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Dolphin Motel

#13 of 270 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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Sacramento, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stayed here on the recommendation of a friend that lives in the area. I am a "snob" when it comes to where I stay and for the low price of a room here, you get more than what you are paying for. One of the many best parts of staying here was the like minded guest - friendly folks of... More 

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Monument, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Since I fly standby, there are times I can't get on a flight and need an inexpensive place to stay. I was stuck in San Diego for three days (will never fly standby during spring break again), searched tripadvisor.com, found The Dolphin and will never stay any other place in San Diego! The staff's hospitality was over the top professional,... More 

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

Thank you Ms. W for writing about our little motel. It was a pleasure to have met you that evening & talked briefly about the airlines: both in the United State & in "certain other countries" (where safety standards are not the best). Your review is brief and to the point, it will give future tripadvisor readers an idea of... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to support a family-operated business, stay somewhere that's clean, and meet friendly people, this is the motel for you. If you're looking for a plush, extravagant hotel where you can sit and lounge, this is not your stop. What I loved about this motel was it was very close to the airport so we were able to... More 

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

We thank you Chi-mommie for taking the time to share your recent stay on tripadvisor. It is our owners to go the extra mile for good our guests! We thank you for taking the time to write this 4/5-star review. With our limited accommodations, we do the best we can for our guests in terms of adding a personal touch!... More 

Casper, Wyoming
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 4 nights at the dolphin motel in April. It is exactly what it claims. A clean budget motel. It does have a great location and is very quiet. If you are looking for a base camp for an adventure this is the place for you. If you want frills and luxury, look somewhere else. The staff is friendly... More 

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello Lisa, Thank you for all the nice things you said in your review. And yes you are correct, we are not a destination motel (meaning that most poeple just use our motel to rest their heads in a clean room & comfortable bed at a very reasonable rate). Hope you will return so that we can try and earn... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We (family of 4, 2 kids) were attending a wedding at the nearby (expensive) Sheraton Hotel a couple of weeks ago and saw this motel online. I first booked almost a year ago for 6 nights, the email correspondence was friendly, polite and prompt, a good start! As we are family members of the bride - they kindly offered to... More 

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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Hello J. Hope you get settled in your new home here in San Diego! Thank you for sharing our motel during your first couple of weeks here! I must agree that looking for an apartment is an arduous task. Driving around different neighborhoods on a budget & looking for a location thats not too "shady". The weather here is great,... More 

Sacramento, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank you so much guys for sharing your latest trip to San Diego. Your review will help all future guests in deciding if we have the right accommodations for their future trip. This review sure put a smile on our owners & staff as we read this. You must have run into traffic during that evening arrival. Southern california from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Greetings Michele, We appreciate you sharing our motel to fellow tripadvisor readers, many of whom will be looking for a budget-friendly location in San Diego for their upcoming vacation/business stay. We get very busy during the summer season & urge all our guests to book way in advance (2+ months in advance for best availability). Once again, thank you for... More 

Mississauga, Canada
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255 reviews 255 reviews
27 hotel reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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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15 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

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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