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“Great little find”
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #38 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 March 2014

I'd booked this place in advanced for between Christmas and New Year. The nice men on reception doubled up as tourist information guides and gave us lots of suggestions of places to visit. We went to all of them! We would never have gone to some without the suggestions so thanks a lot! They even supplied us with a zip code for each attraction and a hand drawn map.
The room was small but it wasn't cramped- it was fine- nice and clean! Fridge was handy as well.
Breakfast was served outside our room to help yourself- muffins, fruit, yoghurt, juice and hot drinks. Perhaps repetitive but the blueberry muffin was nice and ideal for the price of the room. It was close to Jimmy's Bar where we ate dinner one night but you need a car or taxi to get everywhere in San Diego. We has a car so it was ok. I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2014

Thank you guys for sharing your recent stay to other tripadvisor readers.
Your review is balanced & we hope future potential guests can weigh their options for our motel.
There are so many in San Diego to choose from, with associated price differences & accommodations.
Our dedicated owners & motivated staff hope they will strongly consider our motel when planning to visiting San Diego. We try so hard for your business!

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Reviewed 25 March 2014

After reading the reviews I booked 5 nights at the Dolphin for our first trip to San Diego. What a great budget friendly place to stay. The room was small but unbelievably, squeaky clean and the bed very comfortable. The location was perfect for the sightseeing we planned to do. We enjoyed our visits with Holly each morning and his recommendations of places to go and the good directions he gave. All the staff was very friendly and eager to please. Will definitely be back someday and hope Holly is there to greet us.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2014

Thank you guys for making our motel a part of your recent visit to San Diego!
We're so glad you found us
It's good that you took advantage of the pre-summer rates that we offer
Generally San Diego enjoys great weather all year-round
Our dedicated staff & hard-working owners all appreciate you sharing our motel to tripadvisor readers.
We're still family-owned & operated and appreciate every little help from many generous guests, avid tripadvisor posters, or new members seeking advice on their future travels

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Reviewed 25 March 2014

This is such a nice motel, i can't rave enough about it. I stayed for 4 nights and I had a wonderful time. It has a great location right across from the Fisherman Landing and 3.2 miles from Downtown's Grape Street (Little Italy). We walk downtown the first day right by the water inside the Spanish Landing Park and it was beautiful. The motel, however is on a rather quiet street , so no noise from the traffic.
The service is exceptional, they offer free continental breakfast (muffins, yogurt, bananas), free coffee, soda and water, maps and anything else you might need like GREAT advise on things to do and places to go...Breakfast is served on the patio outside and makes it so nice, because you get to talk to everyone and get info or enjoy your own view of the bay from upstairs unitts.
The rooms are small but very clean and everything is white, which is nice. Our towels were immaculate white and they service the rooms every day unless you request not to.
They have free Wi-Fi, and even most surprising they offer a laptop if you need one, or a GPS or a luggage weigh for your flight back.
So, I cannot stop raving about it. It's a great place with a "back in time" feel so if you are in San Diego give it a try, you will not regret it. Everyone I met here was delightful!

Room Tip: Request a room with the view of the bay, if they don't have it, they will move you in one as soo...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Nicoleta B
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2014

It's great to hear from you guys again!
Our hard-working owners & staff are so glad you shared your recent stay with us for all future tripadvisor readers.
We are so glad we were able to move the rooms around to accommodate you guys to upstairs.
The harbor-side in Point Loma is best described as a "sleepy fishing town" in all but the summer months.
Our off-season rates are still in effect so many budget-minded travelers take advantage of these rates ~$60s
We are so grateful you made our little motel a part of your recent visit to San Diego
I would also love to visit Orlando, Florida some time in the future!

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

I can't stop raving about this quaint little motel. I found it online and it had great reviews so thought we'd give it a try. It's all about expectations here. If you're above staying in a motel this is not the place for you. But if you like a clean bed, friendly staff and like to save money to spend on other things this is your place. We loved it. Everything is squeaky clean. The staff was wonderful and went out of there way to ensure a great visit. The continental breakfast was handy, we loved sitting outside and conversing with other guests. Just all around a great place for the money, I would definitely stay there again!

