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Dolphin Motel

#13 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106
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Washington
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265 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Near the airport, Point Loma, and a short drive to east to downtown is a truly budget option. Dolphin Motel serves a tasty continental breakfast, provides free parking and wifi, and a peak of a water view over the marina, if you can get a second floor, eastside room. Inquire carefully as to price for each night as event times... More 

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

Hello orcasgirl, it's good have ya back! Thank you soooo much for returning to our humble motel & bringing the family along! We rely so much on you guys coming back to us when you visit San Diego. Whether its business or vacation, your straight-forward wonderful review will tell all future guests doing research on the internet what we have... More 

Fountain Valley, California
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this place considering it looks like a dinky motel. Staff was so nice and welcoming offering free soda/water upon check-in, spoke to us by name, had complimentary breakfast of coffee, muffins, juice. For all it's lacking (space, noise insulation), it makes up in effort. The heaters work well, the room has a fridge, a mounted flat screen, decent storage... More 

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1 Thank Laurennn7017
DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Lauren for choosing to stay at the Dolphin Motel. I am glad to have met you guys & showed the many attractions that San Diego has to offer. As a budget motel, our prices reflect our modesty. Rooms are not big & everything we cannot fix, we accommodate in other ways. Free breakfast, free WiFi, free parking. I... More 

Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In 2011 I had a terrible experience in San Diego I had three more days before my flight would leave. I called them on the phone and they were very helpful by saving me a room at a very reasonable price. They gave me great directions to get there. Once there they did everything they could to give me a... More 

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

Thank you Ms. Michaels for posting on tripadvisor a positive review of our motel. While I do not personally remember the details of your stay back in february 2015, our hard working owners & staff appreciate your patronage. February is usually the off-season and prices are reasonably low. However we encourage all our future guest to call us 2-3 months... More 

Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exceptionally clean, super location for exploring San Diego, very friendly and helpful staff....all at a great value! We would definitely stay at the Dolphin Motel again! Directly across street from a beautiful harbor and fisherman's village. Very convenient to airport. A winner!!!

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Thank Island1128
DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

We appreciate the positive review on our behalf Island1128 As advertised we are a no-frills, budget friendly motel with basic accommodations. A good percentage of our guests are 1-night stop-overs from the airport looking for a clean, safe, cheap place to crash for a few hours. Thank you for this generous rating of our motel. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Great little motel. Very clean and comfy. Helpful staff and has everything you need as a guest. The only thing i could comment on is that the walls are really thin, so you can hear everything... like the footsteps from the person above or any time someone opens or closes a door. Really anything. I was looking for a place... More 

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1 Thank Marco D
DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Marco for this most generous rating of our property. If you have stayed in the other places, they would agree with me that you are an easy going fellow & a good customer. Your comment conveys a practical description of our property, so future guests will not be surprised. We off free WiFi, free parking, free breakfast. Our... More 

Grand Ledge, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Our stay at the Dolphin was wonderful. The Dolphin is quaint, well kept, clean, and a reasonable price. It is in a great location just across the street from the marina and near a host of restaurants. But the best part about the Dolphin was the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. They were so good it renewed my faith... More 

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

Thank you James for sharing with us your recent stay at the Dolphin Motel. Our hard-working owners Alan & Holly are very grateful you wrote about us. It is good customers like yourself that keep our little motel alive. For the last 40 years, our property has been maintained by its hard-working owners, whom come down everyday to see its... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

We have just returned to the UK after a most enjoyable 15 night stay at the Dolphin Motel in a quiet, safe neighbourhood in the Point Loma area of San Diego, very close to Shelter Island. The owner, his son and the entire staff made us feel very welcome from the first moment we arrived. The motel rates represent excellent... More 

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1 Thank ebm40
DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

We thank you guys for sharing your recent stay at the Dolpin Motel on tripadvisor. Hope everything is going well in the Liverpool. I am glad you enjoyed the view from Room #36, it has a nice view of the harbor in the morning. I remember you guys mentioning going to the casino and getting a free card to play... More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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69 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

When I go to San Diego, I like to spend a couple days wandering. The Dolphin is in a perfect spot close to bus stops, a marina, restaurants & Better Buzz Coffee. Dolphin is a family-owned motel with all the basics. (Comfy bed, shower, continental breakfast) I always enjoy an early morning coffee on the patio where guests can mingle... More 

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

Thank you proctor992 for coming back to our little motel year after year. It is nice guests like yourself that keep our family-owned business alive. In posting this review on tripadvisor, you have given our future potential guests a good idea of what to expect. Nobody is perfect and we have our fair share of good & bad & mediocre... More 

Boulder, Colorado
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

First, I agree that the owners/staff are extremely friendly and helpful. After that??? I don't think I am very picky, and I wasn't expecting a resort for the price but still couldn't quite reconcile my impression with the bulk of the other reviews Room was clean enough. Very old, not updated, and small. I really couldn't call the place quaint,... More 

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Thank Steve W
DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello Steve W, I am sorry our motel did not live up to your expectations, but thank you for the kind comments about our staff and the clean room. Regarding our breakfast, most of our guests understand we are a Budget motel with veery reasonable prices for the area, and therefore offer a nice Continental breakfast. Perhaps you did not... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

If you need secure accommodation quickly when you are travelling, Dolphin Motel will be a great and cheap option. The rooms were clean and comfortable for a good night's rest after the long journey by car. The location is easy for travellers, because it's near the highway and there were no hassles getting the room. I'll definitely stay here again.

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Thank Ju J
DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello Ju J--Thanks for taking the time to put in a review of our motel, and thanks for all the nice things you have said about us--I And with all those positive things, I do not understand why we did not get a higher rating--Love to have you back so we can improve on whatever was not perfect with your... More 

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