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Dolphin Motel

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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...

6Thank oldpo
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....

2Thank Landworld
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...

Thank Taylorstravel
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...

5Thank yeoyeoyeo
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

Pepperell, MA
Reviewed 23 January 2012

As previous reviewers have stated this is an unbelievable deal in San Diego. It is right across from the sport fishing pier which is a fun place to stroll through. Many beautiful, expensive sail boats. It is not fancy but clean and well kept. All the staff, including the owner are friendly and very helpful. Would definitely stay here again.

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Detroit, Michigan
Reviewed 20 January 2012

For 50 bucks a night, its completely worth it. Rooms are small, but good enough for 1 or 2 people. Has a nice warm cup of coffee waiting in the morning with breakfast snacks and fruits. Friendly service. Owner hangs out there and is very friendly.

2Thank ComebackShane
Monterey Park, California
Reviewed 19 January 2012

Read great reviews about this place, thought we would give it a try for New Years Eve. Checked in early, about 12:30 in the afternoon on a saturday. Asked where a good place to watch the Laker game was, and front desk gave us a free appetizer coupon for mexican spot down the block. Went into room to get ready,...

2Thank ziggz43
DolphinMotel, TOM - DESK CLERK at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Right you are! It means alot to us when you point out that we are not a fancy establishment. Time and time again our guests value the fact they are not here for the extra luxury theme, they are only here for the price and cleanliness. This is a basic necessity and what keeps us in business. Last but not...

Manhattan Beach,Ca
Reviewed 17 January 2012

I needed a place to stay for a few nights, before leaving on a long range fishing trip from Point Loma. My expectations were low because of the cheap price. However, the service was better then most 4-5 star hotels. One night when we had trouble getting a taxi, the front desk person went out to the sidewalk with a...

1Thank R.RoseManhattanBeach
DolphinMotel, TOM - DESK CLERK at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much! It means alot to us for you guys to write us a review That desk clerk is Jeb who has been with us for 3 years now. He is very hard working and takes nothing extra for his services All of us here want to take this opportunity to thank you guys and hope you come...

Yucaipa, California
Reviewed 15 January 2012

A quaint little motel in an excellent area. I was looking for a place where my little family could rest our heads after a day at Sea World. We have small children and we were only going for a couple hours a day, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I read some reviews of other similar...

3Thank Vecchio7
Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 8 January 2012

This hotel is a little gem of well-being. The atmosphere is family and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are charming and very clean. It smells of the ocean. It is very quiet and very safe. 4 Star tired? It is the right place and it's really inexpensive. Alain, Montréal

2Thank Alain B
DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much guys for taking the time to write us a review! We are best suited to travelors who want to save money So they can spend it on the fun things during the vacation! As stated earlier, we are not a fancy place nor do we advertise as such We do offer many free things that would...

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • 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 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: $130 - $243 (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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“You can ask the management to provide you harbour facing room while doing the booking”
, 10 May 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in room 29 in the corner and slightly away from the road.....it was very quiet.”
pauljC2226JM, 1 May 2017 | Read review
“Room #5 is near my parking”
johnnW9684TT, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a Harbor view room.”
joecQ6425RD, 27 Dec 2016 | Read review
“room with a view of the harbour”
tdtaan, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
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