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Dolphin Motel

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 22 February 2012

This is the best budget motel/hotel I ever stayed in. If you are the like me and really use your room to sleep and shower then this is the place for you. Helpful staff that is always willing to make your stay more fun. This place is a bit of a throw back to the 1960's motels, but with FREE...

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Clear, concise and sweet You described our motel in a nutshell Thank you so much for trying us out and as always book early to get a low price and most available room Once in awhile we do get our fair share of unhappy guests (but that happens everywhere!) The best way is like you described earlier, to do a...

Newport
Reviewed 20 February 2012

We stayed four nights and had a fabulous time. Our balcony room (36) overlooked the harbour. It was spotlessly clean. Location was perfect for our needs and situated in a quiet street. All the staff were more than helpful with directions to the various attractions and places of interest. Nothing was too much trouble for this friendly family run Motel....

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Good Morning Simon! Its so nice to hear from you again. We won't forget you guys for a long time. You guys stayed with us for 4 nights in the room near the office. What wonderful guest you are, most cheerful friendly couple we have met! Holly also wanted to say hell to you guys and hope you enjoyed the...

Fruita, Colorado
Reviewed 2 February 2012

The day after I ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in Disneyland, my husband and I headed to San Diego for two days of rest and relaxation. Having grown up along the Southern New Jersey Shore, I immediately fell in love with the familiar, quaint look and feel of the Dolphin Motel. It is a wonderful blend of the old...

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Well its a pleasure to meet you guys You are just the guests we are looking for! I second the motion because this is a family-run business with a home feeling We had a big smile on our faces when you mentioned walking on your feet here on the property, that does happen often We would love to have you...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 February 2012

Free Wifi and free breakfast plus the 1st class service make this the best motel I've ever stayed in. Rooms were clean and of reasonable size. Very close to airport and perfectly situated between downtown and the beaches. Reception printed off our boarding passes and even let us borrow a lap top for no extra charge. We will be back!

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much Steven! Service Service Service We pride ourselves in service, which can be given at no extra charge! That is a must! If I remember correctly you stayed with us 4 nights and in an upstairs room. Yes, tripadvisor rates every location on one thing: that is service it does not rate on luxury, or how fancy...

Minnetonka
Reviewed 1 February 2012

The Dolphin Motel is a great place for the right person. It's economical, clean, directly across from the harbor (we watched the fishing boats come in, which was great fun!), situated near some very nice restaurants you can walk to, and has terrific employees. The owner is on site every day, and over breakfast (served from 6:00 on for early...

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Reviewed 1 February 2012

We found this quant little place by chance while spending a day in town on our honeymoon, after a great cruise, two years ago. Since then have been back for our two anniversaries as well as our birthday (twice)(we have the same birthdate- go figure). Everyone who works there is super friendly and willing to assist you in anything short...

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

It is such a treat to have you guys come back time and time again. Vegas citizens visit us, and we visit Vegas. Just like my dad always says "we don't get alot of rich folks here, but we do get smart travelers" And yes, by popular demand is the second floor upstairs, of course we have a limited number...

Hillsboro, OR
Reviewed 31 January 2012

As is often the case with properties that have been reviewed many many times, most of the virtues and vices have been listed and what really becomes important is what we each seek as travelers. We selected this property based on TA reviews and moved in for 9 days in late January. Yes, the rooms are small, with a main...

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much Wayne! All the way from Oregon too! My goodness, these good folks did stay with us for an extended amount of time. The off-season rates kick in and the money our guests save can be used for other extras during their vacation. We do appreciate you writing a thorough description of our motel for future visitors....

Jackson, Mississippi
Reviewed 31 January 2012

First. Service. Old fashioned, polite, one on one, not trying to sell you something service. Genuine people work here and they LIKE what they do! They LIKE what they do. Said it twice and it is not enough. The rooms are small. They are clean (you can walk around without socks on). They are a place to sleep and shower....

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much Jim! If I remember correctly you guys stayed with us for 4 nights right next to the office with the balcony. That is by far our most popular room And we hardly go a day without that room being rented. I sure wish we had more rooms with balcony for our guests to enjoy. Once again...

Saskatoon, Canada
Reviewed 31 January 2012

We got just what we had hoped for and a bit more at the dolphin. It is great to see the kind of service you can get when the people who work there genuinely care about their guests and their business. I was pleased that the street was quiet at night and it was in an area where we always...

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much to the Taylor family for visiting our motel If i remember correctly, you guys found us on tripadvisor and now you are writing about us on tripadvisor! Your hassle-free vacation is our priority. And yes, for the majority of families on vacation. Price is (in my opinion) the biggest factor which can limit where they stay...

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 26 January 2012

First off I want to make clear, this is a Basic, affordable Motel. With that said I want to rave about my Stay! I found this Motel off of Trip Advisor and all the great reviews. They are not wrong and this is why- My Dad, Son and I reserved two rooms. They were clean beyond belief. They have a...

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Tell your dad we all said hello and thanks for the great picture of the USS Midway. As you know its proudly displayed in our office. Nice that he was able to take you aboard his old ship. Best regards, Alan, Holly, Steve, and Tom

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Multilingual Staff
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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 

Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Address: 2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106-2770
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: €70 - €123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphin Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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Also Known As:
Dolphin Motel San Diego
Dolphin Hotel San Diego
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#1 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#4 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
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“Room #5 is near my parking”
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“Ask for a Harbor view room.”
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“room with a view of the harbour”
tdtaan, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We enjoyed the second story with a view of the harbor”
51cooper, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Choose the second floor for a better view and sea breeze. Room #36 iA good one if you want more room to eat breakfast out on the deck.”
JeffK6, 5 Sep 2016 | Read review
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