Room Tip: The didn't have a restaurant on location just a continental breakfast served outside.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2014

On behalf of our owners & staff, we want to thank you Flowertrellis for staying at our budget-friendly motel.
We hope all our future guests will read your review & inquire if we have the right accommodations for their needs.
We are not the right fit for everyone though, because our rooms are quite small.
But on the bright side, there are much much more higher priced that compete for business
Given those aspects, our dedicated owners pride themselves in the hard work they put in everyday: greeting all guests in the morning, taking care of maintenance, managing a well-organized & efficient staff that brings the closest accommodations to home!
Most important is our nice guests (like yourselves!) we value their patronage as it keeps us alive for 38 years!

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

We took Amtrak into the city and then a bus to the hotel. Arrived before check in and they let us stash our luggage while we left to eat lunch. They directed us to a nearby restaurant and gave us a coupon for a free appetizer. Our room was clean, the staff friendly. The location is bustling with nearby restaurants and the marina. The airport is just down the way on the bus line. Breakfast on the patio was quite nice, especially because of our upstairs patio. I drank coffee and watched green parrots in the palm trees. We took the bus to the zoo and had a great time. A nice little place to stay.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2014

I'm so glad we had the opportunity to meet you Michelle
You are such a wonderful guest to have at our motel, and from looking at your other contributions, all the other places will agree with me that you are a generous guest as well.
We hope all our future guests will read your reviews & consider our budget-friendly motel for their travel needs.
If all our guests were as nice as you, our little modest motel, run by our modest hard-working owners would keep it around for another 38 years!

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Reviewed 10 March 2014

Extremely affordable, walking distance to restaurants, shops, and the bay. Amazingly friendly staff-called a less expensive cab for me after I had called a pricey alternative. Free muffins, fruit, OJ, yogurt, and caffeine(Trader Joe's). Free laptop use and pool.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2014

Howdy Natalie, we appreciate you sharing about your recent stay at our budget-friendly motel
You must have taken advantage of those off-season rates.
Our 24-hour office staff will assist you in any & all endeavors, since arriving at a different city may mean different situations (example: different Taxi rates, bus rates & routes).
I do agree with you, we use Orange Cab which tends to be a little less expensive than Yellow Cab, both are regulated by their respective companies (in case the driver takes advantage of travelers)
Our hard-working owners were so glad you found our accommodations sufficient during your stay.
I noticed you also tried out "Lucha Libre", it has got to be one of the most unique Mexican Food places in San Diego. The owner had a passion for wrestling & the walls of his place are decorated accordingly.
Hope you will choose our little motel next time you come down to San Diego.
Minor correction: the pool belongs next door to our neighbors Comfort Inn.

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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We stayed at the Dolphin after going to the Fat Tuesday celebration in the Gas Lamp District in San Diego. We knew that we would not be able to drive back home in San Diego east county afterwards, so we checked in early Tuesday and took a cab downtown.

The Dolphin is a nice clean family run motel in Point Loma just across the street from the Sportsfishing Marina. My wife and I have stayed here before when we have gone to the Gaslamp for concerts and other activities. As usual, the motel was clean, quiet and staffed by friendly people. The car was safe in their parking lot while we were gone. The price at $55 for the night is a bargain for the area, Plus, they serve up a nice continental breakfast of coffee and delicious blueberry muffins.

I recommend this motel if ever you just need a nice, quiet, clean place to sleep a night or two while in San Diego. When you go, don't forget to say hello to Holly, the owner. Real nice gentleman.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms are great. Love the smell of the sea air. Stay in the building where the office i...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2014

Thanks you guys for staying at our modest motel few days ago.
This review sure brought a smile to the owners! You must have met him during morning breakfast.
They sure do put every effort into this place, they are an inspiration to all our staff here as well
I haven't been down to the Gaslamp area in a few months, don't know what has changed.
Concerning vacancies, the weekends can be a bit hectic, but weekdays shouldn't be a problem.
As always, our budget-friendly motel is suitable for all budget-minded travelers, we hope all our future guests will inquire if we can fulfill their vacation/business travel needs.
And we hope you guys choose our motel next time you visit the downtown area.

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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: £56 - £148 (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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