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Reviewed 23 November 2011

I stayed for two nights an was very pleased. The room was a little small and a bit spartan but the location is wonderful. It is a short walk from many restaurants and the marina.And for $55 it can't be beat.

Thank Peteg1013
Como, Italy
Reviewed 22 November 2011

The ad outside the motel says: why pay more? Indeed, there is little reason if all you are looking for is a well-run, clean, friendly and well-located accommodation at a very affordable price where to spend your nights rather than days. The rooms are on the smaller side, but not cramped - we had all the space we needed. The...

2Thank Meerkatis
Management response:

HELLO and thank you Meerkatis All the way from Italy! We have such nice guests from Europe who stay for long periods of time I am under the impression Europeans take longer vacations than people in the US Our logo in the front says "Ask to see a room, why pay more, free breakfast" It seems to catch good people...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 19 November 2011

Clean, clean, clean! Everything is white - the bed linens, the towels, the walls, as well as the outside stairs and railings, which the spunky 80-year-old owner touches up regularly with a can of white paint. And if you want to know anything about Point Loma, he was formerly the number one real estate agent in the area and knows...

Thank MMann22
DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

HELLO MMPera, its so nice of you to take the time to write us a review, You must have talked to Mr Murdock during breakfast This is an old fashion "mom & pops" The owners are very hard working, coming to work everyday In fact they haven't taken a vacation in 15 years! We all share their work ethics, why...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 16 November 2011

We stayed at the Dolphin for a total of 3 nights over our 6 night trip to Southern CA. The rooms are immaculately clean and the staff is wonderful. Breakfast in the mornings got our day off to a great start (muffins, coffee, OJ, yogurt, bananas) and the location is fantastic. Not far from the airport and close to the...

2Thank Harmofwill76
DolphinMotel, TOM - Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Good Morning Harmofwill76 We are so happy you wrote a review about our motels Our dedicated housekeeper Lynn has been with us for 35 years. That's dedication! Our modest breakfast is not comparable to any fancy higher chains And we cannot be compared to them either Please be advise to all our guests that what we offer is a budget...

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reviewed 16 November 2011

If you are thinking in a short stay in San Diego, Dolphin Motel is your place. Very clean room, relaxing enviroment, well located and most important, the owners and staff were extremely kind, always with a smile on their faces. I really recommend this place...

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

Thank you so much Hernan for a generous review on our motel We are all down to earth people here, and all of us have at one time worked at a higher chain hotel. Of course, that means paying more for a room and reading all the fine prints of possible hidden charges along the stay! We have all heard...

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 16 November 2011

The location, staff and room were all great. The staff suggested several local restaurants (most within walking distance) and we were glad for their recommendations. They also suggested places to go sight seeing, and since this was our first time to San Diego we appreciated their input. They also gave us maps and directions, and an umbrella on the one...

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

And you are so right B.Lanc If all you need are the basics (without the fancy): clean rooms, clean bed, WiFi, what we offer best is to business travelers and people looking to save money compared to the ones around us. Also families we could try to work our way around, as long as guests do mention children in the...

Reviewed 11 November 2011

I visit San Diego every year, at least once, and the Dolphin Motel has been my address in S.D. for years. I discovered it, back whenever, because I was staying at a chain motel next door. In walking around Point Loma, I noticed the Dolphin's marquee with its beckoning to "see a room" and "why pay more". So, I did....

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

Oh Thank you soooo much Castleblanca! For this very generous and kind hearted review! From the looks of it you are also very generous with all the other places you have been You are just the kind of guest we would have any day of the year! As long as there are no problems, you are willing to give those...

Peoria, Arizona
Reviewed 8 November 2011

I couldn't find where to write the new review so I ended up reading all the previous ones to get here! Once again, everyone said what I'd like to say, but better! My daughter and I also were there the nite of the power outage - the owners and staff took care of absolutely everything possible that couldbe done for...

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

Welcome welcome Audrey! Welcome back to this home away-from-home Where the budget-minded travelers roam Where we steam clean our carpets with soap & foam As well as being family-owned ( I ran out of rhyming words) ... . You are far too kind in your words of praise to our small motel It's wonderful guests like yourself that keep us...

Milborne Port, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 November 2011

Staff went above and beyond normal customer care. Helping with advice on where to eat and places to visit. We forgot suntan lotion and they gave us some to save us going to a shop. The location of the motel is excellent, being 15mins from airport. 20 mins from Seaworld and 25mins to Balboa Park. It is central to all...

3Thank Emma Y
Management response:

Hello Emma Thank you for your generosity in writing this review You gave us an opportunity to make our motel a part of your vacation All the way from Arizona, we love all our guests from Arizona! We really really must insist that you be treated like family when you stay here with us What makes us unique is we...

Pine, Arizona
Reviewed 4 November 2011

I was doubious about staying at the Dolphin. The main thing that changed my mind was not just that it is one of the most affordable motels in San Diego, but that it's proprietor takes the time to read all these reviews and actually responds to many of them. That is the mark of someone who truely cares about his...

3Thank MWalsh82
DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Mr & Mrs Walsh for your praise and recommendation. It is wonderful guests like yourselves that keep us going My dedicated desk clerk JEB informed me that all went well during the blackout that happened during your stay. Although, it did worry me a bit All our staff here at the Dolphin are just down to earth people...

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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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  • Multilingual Staff
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: $72 - $98 (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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