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Dolphin Hotel

1.0 of 5 Hotel   |   133 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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Ranked #18 of 28 hotels in Oceanside
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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La Jolla, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Older hotel close to beach, movie therater, places to eat. Very friendly and helpful at front desk. Off street parking was not ideal in this part of town but ok. Place was a bit noisy. The heat was not working on this unusually chilly Friday night. We were provided with a portable unit, which stopped working late night so cuddled... More

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Southern California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The room we were in was like a movie set for a tenement. The doorknob fell off from the inside. The sheets had cigarette burns and stains. We pre-paid, but we should have just left. Junkies and cockroaches in the lobby. On the other hand, if you want to demonstrate to a visitor the actual bottom rung of society in... More

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dhotel12, Manager at Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We were so sorry to hear that you did not have a good stay with us. We work very hard at trying to make sure that every guest is satisfied with their stay. We thank you for your valuable feed back and rectified the issues that caused your stay to... More

San Diego, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I recently stayed at the Dolphin Hotel and was pleasantly surprised! The owners and staff are very friendly and accomodating. About 1 blk from the train station and 2 blks from the beach! A variety of restaurants, coffee shops and bars nearby. Although a typical beach town with its share of transients and undesireables, the Dolphin Hotel does a great... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

My fiance and I simply wanted a place to stay for a reasonable price for a quick romantic getaway. On the surface this hotel seemed reasonable enough at over $100 a night. We got to the hotel to check in after movie, dinner and a walk the on the pier at 11 pm. While brushing teeth the sink backed up... More

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dhotel12, Manager at Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review

First let me thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience at the Dolphin Hotel. We are committed to providing a clean affordable hotel for our guests. We are very sorry for your unpleasant experience and I can assure you that we have alerted our housekeeping staff and front desk to handle these situations better... More

Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This place blows every other place out of the water in regards to customer service! I have never felt so attended to! Nick is AWESOME!!! (He deserves a raise!) He was so helpful right from the get go, telling us places to check out for food and drink and also how to get around the town. He checked on us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

The staff is amazing and the place is very clean !!!! It's in a great part in town close to everything ..... The rooms are outstanding ..... Would stay here again and highly recommended ....5+stars Arty

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This hotel has nothing to offer the family visitor; it is on the main highway with no parking at all, it is insecure (the door did not lock properly), it had no facilities - no kettle, no bottled water, no drinks available at all anywhere in the building - and in a poor part of the town. We would not... More

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dhotel12, General Manager at Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. As you might have guessed our location is a historic hotel built in 1926 we have updated rooms and amenities and do our very best to accommodate all of our guests. While there is plenty of free street parking in our area I can understand that because its not a traditional parking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We had no where to stay, everywhere booked! The staff at Dolphin went the extra mile! you guys are AWESOME!!! definitely will go back great price,location,close access to beach & cool people working there. Also the 1927 vibe has a nice ambience takes you back in time.. if only these walls could talk the stories would be out of a... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Our first stay at this property. We have been to Oceanside several times and really love the city, beaches and friendly people. We parked our truck and walked or bused to everything for 4 days. The Dolphin is a Historic hotel so it is more laid back and in need of some repairs. It is very clean and comfortable. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

I think this hotel is wonderful!!  I love the rooms and the location, but the kicker is the staff.  I have never met a nicer, more helpful staff.  I will be returning to The Dolphin Hotel every and anytime I return to Oceanside, and will make sure my friends and family do as well.  This place is AMAZING!!!  P.S.  A... More

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Also Known As:
Dolphin Hotel Oceanside
Address: 133 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Location: United States > California > Oceanside
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Oceanside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Dolphin Hotel 1*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome! We are a 25 room economy hotel conveniently located in downtown Oceanside, California. We offer deep discount daily and weekly rates. The hotel is ideally located 4 blocks from the beach and 2 blocks from the Oceanside train/bus transit center, which offers mass transportation to all areas throughout the county. ... more   less 
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