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“For a good nights sleep”
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Dolphin Motel
Ranked #34 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
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“For a good nights sleep”
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 parking and right next to the bay, I mean right across the street, plus other freebies thrown in (GPS loaner, laptop use, baggage scale, boarding passes printed) and real down home owners and staff, you can't go wrong. But, if you need a fancy fountain in the lobby and uniformed staff then go down the street. This place was very clean and free morning coffee and goodies to boot.
You can't go wrong.

Room Tip: book early to get the upstairs rooms with a bay view.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, 25 February 2012
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 little research about the places and save alot of hassle!
What a wonderful guest you are
See you next time!
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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. Breakfast was fresh and filling. We have been fortunate enough to stay in hotels all over the world but rarely have we stayed somewhere where we felt more like friends of the family rather than paying guests. A heartful thank you to all the wonderful Dolphin team for making our stay so memorable.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, 21 February 2012
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 Cabrillo National Monument, one of our most popular places here in Point Loma, San Diego.
Hope to see you guys next year!
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Fruita, Colorado
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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 and the new that just works well for travelers looking for clean, simple accomodations in a beautiful harbour view setting. The room was small, but immaculate and the view from our second floor was breath taking. There is no fear of kicking off your shoes and walking on the floors at this establishment! The bed was comfortable and the television was a new flat screen model. There is a modest continental breakfast served outside with delicious coffee, juice, muffins, fruit and yogurt. During our stay we interacted with two different staff members as well as the owner of the motel. All were pleasant and willing to do whatever was necessary to make our stay enjoyable. My only regret is that we were only able to stay one night. As residents of Colorado now, Southern California, has become a favorite vacation destination for us. Future trips are sure to include a stop over at the Dolphin Motel!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, 11 February 2012
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 guys come back in the near future
Hope to hear from you guys!

Regards
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London, United Kingdom
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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!

  • Stayed January 2012
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review, 4 February 2012
Thank you so much Steven!
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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 a place is (of course that comes with an extra charge)
That is the one thing that levels the playing field for us
Otherwise, we are not by any means a luxury place
As my dad (the owner) would say
"We don't get alot of rich folks here, but we do get smart ones"
Hope to hear from you soon Steven!
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Minnetonka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 risers) people visit, meet, chat, and share stories. It's not for everyone; the rooms are small, have no phone, and some amenities have to be requested. (Want an iron and ironing board? No problem.) The breakfast is nice and the coffee is good. We met a number of other couples who were very much like us: in our 60's, adventurous and watching our pennies, out to see San Diego from the ground up. We also saw families and groups who had planned agendas. But that's not the best part...
On our third day in San Diego, our rental car was broken into and we lost MANY valuable items, including our cell phone and GPS system. The Dolphin folks were extremely kind, and promptly provided us with a GPS AND a cell phone, which we could use as much as we needed. No charge. It was very helpful to have both, and we used the phone to contact our insurance agent, the police, etc. Dolphin people could not have been kinder. My husband and I would recommend this hotel to anyone who isn't fussy about "fancy" and cares about "kindness."

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dolphin Motel
Address: 2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106-2770
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 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 (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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