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2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #10 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This hotel is located in such a great area of San Diego. The staff was wonderful and they really helped us in finding great places to eat and places to visit. We were disappointed with how small the room and bathroom were, but for the price its worth it.

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Libertyville, IL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just finished a 4 night stay at the Dolphin. This is my second visit, the first being about 4 years ago and like all good hotels (really a motel) the staff is consistent...same people....amazing really! Again, rooms are CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN with all white linens and towels. Beds are very comfortable. Each room is small but if you're like us,... More

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

We cannot help but thank you for sharing this detailed stay at our humble little motel. Our hard working owners Holly & Alan and manager Steve mentioned you guys to our team when reading this wonderful review! True to the saying leaders lead from the front, they have shown their enthusiasm for each & every one of our customers. Being... More

Olympia, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here on our recent road trip, based on glowing reviews and articles I had read. The pros: Great location, close to Shelter Island which is a great place to walk. Very friendly and helpful staff and owners. Very clean property, even though it's old. Everything was spotless and white - walls, sheets, covers, etc. Good... More

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello Olympia, We appreciate your stay of 9/19 and 9/20. As well as your sincere review, and it's nice comments. Sorry that you found the room too small. I hope it was not a suprise, since many of our reviews mention this?! Regarding the parking, I see you had a parking space for the 2 nights you stayed with us,... More

Portland, Oregon
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dolphin is a hidden gem. I come down here several times a year to get away from Oregon rain. The motel is very clean and the prices are awesome. The owners and staff really go out of their way to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Allen and his dad are always on site and make it a point... More

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

We're so glad you found our little motel Steve! It was such a pleasure to have you guys stay with us. You guys were so friendly & took the time to get to know our small crew here at the Dolphin What we offer has been called a budget value "small family feel" environment Most of our guests like yourselves... More

Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed in the motel for three nights in July and will use it again for my weekend getaway next summer. The motel is very clean, safe, and quiet. They provided free wi-fi and complimentary breakfast. The owner and staff were very friendly. Thomas was very helpful in providing information about sight seeing in and around San Diego. I like... More

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

Thank you so much for giving our motel a chance! Our hard working owners Alan & Holly are a positive role-model for all our staff here. Their diligence has inspired myself & our young staff to take a personal interest in our guests. We are a lone island in the middle of a vast sea, and we rely so much... More

Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This little motel's position in the top 10 of all San Diego hotels is richly deserved. A true family-run little gem, it positively celebrates its throwback ambience - and why not?!? The rooms are small but spotlessly clean (as are the bathrooms) and each has one of those old-timey wall air-con units which are a little noisy but really efficient.... More

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

It was nice to have you guys stay with us last week. In regards to missing the late evening bus & getting lost in San Diego, I agree with you it is all a part of the adventure! We appreciate you commenting on tripadvisor & sharing your thoughts about our motel. It is due to good guests like yourself that... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The Dolphin is ideal if you need a place to stay during a long get away where price is a factor. This motel offers free wifi and complimentary breakfast. Rates are typically the lowest in town. Rooms are small but you get the essentials and it is clean. Will stay again next time I go to Southern Cali.

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

Thank you Keith for sharing your recent stay on tripadvisor More

Irving, TX
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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 hotel reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This motel is sort of a mixed bag and a bit difficult to categorize. But it's in a category in itself. The exterior is very shipshape. (I'm using the Navy term since the location is near "Liberty Station" which was the former location of the United States Navy Recruit Traning Center - "USNRTC" or "Boot Camp"-LOL) The rooms themselves are... More

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello JJNB, once again thank you for taking the time to right this kind review. And thanks alot for the re-do. My dad says high and he still has/uses the paddle with the doggies face on it. He takes it with him when he does his daily neighborhood walk --the other dog walkers/owner get a kick out of it when... More

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

I stayed in the Dolphin motel for 4 nights, and I would definitely stay again. The place had a true American feel. The owner was really friendly and even gave me a lift to point loma - it felt like staying with my family. Sports fishing and restaurants that serve freshly caught fish are just across the road.

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

Thank you Yana for taking the time to write about your stay at our motel. Being a small family-owned motel, we rely so much on our guests good will. We hope all our future guests are just as generous as you. With modest accommodations, we hope all readers on tripadvisor will determine if we are a good fit for their... More

Alberta
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I'm surprised about the bad reviews about this place. If you do your research and read the reviews carefully, you know exactly what you're in for. No, it's not a 5 star and for that price, you can't expect it in SD. What you get though is very friendly service, right from the moment you book and the best location... More

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

Thank you scorpiogirl for providing future tripadvisor guests a glimpse of our motel Tripadvisor has provided guests with insider tips on travel destinations. As stated on tripadvisor, all reviews are subject to guest opinions (be it good or bad) It is also the most transparent mechanism that levels the playing field in the hotel business. All locations are subject to... 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

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