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“Cozy Room and Friendly Staff”
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #36 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

I'm writing this review for my mom who is older and does not have a computer. She had a very good stay at the Dolphin Motel. The staff was very nice, friendly, and helpful. They helped her print her boarding pass, directed her to stores, and went out of there way to make her stay pleasant. The room was cozy and clean. And the view of the marina was beautiful. She enjoyed the continental breakfast in the courtyard of the motel every morning especially the delicious coffee. She (and I) would definitely plan to stay with you again in any future trips to San Diego. Thank you Dolphin Motel- Owners and Staff- for a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Thank 275momof2
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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2013

It was a pleasure to have your family member stay with us 275momof2
Please send our warmest wishes to your mother from all our staff at the Dolphin
We specialize in single-occupancy, budget-friendly lodging for many guests this off-season.
Prices are at their lowest around the area and (although I recommend our owners take a vacation) they insist on working everyday!
Such diligence is a positive encouragement to all our younger staff.
We hope you will bring the family to visit San Diego in the near future

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

This place is squeaky clean. The continental breakfast, better than most. The bed was comfortable. The property is well lighted, safe and conveniently located. Did I mention that it's half the price of other hotels in the area? The Dolphin Motel may not be the Ritz, but the owners will stop you in the parking lot to ask what they can do to make your stay more comfortable (and they're serious). These guys are the real deal: a family business that can't be beat, at any price. Hats off to this Father/Son team. I just can't say enough good things about this motel. When I'm in the area....I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else!

Room Tip: It's all good!
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bogusmalarky
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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2013

A spell of rain to quench our dry spell
Our hard working owners & all our staff want to thank you Bogusmalarky for sharing your recent stay to future tripadvisor readers.
Looking at your profile, I'm sure all the other hotel/motels will agree, it is a pleasure to have such a wonderful guest like yourself.
Nothing fancy about our establishment, just a humble, budget friendly, family-owned motel with modest accommodations.
During the off-season we welcome many budget-conscious travelers & business people alike.
Once again, thank you for giving us a chance to be a part of your recent visit to San Diego.
And sharing it with fellow readers on tripadvisor.

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

This is a great place to stay in San Diego!

When I moved here I lived in the motel for 3 moths until I was able to get settled. The owners are the nicest people you will ever meet and the staff are friendly and keep the place spotless and running smoothly.

A nice outdoor continental breakfast is available every morning, with fresh coffee, muffins, fruits, orange juice and yogurt.

Located in the best spot of Point Loma, close to excellent bars and restaurants in walking distances, the motel offers plenty of parking and good quality wireless internet in the rooms.

I highly recommend it! It will make your stay in San Diego much more enjoyable.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Eduardo A
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2013

On behalf of the owners & all our staff, we thank you for sharing your splendid experience at our modest motel
Your description of our motel will give future tripadvisor readers a glimpse of what our place is about
We frequently get government contractors, or airport employees who stay at our budget friendly motel (San Diego airport is going through some expansions)
Our locations is also just 5 minutes drive from the airport (but not directly under its flight path)
Every morning, say hello to our owners as they greet everyone, as well as give a warm family introduction to the many places of interest here in San Diego
Whether you're looking for an apartment, or staying a few weeks on a business contract, we may have a accommodations for you.
Once again, thank you Eduardo for sharing our motel to others.

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Reviewed 14 November 2013

We only stayed for one night but enjoyed ourselves immensely. The motel wasn't perfect but the warm welcome we received more than made up for any imperfections. Lovely location. Would definitely stay again.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
Thank mattvinyl
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2013

Thank you Matt for sharing your story to others
As a budget friendly motel, we offer modest accommodations at competitive prices
That leaves little room for 3rd party affiliations (we are family-owned + operated for 37 years!)
And it shows in the details our hard working owners contribute to the business
Most importantly are wonderful guests like yourself who keep our business alive & such a pleasure to have

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Reviewed 12 November 2013

I've never seen a motel try so hard to please its guests. It isn't fancy, but you have everything you need. If not, just ask the staff. It's amazing what they will do. The breakfast is simple, but I found myself looking forward to it every morning.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Ted P
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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2013

It's so nice to hear input from our good guests!
Thank you Ted for giving our motel the opportunity to be a part of your recent visit to San Diego
I'm sure you spoke with Mr. Murdock, who is also a fellow Tennessee'an from olden days
While you're here at our family-owned, family-run motel, we treat all our guests like family
We hope all our future guests are as nice as you!

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Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

There are lots of great things about this motel - Friendly staff, squeaky clean rooms, perfectly adequate bathrooms, a decent breakfast and an interesting location. As a woman travelling alone and using public transport I felt very safe, even coming home in the dark. The bus and trolley rides into town were always entertaining. Thanks to a recommendation from the front desk I enjoyed several meals at Mitch's seafood, sitting outside on their deck watching seals frolicking in the sea. Truly magical. I enjoyed the partial harbour view from my upstairs room, and thought the wee fold up desk and chair in the room a good use of space. The only let down of my stay was the thin walls. Admittedly I am a light sleeper, but I found coughs and snores coming from both rooms on either side of mine off putting. There was no road noise though, and a sounder sleeper than I probably wouldn't have been disturbed. Booking from New Zealand was also very easy and emails were replied to amazingly quickly. All in all The Dolphin was a great find.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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1  Thank Surinchang
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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2013

Good day to you Surinchang, and thank you for sharing your experience on tripadvisor
I'm glad to hear you found our accommodations modest but adequate to your needs
You pretty much summed up everything about our motel in a nutshell
Your review will help future guests decide if we are the right fit for them

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We stayed at the Dolphin Motel for 11 nights at the end of an extended cycle tour on three continents. Maybe it was the comfort of a proper roof over our heads instead of a tent, or the free breakfast, or the proximity of a bathroom without having to stumble over other people's tent pegs in the dark - but we loved our time here.
Our room, though small, was clean, fresh and comfortable with a fridge and tv.
The breakfast was simple but perfectly adequate - even for cyclists. An endless supply of coffee or tea, plus juice, blueberry and chocolate muffins, bananas and yoghurt.
Free wifi.
But best of all - the friendliness of the staff. This is a family run motel and father and son are usually around. One of the cleaning staff has been there 37 years. All of them were extremely helpful, and had no hesitation letting us pack up our tandem in the courtyard. Once the bike was boxed up, one of the staff helped us lug the boxes into the reception area to weigh them to ensure we weren't overweight for our flight. It was the sort of help and kindness you seldom get at the big "chain" motels.
There were only two negatives - we did find there was a bit of noise from people moving around in a room above us. And the location - while just a short walk from the waterfront, a marina and several restaurants - is some distance from the town centre. We cycled it no problem, but public transport involved changing buses.
For a cheapie, it's a beauty.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MikeBrockie
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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2013

"Dolphin Delight" - the title is catchy!
Its good to hear from you guys. We do appreciate you sharing your stay at our motel.
It's so nice to hear from experience travelers like yourself, if I remember correctly you biked for most of the trip, and flew back home.
I also remember you guys packing the boxes and making sure it fit the airport standards; lots of duct tape needed.
Once again, as an older motel we cater to mostly budget-minded guests, and the rest we put in the effort to fulfill.
We hope all our future guests are as nice as you guys
Once again, thank you for staying with us Mr. & Mrs. B

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Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Address: 2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106-2770
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#7 Family Hotel in San Diego
#9 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#10 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#44 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: £64 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphin Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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 
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