My partner and I had been travelling for four months and mainly staying at hostels to save some money. We paid more at hostels for very basic private rooms without things like a TV, fridge, towels, room service etc. So naturally we were blown away by the standard of these motel rooms for the amount we were paying!
Rooms are a sufficient size, incredibly clean and have a walk in robe, flat screen TV and fridge.
Breakfast was simple yet perfect for us-yoghurt, bananas and delicious muffins!
Location is absolutely fine especially if you have a car. Public transport was easy to get around in but if you don't have a car and plan on spending every day by the sea side, you may find the location less perfect. If you enjoy your exercise however, it's a 35 minute walk through the quiet suburbs to Ocean Beach which we enjoyed! The location has a beautiful view of the harbour and there's quite a few restaurants in walking distance (Umi Sushi is delicious!).
Guests can smoke outside of their rooms on the balcony which is fantastic if you're a smoker but if you don't smoke and happen to have some chain smokers bunking next door, their smoke feeds through the aircon. That's just me being incredibly picky though as I don't like smoking. If you're the same, might be best to request a room away from smokers.
Overall, awesome value motel and great service. I thoroughly recommend anyone stay here if you're looking for clean and basic comfort at an awesome price. Also, definitely worth paying the tiny bit extra for a harbour view room!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Motel San Diego
- Dolphin Hotel San Diego