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Dolphin Motel

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Westminster, Colorado
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

I enjoyed my birthday weekend getaway from Colorado. The Dolphin motel is very clean and comfortable. The location is perfect. I was able to go to St. Agnes Catholic church on Saturday night. Mitch's seafood restaurant is across the street from Dolphin motel. Thank you for printing my United Airlines boarding pass. The banana and pastry for breakfast was perfect....

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Santa Ana, California
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Same staff members and same old charm. Thanks Steve & Thomas & Arturo for making our stay pleasant. And for the free 5 days parking while I went fishing. This beats across the HM Landing deal across the street that charges $10-$12/day.

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

Thank you John for coming back to us year after year. Hope your fishing trip is going well. As part of your party we extend our accommodations to every member. Your friend's vehicle will be here in our property when you come back. Fishing still hasn't pick up until maybe June 2017, the parking lot across the street is still...

Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I spend 4 days in this FEB Great staff especially Thomas very friendly I really found the price very catchy for what they offer in San Diego area. Again ask for Thomas help he is valuable asset The breakfast is basic but enough for start kik The place is in middle of everything

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

Thank you Mr. Hossam for choosing our motel for your brief stay in San Diego. I am happy to have talked to you and to show all our tourist destinations. You must have visited most of them, and except for that first time the GPS gave you incorrect information to Fashion Valley, everything turned out well. I have never visited...

Reviewed 12 February 2017

My partner and I have made 5 stays (for ~6 days each) at Dolphin over the past 12-13 years and I last reviewed Dolphin in 2010. This year's stay in January was as nice as ever EXCEPT that the motel was sold by the long time owners/managers, the Murdock father-and-son team, the week before. Thomas and Steve still manned the...

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

Thank you Mr. & Mrs. hahnecho. We sincerely appreciate you guys for coming back to us time and time again! All of our regular guests & new guests have one thing in common in that they enjoy the small modest atmosphere of this motel. Everything is peaceful here at the Dolphin Motel as it always is, which brings our good...

Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I stay here often. Great prices, restful, clean, quiet rooms, great service. Talk to Thomas and experience caring, helpful and profesional innkeeping as it used to be. This is my best home away from home.

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

Thank you Mr. C. for sharing our motel on tripadvisor. Hope your boat gets fixed soon & you start to go out at sea!

Reviewed 6 February 2017

The Dolphin Hotel was recommended by good friends. Thomas, at the front desk was the perfect gentleman and greeted us so warml. He gave us a binder of pictures with ideas for things to see and do while we were here. We were welcome to use this book during our stay. He also looked up addresses for us of places...

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

It was a pleasure to have you guys stay with us Mr. & Mrs. R. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed all the sights & sounds of San Diego from the photo album I gave out at check-in time. If I remember correctly, you visited almost every one of those places because you had a vehicle. Coming from...

manchester uk
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via 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 2 January 2017

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.

2Thank Floyd H
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 30 December 2016 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...

Reviewed 29 December 2016 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...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Multilingual Staff
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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 St, San Diego, CA 92106-2770
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $77 - $105 (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
#6 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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