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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #38 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 10, 2008

My husband and I spent 4 nights at the Dolphin in late May. Our room was spotless and the bed very comfortable. We had brought earplugs but never needed them. The owner was very helpful guiding us to our destinations with hand drawn maps. We definitely would book the Dolphin again.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2008

Loved the place. Basic but perfectly adequate, comfortable clean rooms. Great location. Great sea breezes. Best value for your buck in San Diego. It's close to everywhere you want to be.

This obviously can't be guaranteed for everyone, but at least in my case, management went out of their way to be helpful with travel directions, and planning and in an urgent situation even provided transportation themselves.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled on business
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1  Thank internaturale
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Reviewed May 8, 2008

We stayed following a cruise for one night in an upstairs unit (with our friends next door). The taxi fare from cruise terminal is under $20 (about 4 1/2 miles) and to the airport around $10 (little over a mile). The location is superb especially considering the budget price. The property is only one block from bus line 28 that runs every 20 or so minutes (even on Sunday) directly to/from the transit center at Old Town with transfer there to the trolley to take you throughout the city.

The room was small but clean -- and the beds/bedding seemed new. No phones in the room (who needs them anymore anyway) and we didn't need to use the window air conditioner. Plenty of restaurants of all levels nearby. We had an superb dinner at a nearby (and obviously locally popular) fish restaurant: Red Sails.

Highlight was the superbly friendly and helpful desk attendant -- who allowed us to store our luggage until our room was ready, printed our early check-in boarding passes, loaned a notebook computer to our traveling companions (free internet) and free coffee in the outside "courtyard." They even have an excellent scale for making sure your bags are not overweight for the flights.

While the age of the property and size of the rooms put this motel in the "budget" category -- the service was first class. If you're looking for luxury -- go someplace else. But if you're looking for value, this is your place. We'll choose it first for our future visits .

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled on business
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2  Thank backroadrider
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Reviewed May 5, 2008

This was my second stay and it was even better than the first! I am so grateful to Tripadvisor for finding this delightful place. If you have forgotten what good customer service feels like, stay here. These people are wonderful and have a special place in my heart. So much so that I wouldn't take the Hotel del Coronado over the Dolphin Motel. It is so quiet, safe and I sleep like a baby. In the morning we wake up to tasty pastries, juice, and coffee. The owners even brought my daughter little snacks to the door, and sent each member of my family on the road with a cold bottle of water. My husband took notice as we sat on our balcony one evening that no detail goes left unnoticed here...you won't find one lighbulb out or one peice of trash on the ground...it is immaculate. The rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay and everything you don't. The location is terrific...walk across the street and watch the boats come in, or take a five minute drive to the bay to get some sun. We stay there to take in Sea World which is right down the road. I already can't wait for my next stay! Thank you Dolphin Motel for taking such good care of my family!!! See you next April!!!

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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2  Thank deerae
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Reviewed April 7, 2008

Our stay at the Dolphin Motel started out rocky. We were given a room which wasn't acceptable. Then we moved to another room which wasn't much better. One of workers told the owners of my complaints, the next morning when they arrived. The owners then went out of their way to make me happy. He even went out and got me brand new sheets. You can rest assured if you have any complaint with your room they will take care of it. The rest of our stay was awesome. Cute little rooms. I enjoyed walking around over at the sport fishing company area across the street, watching the boats come in and out.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2008

We got lost looking for the downtown exit and stumbled onto this gem. What caught our eye was the vacancy sign. The rooms are immaculate and the customer service is second to none. The owners are very friendly and make sure you are well taken care of. The motel is minutes away from downtown. The price was right too!! What we paid for three nights was about the price for one at a nearby chain. They also have free wi-fi which was wonderful. I recommend this motel if you want to have a nice, clean, comfortable place to stay the next time you are in San Diego.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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3  Thank Taedra76
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Reviewed March 19, 2008

DH and I stayed here one night pre-cruise and thought it was worth every penny. The owners are sweet, sweet people and actually apologized for chatting with us so long. We assured him we southern folks are used to chatting with strangers on a daily basis! This is a motel, yes, so please don't expect the Ritz. The windows are not insulated so you will hear some street noise and the rooms are small. However, it's clean, has cool retro-styling with neon, the water pressure is great, and the free juice, coffee, muffins, etc. were all very good.

We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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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:
#3 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#7 Family Hotel in San Diego
#9 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#10 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#44 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $73 - $189 (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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