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2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #8 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed in the motel for three nights in July and will use it again for my weekend getaway next summer. The motel is very clean, safe, and quiet. They provided free wi-fi and complimentary breakfast. The owner and staff were very friendly. Thomas was very helpful in providing information about sight seeing in and around San Diego. I like... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This little motel's position in the top 10 of all San Diego hotels is richly deserved. A true family-run little gem, it positively celebrates its throwback ambience - and why not?!? The rooms are small but spotlessly clean (as are the bathrooms) and each has one of those old-timey wall air-con units which are a little noisy but really efficient.... More

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

It was nice to have you guys stay with us last week. In regards to missing the late evening bus & getting lost in San Diego, I agree with you it is all a part of the adventure! We appreciate you commenting on tripadvisor & sharing your thoughts about our motel. It is due to good guests like yourself that... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Dolphin is ideal if you need a place to stay during a long get away where price is a factor. This motel offers free wifi and complimentary breakfast. Rates are typically the lowest in town. Rooms are small but you get the essentials and it is clean. Will stay again next time I go to Southern Cali.

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

Thank you Keith for sharing your recent stay on tripadvisor More

Irving, TX
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This motel is sort of a mixed bag and a bit difficult to categorize. But it's in a category in itself. The exterior is very shipshape. (I'm using the Navy term since the location is near "Liberty Station" which was the former location of the United States Navy Recruit Traning Center - "USNRTC" or "Boot Camp"-LOL) The rooms themselves are... More

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello JJNB, once again thank you for taking the time to right this kind review. And thanks alot for the re-do. My dad says high and he still has/uses the paddle with the doggies face on it. He takes it with him when he does his daily neighborhood walk --the other dog walkers/owner get a kick out of it when... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stayed in the Dolphin motel for 4 nights, and I would definitely stay again. The place had a true American feel. The owner was really friendly and even gave me a lift to point loma - it felt like staying with my family. Sports fishing and restaurants that serve freshly caught fish are just across the road.

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

Thank you Yana for taking the time to write about your stay at our motel. Being a small family-owned motel, we rely so much on our guests good will. We hope all our future guests are just as generous as you. With modest accommodations, we hope all readers on tripadvisor will determine if we are a good fit for their... More

Alberta
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm surprised about the bad reviews about this place. If you do your research and read the reviews carefully, you know exactly what you're in for. No, it's not a 5 star and for that price, you can't expect it in SD. What you get though is very friendly service, right from the moment you book and the best location... More

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

Thank you scorpiogirl for providing future tripadvisor guests a glimpse of our motel Tripadvisor has provided guests with insider tips on travel destinations. As stated on tripadvisor, all reviews are subject to guest opinions (be it good or bad) It is also the most transparent mechanism that levels the playing field in the hotel business. All locations are subject to... More

Red Deer
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a week in California, flew into San Francisco ,and ended up in San Diego for the last 2 nights, we wanted to stay in on a budget and after much research my wife booked the Dolphin Motel. It kind of looks like a sleazy dive , but I was very surprised, check in was great, room was spotless,... More

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

Our hard-working owners Alan & Holly as well as all our staff can't help but give you the biggest thank you! Like the rain to quench the desert, you came to our rescue! We continue to have such wonderful & generous guests like yourself to keep our hopes alive You booked early & knew about our preferred rooms upstairs (which... More

Amarillo
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is the best! I believe in family owned and operated business's in this country. I will patronize them whenever possible.This place is near the water if you fish,it is near Point Loma if you want to sight see.There are restaurants across the street.The rooms are comfortable and extremely clean.They have this cool patio you can sit out at... More

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

You bring a smile to the owners as they are reading this review. It is such kind-hearted & generous guests like yourself that make our day! The owner has always advertised our place as a budget motel for budget-minded guests We take every customer seriously It is those who speak up & tell us about their preferences that we can... More

Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I recently stayed at the Dolphin Motel. The location was great--right across from the harbor. The room was very clean, although it was small and sparsely furnished. This is fine, as we knew this in advance. The daily breakfast consisted of muffins, fruit, and yogurt. Pretty standard fare for a continental breakfast, but it served our needs.... More

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

Appreciate the comments you posted Mom_of_Alex This will help future guests decide if we are the right fit for them. We do offer modest accommodations: being a budget motel It is our on-going mission to provide all our guests with their individual needs More

Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This July was the second time that my niece and I stayed at the Dolphin in San Diego. We were attending Comic Con for the second time and knew that we'd stay at the Dolphin Motel. The motel is in such a great location across from the harbor. The owner and his son are the nicest people in the world!... More

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

Thank you thank you thank you Betty & Brittany for coming back to our motel for another year of Comic Convention excitement! Your generous comments about our motel have given the owners Alan & Holly & our staff a BIG SMILE as we read this. From looking at your profile, you must have recently traveled to the UK earlier this... More

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Address: 2912 Garrison Street, 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Room Service
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#1 Best Value Hotel in San Diego #6 Family Hotel in San Diego #9 Romantic Hotel in San Diego #44 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! Best Price! Budget Value! 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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