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“I couldn't have found a better place to stay in San Diego.”
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #13 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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“I couldn't have found a better place to stay in San Diego.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2010

Nice place, clean rooms, convenient location, cheap rates but what really makes the difference is the staff. They are very helpful and really really nice people.
We planned a 3 nights stay we endend with a 7 night stay. It was like home.
We'll definitely go back one day.
Thanks again to the Dolphin's staff.

Enrica e Giovanna from Italy

  • Stayed August 2010
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, August 27, 2010
We loved having you stay with us. Always nice to say hello over breakfast in the courtyard every morning. Hope things are going well for you in Italy. Look forward to having you stay with us again.

Best regards,
Holly, Alan and Steve
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2010

We arrived at Dolphin Motel in Point Loma from El Cajon region in San Diego. This was the best decision of our trip. Rooms are extremely clean with big tv, nice shower. Staff are extremely helpful and make you feel very relaxed. Location is great.

One minor weakness was the noise in the morning. We were outside the breakfast area and heard other people talking, but it's better than smelling weed like in El Cajon! Walls are slightly thin, but besides that it was a brilliant stay and we wanted to stay in San Diego longer! Thanks for a brilliant stay.

  • Stayed August 2010
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, August 27, 2010
Hi folks,
Nice of you to take the time for this candid review. Yes, occasionally in the early morning our nice guests forget to keep their voices down, sorry you were disturbed. Next time you reserve a room, ask for Alan or Steve, we'll do our best to get you where you ought to be.

Best regards,
Holly, Alan and Steve
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2010

We were visiting San Diego for one night to catch a pre-season Chargers game. I had searched for hours online for hotels and was finding only outrageous rates. Then I stumbled across the Dolphin Motel on Tripadvisor. Even though it was after midnight, I was able to telephone the hotel and to book a room. Our room was fairly small, but it was spotless, and it included a mini-fridge and free wi-fi service. The trolley that we took to Qualcomm Stadium was just a short drive (or bus ride) away. The staff was helpful, and the motel is located in an attractive part of San Diego. This place is a great value.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2010

Met with up with my daughter coming in from AZ after finding this place on the internet. Easy access to so many wonderful places in the San Diego area! The owners were more than helpful as well as the front desk clerks. Very friendly and you felt welcome here. We would come back in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, August 16, 2010
Hi Springfield,
Dad and I remember you. Thank you for the review. Love to have you back in a heartbeat.

Best regards,
Alan and Holly
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2010

Stayed a total of 4 nights. Very handy for the airport. Rooms were clean and staff/owners super friendly. The downsides - small rooms, very thin walls, noisy area - don't expect to have a relaxing time here! Also, the continental breakfast served in the courtyard was basic and not to the most hygienic of standards - didn't bother us but I could imagine some people would balk at it. For context though, stayed in a nearby hotel the same week - it was triple the price, had no free wifi, no breakfast, and expensive parking. The Dolphin Motel is good value, especially for the area.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, August 16, 2010
Thank you for the review. Sorry about the noise. We always want to know if it is excessive. We were probably full at this time of year(August). We appreciate you staying with us for four days even with the noise. Thank you for recommending us to others and we hope to see you again.
We appreciate your constructive comments regarding our breakfast, though not sure how to improve in the hygiene area. Muffins are enclosed, orange juice is in a capped container, individual yogurts are kept in the fridge, sugar and creamer are in closed containers, but we will take it to heart, reevaluate and make improvements.

Best regards,
Alan and Holly
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2010

Awesome place, I was looking for quick inexpensive place in SD and this place came up, for my sons bday weekend, first of all this place is only for the budget concious folks, if you are looking for fancy, this is not for you, the rooms are very clean, killer view of the yatchs from the top floor, and the nice patio to enjoy the complimentary muffins, coffee and juice we did not have any milk for my sons cereal,I asked the owner if they had any for sale there, he said no, next thing you know, we had milk at our front door brought over by him! (very cool!) Love the 5 star treatment and attitude, without the price!! I love San Diego...we will be back..Thanks Again!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, August 11, 2010
It was a pleasure having you folks with us. I understand about kids and milk. Nice of you to take the time for this review. Look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Best Regards,
Alan and Holly
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2010

My partner and I stayed here for a few days during the second half of July 2010. Mainly the motel was a base for us while we visited San Diego's main attractions: Sea World and San Diego Zoo.

We found the motel to be more than adequate. Some of the positives of the Dolphin include: great service and hospitality (the staff members were always happy and willing to help, the owner even gave my partner and I a ride out to Point Loma to see the Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and the Cabrillo National Monument). They provide a nice little breakfast for free in the morning which include muffins, yoghurt, orange juice and a few other things. The rooms are very clean, have a good sized LCD TV, free wireless internet and the showers are hot and have great pressure. The motel is in quite a convenient location as it is a short bus or taxi ride from the city centre or other San Diego attractions and it is also within walking distance of smaller shops and food (including Pizza Nova which is amazing).

Only a couple of negatives which should not play much in the decision to stay here: the rooms are quite small and at times can seem a little cramped if you have a lot of luggage. Beds are double beds, which is a little too small if you are tall (such as myself) and are sharing the bed with someone else.

I would highly recommend staying here no matter what your intended business in San Diego. The prices are extremely competitive (take note prices double around the time of Comic-Con) and provide good bang-for-you-buck.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank townB
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, August 11, 2010
Dad remembers you nice people and your drive to Cabrillo National Monument. Thank you for the frank review. Hope things are going well for you "Down Under" and we hope you will visit us again, it was a pleasure having you stay with us.

Sincerely,
Alan and Dad
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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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