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2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #9 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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1 review
4 of 5 stars NEW

Not luxury but nice. Has that "South Beach" vibe because of the blue neon. Great staff. Across from marina. Good restaurants. If you are in San Diego to see and do things besides the inside of a hotel room-stay here. :))

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This hotel is not a luxury hotel, but it was a great value for someone looking for an economical place to stay. The location is fairly central and one can easily get to any attraction in the San Diego area. I loved the location because it was a "stone's throw" from the bay, sunsets were spectacular and there are several... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great find! It's an older motel and definitely not fancy or trendy, but it's a great deal in a spectacular location. It's right across the street from the marina, and just a few minutes drive from the airport and downtown, and gives easy access to everything else we wanted to see. We enjoyed walking (and jogging) along the... More 

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

Thank you Bob C. It was a pleasure to have met you guys. I was the one who waved at you guys a few times, while you were on the balcony hanging out. The owner mentioned talking to you guys during the morning before you went out sightseeing. Always feel free to swing by our office for some water bottles... More 

Mariposa, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the pleasure of staying at the Dolphin Motel for 3 days last week. I recommend The Dolphin for several reasons…to name a few: Excellent customer service, comfortable bed, clean room, free parking, safe area, located on the harbor and very close drive to most everything…all and all, no frills - best service and bang for your buck. From... More 

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

It is with great pleasure to have had a wonderful guest like yourself! Thank nikkikole for taking the time to write a review on tripadvisor. Even though you guys could not stay the full 4 nights, our owners & staff are very grateful you gave us a chance. We have always been & will always be a budget-friendly, family-owned family... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let's face it--accommodations in San Diego are pricey. A simple Google search will show you that. I started researching the Dolphin Motel in the Fall of 2014. The booking emails and correspondence was quick and fast. There is no booking engine on the Dolphin Motel webpage so email is the only way to book. If this is one way to... More 

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

Right you are BillyBenIT! Unfortunately our old-fashion, family-owned motel does not subscribe to any internet reservation engine. They do charge a commission percentage & that means our good guests would have to pay "more". Please call us over the phone to book reservations. It was a pleasure to meet you guys, I remember you had another party staying here &... More 

Fremont, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family stayed here for three nights. The room is a bit small but reasonably clean and cozy. The staff are particularly welcoming and friendly. I like to specifically appraise Tom, who have provided me everything that I needed. My six-years-old also enjoyed the many interesting conversations with him. He would keep talking about Tom even after going back to... More 

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

Thank you Mr. W It was a peasure to have meet your family Happy Chinese New years! More 

State of Sao Paulo
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second time in San Diego, but our first at the Dolphin Motel. We stayed there for five days in January this year. When we first saw the hotel website, we wondered if we could really trust it, as it would be our first time there. However, now I can say we are definitely going to stay there... More 

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

We are very honored to have you stay with us Northon! It was a great pleasure to meet your wife & mother! You are one of our best customers! Thank you also for sharing the Dolphin Motel to future readers on tripadvisor. Your generous review will give all future potential customers a good idea of what we have to offer.... More 

Little Elm, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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

Thank you Mike for writing about our motel. You must have met our diligent owners during the morning. Not just dedicated to the motel, they are also a positive, hard-working role models to us youngsters here. Positively sharing our motel to future readers on tripadvisor. We are under the opinion that tripadvisor is the best way for all travelers to... More 

Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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

Good day almck299, With open arms, our owners & staff sincerely appreciate this generous review A majority of tripadvisor readers would agree with me in that there is no perfect place. It is a trade-off between price vs. value (what accommodations the guests receives for the price they pay). Since we are a family-owned, family operated small time motel since... More 

San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

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 

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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
#47 Business Hotel in San Diego

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