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2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #10 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
14 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everything about this place was brilliant - the location, the price and the clean comfortable rooms. But the best thing, better than almost everywhere else I've stayed in the US, was the service and this is saying a lot as we've stayed in some great places. Every member of staff was really helpful and friendly - full of great tips... More

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Perth
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Booked the Dolphin whilst travelling down the Pacific Coast Highway in September 2013. What a find clean, comfortable, friendly, inexpensive and a fantastic location in Point Loma. Had a great 5 days in San Diego all while staying at the Dolphin. Only downside, noisy fisherman getting up early, but hey what are holidays for if they are not meant for... More

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

Thank you shi48233 for sharing on tripadvisor your recent stay at our motel. You are absolutely right! Fishing season is here & almost every boat has been full from going out tuna fishing. We apologize about the fishermen being noisy, they do arrive in big groups & very excited. We do our best to keep the noise level down, and... More

Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had to get reservations on very short notice for our third stay at the Dolphin Motel and they were able to accommodate us yet again. We cannot say enough good things about the Dolphin. Clean, quiet, wonderful and attentive staff and a free breakfast that puts most chains that we have stayed in to shame. As we may have... More

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

Thank you Mr. & Mrs. N. for returning to our motel time & time again! I remember talking to you guys in the office & it was such a pleasure to hear from you guys again. Our hard-working owners come down to the business everyday to keep everything in order. They do run a tight schedule, but have maintained a... More

Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here in September 2013 and really enjoyed our visit to San Diego. We found that the Dolphin Motel was a great base to explore San Diego and we loved it that much we extended our stay. The motel has a number of great restaurants nearby including the amazing Mitch's Seafood, which do some outstanding Fish Taco's along with... More

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

Thank you Ben for sharing our motel on tripadvisor. You are so generous to us! We are glad you enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, service, breakfast, free amenities we have to offer It is true the old saying "you get what you pay for", the owners and our staff are glad you would return next time to our humble little place... More

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The neighborhood is really good and this is definitely the best place around for the price. They served breakfast, great room service! Being able to borrow a laptop and access wifi for free were among the other facilities that set them apart from the other places we have stayed at before. Tom and Steve were extremely welcoming, they helped us... More

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

Thank you Soni for sharing your recent stay on tripadvisor. Hope things are well with you & your friend. You are too kind to us, would love to have you come back to visit San Diego in the near future! More

Santa Cruz, California, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful deal and we are so happy we made this choice. Will definitely stay again! Upon arrival, the night manager (Tom or maybe Tim?) was extremely accommodating and helpful. He went way out of his way to make our stay as comfortable as possible. We stayed during Comic Con and the Motel was busy, constantly receiving drive... More

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

Thank you veeeeeery much Mr. & Mrs. F for choosing our modest motel during the busy summer season. Yes, if I remember correctly, you guys stayed with us then went fishing for 2-3 days. During busy summer season, across the street at HM Landing is very very busy. And from what I heard from our friends across the street (Captains... More

Hamilton Square, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Point Loma is my choice for a perfect blend of access!shops!great fresh food and affordable lodgings just a block from the sport fishing harbor.I had a four day quick visit suddenly available and I watched hotel prices zoom from a city average of 200 to 385 <per the newspaper) with Pride and Comicon<150,000 visitors) in a couple of days.a friend... More

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

Thank you bill for taking the time to share on tripadvisor your recent stay at our motel. Comic Convention is always the best (and worse) time to stay in San Diego: best in that it is the busiest & most fun. Worse in that prices are at their highest! I agree with you: as an avid traveler, you know very... More

Granada Hills
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During the Comic Con weekend, my boyfriend and I stayed here at the Dolphin Motel and it was such an awesome experience. Last year when we attended Comic Con, we only went for one day and ended up staying in an awful motel very far away and it was a terrible experience. This year we scored weekend badges and really... More

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Fagersta, Sweden
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in Point Loma, this no-nonsense hotel provides everything one need for a pleasant experience of Comic-Con. Quite near to the shuttle stop on Harbor Drive, free and hearty breakfast, very neat & clean rooms and a staff that goes out of the way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. I even got a special strong pot of cofee... More

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

We are grateful you would recommend our motel to future guests! Yes, you came to the owner & made a personal request for coffee and he was glad to oblige. All our customers are important to us, we will give them the individual attention they deserve! More

Philadelphia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My wife and I were planning a trip to the San Diego area for a family wedding. The wedding would be in Temecula at a very posh resort, so for the four days before it and one day after (for airport proximity), when we would be exploring San Diego, we wanted to find a moderately priced hotel. We discovered that... More

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

This has got to be the best best reviews in our Hall of Fame. We would give these good guests a personal 5-star ourselves! It gives every detail about our motel: from the way it is runned daily, to the details about our owners & staff. Yes, we are a family-owned, family operated motel for the last 38 years. And... More

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Address: 2912 Garrison St, 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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#1 Best Value Hotel in San Diego #6 Family Hotel in San Diego #9 Romantic Hotel in San Diego #45 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! 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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