We stayed at Dolphin's from April 2 to April 5. At first, my husband, of course, had had some doubts about how a motel could be good with this kind of price in an expensive city. In the end of the trip, he said we should come back here again. And the experience also motivates me to search for similar motels in cities we would like to visit in the future.
Yes, the room is very small, but we visit SD not to stay in a room nor to watch TV. We went out to have fun and came back to the place to shower, to prepare for the next day and to sleep. The breakfast was good. My son (and my husband) loved the chocolate muffins. The microwave was kinda slow, but it probably only bothered those, i.e., me, who wanted a 'quick' cup of 'really hot' tea. Then another tea drinker showed me the trick to use it, so the microwave did not bother me again. The outdoor atmosphere really brings travelers together. We saw many foreign travelers there and learned about their experiences in the fresh air of a sea port. For us, that's what a nice travel is all about.
The motel provides everything one could possibly need in a trip, and more. You just need to ask. If you are used to everything ready in the room for you and cannot change, then this is not for you. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The owners were on site every morning, including the senior owner. Our room in the back building was very quiet. We did not have any troubles on anything in the room.
The location is super. 4 years ago when we visited SD the first time, we stayed in a boutique hotel downtown. Most of our activities were centered in downtown, old town, little Italy and Balboa where could be reached via buses and trolleys. We loved it. This time, we visited places both outside and inside of the beltway so we rent a car the whole time. We noticed that a fellow resident couple actually biked. (borrowed from the motel?) So we might want to try that next time.
Dolphin really provides everything we ask for. And in the near future, we would like to go back soon to see more SD.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Motel San Diego
- Dolphin Hotel San Diego