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Dolphin Motel

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Louisville, Kentucky
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Before traveling to the San Diego area from Kentucky, I read a lot of reviews about hotels and airbnb places to stay for a week. My husband and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a hotel because we were renting a convertible (which is a fantastic idea) and planning to spend most of our money on... More 

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Peoria, Arizona, United States
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed a couple nights while fishing. The landings are right across the street so very handy. Small but clean rooms, great staff and free parking. Have stayed here several times and would stay again. Rates are reasonable considering the location.

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We picked the Dolphin after reading Trip Advisor reviews. Compared to other options in San Diego we considered, it was extremely good value and this review should be read with that in mind. The room was clean and, although a little small, was comfortable with a view over the fishing harbour. The staff were great, especially the young guy on... More 

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

Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. P, this is the young evening desk clerk who checked you guys in. I want to personally thank you guys for taking the time to share your recent experience here at the Dolphin Motel. Every review is read and taken into account by our staff & owners. I must personally apologize to you guys about... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I give The Dolphin 5 stars, not because it is the fanciest place to say but because it was clean, safe and the staff were some of the nicest and helpful people I have ever met. I just relocated to SD and I needed a reasonably priced place to stay, but I didn't need the bells and whistles - this... More 

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

From all our staff & our hard working owners, we cannot thank you enough Ms. Hill for this generous review! It was my pleasure to have served you during the time you were looking for a reasonable apartment here in san Diego. I must agree with you, boy is this town expensive to live! The closer to the beach, the... More 

Tucson
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great price for a clean, comfortable room in San Diego. The bed was very comfortable and the shower in the small bathroom was quite good. We were so busy with beach activities and nearby happy hours we didn't spend much time in our room. The motel staff was very friendly and accommodating. We'll be back!

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

It's good to hear from you guys again Mr. & Mrs. M. On behalf of our hard working owners & staff, we must thank you for this generous rating our our motel. You have truly seen our motel for its value! And from looking at your profile, all the other places will agree with me, that it is a pleasure... More 

Vian, Oklahoma
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This motel has the friendliest staff and made our visit to san diego so very much fun. this gem of a motel in the shadows of the giants is a great place to stay. Thomas and Steve were extremely helpful and pleasant. I am looking forward to our next visit to San Diego and we will MOST DEFINITELY stay there... More 

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

It was such a pleasure to have met you guys: Mr. & Mrs. Potts and Mr. & Mrs. Pappas. Thank you very much for the generous rating of our property. Goodness! All the way from Oklahoma to see this corner of America. The weather was pleasant while you were here but not long enough. 2 days was not enough time... More 

Indiana
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great price and location. The room was very basic - bed, small bath with stand-up shower, TV, closet space and a small refrigerator - but was everything that we needed. It was clean (very white) and comfortable. For those used to 5 star accommodations, this place may look sketchy but it's definitely not. It's actually rather quaint. It's not advertised... More 

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

Thank you Nomad09 for taking the time to share your experience here at the Dolphin Motel. Right you are, simplicity is our motel. Your description will give all future readers on tripadvisor a good idea of what we have to offer. We were a bit disappointed we got a 3/5 rating, but the customer is right & entitled to their... More 

Austin, Texas
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lightly furnished, clean, small rooms, nice people. The bed was comfortable, and the shower was clean and had a good shower head. In short, basic accommodation for people who are not going to be spending time in their room-- but enjoying San Diego. Highly recommended, if you are OK with the "limitations" I mention.

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

Thank you Mrs. Sones for taking the time to write about our motel on tripadvisor. Your review is brief and concise which will give our future readers an idea of what to expect. I remember seeing you everyday during the afternoons, when you come back from the day's sightseeing. I am glad the photo album of all the places San... More 

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38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

I reviewed the other day of Dolphins Motel in San Diego. I forgot yo say one important thing: the two owners and the employees, are the most wonderful and caring persons. They are willing to help, to inform you of the differents places you can visit on the City. They prepare good coffee too for your breakfast...Stay here and you... More 

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

We are pleased to have accommodated you guys for the second time Cristina. It is return customers like yourself that we depend on year after year who return to sunny San Diego. Our prices don't change as dramatically as the others chains. We solely depend on advertising by word of mouth. We hope all future readers of your review will... More 

West Covina, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

We didn't plan on spending a lot of time in the room. We had much to do and see around the harbor & gas lamp. This is the perfect cheap hole in the wall to rest your head & regroup. If you are not looking for luxury and just want to enjoy the harbor this is the perfect location. Uber... More 

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

Reading your review, brings a smile to our owners Alan & Holly. We appreciate the support we get from return customers like yourself Mrs. Munns. Your description of our location is exact Around the harbor, we highly recommend Point Loma Seafoods which is right across the street (Never had a complaint about their food either, only thing is they close... More 

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  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Microwave
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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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 

Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Address: 2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $55 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 31
Also Known As:
Dolphin Motel San Diego
Dolphin Hotel San Diego
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#4 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#7 Family Hotel in San Diego
#10 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#45 Business Hotel in San Diego
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