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Reviewed 1 week ago

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...

Thank hahnecho
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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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...

Reviewed 28 December 2016

The Dolphin Motel was clean, safe, and a great value. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Although the room was small, I only needed it to sleep and refresh each morning. Pros: price, free wi-fi, flat screen hdtv w/ cable, great water pressure in shower (plenty of hot water), mini fridge, comfortable bed, balcony to enjoy a cold beverage and...

Thank Joe C
DolphinMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

We thank you Joe for taking the time to write about your recent stay here at the Dolphin Motel. I was reading your other reviews about the San Diego Zoo and the Midway Museum. You definitely hit 2 of the most popular attractions in San Diego! Your honest review about our property will give future readers a good idea of...

Reviewed 24 November 2016

I was in San Diego recently for the annual Neuroscience conference. Hotel prices at other hotels near the downtown area were insane so after some research I ended up at the Dolphin Motel. The rooms are small but functional, personally all I need is a decent bed, a TV, and a functional bathroom and I'm happy so that was fine....

Thank rlse9
DolphinMotel, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello rlse9, We are grateful that you chose the Dolphin Motel during your stay here in San Diego. Yes, I recall the Neuroscience convention few weeks ago. There were doctors & business people here. We hope that in the future everyone reads & call us regarding information. We have basic accommodations which may fit their needs. All of our staff...

Bribie Island
Reviewed 21 November 2016

After 4 years we returned and it was so good to see Thomas and the smiling Steven. The owners are very fortunate to have all these young men great ambassadors. Didn't get to speak with Allan but chatted with Holly. Spotless property and wonderful value it will be a sad day for all of us when the property is sold.Thank...

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

It was a pleasure to have you guys stay here again Amanda! We had a pleasant conversation with you guys before you returned home to Australia. Not much has changed here in San Diego. I was glad to hear you revisited the popular places in the city such as : La Jolla, the downtown area, Cabrillo, (and Balboa Park?) It...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Microwave
  • 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 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: $78 - $106 (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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