I stayed there for a couple of nights in November last year and I absolutely loved it!
I was traveling by myself and it was my first time to stay in a motel in the US, so I was a little nervous about its security (watching too much American TV dramas lol), but quickly felt safe after talking to the staff and the owners. They told me that they had plenty of security cameras which made me feel safe enough, but what really made me feel safe was their hospitality.
They were very friendly, willing to help in any way they could, and pleasant. Holly, the father of the owner was especially kind - giving me hand-written maps, suggesting where to go to and making sure if everything was OK and I felt like I had a home to come back to. I was able to enjoy San Diego without worry largely thanks to them. For me, it was worth staying there just because of that.
Having said that though, hospitality wasn't the only good thing about there. The room was super clean (let me remind you, I'm from Japan where everyone is a clean freak), the bed was really comfy, sheets and towels very clean and super white. The wall was kind of thin and I could hear a guy blowing his nose in the next room, but people were all quiet after 9pm or so, so it didn't bother me much.
They reminded me that traveling is not only about seeing new places or doing new things but also - or more importantly, meeting and having communication with people and I feel so lucky to have found this motel.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Motel San Diego
- Dolphin Hotel San Diego