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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #23 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

My friend and I planned a girls weekend and I had heard of this place so we booked a room. We absolutely loved it!!! We had a huge porch with table and tons of chairs, free breakfast and water. All the staff were super friendly and helpful! I will always stay here when I am in town they made us feel very special and we were very comfortable and safe!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
Thank Heather J
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2013

Thank you Heather for your recent visit to our budget motel
Your generous review is very much appreciated by our owners & staff
Majority of our customers do a little research beforehand
Our rooms are small, budget is our niche
Every places is different and doing a little research could potentially save some money
Parking, WiFi, Breakfast in san Diego can be charged at other higher chain hotels or free, really depends on where you are staying.
It all comes down to deciding the best fit for your needs.
Our owners' hard work is reflected on the staff
Service is a must, because a smile costs nothing

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We only stayed here 2 nights, but were made to feel very welcome from the first time we stepped into the office, to the time we were leaving. The proprietors were really friendly, and did everything they could to make our stay superb. Nice and quiet, easy to get places even without a car, good base for getting anywhere, even to the downtown area. Rooms very clean, and everything you needed was catered for. We were even lent a laptop, so we could research things.
Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: ask for 2nd floor room - with a harbour view, as some rooms are round the back
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Sephora M
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2013

It is such kind-hearted & generous guests like yourself that make our day!
Your generous review always brings a smile to our hard working owners; really makes our day!
The owner has always advertised our place as a budget motel for budget-minded guests
being a small motel, we take every guest seriously as we depend on their continued patronage
Being an older motel, we do our very best to keep the peace and quiet especially at night.
There is 24-hour staff on duty and we are ready to provide guests service for ANY issues, yes ANY issue
We hope to see you guys again in the near future

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

This is a true Ma and Pa motel with great hospitality. Rooms are clean, the location is great ( one block from the harbor), the price is right, and breakfast is complimentary. I would stay here again!

Room Tip: room 12 did not have a harbor view but was great for our stay
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank julie b
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2013

All of us here at the Dolphin, the owners & staff want to take this opportunity to thank you for staying with us
And also for your generous evaluation of our motel during your recent stay
I'm very sure all the other places also agree with us that it is a pleasure to have such nice guests as yourselves at their location as well.
Our hard working owners Alan & Holly have been in the business for 37 years, and there dedication to providing guests with a budget solution (as well as their hard work) reflects positively on all our staff here.
Their philosophy is written on our sign "Why pay more?" If all you are looking for is a clean budget location to sleep (and a few basic amenities), why pay more?
Once again, thank you Julie and we hope to see you in the near future. Remember to mention you wrote about us next time you stop by San Diego!

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

I stay at the Dolphin whenever I have to work in San Diego, and every time I am impressed. Its a vintage hotel, so the room's are small and not fancy, but the service is top notch, friendly, and personal. The room's are always clean and quiet, and the breakfast is good. No other hotel I have stayed at in this price range has come close, I have stayed here 4 times, and I will definitely be a long time customer. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: they say the upstairs rooms are quieter, but I've had both and the downstairs was fine too
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Nate S
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2013

Thank you for Nate for taking the time to write about us!
Our hard working owners always appreciate our return guests as they keep coming back year after year
As always, please mention this when you book with us. We always always appreciate return guests!
Once again, thank you for this generous 5-star review (and I think you mis-clicked the 1-star on service, but really meant 5-star for service).

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

If your going to San Diego and you are not a hotel snob then you would do a lot worse than staying at the Dolphin Motel. We arrived for a five night stay last week and could not have been happier. The reception staff offered us ideas for sight seeing,as did the motel owner the next morning. We did five of the six things they recommended and all where worth the drive. ( these were over and above the sea world, zoo, safari park etc tourist stuff we had already booked).
The rooms are small but perfectly clean. Your room is made up every day with clean towels and the location across from the harbour is good for visiting shelter island and other eateries nearby.
Thanks to all at the dolphin motel. It just shows that a little bit of effort on the guest relations pays dividends. I challenge the bigger hotel chains to visit the dolphin and learn some lessons.

Room Tip: We where in room 32 (or was it 34!!!) anyway, it was upstairs looking over the harbour. Nice to sit...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ian_Roper
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

It was a pleasure to have you stay with us Mr. & Mrs. Roper
I remember you guys checking in and the pleasant conversation we had in the morning
Looking at the many reviews you wrote for other locations, you guys are avid travelers!
I'm sure all the other places welcomed you guys as you are among the most generous and kind-hearted guests around!
Our small rooms & modest amenities reflect on our pricing
Many guests may have second thoughts when they see us as a "motel", because hotels usually get all the credit for accommodations & features
However, our hard working owners are dedicated to providing the best price to value ratio in town
Hopefully we continue to get such wonderful guests like yourselves

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

At under one hundred dollars per night (varying significantly, however, depending upon the day of the week), this was a good find for our party of four (two couples, two rooms). Rooms were small. Furniture and fixtures in rooms and bathrooms were Spartan and dated but clean. Air conditioning was wall-mounted. Small fridge in room was appreciated. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was fine for those who are okay with the "continental breakfast." Location was sufficiently close to tourist attractions. Neighborhood felt safe enough and appeared to be focused on the marina and the businesses associated with it (i.e., chartered fishing trips). Parking seemed limited and a bit awkward (you could only back out of the small lot). We would definitely return to this motel the next time we are in SD.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank westernfb
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Thank you guys for making our modest motel a part of your recent trip
Point Loma is just off the main downtown area & airport by 10 minutes driving
I would describe it as a quiet fishing town near Downtown
(since we are across the street from the Fishing Landing)
Lots of action lately as boats come & go during the busy sport fishing season
Being an older motel, our owners try so hard to fix minor issues & keep up with changing technology
(buying flat screens, upgrading to fast internet so guests can watch movies)
We hope our efforts are noticed by all our guests.
It's also commonly known that problems will motivate guests to write about a certain place more than good things
But your review will give future guests a good idea of what we have to offer
We hope all our future guests will do some research and decide if we are the right fit for them

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

If you are going to San Diego to spend all your time in your hotel room, this is not the place for you. BUT, if you are going to San Diego to get out and see the sights, enjoy the atmosphere and want a clean room to lay your head down in at night at a reasonable cost the Dolphin Motel is for you. The Dolphin Motel is an older 1950's era motel and looks it-smaller rooms and not terribly upscale, but clean and well kept with a friendly staff and owners. What other hotel will you ever stay at where the owner will greet you every morning and make sure everything is satisfactory? Yep, that is true! This is a family-owned property and it shows. The love and care that has been taken of this property was reflected in everything about The Dolphin Motel. True, the breakfast fits the continental style-muffins, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea-but the patio on which it is served is wonderfully shaded and a delightful place to spend the morning before you venture out to take in the whole of San Diego.

Room Tip: Well-priced and right next to Fisherman's Pier and down the road from Shelter Island
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Roberta H
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Thank you Roberta for bringing the family to enjoy sunny San Diego
The season is changing but we are still enjoying the last days of summer with its no clouds and warm beach weather. That's also why its so expensive to live here!
That being said, our hard owners have been dedicated to providing budget travelers a haven from the many pricey options available.
We fill up every weekend because majority of visitors are looking for a clean, budget place to sleep
We have little in terms of luxury accommodations so most of our guests are not of the rich type.
But we do get such nice guests. We hope all our future guests will not judge us based on what we don't have, but what we can offer them in terms of savings money.
Once again, the owners and our staff thank your generous review of our motel
See you next summer!

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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: $87 - $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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