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“Excellent Boutique Hotel with outstanding attributes at an attractive price.” 5 of 5 stars
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Dolphin Motel
2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106   |  
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Ranked #13 of 269 hotels in San Diego
Coquitlam, Canada
1 review
“Excellent Boutique Hotel with outstanding attributes at an attractive price.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

My wife and I were looking to spend several days in San Diego after a Holland America cruise. When I booked the hotel I was concerned that it would not meet our high expectations after being pampered on the cruise for 12 days. Wrong!
We totally enjoyed our stay at the Dolphin. The hotel is family operated and owned, employees are treated as members of the family and all are extremely helpful, supplying coffee and pastries for breakfast and no end of helpful travel information.
The hotel has a fantastic quiet location overlooking the marina and a short walk to many good restaurants. Good neighbourhood with Security is 24/7 which is a big PLUS!
For those without a car, a bus route is steps away. Taxi service to the cruise terminal is about 15 minutes, cost $11 with tip. Minutes to airport and many attractions.
Coming from the cruise to the hotel we wanted an early check-in, not a problem, this allowed us to spend more time being a tourist.
This hotel is listed as # 22 out of 249 hotels but deserves a higher rating when all the benefits are considered. We must congratulate Horace and Steve on a well run hotel.
Bob and Verna

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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, January 19, 2011
It was a pleasure to have you with us! We really appreciate you taking the time to comment on our motel. You are too generous with words. Being a family owned motel we treat all our guests as family. Alot of our guests comment about Point Loma as quiet: conveniently located less than 10 minutes from Downtown San Diego but without the commotion and noise. Across the street from the harbor and close to the airport but not under the noise of its flight path. Hope you come back again to visit this corner of America!
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tucson, Arizona
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7 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

The rooms aren't that spacious but I'm totally fine with that considering that the price of the room beats everything. It's is definitely very clean! And the staffs are warm and friendly! I met this guy who works there (I think he's the owner but I'm not so sure) over breakfast and he was really helpful to offer me insights as to where my family and I should visit over our stay in San Diego. He even provided maps to various attractions in SD! Thank you!

Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, January 22, 2011
Greatly appreciate you taking the time to write us a review. Kindly, it was nice having you. If there is anything we could improve, please tell us. It's true there's always room for improvement, we hope you come back again so we can make your stay in San Diego memorable!
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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

The location is awesome...right across the street from the harbor, great safe neighborhood, easy walk to restaurants and Shelter Island. Old town is 10 minutes away. Short drive to Cabrillo National Monument...a must see. The views are breath taking.
The staff is absolutely great...just like the reviews have stated. I did not look for things to do before arriving after reading the previous reviews. I just asked at the desk and they did a great job of recommending places to see and things to do.
All we had to do was just show up and they took care of everything.
The rooms was very very clean. The linens on the bed smelled so fresh.
Every morning on my way to the Harbor my coffee was frershly brewed and waiting for me along with fruit and muffins. I had a great view of the Harbor from my second floor room. We stayed in room 36.
The sunrise views over the mountains and the Harbor were spectacular.
We always go with TripAdvisor when we are looking for a place to stay in a new destination and would have to say that this was our best find as of yet.
We look forward to returning here.
Thanks again to the staff at the Dophlin Motel.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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, January 4, 2011
Happy New Years and thank you very much for making the Dolphin Motel a memorable part of your vacation. We are very happy to have you stay with us and hope you will come back the next time you visit beautiful San Diego.
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North Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

Across from the fishing docks (my husband's favorite place in the world) is this superb little motel...sparkling clean, beautiful bedding, excellent customer service, coffee and muffins in the morning. We've stayed there many times and it only gets better...sparkling white rooms, flat screen TV's and friendly. We checked in there this year on Christmas day since my husband was leaving for 10 day fishing trip early the 26th...perfect stay!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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, January 4, 2011
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. It's always a great pleasure to have repeat customers coming back year after year. It is our utmost goal and joy to ensure you receive: a clean and ready room, soft pillow and warm blanket, courteous clerk service, at a budget price. It is customers like you that make it all possible. Many thanks once again!
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2010

We had a gret time at this motel. The room and bathroom were pretty clean. Cable tv, wifi , free parking and a friendly staff. We would be there again!!

  • Stayed November 2010, 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, January 4, 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review; and above all for making Dolphin Motel a part of your vacation. We are so glad you found us while doing research on the internet. We receive more than half of our reservations from international guests who have put in the time to research the many choices in San Diego. Hope to see you again!
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

Spent only one night at the Dolphin but was impressed with it. As most previous reviews stated, the place is super clean and centrally located. The owners have made the most of the small rooms by adding shelves to keep things handy which makes a huge difference. The bed was super comfortable, the shower was terrific, and theTV and large number of channels were great (especially since the weather did not cooperate while we were there). The WiFi was also terrific. I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2010

The Dolphin Motel was exactly as described. Clean rooms, great view of the harbor and Point Loma, friendly owners and staff. The proximity to Shelter Island for walking or to Bus 28 to get you to the Old Town trolley/bus station is key. They even had an international adapter for my friend from overseas. I will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Address: 2912 Garrison St, 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
#6 Family Hotel in San Diego
#9 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#45 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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! 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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