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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reviewed 15 November 2011

If you are thinking in a short stay in San Diego, Dolphin Motel is your place. Very clean room, relaxing enviroment, well located and most important, the owners and staff were extremely kind, always with a smile on their faces. I really recommend this place...

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DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much Hernan for a generous review on our motel We are all down to earth people here, and all of us have at one time worked at a higher chain hotel. Of course, that means paying more for a room and reading all the fine prints of possible hidden charges along the stay! We have all heard...

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 15 November 2011

The location, staff and room were all great. The staff suggested several local restaurants (most within walking distance) and we were glad for their recommendations. They also suggested places to go sight seeing, and since this was our first time to San Diego we appreciated their input. They also gave us maps and directions, and an umbrella on the one...

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DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

And you are so right B.Lanc If all you need are the basics (without the fancy): clean rooms, clean bed, WiFi, what we offer best is to business travelers and people looking to save money compared to the ones around us. Also families we could try to work our way around, as long as guests do mention children in the...

Florida
Reviewed 10 November 2011

I visit San Diego every year, at least once, and the Dolphin Motel has been my address in S.D. for years. I discovered it, back whenever, because I was staying at a chain motel next door. In walking around Point Loma, I noticed the Dolphin's marquee with its beckoning to "see a room" and "why pay more". So, I did....

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DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Oh Thank you soooo much Castleblanca! For this very generous and kind hearted review! From the looks of it you are also very generous with all the other places you have been You are just the kind of guest we would have any day of the year! As long as there are no problems, you are willing to give those...

Peoria, Arizona
Reviewed 7 November 2011

I couldn't find where to write the new review so I ended up reading all the previous ones to get here! Once again, everyone said what I'd like to say, but better! My daughter and I also were there the nite of the power outage - the owners and staff took care of absolutely everything possible that couldbe done for...

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DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Welcome welcome Audrey! Welcome back to this home away-from-home Where the budget-minded travelers roam Where we steam clean our carpets with soap & foam As well as being family-owned ( I ran out of rhyming words) ... . You are far too kind in your words of praise to our small motel It's wonderful guests like yourself that keep us...

Milborne Port, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 November 2011

Staff went above and beyond normal customer care. Helping with advice on where to eat and places to visit. We forgot suntan lotion and they gave us some to save us going to a shop. The location of the motel is excellent, being 15mins from airport. 20 mins from Seaworld and 25mins to Balboa Park. It is central to all...

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Hello Emma Thank you for your generosity in writing this review You gave us an opportunity to make our motel a part of your vacation All the way from Arizona, we love all our guests from Arizona! We really really must insist that you be treated like family when you stay here with us What makes us unique is we...

Pine, Arizona
Reviewed 3 November 2011

I was doubious about staying at the Dolphin. The main thing that changed my mind was not just that it is one of the most affordable motels in San Diego, but that it's proprietor takes the time to read all these reviews and actually responds to many of them. That is the mark of someone who truely cares about his...

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Mr & Mrs Walsh for your praise and recommendation. It is wonderful guests like yourselves that keep us going My dedicated desk clerk JEB informed me that all went well during the blackout that happened during your stay. Although, it did worry me a bit All our staff here at the Dolphin are just down to earth people...

Reviewed 2 November 2011

This is an incredibly friendly and welcoming family run motel in a great location. The staff were very attentive and went out of their way to be helpful. We would have no qualms about staying here again.

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much Mike & Karen for a wonderful stay with us I heard many good things about you guys while you were here If I am not mistaken, I believe you guys ran into some "good luck" while you were here Either way, we hope you come back and see us again in the future! Please compare our...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 30 October 2011

Driving into the car park of this place I had that oh no feeling but I was pleasantly surprised. The rooms as pointed out are a bit small but if you want extra space book a room with a single bed and a queen which makes a big difference for not much more cost. The room was clean and made...

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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you OzSaltyDogs for taking the time to write us a review From reading some of your other review, seems like you have traveled extensively and know what to look for on vacation! We thank you for giving us a positive and honest verdict If our single Queen Beds seem a little cramp please ask to see a room with...

Texas
Reviewed 28 October 2011

By now you have read all the reviews and the only thing I can say is "I'll be Back". Yes its older, not as pretty as most other hotels in the area, that start at twice the price. I Stayed 3 enjoyable days at this hotel and spent several hours on the deck, meeting and conversing with my next door...

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Greetings and thank you spectre521 for taking the time to write us a review You have us to a "T" with the descriptions Your absolutely right! All my staff here are down-to-earth people The one thing we are not is a luxury lodge In these economic times, the best sense is to take a longer vacation (because of higher stress),...

San Antonio, TX
Reviewed 27 October 2011

I stayed here one night on 10/25/11 and what could have been a very stressful stay in San Diego ended up being very smooth. Personal business took me from Texas to San Diego and before I knew it I was booking a flight out to CA with a one-day notice. A friend suggested I stay at the Dolphin Motel since...

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DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Why hello Ms C. It good to hear from you. I did not expect you would write about us while you were here! It was a pleasant surprise and a treat to read this! Soooooo sorry about the WiFi The least I could do was offer a small token of apology

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Multilingual Staff
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 the owners Holly and Alan 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: €52 - €70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 31
Also Known As:
Dolphin Motel San Diego
Dolphin Hotel San Diego
Hotel Style:
#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
#45 Business Hotel in San Diego
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