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Dolphin Motel

#11 of 269 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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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I loved my 11 day stay here. The rooms aren't big, but they are clean and comfortable. There is free breakfast with muffins, juice, coffee, bananas, and yogurt which is nice. FREE WiFi, good speeds. The staff is probably the best thing about this place. They are super friendly. Offer you soda or water throughout the day, print things out... More 

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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We just returned from San Diego from a week long family vacation from Disneyland and San Diego. Night and day difference from our stay in Anaheim and San Diego. First off yes the motel is on the smaller side but as other reviewers mentioned how much time do you really spend other than sleeping, resting or showering. We really enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to stay very clean staff very friendly ! small yes but how long do you stay in your room when there is so much to see around San Diego ! Great area close to everything nice and felt safe walking to restaurants . We'll definitely stay there again next trip to San Diego can't best the price for... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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253 reviews 253 reviews
27 hotel reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at the Dolphin for our first and last nights of our. California trip. As per our last visit everything was great value and the staff were super efficient. For a basic clean small motel I suspect the Dolphin cannot be beaten anywhere and it is walking distance to some good restaurants and five minutes drive to the airport rental... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 4 nights at the Dolphin in February. Our stay was enjoyable for the following reasons: Exceptionally well trained and friendly staff. Everyone from the front desk to the cleaning staff. Clean room and used non fragrant cleaning products. Quick to remedy any issues. Brought us another remote within minutes as ours needed new batteries. WiFi worked well. Video... More 

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

We thank you MLC74 (and family) for sharing your recent experience at the Dolphin Motel. I must say, our owners & staff enjoyed reading your words of advice for future tripadvisor readers. They will take in consideration whether our modest little motel has the accommodations they need. Oh about those parrots, word on the street is they are the 2-3rd... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not luxury but nice. Has that "South Beach" vibe because of the blue neon. Great staff. Across from marina. Good restaurants. If you are in San Diego to see and do things besides the inside of a hotel room-stay here. :))

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

The photo looks great! We appreciate you taking a moment to share about our motel on tripadvisor. More 

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel is not a luxury hotel, but it was a great value for someone looking for an economical place to stay. The location is fairly central and one can easily get to any attraction in the San Diego area. I loved the location because it was a "stone's throw" from the bay, sunsets were spectacular and there are several... More 

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

Thank you Novella for writing a review on behalf of our motel. It will be shared on tripadvisor & give future guests a general idea of our accommodations. Being an older motel built during the early 1970s, we cater best to budget-minded travelers. By doing a little bit of research into what they need & what their price allowance is,... More 

Seattle, Washington
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

What a great find! It's an older motel and definitely not fancy or trendy, but it's a great deal in a spectacular location. It's right across the street from the marina, and just a few minutes drive from the airport and downtown, and gives easy access to everything else we wanted to see. We enjoyed walking (and jogging) along the... More 

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

Thank you Bob C. It was a pleasure to have met you guys. I was the one who waved at you guys a few times, while you were on the balcony hanging out. The owner mentioned talking to you guys during the morning before you went out sightseeing. Always feel free to swing by our office for some water bottles... More 

Mariposa, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had the pleasure of staying at the Dolphin Motel for 3 days last week. I recommend The Dolphin for several reasons…to name a few: Excellent customer service, comfortable bed, clean room, free parking, safe area, located on the harbor and very close drive to most everything…all and all, no frills - best service and bang for your buck. From... More 

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

It is with great pleasure to have had a wonderful guest like yourself! Thank nikkikole for taking the time to write a review on tripadvisor. Even though you guys could not stay the full 4 nights, our owners & staff are very grateful you gave us a chance. We have always been & will always be a budget-friendly, family-owned family... More 

Seattle/Honolulu
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Let's face it--accommodations in San Diego are pricey. A simple Google search will show you that. I started researching the Dolphin Motel in the Fall of 2014. The booking emails and correspondence was quick and fast. There is no booking engine on the Dolphin Motel webpage so email is the only way to book. If this is one way to... More 

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

Right you are BillyBenIT! Unfortunately our old-fashion, family-owned motel does not subscribe to any internet reservation engine. They do charge a commission percentage & that means our good guests would have to pay "more". Please call us over the phone to book reservations. It was a pleasure to meet you guys, I remember you had another party staying here &... More 

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