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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dolphin Motel

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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #16 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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5 reviews
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“Great find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

The Dolphin in San Diego was a find:

PROs: Clean. Great owner and staff (thanks Steve). Good location on the harbor. Startlingly cheap.

CONs: The rooms are tiny. A Navy base is across the harbor, so there's noise. Had I just seen it from the street, I would never have stopped.

BOTTOM LINE: Almost no amenities officially, yet the people there continually went above and beyond in ways that few places in any price range do. Go figure. Would I go again? Definitely,

Room Tip: Top floor, facing harbor. (If you need a beach towel or sunscreen, just ask Steve.)
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Steve sends his regards! Most appreciative of you guys for sharing your recent trip to all future readers on tripadvisor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

Alan and the entire staff at the Dolphin Motel make this an unusually great find. Beyond the staff's warmth and professionalism, the entire motel is spotless. I also felt quite safe as a single female traveler. You also can't beat the location or the price. Forget the big (cheap) chains - stay at the Dolphin and you will be thrilled!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Our heartfelt thanks to you ljc212
It is all possible with the help of our good guests who recommend our little motel to their friends & family
Alan & our staff are so happy to hear these words of praise!
I absolutely agree with what you said! Isn't it strange the top ranks are no budget-friendly places?
Does paying more mean getting more?
Our owner summed it up on our billboard "Why pay more?"
Come back & see us!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Smaller rooms. Must be quiet after hours, as you can hear quite a bit. Great staff, super assertive about helping you plan your visit and maximize your San Diego experience in a very friendly way, offering tips and advice at the free breakfast in the morning that consists of muffins bananas coffee yogurt and juice. Still giving this super clean and quaint place two thumbs up.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you Daniel for sharing your recent stay at the Dolphin with all future tripadvisor readers.
Our owners Alan + Holly send their regards and appreciate the personal courtesy you have extended to us
Being a budget friendly motel, we cater to many of our guests who visit San Diego for brief business trip, or a few days extended vacation
As the weather is almost always sunny, our biggest compliment comes from giving our good guests the 411 on local sights & attractions
Do not hesitate to shoot us an e-mail in the future if your planning to visit our corner of America,
we would still be around!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

We needed a place to stay with a budget in mind so we checked on our phones reading reviews and the Dolphin Motel popped up with soaring reviews with good pricing most motels now these days cost over $150 and since being here for one day its an awesome place quiet and serene placed in the best spot so most things you need are close including the attractions. The staff here are real nice guys amazing people willing to go out of their way to help you and they provide 24 hour security they also provide a free breakfast in the morning outside that's nice and calming to enjoy cable is provided and free wifi the rooms are clean. This is a respectable establishment with honest working people running it. I will tell my family and friends about this place whenever they want to see San Diego.

  • Stayed January 2014
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
We're so glad you found our motel based on tripadvisor!
Thank you for sharing your recent stay to all our future guests
Hope all goes well with your new deployment in Pendleton, please drop us a line some time when your in the area for the weekend
Once again, thank you very much for giving our motel a try
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

If you do not need 5 Star facilities or services, the Dolphin Hotel is perfect for business or pleasure. My wife and I spent a full week here while we checked out the beaches and many San Diego sights. CLEAN throughout; convenient; very comfortable bed; TV with cable that worked; great shower; breakfast in the courtyard as the sun came up. The rooms are not large, but how many luxury hotels provide 3 luggage stands and a serious closet? Don't waste your time and money elsewhere! Oh, the owner and staff are all full of tips to make your visit to San Diego more efficient and successful than imagined.

Room Tip: We had an upstairs room, #33, which was wonderful to wake up with the sunrise.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
It's good to hear from you guys again Mr. & Mrs. K!
We do appreciate the review you wrote about our motel
Our hard working owners have been in business for the last 38 years & know San Diego inside and out.
Every morning they diligently greet all our good guests and give tips on what to see & how to maximize their time here in San Diego
Most of our guests spend a limited time, naturally they would like to make the most of it while seeing what San Diego has to offer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

地方有些小但很干净,整洁。员工很热情,THOMAS看到我们是中国人很开心帮了我们很多忙,很感谢他,小旅馆在码头边上,日出很美。
The motel is not too big but very clean and tidy. All staff are friendly. esp THOMAS helped us a lot. Many thanks to him. The motel is located by the port. Sunrise is really beautiful.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Many thanks to you guys for staying at our motel
San Diego is quiet place to visit for the weekends
Wishing you & your parents good health and a pleasant trip back home.
And please return to visit U.S. in the future!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

My husband, son, and I just returned from a six night stay at the Dolphin Motel, and we all agree we are going back! The room was tidy, smelled clean, and breakfast was very pleasant. Parking is monitored, and the staff was professional, friendly, and very helpful. There's also a good place just across the street behind Point Loma Sportfishing,to eat locally caught seafood ,at reasonable prices; Mitch's Seafood. The Dolphin Motel is located within 15 minutes of driving distance from many of San Diego's top attractions. The icing on the cake was free wifi! Since we didn't go on vacation to spend it in our room, the Dolphin Motel was perfect. Clean, comfortable, friendly, and an excellent location. Thanks for a pleasant stay!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank Aneea
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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Our owners & staff can't thank you enough to supporting our location on tripadvisor
This review will give future guests an idea of what we have to offer
Yes, we recommend Mitch's or Point Loma Seafoods, they are right across the street and offer the local catch of the day which is caught right off the ocean here.
Only catch is they close at 7:00pm
Being family-owned & operated, we treat all our guests like family
There's no formalities here, we have guests walking around barefooted!
Once again, thank you for your kindness in taking the time to write about us
We would love to have you come back anytime
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Property: 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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#5 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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