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Dolphin Motel
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

I am so glad I stayed here and not the giant corporate place where my conference was being held. I like family-owned businesses. I have no complaints about this place, I would go back in a heartbeat. Check out The Pearl, around the corner, for a drink, very cool.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2012

Thank you for your support Maria.
We are best suited for business travelers as well as couples on vacation
Yes, you are correct the Pearl has movie night's on Wednesdays and they are a "club/bar" scene

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

I was looking for a clean, safe and affordable motel. The rooms were small but very clean, there was free wifi, a nice contnental type breakfast, super friendly and helpful staff, it is in a good location and they offer free parking. This hotel is a gem.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Thank sfgtd
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DolphinMotel, TOM, Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2012

Thank you very much guys for giving us a chance!\
Its wonderful guests like you guys that make it worthwhile
Every place has it good and bad, so a balance between budget, cleanliness, accommodations is why tripadvisor.com is highly used by millions of people worldwide.
Hope to see you again in the future!

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Reviewed April 1, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights while in San Diego. It is near the marina, so a bit cheaper than the Gaslamp District. There are plenty of other chain motels in the same area, but we were keen to support a place that was not run by a chain.

The amenities are basic, but clean. Staff are always friendly, and go out of their way to help. Breakfast is fruit, muffins, yoghurt and juice/coffee, held outside in the small courtyard. There are a choice of restaurants all within walking distance in a few different directions.

If you are on a budget this is perfect. It has everything you need, and it was nice to have a break from the usual motel chains. There aren't a lot of extra trimmings but it is definitely great value for money

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

The rooms were clean, free wifi, decent breakfast, CCTVs overlooking the cars to ensure security. The folks manning the front desk were very friendly and helpful. Owner was also very helpful in recommending places to visit. Could not ask for more with the price we paid for. Will definitely stay over again!!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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DolphinMotel, TOM, Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2012

Dear valued guest,
We appreciate you taking the time to write a review about us.
As the owner states, we are by no means a luxury place.
What we do offer is a balance of cleanliness, price, and comfort.
We hope future guests will evaluate our motel for what it is, although they are not wrong to expect more from all hotel/motels in this competitive market.
And it is true that most travelers will try to save money in these trying times, by putting in the extra effort in looking up a good location.

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Reviewed March 29, 2012

TA reviews can nv be wrong! Booked a 2 nights stay at the Dolphin Motel and my stay throughout was pleasant! Felt safe sleeping at night knowing there will someone at the desk 24hrs with security cameras all around! The rooms are small but very clean! There're also free Wifi and the speed was fast! Wasnt expecting that since it was free! Do not hestitant to stay here when u are in San Diego!

  • Stayed: March 2012
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DolphinMotel, TOM, Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2012

Thank you dear guests for writing a review about us.
Tripadvisor is a tool the powerful traveler can use to evaluate travel locations & lodging places.
All places of course do get their share of good and bad, so what matters in the end is what a place can accommodate & of course the price. Once again like always, hope you come back to us in San Diego!

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