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Saint Augustine, Florida
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed for 8 nights while in SanDiego to see my daughter come in from deployment on the Stennis. Did not need a resort motel as we would be busy sightseeing etc. Just a clean comfortable place to sleep at night and it sure was. The customer service is tops and by far the best customer service I have experienced in... More 

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

Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Schmids for this most generous review of our motel. How is the weather back in Florida? I remember you telling me the weather is wet & humid this time of the year. From the many times I spoke to you guys, it seems you explored all the nooks & crannies of San Diego! Your review... More 

Lancaster, New York
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at the Dolphin Aug 7-10. When we arrived apparently the rate had dropped so they voluntarily refunded the difference per night. Our room was on the 2nd floor facing the harbor. The room was small but clean. Not really updated. Bathroom could use an update. Everything in the room was white and clean. We just needed a place... More 

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

We thank you guys for sharing your recent stay here at the Dolphin Motel. Calling us early to book an upstairs rooms was a wise decision, especially during the busy summer months. I am thrilled to hear you also went across the street to try out the local 3/4-day fishing, from one of the charter boats. For the last 3... More 

tucson
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51 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stay here every time I head out to San Diego....The staff is awesome and the place is clean....we stayed during Comic Con, and were able to stay an extra two nights...Thank you Thomas and staff!!!!!!!! Definitely check it out...Mitch's is right across the street and the have yummy craft beers...Enjoy!

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

Is that you Ms. K? Gosh, I almost forgot you stayed with us during Comic Convention. Boy did you pick the week to stay here! Busiest week every year, but also most fun. I am glad to be able to accommodate your guys during that busy week. Thank you most sincerely for returning to us time & time again. You... More 

Whittier, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time staying at the Dolphin Motel very clean! and friendly staff very accommodating...nothing fancy but homey and comfy..can' t beat the price Reasonable..THANK YOU ALLTHE STAFF...Great place for reasonable price!

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

Your shared experience here at the Dolphin Motel is grately appreciated. Thank you rmiron for this most generous rating of our family-owned, family-operated motel. Hopefully you will return to us the next time you guys visit this corner of California. Please contact us by e-mail or phone as far in advance as possible (4-6 months). Prices & availability will be... More 

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10 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have stayed here several times. So cheap, can stay longer! Overlooking the marina and easy to get to. Quiet and safe feeling. Rooms are very small but with a frig. Basic but AC. Limited space all around especially the bathroom. Flat screen TV but we never watched it. Restaurants all around. Would stay here again. Owned by same owner... More 

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

Thank you finstah for sharing your recent stay here at the Dolphin Motel. We are happy to hear that our accommodations are basic & was the right fit to your needs. Our proud owners Holly & Alan are the most dedicated owners I have ever met. Their dedication to the family business is a positive example to us young kids... More 

Corpus Christi, Texas
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My niece and I have gone to Comic Con a total of five times. Four out of the five times we've stayed in San Diego, we've stayed with the good people of the Dolphin Motel. I can't say enough about this great place! I love this motel! Great staff, great location, great views, rooms and hospitality. Thomas and the guys... More 

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

Hey there Betty & Brittany! And a yabba-dabba good day to ya too! How are things in Texas this week? It looks like a heat wave as I heard from customers, it is 105+ F out there. It is always a pleasure to have return friends (not just guests, FRIENDS) come back to us time & time again. Doesn't it... More 

Union, New Jersey
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179 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here July 12-17 in Room 11 w/my teen. Hotel has the 3 C's: Clean, Cheap and Cheerful! Friendliest staff I have ever encountered. Helped with directions, recommendations and Alan even gave me a ride to Shelter Island one day. Nice bunch of folks and the weather in San Diego is the best. They run a tight ship, but I... More 

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Thank BEG1969
DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

It's good to hear from you guys again Mr. & Mrs. M. We cannot thank you enough for coming back to us time & time again. It is return guests like yourselves that keep our business alive. Your generous rating of our property brings a smile to our owners as they read this review. You were here during July, the... More 

Fagersta, Sweden
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No need to revise my previous review - still the best value for money place to stay during the Comic-con madness. Escape the downtown chaos for a few hours and enjoy the Point Loma/Shelter Island neighborhood where there are shops and restaurants aplenty. At breakfast they serve the best coffee I have ever had in the US! Will probably be... More 

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

It's good to hear from you again Mr. L. Our hard-working owners & our staff thank you for coming back to us every year. It is good guests like yourselves that keep our motel alive. It is also your word of mouth referrals that matter the most! From talking to you in the office, you have V.I.P. status every year... More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

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

Those are lovely pictures you took of yourself, and of the Fisherman's Landing. We appreciate you guys taking the time to write about our motel to future vacationers doing research about our motel! This is perhaps the best, mos well written review I have ever read about our property. This definitely warrants a "trip advisor", and I do mean the... More 

Peoria, Arizona, United States
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 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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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Bill for taking the time to contribute to our motel tripadvisor section. On behalf of our hard working owners & staff thank you for this generous review. We are grateful for return guests like yourself that come back to us year after year. I heard there is a heat wave in Arizona as of late & many of... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • 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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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • 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 St, San Diego, CA 92106-2770
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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