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47 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in San Diego recently for the annual Neuroscience conference. Hotel prices at other hotels near the downtown area were insane so after some research I ended up at the Dolphin Motel. The rooms are small but functional, personally all I need is a decent bed, a TV, and a functional bathroom and I'm happy so that was fine.... More 

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

Hello rlse9, We are grateful that you chose the Dolphin Motel during your stay here in San Diego. Yes, I recall the Neuroscience convention few weeks ago. There were doctors & business people here. We hope that in the future everyone reads & call us regarding information. We have basic accommodations which may fit their needs. All of our staff... More 

Bribie Island
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

After 4 years we returned and it was so good to see Thomas and the smiling Steven. The owners are very fortunate to have all these young men great ambassadors. Didn't get to speak with Allan but chatted with Holly. Spotless property and wonderful value it will be a sad day for all of us when the property is sold.Thank... More 

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

It was a pleasure to have you guys stay here again Amanda! We had a pleasant conversation with you guys before you returned home to Australia. Not much has changed here in San Diego. I was glad to hear you revisited the popular places in the city such as : La Jolla, the downtown area, Cabrillo, (and Balboa Park?) It... More 

Vladivostok, Russia
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clean, safe, unexpensive place nearby harbor with free WIFI, parking and breakfast. Very friendly and helpful crew. Thomas is very bright sample of great hospitality. I have no questions regarding my future staying in San Diego area. Many thanks !

Thank ValD29
DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much Mr. Val for recommending our motel! It was such a wonderful privilege to get to talk to you. I wish you the best in all future journeys. I have read the beautiful article that you wrote about Easter Island and the times you did research at the location. I have met many interesting people in the... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In a city where the hotel circle over charges you, we found this hidden gem! Very decent price, extremely friendly and helpful staff. Great location next to the harbour, close to many stores and places to eat. I got the sense the staff really cared about their motel, extremely well maintained, very clean, good in room supplies ( tv, fridge,... More 

Thank Pete C
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this perfect place to stay when visiting our son and family who have a teeny house with no room for us. He lives less than a mile from this lovely gem, and we were lucky to stumble upon it. The prices to stay in this area of San Diego are totally abusive for what one gets. We found... More 

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

We are so honored you took the chance do a little research & found our motel! Thank you Mrs. & Mr. Clark! It was a pleasure to talk to you guys. I know I talk too much but yes I agree North Korea is an anomaly, even to other Asian countries. It takes the definition of "obedience to the state"... More 

Santa Rosa, California
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 12, 2016

Combination budget motel, hostel. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, and clean rooms. Convenient location, easy to get all around San Diego. The staff was helpful and friendly, and made the stay very comfortable.

Thank 51cooper
DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you guys for staying here on your short weekend vacation. Come back and see us again. Please call as far in advance as possible, we would love to give you guys an upstairs rooms. More 

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Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Dolphin motel - is the most peaceful motel I have ever stayed at in my entire life. Quiet, friendly and exceptionally clean! Thomas at the front desk (evening to midnight shift) is the most sweet and hospitable host :) the owner also made an effort to shake my hand one morning and ask me how my stay had been :)... More 

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

Thank you Ms. G for sharing you recent stay here at the Dolphin Motel. I am glad you found a this corner of California, and hope you will have more time in the future to go exploring. The photo album at the front desk is the best way to pick the places to see in San Diego. If I remember... More 

Quincy, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2016

We were a little nervous about this place because it was so inexpensive compared to other hotels in San Diego but we were very pleased. It is VERY basic - small bedroom and bathroom with just the bare essentials for furniture. Thin walls. Free parking and a lovely welcome at the front desk, where they offer free water and couldn't... More 

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

This review brings a smile to our owner as he is reading this. We appreciate the generous rating you gave us fcan. You are correct, we are a small island in the vast sea. There are not too many businesses that follow the model of our owners. Every morning they come down to look after the property and do every... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

This is my favorite place to stay in San Diego. Right by the water, this place is an absolute delight. I instantly felt right at home in this charming motel, which is an American classic. You'll sleep like a baby on their incredibly comfortable beds. Rooms are not huge, but very clean. Everyone is friendly and breakfast is complimentary. For... More 

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

Thank you Al for returning to our motel time & time again. It is good guests like yourself that keeps our business alive during these tough times! Truly our motel has done things the old fashion way since its establishment. We do not subscribe to any internet booking system. I am glad to hear you got a good night's sleep!... More 

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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2016

In my 40+ years of business and pleasure travel, I've never experienced better, more caring customer service than my wife and I enjoyed at the Dolphin Motel. We are retired now and while I can afford to stay at Sheratons and Hyatts, I don't like to pay for the hotel's name and fancy lobby when all I need is a... More 

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

Thank you Jeff for sharing your recent experience here at the Dolphin Motel. As my owner's sign in the front says: Ask to see a room, why pay more? We do offer a budget alternative to the other locations, so we highly recommend our good guests call or e-mail us to find out if we are the right fit for... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
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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“room with a view of the harbour”
 of 5 bubbles tdtaan, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“We enjoyed the second story with a view of the harbor”
 of 5 bubbles 51cooper, Oct 12, 2016 | Read review
“Choose the second floor for a better view and sea breeze. Room #36 iA good one if you want more room to eat breakfast out on the deck.”
 of 5 bubbles JeffK6, Sep 5, 2016 | Read review
“Don't expect the Marriott ! It is a budget minded motel that prides itself on good clean low cost rooms with great customer service .”
 of 5 bubbles Theschmids, Aug 19, 2016 | Read review
“Just talk to Thomas, he will get you the best deal and the best room!”
 of 5 bubbles BJMcQueen, Aug 1, 2016 | Read review
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