choice but to book in on my cycle ride down PCH to the Mexican border. I was not disappointed! Yes. Small rooms. But delightful! And clean. Everyone was so helpful. I liked it so much...

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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you James for writing a review on our behalf. Amid the changing times, our property still stands. All our staff here are thankful that you guys do recommend our motel to friends & family. There is so history in our property that nobody ever made a photo album or hisotry book, but it seems that this should be done....

Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

This room was really good value and the staff were great. The breakfast was basic but there was plenty of it. The room wasn't very big but it was really clean and had everything we needed. We got great recommendations from the reception staff.

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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Daniel for sharing your recent adventure at the Dolphin Motel. All our staff are grateful that you chose to stay here with us. We hope that all our future guests are as generous as you in giving us a 5-star review!

Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

It was another great stay at the Dolphin Motel everyone there is so cool especially Thomas he was so helpful i need some parts for my bicycle and he ordered them online for me,these people make this motel the best place to stay.

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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you bicycleto for sharing your experience here at the Dolphin Motel. I am glad to be of much help. That bike of yours as been from one end of America to the other end. Hence, it is like an old faithful companion! It has traveled further and longer than any vehicles that I have driven so far. And even...

Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

I needed a cheap place to stay temporarily before my apartment was ready. The rooms were clean and quiet, while the staff were friendly. Strict no smoking policy in front of the rooms. There was a sign that said no fish in the rooms! Lol... and no visitors quiet time after 9:00pm. Makes sense on the weekends when the younger...

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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Matticus76 for staying with us. You are among the many who are in between places & found us based on our price & accommodations. It was a pleasure to have talked to you a few times. The rent in Point Loma is not very affordable, but the jobs are decent if you work for the Defense Department. And...

Reviewed 23 March 2017

This motel is very cheap, the rooms are tiny, but they work !! They are very clean and the staff is friendly. Continental breakfast included. It's also very quiet! And close to the pier, great for going on walks.

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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Your review is short & sweet. Thank you Gabriela for writing about us on tripadvisor. It will give future guests an idea of what we have to offer for them. We do hope all our guests respect the QUIET TIME after 9:00pm as we are an older property. Noise does travel around, especially late at night. In terms of affordable...

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Highly Rated - Very Reasonably Priced - American Owned and Operated Budget Motel since 1976. Budget very clean rooms with top rated beds, refrigerators and great showers! Best Price! Budget Value! Great location - one block from San Diego Harbor and minutes from the Airport - Seaword - Downtown - Zoo - Beaches and more! Friendly - professional staff ready to help with directions - boarding passes, etc. Every morning say hello to our staff over continental breakfast. - Please see over reviews. Thanks ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Address: 2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106-2770
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: £75 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphin Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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Also Known As:
Dolphin Motel San Diego
Dolphin Hotel San Diego
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#1 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#6 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#7 Family Hotel in San Diego
#10 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#44 Business Hotel in San Diego
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“You can ask the management to provide you harbour facing room while doing the booking”
, 10 May 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in room 29 in the corner and slightly away from the road.....it was very quiet.”
pauljC2226JM, 1 May 2017 | Read review
“Room #5 is near my parking”
johnnW9684TT, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a Harbor view room.”
joecQ6425RD, 27 Dec 2016 | Read review
“room with a view of the harbour”
tdtaan, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
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