Dolphin Motel

2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, California, 92106, United States
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Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 2 reviews
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The Best Deal in All of San Diego

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 12, 2008

I went for a semi-romantic weekend with the gf in January to San Diego for a couple of nights and stayed at the Dolphin on Point Loma (http://www.dolphin-motel.com/bry/dolphin/ the site looks ghetto, I know). Of course, staying on Point Loma suited our needs and, although it's a decent neighborhood, there's not a whole lot to walk to, but they have built a couple of places more recently, right by the water and within a couple of blocks of the Dolphin. The Dolphin was great though: very clean, quiet, excessively cheap ($60/night on weekdays), had a pretty good breakfast, had good management, free parking and a coffee maker and fridge in the room. The only downside was the small shower.
But I've just about committed my life to finding a cheap San Diego hotel and that's the best I've found. The other places were dumps, in bad neighborhoods, or are no longer cheap. Bidding on a hotel or using Hotwire is good idea, but it's a crapshoot and you'd do much better off-peak and on a weekday with that.

Unique Quality: Close to the water (chairs on the porch to view the marina), two blocks from restaurants and bars, free parking, pool, excellent free breakfast.

Directions: Garrison 1/2 block east of Rosecrans

Super Clean and Spartan

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 31, 2005

My wife and I first stayed at the Dolphin in 1991 or so when we were visiting a relative who lived nearby. It was a little wierd, with small rooms, no phone in the room, and mirrored ceilings. But we fell in love with it.

Now I go to a week-long meeting every other year in San Diego, and, if I'm not forced to stay in a fancy hotel downtown with my co-workers, I always book a room at the Dolphin for the week.

Unique Quality: The managers are very nice and will let you use the office phone. I love the casual atmosphere of the neighborhood and eating breakfast at the Hudson Bay restaurant across the street while sitting on the pier and watching the pelicans, sea lions, and fishermen.

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Address: 2912 Garrison Street, San Diego, California, 92106, United States

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Amenities at Dolphin Motel

  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet

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