Dolphin Motel

Address: 2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, California, 92106, United States | Hotel
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This hotel, located in the Point Loma/Shelter Island area of San Diego, is near Sail USA-11, Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel Jogging Course, Mission State Park, and Fisherman's Landing.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsDolphin Motel San Diego

    Reviewed by frostie77

    Very nice

    Reviewed Oct 4, 2013
    by (1 review) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    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.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Dolphin Motel San Diego

    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 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.

    Real People, Real Deal


    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'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.

    Great little motel


    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.

    I was able to read my email because they have free DSL service and wifi made it all that much easier to see about the local attractions and directions to them. Also, cable TV was available.

    Next moring, they had complimintary pastries and coffee. The owner, who greeted us personally, is a very nice man and gave us alot of tips about what was going on in the area.

    The room cost $55 a night during our stay. (wedsday and thursday) but understood the rates go up on the weekends. Try it, you'll like it.

    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

    Budget rooms


    Choices were limited when arriving late Friday (memorial weekend) and The Dolphin was offering rooms withen our budget.

    Located in the Point Loma area we found the location to be ideal for us.

    We had a rental car and found our way easilly to the zoo, seaworld and other attractions from here.

    The view of the marina was pleasant, road noise was acceptable.

    The room on the other hand was tiny.

    A bed (huge wall mirror...gulp)and bedside tables, TV and small table and chair were crammed into a tiny space.

    The bathroom was a bit rough around the edges.

    We stayed three nights, each nights rate was different with a high of $82 Sat, to a low $55 Sun.

    I suspect this motel rents rooms by the hour as well but we felt safe and secure during our stay.

    No breakfast or coffee but parking is free in the small lot at the back of the motel.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Dolphin Motel San Diego

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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