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Dolphin Motel

2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #16 of 270 hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Tehachapi CA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Where do I start, I reserved the room for Sunday, we arrived Friday for a fishing trip, the sport fishing parking lots were closed for A Day at the Docks , The Dolphin Motel let us park in there parking lot while we were out fishing. We got back from fishing and my Wife was sea sick the hole trip,... More

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

Thank you guys for choosing our motel for your fishing & parking destination. It's good to hear from you guys again! I remember talking to you guys last Friday when you left & Sunday when you came back. I'm glad you felt better now, we did our best to get the rooms ready I agree with what you guys said,... More

San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I been here once . And i can say i will. Come back on my next visit on this area.Size is perfec for how cheap the price is. And many shopping centers around this place. Clean and organize. Seems like they have a really good manteinence guy

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

Good day to you Luis, it's good to hear from you guys again! Whether our guests are from Europe, Canada, or north county San Diego. Our budget-friend (but small) rooms offer an alternative from other higher priced places luxury. We may not fit all guests but we hope they would consider our motel if planning a budget getaway. More

Albany, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I almost hesitated to post a review because I'd rather keep this great little place a secret! However, I'm a middle-aged woman who often travels alone, and so I know how important it is for others like me to find a safe, affordable place to stay. The Dolphin rooms are utterly pristine -- a rarity when it comes to inexpensive... More

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

Thank you Skylark for writing about our recent stay at our budget friendly motel. I'm sure majority tripadvisor readers would agree with me in that there is no perfect place. It is a trade-off between price vs. value (what accommodations the guests receives for the price they pay). Since we are a family-owned, family operated small time motel since 1970s,... More

Barrie, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In May 2012 my wife and I found this motel and the experience was fantastic. Although the rooms are small they are spotlessly clean. Messers Murdoch Sr. and Jr. and Steve, the manager, can't do enough for you. In October of 2013, before embarking on a cruise, we returned with my Mum and stayed there again. The continental breakfast is... More

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

Our diligent, hard working owners Alan & Holly, and manager Steve thank you guys very very much for giving us a chance. From looking at your profile, you guys are equally generous to all other locations you have been. I'm sure they would agree with us, it is a pleasure to have you guys! We appreciate the generous review you... More

Brooklyn, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Dolphin Motel from March 8-13. After reading about countless options, and wanting to stay within a certain budget, we booked the Dolphin based on Tripadvisor reviews. I'm so glad we made the choice. If you're on a budget and you're seeking a safe, very clean, quiet place to stay with free parking in... More

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

Our deep deep gratitude to you guys in choosing our modest budget motel. Every little detail our hard-working owners Alan & Holly put into running the place, they hope will reflect positively with customer satisfaction. What else can we do when it is an older motel? Everything! Every morning you can see them going back & forth: greeting all the... More

Caernarfon
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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... More

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

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... More

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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... More

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

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... More

Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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... More

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

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... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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... More

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

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,... More

Buffalo, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More

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

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... More

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Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Also Known As:
Dolphin Hotel
Dolphin Motel San Diego
Dolphin Hotel San Diego
Address: 2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
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
#16 Top resorts Hotel in San Diego
#45 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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