Mission Valley - Old Town

Handlery Hotel, San Diego

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Rooms come with free Wi-Fi and were just renovated in 2018
  • Warm and friendly service is a staple at this fourth-generation family-owned boutique
  • The property boasts one of the biggest outdoor heated pools in the Mission Valley
  • Free courtesy shuttle to SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and other spots within 3 miles

"Location was perfect! Staff was very nice. The breakfast was excellent!"
Mar 16, 2019 - Prescott, AZ, USA
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With a family-owned history that spans four generations and over half a century, the Handlery Hotel specializes in friendly service. A moderate price tag and an easy-to-reach locale add to the appeal.

The boutique hotel is set in the north part of town in the Mission Valley neighborhood, so guests can hop on the highway and be at most of the city’s top attractions -- SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, the Fashion Valley Mall and the Gaslamp District -- in 15 minutes flat. Parking is safe and secure and half the price of downtown hotels, plus there’s a convenient complimentary shuttle that treks to Old Town and spots within 3 miles.

Guest rooms -- all renovated in 2018 -- are traditional with modern touches like free Wi-Fi and ergonomic work desks. Just beyond the sleeping quarters sits the centerpiece of the property -- a huge outdoor heated pool and hot tub with plenty of chaises for year-round lounging plus seasonal snacks and beverages from the poolside Reef Lounge. Upgraded Premier rooms offer the best views and quickest access to the pool. The pool area closes at 10 p.m. but can be noisy during the day.

After a dip, head to the 950 Lounge for happy hour cocktails on Mondays-Thursdays, and jazz nights every Friday where staff menu picks like panko-crusted portebello mushroom fries are served in causal SoCal style. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at Postcards, which specializes in American bistro cuisine.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Complimentary shuttle service
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Parking (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Extra bedding available upon request: $10 plus tax, per night.
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request: free of charge.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
$10 plus tax per night for older children and adults.

Cribs available for children under age 3.
Extra bed allowed in King Standard and King Superior rooms only.
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at $250 plus tax per pet per stay.
Maximum weight of 40 pounds.
A non-refundable cleaning fee of $25 plus tax, per night will be charged upon arrival.

One dog only.  The $250 deposit is refundable if no damage or soiling is found in room.
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The hotel offers Self Parking for $14.00 per day and $20.00 per day for oversize vehicles. Charges will be applied to your bill at the hotel. These rates are subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(590 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Handlery Hotel, San Diego (CA) over the past 15 months.
3.8 Ambiance
4.3 Location
3.7 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Location was perfect! Staff was very nice. The breakfast was excellent!
Diana Mar 16, 2019 Prescott, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Staff did a great job.
MARK Mar 16, 2019 Sandy, UT, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Shuttle was not very accomodating
Gayle Mar 16, 2019 Fargo, ND, USA
Enjoyed Most
Nice staff and location
Terry Mar 15, 2019 Garden Grove, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff is amazing!!!
Che' Mar 15, 2019 League City, TX, USA
Enjoyed Most
Free shuttle service to San Diego zoo and Old Town
Other Comments
Breakfast choices were good, friendly staff, comfortable beds
Rebecca Mar 15, 2019 Madison, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Service at the reception desk was friendly ( although not helpful due to management rules) and the maid who cleaned our room did a good job.
Other Comments
Everything was just average at best. Carpet and wall colors, while not worn or in bad shape were unattractive. Everything was dark grey or just drab. Breakfast, except for the fruit plate, was just o.k. Would not stay there again. Tried to check out the night before we left and was told that it couldn't be done until the next morning. Never had this happened at any other hotel. Could hear the occupants of the room next to us talking way into the night.
Terry Mar 15, 2019 Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Great, helpful, accommodating staff.
Jenni Mar 14, 2019 Elk river, MN, USA
Enjoyed Most
Great breakfast was included in offer
Wesley Mar 14, 2019 Tulsa, OK, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location is very good.
Other Comments
The toilet was way too short and the included breakfast wasn't worth the effort, plus we didn't know there was no elevator (minor inconvenience). We never saw the pool, but overall we were happy.
Tonya Mar 14, 2019 Stockton, CA, USA

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