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Dolphin Motel

#16 of 273 Hotels in San Diego
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2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was so happy that I decided to stay at the Dolphin Motel. It is exceptionally clean. The entire grounds are immaculately kept. The staff/owner is so kind, helpful, and professional. It's also a bonus that it is so reasonable to stay there compared to the other hotels nearby. It's also great that if you go fish from H and... More 

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

Thank you Mr. G for sharing your recent stay at the Dolphin Motel on tripadvisor. As a reasonable price budget, our hard working owners take great pride in their business for the last 39 years. What we lack in size and luxury, we make up in utilzing our limited resources to make the most of our modest accommodations. We hope... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am from Chicago, and this place is a piece of heaven. I have recommended this place to many friends and associates, and they have stayed here and love the Dolphin. Quaint, quiet, reserved, respectful & cordial; is what I have personally experienced during my stays here. I love this place off-season, it's a great place to study, click on... More 

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

Thank you Cathy for writing about our motel. I see you have met our diligent, hard-working owners during the morning breakfast. You hit it right in the mark! We are very quaint, being built during the early 1970s and modified when the owner took over in 1976. Most buildings around here belong to the old navy days when San Diego... More 

Tel Aviv
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter (16) and I visited San Diego for a week in July. We live in Tel Aviv and were on our way to LA to visit family. I picked this motel on the basis of TripAdvisor reviews - the price and location seemed ideal for us. We booked directly with the motel (Steve) and arranged for a harborview room.... More 

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

THANK YOU DOCTOR! for this most generous, most thorough review of our establishment. From talking to you in the afternoon I am honored to have learned your humanitarian efforts throughout your life in helping others! And yes, that picture of the heart is in Tel Aviv, hope you find it! Thank you for describing our motel so future readers can... More 

Carlsbad, California, United States
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Anerving place with more security cameras per sq ft than a Pentagon. The owner logs in his jurnal every single move of their guests. We were asked to leave 90 minutes after checking in because we had a black aa friend visiting us. Justifying "absolutely no visitors policy". When we requested an hour to pack and leave, the owner openned... More 

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

My father and I have enjoyed running our little family owned motel for decades, with the attitude, if you treat people right, they will treat you right. We've done well over the years with this respectful attitude. Our guests come from around the United States and the world. Including tourists(families), small business people, and fisherman. Over the decades, on very... More 

Hot Springs, Arkansas
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Older hotel, But very clean and located right across the street from Fisherman's, Point Loma and H&M Landings. The service is what really makes this hotel great, couldn't ask for nicer people. Beds were comfortable and very clean.

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

Thank you Carl for sharing your recent stay at our motel on tripadvisor. I don't remember talking to you guys but your review is balanced and to the point. Although we do not cater to every type of customer, the majority follow these criteria: Looking for a budget motel, clean, friendly, safety & security. Unfortunately, another review came from an... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently stayed for 4 nights and our visit could not have been better. After a long day traveling check in was a breeze and we were offered cold drinks. Our room was spotless and had a balcony with chairs so we could sit and enjoy the harbour view. Breakfast of muffins fruit coffee and yoghurt started us off well... More 

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

Hello mrs6, All our staff & our hard working owners thank you for this generous review. I am so glad you were able to see most of the places in San Diego. Being along the Pacific Ocean like in Melbourne, Australia the water temperature is cool and the breeze is gentle. We are glad you got to see our little... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Dolphin Motel is getting lots of 4.5 reviews and I am really not sure how that is occurring. We stayed in Room 12. I'm not sure if other rooms are in better condition but this room was in need of help. There was a 12 inch curtain rod hanging from the wall for a closet, a cheesy wire basket... More 

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hi Shannon C, very sorry you were unhappy with your stay. Room #12 is actually one of our more popular rooms?! I am sorry that your expectations and your standards were higher than we could meet. I will take your criticisms to heart. We are a no frills - budget motel. Most of our guests understand they will get a... More 

Corpus Christi, Texas
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This was the third visit to the Dolphin Motel for our fourth Comic Con adventure. My niece and I love this motel. The owners are very nice and accomodating. The rooms are great, clean, well lit, great views and very comfortable with hot showers and comfortable beds. One of our favorites at this hotel is Thomas, the concierge. What a... More 

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

Welcome back again! And thank you soooooo much Betty & Brittany for sharing our motel on tripadvisor. You are among friends here at our motel! You are one of our friendliest customers, whom come back to us year after year. Been living here in San Diego forever, and I must say you guys shame us here because we have this... More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

They were very professional, friendly, and helpful, from the reservation process, to checking in and out, and then when in need of some directions and ideas of activities and places to eat, they were so helpful and thoughtful.

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

Thank you Tim for writing about us, your review is balanced and to the point. We hope you will chose our motel next time you come back to San Diego. More 

Astoria, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I enjoyed my stay at the Dolphin Motel the staff were great especially Thomas who was very helpful and satisfied all of my needs the room was cozy and clean I was there for the San Diego Comic Con and the shuttle bus was nearby and the airport too the rates were very reasonable better than the major hotels why... More 

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

Thank you fnarde for this generous review, we hope all our future guests are as nice as you! It brings a smile to our hard-working, dedicated owners when they see our good guests see & appreciate our efforts (no matter how small it may be!) We are 5 minutes drive from the airport, but not under the flight path (no... More 

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