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Manhattan Beach,Ca
Reviewed 18 January 2012

I needed a place to stay for a few nights, before leaving on a long range fishing trip from Point Loma. My expectations were low because of the cheap price. However, the service was better then most 4-5 star hotels. One night when we had trouble getting a taxi, the front desk person went out to the sidewalk with a...

1Thank R.RoseManhattanBeach
DolphinMotel, TOM - DESK CLERK at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much! It means alot to us for you guys to write us a review That desk clerk is Jeb who has been with us for 3 years now. He is very hard working and takes nothing extra for his services All of us here want to take this opportunity to thank you guys and hope you come...

Yucaipa, California
Reviewed 16 January 2012

A quaint little motel in an excellent area. I was looking for a place where my little family could rest our heads after a day at Sea World. We have small children and we were only going for a couple hours a day, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I read some reviews of other similar...

3Thank Vecchio7
Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 8 January 2012

This hotel is a little gem of well-being. The atmosphere is family and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are charming and very clean. It smells of the ocean. It is very quiet and very safe. 4 Star tired? It is the right place and it's really inexpensive. Alain, Montréal

2Thank Alain B
DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much guys for taking the time to write us a review! We are best suited to travelors who want to save money So they can spend it on the fun things during the vacation! As stated earlier, we are not a fancy place nor do we advertise as such We do offer many free things that would...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 4 January 2012

Found this little gem of accommodation through Trip Advisor, we were visiting San Diego for 2 days and was looking for something inexpensive with parking. The Dolphin Motel was a great option, while out of the CBD and on the other side of the airport, it's only a 10-15 minute drive to Gaslamp Quarter so that suited us fine. The...

2Thank Oztwinkletoes
DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

This little Gem thanks you very much for writing us a review! Dear valued guest, what you wrote is on the dot about us We always pride ourselves in the value and price we offer to our guest which is competitive We are very well suited for the budget-minded traveler What we offer is a clean place to rest your...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 30 December 2011

Small, clean rooms. Friendly staff. Exactly what they promise. It's inexpensive, comfortable, and friendly. Proprietor goes the distance to keep this older motel upgraded (flat screen TV, very comfortable beds, and immaculately clean) Property is monitored for security. (Bright lights outside were problematic inside: Maybe better curtains?) Continental breakfast in the morning was pleasant. Well located: Walking distance to great...

3Thank CallinItLikeItIs
DolphinMotel, TOm - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Good Afternoon wonderful guest You truly are a quality guest we value I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to write us a review Your evaluation is accurate about our property We do not off any luxuries that the higher brands offer What we are about is a budget motel that caters to travelers who want...

Paris, France
Reviewed 30 December 2011

Staff is super friendly. Rooms are pretty nice, super clean. LCD TV, large nice bed, good comfort for a super price! Why stay elsewhere when you re on a short stay in SD? Only inconvenient is that you hear the noise of the street sometimes. But really not a big deal to me.

1Thank Philippe D
DolphinMotel, TOm - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

All the way from France! You sure summed us up in a short good description! Yes, if I remember correctly you were upstairs and came during the early afternoons Very nice couple who stayed with us 2-3 nights. Teaching Spanish or French for awhile Hope you come back and see us again!

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 29 December 2011

Small, clean rooms. Friendly staff. Cheap rates. Exactly what they promise. Yes, you can hear some traffic noise. Yes, you can hear tv from the next room. But it's cheap, comfortable, and friendly. Good shower. Decent coffee and muffins in the morning. Well located. Nice walk-in closets.

1Thank GEF05
Reviewed 28 December 2011

Its hard to find somewhere nice when you're on a budget and have standards. That would be me. I've stayed in lots of upscale hotels, but with the economy, my budget has decreased. My #1 requirement is cleanliness and im not exagerating when i say this place is "Bright White Clean" . I was very impressed and very satisfied! Also...

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Soldonta, Alaska
Reviewed 28 December 2011

We stayed here for four nights in the beginning of December. We had three rooms total, with extended family that met up with us for a visit. The proprietor and staff are just amazing, I haven't experienced customer service like this ever. From the front desk to the housekeeping staff everyone was friendly and helpful - went out of their...

1Thank ReluctantTraveler00
DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Yes, I recall these good folks staying near the office and talking to the owner every morning and very cheerful All of us here at the motel are talking about a most pleasant review you wrote about us! It is wonderful and generous folks like yourselves that make our day bright! As the owners always said, we are a budget...

San Francisco
Reviewed 23 December 2011

I'm all for quirky budget hotels, and like to support standalone businesses. I stayed at the Dolphin on an unseasonably rainy Sunday a few weeks ago, and it was clean, the proprietor was pleasant, and the price was low. But there are a few things potential customers should know. The property consists of two buildings, a main building containing the...

4Thank SFGuy35
DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Well I guess the old saying is true “you can’t hit a home run all the time”. And I regret and apologize to you that your stay was an unpleasant one. Sir, I would suggest in the future that you come forward and tell the establishment of your displeasure with the accommodations so the hotel can at least have the...

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  • Breakfast included
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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: $73 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 31
Also Known As:
Dolphin Motel San Diego
Dolphin Hotel San Diego
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#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
#45 Business Hotel in San Diego
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