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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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Little Elm, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quality service at a reasonable cost is a fitting description of the Dolphin Motel in San Diego, CA. It is not a 4 star by any means, but is perhaps the nicest 2 star motel I've stayed in. Rooms are small and a bit Spartan, but very clean and well maintained. We had a room with a queen size bed... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We're both 60 but youngish at heart. The Dolphin, its owners and staff were charming and accommodating. Not only is the Dolphin close to the harbor, but it is also just a short drive / taxi ride from the airport. If you prefer public transportation, it's nearby and you can use it to get anywhere. Nearby restaurants and bars have... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I frequently stay here for work. This place fits my busy schedule: cheap budget, neat, clean. A good fit for single business people. Office always open for help or questions. Thanks Thomas for helping me at the front desk!

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

We thank your generous review & patronage! Yes, we do offer good accommodations for single business people here as we are advertised as a no-frills budget motel. Whether it is return or new guests, we encourage everyone to call ahead for best availability & rates. Especially this up-coming summer, it is expected to be another exciting vacation season during June,... More 

Austin, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No frills, clean; attentive staff, very comfortable bed/pillow, lots of hot water in shower. $55-60/night as advertised for a room across the street from the harbor. Restaurants, bars, etc. nearby, easy access to downtown, major attractions. Continental-type breakfast: coffee, juice, yogurt, muffins, yogurt, fruit. Would definitely stay again

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

Thank you dmcat for sharing our motel on tripadvisor More 

Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're looking for a quick place to stay that's clean, in a beautiful area and cheap - look no further. We weren't expecting a 5 star hotel, and we still were surprised at how clean this place was. It had that unique 'american motel' feel to it, which when planning our trip we specifically looked for. It's on all... More 

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello Ardas87, Wow, thank you for all the positive things you wrote about my families motel, we appreciate it . I am taking this opportunity to invite you back so we can do an even better job of meeting your needs so that we can earn an even higher rating. I understand the rating system is based on value--not necessarily... More 

Phoenix AZ
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted to stay in Pt. Loma area as my daughter and son-in-law live there. Typical hotel single room rates average $110-140/night; too much for me to stay four days. I hoped for a safe, clean, comfortable, affordable room with easy access to Old Town, Seaport Village, Shelter Island, and beach towns. The Dolphin Motel, which advertises itself as no-frills,... More 

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

Thank you LS-Marie for writing about your recent visit to San Diego. We offer a budget-friendly solution for budget-minded travelers. Please contact us for room rates. This is currently the off-season so prices are lower than the summer. More 

Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For ~$70/night, you need to adjust your expectations accordingly. We were simply looking for a place to stay the evening for an overnight trip. The Dolphin Motel was safe, inexpensive, and very clean. Yes, it's old. Yes, it's pretty austere. You should expect those things for the price. The only that I really didn't like was how tiny the shower... More 

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

Thank you alsyli for bringing our motel to the spotlight. Your review is fair and balanced. It is not unreasonable for customers to expect more for less. That is the strong point of tripadvisor, it gives potential future guests information about a place beforehand. We are appreciative that you gave our motel a chance More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Dolphin Motel was a great find. We used tripadvisor and everything we read about the place was true. I especially liked the old-fashioned feel of it and the way it is operated, such as no online reservation (other than email). Extremely respectful and responsive staff (kudos to Thomas), comfortable and spacious room, pleasant location next to marina -- all hallmarks... More 

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

Thank you Ken & Bruce for writing about us. It was a pleasure to have met you guys! For the few days spent in San Diego, I'm glad to have offered you guys everything that this city has to offer. The wonderful sights & attractions were laid out in the list & photo album we offer here at the front... More 

Las Vegas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The Dolphin is an old, family run hotel. As such, it is small and a bit worn, but the owner is there everyday, and sometimes you will even meet his father who built the hotel. The staff is friendly and very helpful, and they seem always willing to go out of their way to make you comfortable. The free breakfast... More 

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

Those pictures look great Jim! Pardon the messy bed, I assure all (our guests) it doesn't look like that when they just check in! ... (joke) ... I'm glad you guys took the time to write about our modest motel. Being family-owned & family-runned, we have a sleepy "family" feel that most guests find comforting. Even though occassionally we cannot... More 

Cornelia, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I stayed here in July as a last minute thing. The staff was super friendly and answered questions and everything. Free parking and wifi. Plus, the location was great. It's not far from downtown or Balboa Park. It was a very clean room with friendly staff. Simple and small but price and location is a major plus.

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

Thank you Callie for reviewing about our motel during your stay this summer. Don't quite remember when you guys stayed with us but July is a busiest season. Looking back at it all, this summer season was punctuated between the best fishing run in 20 years. Also worth mentioning is an annual Comic Convention of epic proportions. This is always... 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): $
Number of rooms: 31
Also Known As:
Dolphin Motel San Diego
Dolphin Hotel San Diego
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#3 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#7 Family Hotel in San Diego
#9 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#45 Business Hotel in San Diego

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