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Dolphin Motel

#12 of 270 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

we arrived at the Dolphin on the 6th of April and stayed seven nights. It was our 4th or 5th stay here and we plan to come again. We can never say enough good things about the motel and the wonderful staff. Great rates and location. The breakfast in the courtyard is better than most high dollar chains. You cannot... More 

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

Thank you Thomas for coming back to our motel time & time again. It is regular guests like yourself that gives our little family-owned motel a fighting chance against the mega-chains. While we may not be suitable for everyone, we hope all future guests will give us a call & inquire if we have what they are looking for. It... More 

Lakewood, Ohio
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great hotel but moron's can ruin your time. The walls are thin here, but this hotel is a great price and a great location. The owners are very accommodating, You've got bananas and yogurt and coffee in the morning. 9AM-9PM it's posted everywhere, keep your noise and TV down if you cannot do this go to the Ramada across the... More 

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello Chaz M, Thank you so much for your review--Yes I remember that night, and the following morning. We had reserved a room to two young ladies that were going to a marriage later that night. Unfortunately after the party and well after midnight they came back drunk with 4 more of their friends. --This is one of the reasons... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is truly a wonderful motel and deserving of all the praise heaped on it and its owners. The rooms are not big, especially by American standards but they are big enough and spotlessly clean. We were travelling right around the US and South America and so had lots of cases but we managed to fit them in without difficulty.... More 

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

Thank you Steve for stopping by our little motel once again on your journey up & down the America continent. I wish I could go with you! You're description of our motel will help future potential guests determine if our motel fits their vacation/business plans. Your review brought a smile to our owners Holly and Alan. More 

New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Owners Alan & Holly as well as the staff are down to earth people. I enjoyed my stay here. They offer a budget solution for single people so don't expect much! The breakfast was basic: coffee, orange juice chocolate & blueberry muffins, yogurt, milk. Good enough to start the day. Definitely, Will come back. Several key points about this... More 

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

Thank you Mike for staying with us long-term. For the several weeks you stayed with us, we all got to know you as a close friend. We hope things work out for you in the future. More 

Sacramento, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here on the recommendation of a friend that lives in the area. I am a "snob" when it comes to where I stay and for the low price of a room here, you get more than what you are paying for. One of the many best parts of staying here was the like minded guest - friendly folks of... More 

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

Thank you sweetbutnocandy1 for writing about our motel on tripadvisor. The owners and staff here are so pleased to hear you had a pleasant stay at our little motel. Not all places charge for a smile, and certainly here at the Dolphin, our smiles are FREE! We certainly do our best to give our customers the honest faithful service that... More 

Monument, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since I fly standby, there are times I can't get on a flight and need an inexpensive place to stay. I was stuck in San Diego for three days (will never fly standby during spring break again), searched tripadvisor.com, found The Dolphin and will never stay any other place in San Diego! The staff's hospitality was over the top professional,... More 

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

Thank you Ms. W for writing about our little motel. It was a pleasure to have met you that evening & talked briefly about the airlines: both in the United State & in "certain other countries" (where safety standards are not the best). Your review is brief and to the point, it will give future tripadvisor readers an idea of... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to support a family-operated business, stay somewhere that's clean, and meet friendly people, this is the motel for you. If you're looking for a plush, extravagant hotel where you can sit and lounge, this is not your stop. What I loved about this motel was it was very close to the airport so we were able to... More 

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

We thank you Chi-mommie for taking the time to share your recent stay on tripadvisor. It is our owners to go the extra mile for good our guests! We thank you for taking the time to write this 4/5-star review. With our limited accommodations, we do the best we can for our guests in terms of adding a personal touch!... More 

Casper, Wyoming
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed 4 nights at the dolphin motel in April. It is exactly what it claims. A clean budget motel. It does have a great location and is very quiet. If you are looking for a base camp for an adventure this is the place for you. If you want frills and luxury, look somewhere else. The staff is friendly... More 

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello Lisa, Thank you for all the nice things you said in your review. And yes you are correct, we are not a destination motel (meaning that most poeple just use our motel to rest their heads in a clean room & comfortable bed at a very reasonable rate). Hope you will return so that we can try and earn... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We (family of 4, 2 kids) were attending a wedding at the nearby (expensive) Sheraton Hotel a couple of weeks ago and saw this motel online. I first booked almost a year ago for 6 nights, the email correspondence was friendly, polite and prompt, a good start! As we are family members of the bride - they kindly offered to... More 

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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I loved my 11 day stay here. The rooms aren't big, but they are clean and comfortable. There is free breakfast with muffins, juice, coffee, bananas, and yogurt which is nice. FREE WiFi, good speeds. The staff is probably the best thing about this place. They are super friendly. Offer you soda or water throughout the day, print things out... More 

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

Hello J. Hope you get settled in your new home here in San Diego! Thank you for sharing our motel during your first couple of weeks here! I must agree that looking for an apartment is an arduous task. Driving around different neighborhoods on a budget & looking for a location thats not too "shady". The weather here is great,... More 

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