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2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106   |  
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Ranked #9 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
Santa Clara, California
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“Great stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We were shocked at the prices of hotels in San Diego, and luckily for Trip Advisor found the Dolphin Motel. Our room was great, very clean, and wonderful water pressure in the shower! Free wifi, nice breakfast--it was fun to chit-chat with other guests while eating breakfast in the courtyard. The location is wonderful, we had never been to the Point Loma area before and we were very impressed.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
As stated on an earlier review: what you pay is what you get
Many thanks Kelsey1976 for giving our motel a chance on your recent trip to San Diego
We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and found our motel accommodating
We get alot of budget travelers, and because they did some research and found what they need, they chose our motel
We hope we get more wonderful guests like yourselves and hope you will return here the next time you drive down near the border
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

We were so glad to have found the dolphin in san Diego after our hotel in LA (jerry's motel) recommended us to look into them on tripadvisor. Initially had overlooked them as we could not book directly online. Made the reservation over the phone before leaving Jerry's and was happy I did. Small clean family run spot with a nice little breakfast. If you are looking for a Hilton you have come to the wrong spot. If you want a cozy place where you can meet other travelers this is the place for you. Our rate was pretty competitive too, under $80 with taxes. Highly recommended to the budget conscious traveler.Alan made us feel so at peace and welcomed.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Alan & Holly thank you guys very much!
Note: We do not have online booking because of fee charge. Please call or e-mail us to inquire
Tripadvisor.com is the best choice for research on places to stay and things to do
What is critical about this is many opinions matter in the long run
We are a family-owned budget motel and prices are low, therefore we can't afford to contract our rooms online.
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Sydney, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I read reviews about the Dolphin Motel before leaving Sydney Australia. I knew from the massive amount of reviews that this must be a good motel. The only concern seemed to be the size of the rooms. I stayed in 5 motels during my holiday in the USA. The size of my room at the Dolhpin was not even an issue. I now have the pleasure to tell the world that I had the time of my life at the Dolphin motel in San Diego. The room is clean and comfortable, has internet and breakfast, great TV and air con. My only concern was the location in relation to downtown San Diego. But what I found was that the location was awesome. I loved cathcing a bus and trolley downtown. I had some great conversations along the way. I loved being right on the water and I loved the shops and area that surrounded the Dolphin. Add the budget price and this motel is a winner.Take my advice and stay here when your are in San Diego. I hope I get the chance to return to the Dolphin motel. Last but not least, I had some great conversations with staff.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Always appreciate the kind words from wonderful guests like yourselves
We take the time & enjoy reading what our guests have to say about us
You're always welcome to swing by the office and ask about places to go, eat, sightseeing.
Thank you once again Shane H.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

I'm so glad I choose this hotel for my family !
Amazing staff, the location is great, the port is 100 meters away... At 6am, we seen the fishermen coming back from the sea... great show !
Breakfeast is perfect, the rooms are tiny but it's really enough. It's really clean, the bed are great.
You have to go there :)

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, the vew on the port is amazing !
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
You are right on about everything Laura!
As a family owned motel, we welcome families here, like our family!
Yes, all of our guests are quite friendly; especially during the morning breakfast
Thank you for giving us a chance and we hope you guys return
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

What we saw from the reviews was a cute little place with a good price. Although the room was a bit small for four of us it was more than adequate to catch a good nights sleep. The continental breakfast was basic muffins, fruit and yogurt, good enough to get your day started well. A couple things that set this place apart. The locatiThe owner and staff get an A+ for friendliness and serviceon is ideal, short drive to Point Loma, Sunset Cliffs, Balboa Park, the zoo, and downtown. The owner and staff get an A+ for friendliness and service, helping us with anything we needed and making us feel like we stayed there often. Check out the owner's response to reviews here, tells you all you need to know about how they aim to take care of you. All in all price, cleanliness, location, service make this a nice little pearl along the harbor.

Room Tip: Room 28 has an outside siting area where you can relax with a nice view of the harbor
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Find a well-located hotel, with a decent breakfast, cell-phone loan, and laptop loan, cheerful, helpful clerks and what would you expect to pay? A lot. Not at the Dolphin Motel, though. They have taken a spare, bare-bones property and added amenities that make you treasure this find. It even has a pool. Not fancy, but clean, friendly and very high value. Parking is behind the rooms, so if you have trouble walking or climbing stairs, specify.

Room Tip: Upper floor on east side has the best view, as you sit outside on the walkway.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Thank you for your generous review orcasgal
As a small family owned motel, we put in the personal touch when it comes to our guests
We hope all our future guests read carefully what we have to offer
We are not a fancy place, like all the reviews have stated
We are best suited for budget travelers who can save some money if they do a little research about what they need
We thank you once again for giving us a chance.

Minor note: We do not have a pool, that belongs next door at the Comfort Inn
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

I've never been in San Diego and decided on the Dolphin after reading reviews here. Everyone is right about the rooms being basic, and the back building has tube televisions. The customer service however is outstanding. Both the front desk and the owners work hard to make sure their guests are happy. And the location couldn't be better to explore San Diego. Go up and over the hill, and you're at Sunset Cliffs. Go towards the city then up the hill, and you're at Balboa Park. Or you can watch the fishermen unload their catch in the early morning at the marina across the street.

Room Tip: walls are very thin. Get a corner room if possible.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
It looks like you took the driving shortcut to Balboa Park/Zoo!
We appreciate you giving us the chance and being a part of your recent vacation
I'm very happy to hear you enjoy many of the places San Diego has to offer
That is true as well,
early in the morning around 6:00am you can smell the catch of the day as it gets shipped to the local restaurants and markets
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Address: 2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#7 Family Hotel in San Diego
#9 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#45 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Highly Rated - Very Reasonably Priced - American Owned and Operated Economy Motel since 1977. Basic 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 
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