Handlery Hotel San Diego

San Diego, USA

The hotel

It's a friendly, family-run property in the Mission Valley area of San Diego, a short walk to the Fashion Valley Mall where there are lots of popular shops and restaurants. The pool area, in a central courtyard, is a very pleasant place to relax when you're not out exploring San Diego. When you are, you have the option of a complimentary shuttle to San Diego's main attractions. The hotel's restaurant, Postcards American Bistro, serves some great food and is good value. Its big breakfasts, with unlimited tea and coffee, will set you up for a day of full-on sightseeing.

Amenities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Families
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Close to City Centre
  • Golf

Where is it

San Diego. 2 miles from Old Town and an easy drive to the beach. A short walk to Fashion Valley Mall, the city's top shopping centre, with shops, restaurants and cinemas, together with Red Trolley and bus stops.

Hotel information

217 rooms. All with air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi, safe, cable TV, tea/coffee maker, mini-fridge, iron and board, and hairdryer. Standard Rooms, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Postcards American Bistro (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Reef Lounge Bar & Grill (open seasonally). Outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Fitness centre. 27-hole Riverwalk Championship golf course adjacent to the hotel*. Complimentary shuttle service to selected area attractions. Complimentary WiFi. Room service*. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Salon*. Self-parking $14 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A great staff makes all the difference.

Mar 27, 2020 Diver D Kona Hawaii

The hotel facility is fairly ordinary - about what you would expect at the price point. However the staff really makes it shine. As the city shut down due to the onset of the Covid pandemic and the hotel's business was evaporating, and even as we canceled the rest of our own stay, the employees were unfailingly gracious and kind and went out of… Read more
The hotel facility is fairly ordinary - about what you would expect at the price point. However the staff really makes it shine. As the city shut down due to the onset of the Covid pandemic and the hotel's business was evaporating, and even as we canceled the rest of our own stay, the employees were unfailingly gracious and kind and went out of their way to make us comfortable. I would like to single out Lucy at the front desk as being exceptionally warm and helpful. If I had to find a fault with the Handlery, the one thing I could mention is the lack of either a ramp or a lift to the second floor, which would have made it a bit awkward with heavy luggage had an accommodating employee not been right there to give us a hand. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Diamond in the rough, Handlery Hotel

Mar 16, 2020 seejengo

Please don't judge this hotel by it's outward appearance. My husband and I stayed at the Handlery Hotel during a family emergency. Also I had had major abdominal surgery and was a guest at the Hotel for the first night by myself. Excellent customer service from the start! I immediately entered into a diamond in the rough where the staff bent over… Read more
Please don't judge this hotel by it's outward appearance. My husband and I stayed at the Handlery Hotel during a family emergency. Also I had had major abdominal surgery and was a guest at the Hotel for the first night by myself. Excellent customer service from the start! I immediately entered into a diamond in the rough where the staff bent over backwards to create a peaceful and relaxing relationship with you. Staff members called me by name helped me while I couldn't help myself from my surgery and had a fantastic experience at this hotel. I called in the middle of the night in pain and needed help getting a bag of ice. The The security guard did not hesitate at all to not only hand me a couple bags of ice but to help me with my cooler and luggage since I could not pick up heavy objects. Here are a couple employee shout outs and praises: first the front desk clerk named Alana. She was fabulous!! She walked me through the check in process while my body shook and cried about my family emergency. Alana waved the entire day parking fee so that my friends teenagers could help unload my car into the room. Next next shout out is to Manny one of the restaurant servers who sat and listened to me, sort of cried with me as I talked about my Mexican mom who entered Hospice care for her long battle with Alzheimer's. Manny kept me entertained and distracted and encouraged me to look at the bright side of my relationship with Lucia. It is because of Manny I continued to visit the postcards restaurant and chose to give almost all of my business to this restaurant and hotel as opposed to ordering takeout, pizza or driving to other restaurants. It is because of Manny and Sondra that I decided to hold an impromptu 60th birthday party for my husband and family get together to celebrate Lucia's extraordinary life. My husband and I never once had a bad meal at this restaurant. The food was hot and fresh and had excellent flavor. Way to go chef's. I was thoroughly impressed.An an excellent meal and smiles from staff all along the way. Another server who stood out was one in the morning. He had the chef make a special breakfast for my husband even though they normally don't make their eggs that way. Might I suggest the fantastically tasting huevos rancheros! The restaurant was clean, inviting, and well ran. to the restaurant server named d lastly and most importantly to Sandra one of the managers who helped me organize a last-minute 60th birthday party for my husband as well as a family game night and wake celebration of life party for my adopted Mexican mom Lucia. From the staff's hospitality and excellent customer service to the excellent and tasty food the staff and the Handlery Hotel never seemed to disappoint me or my family. Overall the most friendliest staff I have met in a long time in San Diego. I am a local who doesn't visit hotels often but would come back to this hotel in s heart beat. Well done Sandra for managing your staff. When I talked about you to staff everyone sung your p praises. I seen your praises as well. I come from Coming 20 years in the restaurant business and when all your staff sings your praises as a manager you are doing something right!! Keep up the good work and my husband Brian and I will definitely be back. Read less
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Mar 10, 2020 344alison

Friendly reception staff made check in a breeze. We had 2 separate nights as we were topping and tailing a trip with Baja Ecotours to see the grey whales down in Mexico. The room was clean and spacious, very comfortable beds (with a view over the freeway). It was lovely to find soap tablets, shampoo, conditioner and even a toothbrush i the… Read more
Friendly reception staff made check in a breeze. We had 2 separate nights as we were topping and tailing a trip with Baja Ecotours to see the grey whales down in Mexico. The room was clean and spacious, very comfortable beds (with a view over the freeway). It was lovely to find soap tablets, shampoo, conditioner and even a toothbrush i the bathroom. Good water pressure in the shower. The hotel is clearly a conference and wedding venue. Large swimming pool (get your towels from the fitness centre). Shuttle bus service to local attractions - Old Town, San Diego Zoo (we did not use others, but believe that the airport is also covered) was reliable. Breakfast was expensive - and unreliable - we needed to get breakfast before 7am and were assured that this would be OK. There was nobody around even at 7.10 to get a cup of coffee or anything from. Room service breakfast is supposedly available from 7am, but fellow travellers also went hungry. Postcards (the hotel restaurant) has a small-ish menu. Read less
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Mar 9, 2020 pjm1229

Love this hotel. The staff is so helpful and courteous, the food is spectacular, the pool is gorgeous, the rooms are beautiful and the beds are so comfortable. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling for business or pleasure.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Many of the rooms are dated

Mar 5, 2020 Art H Weaverville, North Carolina

The quality of the rooms varies somewhat based on age. The setup of the hotel gives the impression that it expanded over time with the rooms closest to the lobby being the oldest and those further away being newer. The staff was helpful and friendly they have a nice bar and a so-so restaurant. The hotel is not convenient to many of the… Read more
The quality of the rooms varies somewhat based on age. The setup of the hotel gives the impression that it expanded over time with the rooms closest to the lobby being the oldest and those further away being newer. The staff was helpful and friendly they have a nice bar and a so-so restaurant. The hotel is not convenient to many of the attractions that San Diego has to offer Read less