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Dolphin Motel

2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #12 of 269 hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I were planning a trip to the San Diego area for a family wedding. The wedding would be in Temecula at a very posh resort, so for the four days before it and one day after (for airport proximity), when we would be exploring San Diego, we wanted to find a moderately priced hotel. We discovered that... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Essentially met all my basic requirements, safe surroundings, good location, clean sheets and fresh towels, quiet sleep, no frills, no problems. rooms are really small. But given the price I could definitely live with it. For a place like San Diego during summer you probably can't find a better valued place than this. Reception staff is friendly and helpful. There... More

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

Thank you guys for posting a review about our motel on tripadvisor. I'm glad to hear our budget-friendly motel was your best family pick for this recent trip to San Diego. Like you mentioned: we may or may not be the right fit for future guests as our accommodations might not fit everyone's needs. We do encourage all our future... More

Bremerton, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I normally stay on Shelter Island, but I was trying to save money this visit & Dolphin is top rated on Trip Advisor. It is exactly what it says it is...a clean, simple, friendly budget motel. It had everything I needed & was within walking distance to many local places. The only downside was thin walls & it is next... More

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

Thank you good guest for sharing our motel on tripadvisor. You are very generous to us! Your review is balanced & straight forward. All future readers will get an idea of what to expect from our motel. This busy summer month is starting to get busier, as Comic Convention is approaching. With the festivities comes large groups attending Comic Con,... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would like to keep this little gem a secret, but judging from their high occupancy all the time, looks like the secret is out. I can only echo previous reviews. The location, value and cleanliness all first rate. Add helpful, friendly owners, and a really nice continental breakfast, and you have all you need for a really terrific stay... More

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

Thank you for writing about us: Right you are! Tripadvisor has provided guests with insider tips on travel destinations. It is also the most transparent mechanism that levels the playing field in the hotel business. All locations are subject to guest's evaluation: be it good or bad. We hope all our future guests are as generous as you guys. From... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a great stay at the dolphin motel everything is close by. great location for your buck . Also great customer service i had a great 3 night stay everything in the room is white so u can tell what u are sleeping on u cant beat that. .. thats all that matters to me is cleanliness and the... More

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

Thank you Norma for considering our motel during our recent weekend. We appreciate you guys giving our motel a shot & I did recall you spoke with the owners and learning about tripadvisor.com For all your future travels anywhere, tripadvisor offers customer-centered reviews & recommendations. It is (in our opinion) the #1 choice for traveler tips as it is written... More

El Cajon, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were celebrating my husbands and I birthdays.. We had booked this hotel stay a month in advance and when we got there they remembered us. that was a nice treat. they were soo nice. that5 day we had realized that we didn't bring our keys to unlock our bikes. when we ask them if they had anything to help... More

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

Thank you Sebastian & Michelle for choosing our motel to be a part of your celebration. The 4th of July fireworks went well & all our guests were satisfied they could see from our motel, or walk down Shelter Island for an up-close view. We are one of the few truly family-owned, family-operated places near Downtown San Diego. Our hard... More

Jerusalem, Israel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is well located in a nice area near the marina and not far by car from the old town and sea world. The staff and the owners are very friendly and welcoming. The property itself is dated from the outside and little bit in the inside. we were couple with 2 kids and the room was bit small... More

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

We appreciate you sharing our motel to fellow tripadvisor readers, many of whom will be looking for a budget-friendly location in San Diego for their upcoming vacation/business stay. We get very busy during the summer season & urge all our guests to book way in advance (2+ months in advance for best availability). You have chosen wisely to make use... More

Perth
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting USA from Australia in May- June we chose The Dolphin for the last 4 nights of our trip June 21st to June 25th and had a great stay. Rooms were small but clean and TV is locked at low volume which would be essential for late night noise issues. This motel is what it is and depicted well in... More

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

Your review is detailed & to the point. Future readers of tripadvisor would take this review seriously when considering our motel. Sorry about the red stain, We really really try our best for cleanliness & our housekeepers may not thoroughly inspect the sheets. Do not hesitate to inform our 24-hr staff or housekeeper if you would like the sheets changed... More

Tujunga, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I came to San Diego to attend a retirement ceremony,We don't know our way around SD but we knew we needed a room close to Rosecrans and Roosevelt streets. I had a list of hotels in the area and discovered the Dolphin while I was reading hotel reviews. I liked what I read and booked a room... More

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

Thank you kind guest for giving our motel a try. You are very generous to offer information about us on tripadvisor. As a budget motel, we hope our future guests will take that into consideration, as luxury is not our forte. Yes, we recommend Point Loma Seafoods across the street to all our guests, they would order a Fish Sandwich... More

Saint Thomas, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed four nights at the Dolphin and loved it. Yes, the rooms are small.. but very clean. and as we were sightseeing, we weren't in the room except to sleep. The continental breakfast was adequate .The motel is well situated ..close to several good restaurants within walking distance . What sets this hotel apart is #1 the cost and... More

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

All of our staff are so happy to read your 5-star review! It is like the a fresh drop of rain after a long drought of 4-stars, (although not bad per se) we sincerely try to make all our guests feel we have given them our sincere best! Our staff share in the owner's vision of superior friendliness in a... More

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Address: 2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Dolphin Motel San Diego
Dolphin Hotel San Diego

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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style
#1 Best Value Hotel in San Diego #7 Family Hotel in San Diego #9 Romantic Hotel in San Diego #45 Business Hotel in San Diego
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Highly Rated - Very Reasonably Priced - American Owned and Operated Economy Motel since 1977. Basic very clean rooms with top rated beds, refrigerators and great showers! 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 the owners Holly and Alan over continental breakfast. - Please see over reviews. Thanks ... more   less 
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