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manchester uk
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Forget the Hotel circle and the over inflated prices This is where you want to be. Right by the harbour and plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. Clean and tidy rooms with excellent staff and amenities. Good location with Sea world and San Diego zoo just a short drive away. Also the Mexican border just a 15 minute drive away....

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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Good Afternoon bintheredunthat08, We must thank you for choosing our motel. It seems after doing some research, you have found our modest motel based on our prices & accommodations. We hope all future customers will find our motel the right fit for their vacation needs. I am happy to read all these wonderful things that stood out while you were...

Fort Worth, Texas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Clean and friendly . This is a great deal , just across the street from where the sport fishing dock is located . It is family owned and operated . They have coffee , orange juice , milk and Muffins for breakfast.

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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

All of our staff here thank you Floyd for writing about the Dolphin Motel. We rely so much on good guests like yourselves who come back to us year after year. Our amenities are very basic and we hope all future readers will call/e-mail us to inquire if we have suitable accommodations for their needs. The busy summer season will...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've stayed at the Dolpin many times they are very friendly,the rooms are always clean the owners treat you like family the breakfast is good i will always stay there when im in San Diego. Best budget motel in San Diego.

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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Your input about our property matters on tripadvisor! Thank you bicycleto for sharing our motel on tripadvisor, it will be read by all future travelers who might be interested in staying here for a short business trip, or family "staycation". I had the privilege & pleasure to talk to you a few times. The biggest thing I remember that you...

Tucson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is our fourth trip back to The Dolphin, this time for my husband's birthday. There's a fabulous Thai restaurant a short walk away, and we like to walk along the waterfront at the Point Loma marina. Our room has a refrigerator and is very comfortable. You absolutely can't bear The Dolphin Motel for its good value, comfortable beds, and...

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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

You have brought a smile to all of us here at the Dolphin Motel. Thank you Mr. & Mrs M. Every one of our staff from owners to employee thank you whole heartedly for this generous rating. And from looking at your other reviews at other locations, they will all agree with me that it is a pleasure to have...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Dolphin Motel was clean, safe, and a great value. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Although the room was small, I only needed it to sleep and refresh each morning. Pros: price, free wi-fi, flat screen hdtv w/ cable, great water pressure in shower (plenty of hot water), mini fridge, comfortable bed, balcony to enjoy a cold beverage and...

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DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

We thank you Joe for taking the time to write about your recent stay here at the Dolphin Motel. I was reading your other reviews about the San Diego Zoo and the Midway Museum. You definitely hit 2 of the most popular attractions in San Diego! Your honest review about our property will give future readers a good idea of...

Wisconsin
Reviewed 23 November 2016

I was in San Diego recently for the annual Neuroscience conference. Hotel prices at other hotels near the downtown area were insane so after some research I ended up at the Dolphin Motel. The rooms are small but functional, personally all I need is a decent bed, a TV, and a functional bathroom and I'm happy so that was fine....

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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello rlse9, We are grateful that you chose the Dolphin Motel during your stay here in San Diego. Yes, I recall the Neuroscience convention few weeks ago. There were doctors & business people here. We hope that in the future everyone reads & call us regarding information. We have basic accommodations which may fit their needs. All of our staff...

Bribie Island
Reviewed 20 November 2016

After 4 years we returned and it was so good to see Thomas and the smiling Steven. The owners are very fortunate to have all these young men great ambassadors. Didn't get to speak with Allan but chatted with Holly. Spotless property and wonderful value it will be a sad day for all of us when the property is sold.Thank...

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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you guys stay here again Amanda! We had a pleasant conversation with you guys before you returned home to Australia. Not much has changed here in San Diego. I was glad to hear you revisited the popular places in the city such as : La Jolla, the downtown area, Cabrillo, (and Balboa Park?) It...

Vladivostok, Russia
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Clean, safe, unexpensive place nearby harbor with free WIFI, parking and breakfast. Very friendly and helpful crew. Thomas is very bright sample of great hospitality. I have no questions regarding my future staying in San Diego area. Many thanks !

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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much Mr. Val for recommending our motel! It was such a wonderful privilege to get to talk to you. I wish you the best in all future journeys. I have read the beautiful article that you wrote about Easter Island and the times you did research at the location. I have met many interesting people in the...

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

In a city where the hotel circle over charges you, we found this hidden gem! Very decent price, extremely friendly and helpful staff. Great location next to the harbour, close to many stores and places to eat. I got the sense the staff really cared about their motel, extremely well maintained, very clean, good in room supplies ( tv, fridge,...

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I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you Pete for writing about the Dolphin Motel. As my owners have always said: "We are a budget-priced motel for the budget-minded-traveler". it has been our niche and our honor to have smart travelers who took the time to do a little research, and have found our motel online or through...

tucson
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We found this perfect place to stay when visiting our son and family who have a teeny house with no room for us. He lives less than a mile from this lovely gem, and we were lucky to stumble upon it. The prices to stay in this area of San Diego are totally abusive for what one gets. We found...

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DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

We are so honored you took the chance do a little research & found our motel! Thank you Mrs. & Mr. Clark! It was a pleasure to talk to you guys. I know I talk too much but yes I agree North Korea is an anomaly, even to other Asian countries. It takes the definition of "obedience to the state"...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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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 the owners Holly and Alan over continental breakfast. - Please see over reviews. Thanks ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Address: 2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $73 - $100 (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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“Ask for a Harbor view room.”
 of 5 bubbles joecQ6425RD, 27 Dec 2016 | Read review
“room with a view of the harbour”
 of 5 bubbles tdtaan, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We enjoyed the second story with a view of the harbor”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles JeffK6, 5 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Don't expect the Marriott ! It is a budget minded motel that prides itself on good clean low cost rooms with great customer service .”
 of 5 bubbles Theschmids, 19 Aug 2016 | Read review
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