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Dolphin Motel

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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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 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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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 

Carefree
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Saint Augustine, Florida
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

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 August 19, 2016 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 August 9, 2016 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 August 6, 2016

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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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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14 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 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 August 1, 2016

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 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

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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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 

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