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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #41 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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Reviewed October 10, 2009

We stayed at the Dolphin Motel for 2 nights during our honeymoon and we loved it. The room was small but clean. Who stays in the room the whole day? The banana-nut muffins in the morning were lovely and the coffee was tasty too. Staff was helpful and the owner like your best friend! We would definitely stay there again. Main street really close and harbor too but no problems with noises at night. Only thing missing was a hairdryer but that's it. We recommend a room with harborview.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2009

Nice clean basic hotel. Breakfast on the run. Helpful friendly staff. Positioned in the middle of everything...Price is right on.....Quiet... Interesting neighborhood near the fishing marina and restaurants....

Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 4, 2009

Stopped at The Dolphin for 1 night - prebooked it ahead of our visit direct after reading reviews on Tripadvisor.
The motel itself is well positioned, on the front and in a residential district. It's a no-frills establishment and our room (#32) was very basic. For a 1-night stay it's ok but we couldn't have stopped another night here if we had to.
The staff were very helpful and friendly though and pointed us in the right direction for a good mexican meal in the evening!
Breakfast was very basic - coffee and muffins.
In summary - ok for 1 night but I probably wouldn't stay again if visiting San Diego.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2009

My dad and I are sorry that this nice guest's expectations were not met. It is true our rooms are not large or fancy---but boy are they CLEAN ! Our niche market is for the tourists or business people who want a neat clean room with a quality bed to rest their head on, in a great location (right across from the harbor) at a very reasonable price.------------small room --small price-- Alan Murdock

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Reviewed September 10, 2009

The staff is so helpful. Room is not fancy at all, bed wasn't comfortable, room was small... but it has everything you need: shower, bed, refrigerator, AC, etc. Besides, WHO CARES what the room is like when youre in San Diego. There's so much to do, and the Point Loma area around the hotel was safe and totally walkable. And the place has a quirky old-school charm that you just dont find very often.

For the price, I'll definitely be going back on my trips to San Diego, and say hi to Alan and the staff again. Next time I'll try and book a half-day fishing trip for some mahi-mahi or something, since the marina is right across the street.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 7, 2009

Brilliant!. This motel is spot on. It is clean, comfortable, and has the friendliest and most helpful staf you could desire. The location is ideal as a base for seeing San Diego, pretty much equal disatnace from everywhere you could want to visit! The room was spotless every day, and the beds were clean and very comfortable, bathroom small, but clean and fully functioning! Having stayed here in 2006, i knew that there was no other place in SD i would stay when i returned this year, and i would stay again in a heart beat. The main reason i chose to stay here is down to the friendly staff. The owner greeted us on arrival, gave us the low down on the area, and gave us maps to all the key areas, he even gave us a cell phone incase we got in trouble! (being from the UK, this was helpful when arranging tickets etc). The room was great value, i woiuld much rather stay here and support small buisnesses than stay in chain who dont care who you are. Breakfast of coffee, OJ , yoghurt andf muffins was great, and the free parking was helpful. This was my second stay at the dolphin, and when i come back to SD, i will be staying there again. Thanks for brilliant motel!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

Thanks to an exceptional staff. My daughter and I had to meet in San Diego for appointments and needed affordable motel for five nights. This family owned motel exceeded my expectations. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Room was very clean. Coffee and pastry provided on the patio was exacltly what we needed to get our day started.
When in San Diego again this hotel will be my first choice. We felt safe and protected.
Thanks again!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 29, 2009

This motel is great if all that you really need is somewhere to stay at night before heading out to the sights in San Diego. Rooms are tad on the small side but very very clean. Muffins, tea, coffee and OJ are outside for a quick breakfast in the morning. Free wireless internet is a plus

There's a view of Fisherman's Landing, and we were able to see the July 4th fireworks from our balcony too!

Staff at the motel are really helpful, and we were able to use one of their lockers for our things on the day we checked out as we were going to Seaworld and didnt want to bring everything in the car.

Rates were great too- about $100/night and it had everything that we needed (clean room and comfy bed) and was also very close to the Zoo and Seaworld.

Would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: July 2009, 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:
#2 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 - $166 (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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