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"Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means 'a whale's vagina.’" — Ron Burgundy
We checked into the Dolphin Motel and its very basic but clean. Bags are thrown down and off we go to find some food. We walked down the road and found a nice place called Jimmy’s Famous …
Hello there family, friends and stalkers! We are now on our flight to San Francisco flying United Airways. We now know that domestic flights have a surcharge of $25/ bag.. Ouch. San Diego was amazing. The people, the food and the weather were awesome. They should call it Sun Diego.. It was sunsational. Hardy ha ha
This is such a beautiful and picturesque city, some people say it reminds them of Perth (Jodi, he he) so if you know what Perth looks like then you know how lovely this place would be. It's a military town, like Darwin, a lot of Navy though I think.
We only stayed here a few days but wish we had more time, there were so many things to see …
Chapter 4 - Scuba Up bright and early at 5am for our one tank dive at $150 ea. In Costa Rica $150 gave us 2 or 3 dives! Oh well, that's probably due to the cost of living. So we met up with our dive guides and began to get ready. There's really a beautiful view here (pics will come). The dive was pretty decent. The vis was bad, maybe 5 feet,murky …
Chapter 1 - Why San Diego? Why did we choose San Diego you may ask? Well, there was a conference there that my wife needed to attend for her Phd so she left on Sunday the 24th of September and I was to meet her there at the end of the week to see the sights of California. Chapter 2 - flights Other than our trip to Australia (that will be another …
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Good location and the owner is extremely helpful. He pointed us to a number of great places to go and eat. Motel was clean and quiet for a good nights sleep.
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The Dolphin is an excellent budget hotel
The Dolphin is family owned and operated with a friendly staff. It is clean, quiet, centrally located to downtown, to tourist attractions and restaurants. It is very low priced.
Best value west of the rockies!
best value for your money west of the rockies!! this father/son family operated motel is clean, convenient and the entire staff are accomodating and super pleasant...i am donutaholic so donuts, sweet rolls and coffee each a.m. are a plus..free we fi connection is so helpful..rooms may be small but you arent moving in forever..near airport and sportfising port..have stayed here for several weeks at a time and will return when in san diego point loma area!!
Wonderfull place to stay
If your taking a trip to San Diego and you dont want to waste your travel money on a place to stay, however dont want to compromise in service and comfort then i reconmmend the Dolphin Motel.
Just a short walk from the marina and the bus stop which will take you to old town - the cultural heart of San Diego's history and of which you can travel onto the Cabrillo National Monument. Dolphin motel is well situated where you can have peace and quiet and a short trip to downtown.
Staff are really friendly and cannot help you enough.
Clean, Affordable, Free DSL
I found this motel while driving around Ocean Beach area of San Diego looking for reasonable rate motel close to ocean. Very affordable, clean rooms with free DSL. Walk to waterside wharf (see some people fishing off the pier on weekends), restaurants, shopping. Nice place to stay long term without spending a fortune. Friendly small family operated business. They show you the room before you check in.
I felt at home at the DOLPHIN MOTEL
I stayed 5 nights in the Dolphin Motel in December of 2005. The rooms where CLEAN white bedding dirt can't hide, I liked that. Also the owner Holy and the staff is very kind and outgoing to help with information of the city the buss system etc. The gratis coffee and pastry in the morning was always appreciated and very tasty. I would highly recommend the Dolphin motel if you value your money. The room rate was 45$ per night included unlimited DSL, I consider this good value.
The Dolphin is clean, quaint, inexpensive and pleasant. Yes there are mirrors on the walls, but that really helps the somewhat small rooms feel larger. But the truly great thing about the Dolphin is the owner, Holly. He's been at the helm for nearly 30 years, as has his head housekeeper. He greeted us first-timers like we were family, and personally did everything he could to make our trip work, even having his staff keep an eye on our truck parked in the street during our 10-day fishing trip. And the free morning coffee and local doughnuts weren't bad either. Now, you could stay at one of the chain motels on either side of the Dolphin...you'd pay more, and you'd get a larger room with the all character of white bread, and both you and the motel's employees would be nameless, faceless folks just passing through. Or you could be a real person, staying in a real place, with a real owner shaking your hand when you walk in the door. I know what my choice will always be when I go to San Diego.
Huge Problem: They need your deposit, in person, when you make the reservations. Really, not very handy for vacation purposes.
This was a nice little suprise. The room was very clean with our room being non-smoking. This was nice as I am allergic to smoke. The bed was made out in beautiful white linen, including the bedspread. Other motels we stayed on our trip were had colored linen. This was a nice suprise as we could see just how clean the room really was.
Get your freak on
me and my husband like to visit this hotel when we want some "freaky time Alone" they offer in room jaccuzi's big enough for 2 adult cable and mirrors on the cieling it's not the ritz but the rooms are clean and it's safe area they are plenty of restaurants that are in walking range and a liqour store across the street it's a good time