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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #24 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

This is a great value motel for San Diego. Our room was quiet and clean and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Plenty of parking and lots of food close by. We will stay here again when we hit town for a Cadres game.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

A review straight to the point
Many thanks Slowpainter, hopefully we continue to welcome future budget-minded travelers like yourself

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

If you don't like to spend a lot on a hotel, but want a clean, comfortable place, this is the place for you! The rooms are immaculate -- everything is white and very clean (even the bedspread! you couldn't pay me to sit on a usual hotel bedspread but this one was obviously very clean). The bed is comfortable and the bathroom/shower worked great. We loved having the little fridge in the room, what a terrific little amenity. The staff are friendly and helpful. Breakfast is yogurt, muffins and coffee/tea/juice -- basic but fine. You are walking distance to Point Loma seafood and the harbor. You can walk a block to rent a SUP board or a kayak to tour around the harbor, and you are very close to the beach. We enjoyed our stay and really had no complaints about how the hotel is run. The only caveat is that while the hotel management does its best to curb the noise, sometimes you have an inconsiderate guest who makes noise after hours. This happened 1 night of our 4 night stay. The rooms are close together so if someone is loud, you'll hear it. I'm sure if I'd complained the manager would have taken care of it, but who wants to get out of bed at 2am? Not the hotel's fault but if you are noise sensitive I recommend that you bring earplugs or a white noise machine (and don't expect to be able to keep the windows open).

Now, I gave this hotel 5 stars but be realistic -- it isn't the Ritz. The rooms are small and very basic. But if your view is that you just need a nice bed and bath/shower and you don't need the lap of luxury, this is the place for you. Plus, I had all that extra money to spend on fun things like food & activities. Highly recommended. We'll be back.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor probably quieter.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Greetings hikergirl11,
All of our staff at the motel (and especially Mr. Murdock & Alan) sincerely appreciate this generous & honest review
On behalf of everyone here, we thank you for giving us a chance to be a part of your recent trip to san Diego
I'm happy to hear you liked the fresh fish at Point Loma Seafoods, the local favorite, right across the street
Shelter Island & Fisherman's Landing offers a peaceful walk as this is a busy fishing season, and fishermen bring in the catch from the ocean
If they ever catch something big, they will surely hang it out to show everyone!
I apologize for the noise late at night, we do our best to keep the peace around the motel.
There is a 24-hours staff to watch the property.
To all our future guests, please book ahead of time as our popular Harbor View rooms sell out quickly

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We just returned from a 3 night stay at the Dolphin Motel. We absolutely love this property. The owners and staff go above and beyond to make sure that their guests are happy. I appreciate the "quiet hours" and close monitoring of the property. We visited two local restaurants within walking distance (Mitch's Seafood and Jimmy's American Tavern) both were excellent. This was our 4th visit and we look forward to visiting again soon. The Dolphin Motel is a great value for San Diego.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Hello Hello btworld
And thank you once again for coming back to our little budget motel in this corner of America
It is return customers like you that keep our business alive.
You bring a smile to all our diligent staff and Mr. Murdock & Alan
Time and time again your patronage is appreciated by all of us here
Remember to mention this to our staff in the future, as we are blessed to have such wonderful patrons here at our motel

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

My boyfriend and I went this past weekend. We went because of the great price and awesome reviews - we were not disappointed! The friendly staff made the breakfast my favorite part of our stay. They were sure to keep everything full and they even made conversation with guests when warranted. They had Nature Valley granola bars, bananas, Trader Joe's Orange Juice, Yoplait Yogurt, blueberry and chocolate "costco-style" muffins, fresh brewed coffee and all the fixings.

The room was cozy small and crisp white clean. There was a refrigerator (which we loved) and a microwave available to guests. The mattress wasn't the greatest, but this isn't really an issue for me.

I plan on coming back for all my future San Diego trips.

Room Tip: I hear there are rooms with nice, flat screen TVs... if that's important to you, ask for those r...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Andrea S
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Thank you Andrea for this detailed & generous review.
The owners Mr. Murdock & Alan and all our staff are so pleased to hear you had a pleasant stay at our bustling little motel.
Our coffee & breakfast is quite basic, but will give our guests a start in the morning.
38 years ago Mr. Murdock decided to start a modest motel here, and little has changed in terms of service & value
Even long before tripadvisor, our lives depend on kind-hearted guests (like yourself!) who want to save money on their "vacation" so they can spend more on "fun-cation"
As the years go by, we depend on return customers, and hope future ones will see our motel for what it is: value, cleanliness, service.

Note: We do not have a pool (we get that question alot!)

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

I was a little surprised with the smallness of the room. It is all white but we didn't spend time in the room so it was ok. Very affordable! The breakfast was ok! Everyone was very nice at this place.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ellie E
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Hello Ellie,
Glad you made our little motel a part of your recent vacation
You've met our wonderful owners Mr. Murdock & Alan
As always, we hope all our future guests read carefully about our motel and our accommodations.
We are an older motel and rooms are rather small, we may or may not have what everybody is looking for
But please don't hesitate to inquire about us
Tripadvisor offers future guests an idea of a place before they commit

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

My husband and I made reservation two weeks in advance, we had to make some last minute changes due to my husbands job. They were completely fine with it but then we needed to cancel and we called again, we explained our situation, and again they were okay with it. They didn't charge us a dime even though we had already paid for one day in full (we hot a full refund). We were both really upset about our cancellation but they made it easy for us, we are going to reschedule and we are looking forward to staying with them!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2013

What a wonderful review! Mr. Murdock is so happy to hear what makes our good guests so happy.
Our customers define who we are.
Last year, one of our customers had a family tragedy and the gentleman passed away. The owners refunded the credit amount back to the daughter and she was very grateful! Although things like this don't matter significantly, we want to put our best foot forward for our customers! We are not bound by corporate regulations which puts "profit" over "customer"
We hope all our future customers bring any concerns (YES, ANY CONCERNS) to our attention, we do try to work everything out
Hope you guys give us a try one more time, and please call far in advance to get best rates!

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Stayed here in June for two nights after flying in from UK and really appreciated the lovely comfortable bed, crisp, white sheets and powerful shower. OK, the rooms are small and pretty basic but they're spotless and the welcome is warm, friendly and efficient. Breakfast was all laid out ready on the patio next morning and it was rather fine to sit on our veranda, drinking good coffee, eating fresh muffins and banana while watching the parrots in the palm trees. It's not far from the airport, parking is easy and for value you can't beat it.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Address: 2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106-2770
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#6 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#7 Family Hotel in San Diego
#10 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#44 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $88 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphin Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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 our staff over continental breakfast. - Please see over reviews. Thanks ... more   less 
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