Physically, the Dolphin Motel looks pretty much like any other budget motel scattered across suburban America (with rates to match!). The difference is in the quality of the customer service and the little touches. Check in was a breeze even though I arrived early, Steve at the Front Desk gave me some good pointers on restaurants and public transportation, including a card good for a free appetizer at some of the nearby restaurants. The breakfast the following morning was fine, fresh coffee, supermarket OJ, muffins, bananas, and yogurt. They put out a few newspapers for those who still read offline, and they helped me print my boarding pass. Rooms were fine, and I appreciated the flat screen TVs that included HD channels. The place is not perfect: walls are thin so one can hear one's neighbors pretty clearly and, even though there were three bars of soap in the bathroom, there were no bottles of shampoo.
A word or two about location. I read where an earlier poster said he had walked from the airport to the hotel in Point Loma. Actually, that's true with light luggage like a backpack. Took about 40 minutes along Spanish Landing Park. Picturesque walk along the harborfront though, on the raw and rainy day that I picked, it wasn't too much fun. Point Loma is a relaxed waterfront place concentrating on pleasure boating, and you can walk from the motel to Shelter Island and America's Cup marinas. Good public transit links to Old Town and then the Trolley or a short walk to a bus that goes directly to downtown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Highly Rated - Very Reasonably Priced - American Owned and Operated Budget Motel since 1976. Budget very clean rooms with top rated beds, refrigerators and great showers! Best Price! Budget Value! Great location - one block from San Diego Harbor and minutes from the Airport - Seaword - Downtown - Zoo - Beaches and more! Friendly - professional staff ready to help with directions - boarding passes, etc. Every morning say hello to the owners Holly and Alan over continental breakfast. - Please see over reviews. Thanks ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Motel San Diego
- Dolphin Hotel San Diego