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Dolphin Motel, San Diego

2-star2 stars
2912 Garrison StSan DiegoCA92106United States of America, 800-491-6126

Bayfront motel within easy reach of Shelter Island
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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Very Good8.0
  • Sad to see the dolphin is sold.Nov 10, 2018
  • This hotel is being torn down and replaced with a new 3 story Hilton. Originally a 50's…Nov 5, 2018
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Dolphin Motel, San Diego

More Info: 866-539-8117

  • Basic Room, 1 Bedroom
  • Family Twin Room, 2 Double Beds
  • Economy Double Room, 2 Twin Beds

What’s around Dolphin Motel, San Diego


  • In Point Loma
  • Shelter Island - 17 min walk
  • NTC Promenade - 28 min walk
  • Old Town San Diego State Park - 2.9 mi / 4.7 km
  • Ocean Beach Park - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Sunset Cliffs Natural Park - 2.2 mi / 3.5 km
  • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority - 2.3 mi / 3.7 km
  • Ocean Beach Pier - 2.4 mi / 3.8 km

Getting around

  • San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) - 7 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) - 19 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field) - 29 min drive
  • Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) - 40 min drive
  • Tijuana, Baja California Norte (TIJ-General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl.) - 42 min drive
  • San Diego-Old Town Transit Center - 11 min drive
  • San Diego Santa Fe Depot - 12 min drive
  • San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station - 21 min drive
  • Free self parking

At a glance

Key facts


  • 35 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Up to 4 children (18 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the motel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Microwave in a common area
Things to do
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Marina on site
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers -
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
Languages Spoken
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Be entertained
  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping

Dolphin Motel, San Diego’s small print

Also known as

  • Dolphin Motel San Diego


Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • A 1.95 percent city/local tax will be charged

Optional extras

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 283 reviews

Dolphin Motel, San Diego
Leland, us3 night trip
Dolphin Motel, San Diego
Location was great, close to restaurants and bars t night and the airport. The rooms were noisy, with ‘paper thin’ walls. I could hear people in rooms both sides and above us. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Ann, us1 night trip
Dolphin Motel, San Diego
Very Good8.0
Good Stay
Basic overnight accommodations, but kept very clean. Owner/employees are great and so helpful!
A Traveler, us3 night trip
Dolphin Motel, San Diego
Very Good8.0
It was good while it lasted...
Stayed overnight on a day trip in San Diego. The condition of the hotel, the room, the bed, and the bathroom are pretty dated. The hotel staff does a good job making sure everything is clean and spot free. The front desk staff was very pleasant to talk with. The hotel itself is located in a very good location with many restaurants and the boat pier within walking distance. Breakfast is basically milk, juice, cereal, and muffins all from Costco. In comparison to many other motels of it's type, this is probably in the higher tiers. Will return except.... As we were checking in, we over heard the front staff person telling another guest that the hotel will be closed down by Nov 1st, 2018 and that he was getting fired. The hotel, as well as the whole block, got bought by .. i think Hilton.. and they are supposedly building over the lot. It's a shame to lose them but with time comes new innovation. I do not believe in things being stuck in the past just for sentimental reasons.. well historical monuments and national parks aside that is. All in all, it was nice staying there and enjoying that older side of town before it gets torn down.
A Traveler, us1 night trip
Dolphin Motel, San Diego
Not a bad place to stay.
I stayed in room 33 upstairs. The tv was tackily put on the wall. The room needs a solid paint job. You can see all the patchwork and half assed painting was done. The night stands were cubbies from a kindergarten class that were painted using the same paint on the walls. Just by giving the room a solid paint job would improve the perception of the room dramatically. The floors were uneven. Overall a fairly decent place to stay. I didn’t like that they allowed a homeless person sleep in his car in the parking lot. That didn’t make me feel safe. The manager that checked me in a walked me to my room was very nice and helpful. As a single guy I would stay there again. May not recommend for couples as I think females would question their safety and would be put off by the doors and paint.
David, us2 night trip

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Dolphin Motel, San Diego

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