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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...

3Thank MWalsh82
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.

1Thank Mikeandkaren1
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 29 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...

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...

Thank spectre521
Management response:

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

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 October 2011

Stayed at the Dolphin Motel for a couple of nights as part of a roadtrip through California, which it's perfect for. Luxurious it is not, but for this price and purpose you're primarily looking for security and cleanliness and the Dolphin delivers on both of these 100%. What sets it apart, though, are the people who run it. Incredibly friendly,...

Thank RossFarquhar
DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Its good to hear from you Ross! I remember the owner speaking with you because you had a room upstairs You were staying with us a couple nights and I was going to give you some of my recommendations But you already knew the area and did some research beforehand That is a great idea! Again, thank you for taking...

Asheville, North Carolina
Reviewed 24 October 2011

One block off Harbor Drive across from the waterfront on Shelter Island. A couple of miles from the airport with easy access to the downtown. Delightful setting with many good restaurants from one to four blocks away. The motel is basic, but if you don't demand luxury, is extremely nice. Clean white bedspreads, new carpet, plenty of fluffy new towels,...

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

That put a smile to my day when I read that YES! we are the epitome of the roadside motel I actually read about that in a travel guide book They described us as a "roadside motel" Of course who can forget that movie "Psycho" with the motel. haha And yet, we are not on the highway road at all!...

Aboyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 October 2011

We stayed here on our tour of Arizona, California & Nevada - 29th September 2011 - Right from checking In this had the feel of Friendliness..the receptionist could not have been more helpful or efficient - the recommendation to stroll across the road to have supper at the cafe overlooking the harbour was just "ace" - the freshly caught White...

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

Thank you so much Karen & Nigel All the way from Scotland, and a long way tis' Oh yes, right across the street on the harbor is Point Loma Seafoods, or Mitch's. The owner Alan has eaten his weight in Fish sandwiches Although for me (...yuck fish sandwiches!...) =) Also thank you for the photos you took Our future guests...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 19 October 2011

A small, old-fashioned, family run motel, but super clean, comfortable and affordable. What sets them apart is their outstanding service. The staff went out of their way to help me with other stuff: bike rental, suggested bike routes, restaurant suggestions, taxi reservations, boarding pass print-out, etc. It was like having a concierge in a fancy hotel. I have stayed there...

Thank Colin M
Management response:

Thank you so much Colin! You are far too generous The more money you save staying with us, the more you can free for other vacation needs Hope to see you next time

Ness Ziona, Israel
Reviewed 13 October 2011

A basic motel close to the airport & port, but has a very welcoming atmosphere and you get the feeling you ARE welcome. Small room, with a fridge and folding table, and a new LCD TV. There's really no need for anything else. Small free breakfast, good wifi service and a scale that can help before heading to the airport......

Thank yairm

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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
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • 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 Street, San Diego, CA 92106
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $72 - $98 (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
#44 Business Hotel in San Diego
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