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Dolphin Motel

#15 of 272 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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New Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Some of the best attributes of this motel begin with the people running it! They went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of and we were happy. It is next to downtown and they gave us directions on how to get there effortlessly. We were able to use free WI-FI. Its perfect location also allowed us... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stayed for two nights at the Dolphin Motel and had a wonderful time. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable regarding the area, the room was clean and had been recently aired out. The room service did a great job when we were out, and the room was very quiet at all times of the day. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic !!!! Great value for money, rooms spotless family run so friendly, free Wi-Fi, cell phone, GPS, laptop,hair dryer and maps what more could you ask for, a must of you want true value for money as parking free as well, the owners and staff are a credit to their lovely wee motel :) a true diamond.

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

Thank you David for writing about your motel. You are too generous! Glad you signed up for tripadvisor. Hope tripadvisor will help you guys find a suitable hotel for other cities & countries. Our hard working owners take pride in their family business. They come down everyday to say hi to our guests & keep the place running! That also... More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good place to be at and very nice people like the rooms and weather is nice there friendly people the rooms are clean stores are very close very nice neighborhood like everything about the motel much respect to all the staff

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

Thank you Adam. I recognize you now! You guys spent a week's vacation down here in San Diego. Its great to have you back here again. I'm glad you had a few extra days to explore this corner of California again! Last time there wasn't enough time. Return guests like you guys I won't forget anymore. More 

Camp Verde, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to stay. Owners and employees are always friendly and the rooms are always clean. This is a business in which the customers get their money's worth. Rooms are small but have necessities. Also continental breakfast consists of muffins, coffee, bananas, milk, yogurt and juice. Staff is also knowledgeable about area and very willing to help. If you compare... More 

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

Thank you Rbb599 for sharing on tripadvisor our little motel. We hope our limited accommodations are suitable for all future guests. We have our fair share of bad reviews because it is impossible to please everyone. For the most part we are a good fit for budget-minded travelers if they don't mind the small room size & limited breakfast. More 

La Mesa, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the intimacy of the room. The location was great, and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The room rate was as good as it gets. We felt like we were on a ship, and liked the all white décor and linens. Not fancy, just nice, clean, and functional. The owner should be proud. Special thanks to Tom and... More 

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

Thank you Mr. & Mrs. S for writing about our little motel. Yes, it was a horrible experience you guys had to go through at the other place. They overbook reservations and at the last minute drop some guests because no vacancy. We do not practice that policy as all our customers have paid & are guaranteed their reservation. Glad... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

(1) Price was a right fit for my budget (2) rooms small but clean (3) location perfect for my needs (4) service was even better than the location desk clerks where very helpful they offed me something to drink right away after a long day . housekeeping staff where amazing they offer me extra pillows they made my fill very... More 

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

Thank you Anthony for writing a review about the Dolphin Motel. We are pleased to have you stay with us at the beginning of summer. Thank you for sharing the points about this motel that you thought best represents our accommodations. We recommend our guest to call as far ahead as possible to reserve the rooms upstairs (if it is... More 

2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having read the reviews on trip adviser I was quite happy to book this motel,that is where the happiness ended.On checking in to this rundown overpriced property we were given the keys to what looked a broom cupboard,after uttering my disgust in the room I was offered,a room across the hallway which was a tiny cell,we originally booked and paid... More 

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello Wayne M., Yikes, I am sorry our motel did not meet with your standards!(yet you stayed 2 nights?!) . Just a suggestion, where ever you stay in the future, Please give management the opportunity to fix any problems you may have. Your stay may be the better for it. A perfect opportunity for this would have been when Steve(the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been staying at the Dolphin for years and we LOVE it so much! The rooms are clean and the hospitality is amazing! They offer a wonderful breakfast in the morning with coffee, muffins, fruit and yogurt...included in the price of the stay! Come check them out for sure!!!!

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

Thank you Ausoiler for visiting this corner of America. I myself try to find family-owned budget friendly accommodations when traveling. Those are harder to find (even with the internet!) because small businesses like ours, is not corporate-owned and does not have many venues to advertise. This motel has always been humble & family-owned. It's owners work hard to keep the... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I travel to North America every 2 years from Australia. Whenever we stop in San Diego, there is no other choice than the Dolphin Motel. Not situated in downtown San Diego but in Point Loma. Right across the road from the marina. The first time we stayed here, it was from reading TripAdvisor. Yes as the reviews... More 

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

Thank you Ausoiler for visiting this corner of America. I myself try to find family-owned budget friendly accommodations when traveling. Those are harder to find (even with the internet!) because small businesses like ours, is not corporate-owned and does not have many venues to advertise. This motel has always been humble & family-owned. It's owners work hard to keep the... More 

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