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Dolphin Motel

#13 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106
Dolphin Motel
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For a very good price on a holiday compared to other hotels/motels around San Diego, we had a good experience with the Dolphin Motel. It's a quick in and out kind of place for those of you who only really need a place to sleep. Everyone who worked at the front desk were nice and gave us complimentary drinks when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed at the Dolphin when I was looking for a new place to live and the stay was excellent! The room was clean, the onsite staff was very accommodating, very nice, the bedding was extremely high quality (I looked up the sheets, because I was intrigued), the room I was in felt safe, lots of lighting on the property... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked this motel based on the reviews on Tripadvisor. It was just as advertised! Basic, clean, on the harbor, close to downtown, easy access, comfy, cheap! We loved it! The staff were all very friendly and helpful with directions, recommendations, maps, they even let us borrow a GPS! We were so happy we stayed here! Thank you to all... More 

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

We are glad you stopped into tripadvisor and wrote about our motel. Thank you sibabei for the 5-star review. To all our future guests, we hope our sincerity is appreciated by all our guests. Stop by the front desk for maps, recommendations, photo albums, or a nice chit-chat! More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Dolphin is a rustic, clean motel in an excellent location just outside of San Diego. The person (sorry, I forgot your name) who checked us in on a Sunday night was very gracious. It was relaxing to sit on the balcony and watch the seagulls congregate at the pool next door. While pouring my coffee the next morning, I... More 

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

hello Otis 810, this is the" barking boss" Though I do not remember the incident--I want to apologize to you and say that I hope it did not detract from your stay. I appreciate your criticism and will take it to heart. . I appreciate the nice things you said about our motel, and hope you will return so we... More 

Phoenix
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed over night so we could go fishing the next day. Very nice for the money. Had the normal breakfast goodies. The owner is part of the staff and keeps the business running with customer service on their mind.

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

Thank you rustymalone for writing a brief review about our motel. Our owners are very dedicated to the business. They come down everyday during the morning to run the place and do maintenance. We are glad to have accommodations for you guys, since fishing season is close at hand and parking will be a issue across the street. There are... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a long overdue review. This hotel is a great find in pricey San Diego. It has all the pluses included: internet access, breakfast, parking, location, friendliness. Read all the information in their website: it's all true and telling of their style and what they value. We chatted with a lot of the other guests during breakfast and many... More 

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

Thank you nopar65 for taking the time to share our motel information on tripadvisor. More 

Glossop, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here on advice from the Rough Guide to the USA. It's cheaper than the big hotels around it. Family owned & very friendly. Clean bedding & bathroom. The shower was very powerful. Views of the harbour make it a great location. However you do need a car to get into the city centre as public transport will take... More 

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

Glad you found us from "Rough Guide to the USA". Many times we ourselves would like to know how customers find us. Either from word of mouth, internet, or travel books. We are glad you like our limited accommodations. 1 hour to get to downtown? You guys must have used public transportation on a Sunday (where it does run every... More 

3rd Rock
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Okay, the Good, the Bad, and the WoW! Startin' with the bad. The rooms are on the small side and perhaps a bit outdated. Traffic: Air, Vehicle, and Pedestrian, is pretty consistent. Light sleepers take note... The good: The rooms are clean-clean, well maintained and the beds are fabulous. Great shower and great coffee in the morning. Really. The WoW:... More 

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

Thank you veeeeeeeery much bybuy for taking the time to write about our motel for tripadvisor. And from your other reviews, I can tell you are so generous to other places. I'm sure they all agree with me you are a pleasure to have. ***I accidentally wrote this sentence on the review below*** Anthony is very calm, friendly, always puts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No frills but clean and cheap. 5 minutes from airport. Great staff. Includes continental breakfast. Give it a try!! Next to shelter island. Have stayed there twice before. Will stay there again next time in SD.

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

Thank you Bob for recommending our motel on tripadvisor. And from your other reviews, I can tell you are so generous to other places. I'm sure they all agree with me you are a pleasure to have. We owe our return guests much gratitude for their patronage, and their referral of recommendation. As a budget-friendly motel, our owners cater to... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we arrived at the Dolphin on the 6th of April and stayed seven nights. It was our 4th or 5th stay here and we plan to come again. We can never say enough good things about the motel and the wonderful staff. Great rates and location. The breakfast in the courtyard is better than most high dollar chains. You cannot... More 

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

Thank you Thomas for coming back to our motel time & time again. It is regular guests like yourself that gives our little family-owned motel a fighting chance against the mega-chains. While we may not be suitable for everyone, we hope all future guests will give us a call & inquire if we have what they are looking for. It... More 

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