Mission Valley - Old Town

Handlery Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • 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
  • Guest rooms are kept up-to-date with free Wi-Fi and ergonomic work desks

91% (303 Member Ratings)

"Friendly service "
May 26, 2017
Fountain Valley, CA, United States


Map & Directions

The Handlery Hotel San Diego is  approximately a 15-minute drive from San Diego International Airport with an estimated taxi fare of $28.

Rooms & Rates

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With a family-owned history that spans across 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 are styled in traditional fashion and kept fresh 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, and 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.

Make the most of the city with this seven-day SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park pass.



  • 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


  • Bathrobes
  • 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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children under age 18 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cribs available on request, free of charge for children under age 3. Extra bed available on request and in King Standard and King Superior room only: $10 (subject to tax) per night.
Extra person charge is $10 (subject to tax), per person, per night.
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: One dog (maximum weight: 40 pounds) is allowed on request, and will be charged a nonrefundable $25 per night (subject to tax) and one-time $250 deposit (subject to tax) at check-in, 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 Parking for $14.00 (subject to tax), per day. 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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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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91% Positive
(303 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Handlery Hotel, San Diego (CA) over the past 15 months.
3.7 Ambiance
4.3 Location
3.5 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Friendly service
Other Comments
Free parking and breakfast
Nancy May 26, 2017 Fountain Valley, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Close by all the attractions we wanted to go (Seaworld, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park)
Other Comments
There are no elevators. So if you have a baby and a stroller, might want to request a room on the ground level.
Michael May 25, 2017 anaheim, CA, United States
Other Comments
The hotel in general! We did not stay. Hotel was old. Rooms were not very nice. No elevator to 2nd floor. Had to carry heavy suitcases.
Lawrence May 25, 2017 Tinley Park, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
Besides the TravelZoo deal; the location worked well for us, and the hotel was clean.
Other Comments
Our room was very basic but still nice with a private balcony. Recommend making a reservation for the shuttle.
Lee May 23, 2017 Huntington Beach, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
I thought the pool was very nice. Also the rooms were in good shape despite being a bit dated.
Other Comments
Overall it was a positive experience. There are a couple of things that potential travelers should be aware of when deciding whether or not to stay here or somewhere else. First, there is no elevator, at least in the 2 story building I was in (Del Ray I believe the building was called). Second, the buildings are a bit dated, having an 80s feel. However, they have clearly done a good job maintaining the place and have upgraded key items such as the televisions in the rooms and the major common areas such as the pool and lobby. My only other critique is that the shuttle service is a little haphazard. If you stay, in say, a hilton the shuttles are very available to the guests. At the Handlery, however you need to make sure well ahead of time that you schedule your shuttle for your destination. Generally though, nice place with nice people for a decent price. Also, it's near some great major attractions (Balboa park, zoo, Sea World).
Michael May 22, 2017 Tacoma, WA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Absolutely everything was perfect from check in to check out. Spotless facilities, rooms and pool. People were so helpful and nice. Would return anytime.
Other Comments
Special thanks to desk crew, Manny and Juan in restaurant. Travel Zoo too was wonderful to work with.
Frank May 20, 2017 Pismo Beach, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Clean, comfortable, well maintained property.
Other Comments
The deal included free breakfast and parking. The breakfast was delicious. Since the hotel is a bit away from everything, having the free parking was a big plus. Everyone was friendly, pool and hot tub were very clean, loved it!
Bryan May 18, 2017 Mountain View, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The staff was always accommodating to our requests
Other Comments
We came with a larger group staying in three separate rooms with young kids. When we arrived, the front staff made sure that we had the rooms right next door to each other and even thought to put us on the first floor where the rooms had a shared patio space so the kids could run around outside safely.
Christy May 18, 2017 Harbor City, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
They have a fabulous pool
Other Comments
I was given an upgrade to a room with a balcony but couldn't open the doors bc there were so many mosquitos. The refrigerator leaked, the toilet ran, the walls were thin so I could hear everything from the noisy family next door. This property is nothing like the lovely hotel in Union Square San Francisco I stay at often.
Rayna K May 16, 2017 Honolulu, AL, United States
Enjoyed Most
The property was clean and nice though not new. The deal I received from Travelzoo was really worth it!!!
Jared May 13, 2017 Pomona, CA, United States

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