Mission Valley - Old Town

Handlery Hotel, San Diego

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Warm and friendly service is a staple at this fourth-generation family-owned boutique
  • Centrally located, just a short drive from San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Fashion Valley Mall
  • The property boasts one of the biggest outdoor heated pools in the Mission Valley
  • Two on-site restaurants, Postcards American Bistro and Reef Lounge Bar & Grill, serving classic American fare

"Again, a very pleasant stay."
17 Mar, 2020 - Las Cruces, NM, 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.

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, live pianist on Fridays and jazz nights every Sunday. 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
  • 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


  • 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.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 or under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Cot available upon request: free of charge.
Extra bed available upon request: US$10 plus tax, per night.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
US$10 plus tax per night for older children and adults.

Extra bed allowed in Traditional King and Premier King rooms only.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at US$250 plus tax per pet per stay.
A Non-refundable cleaning fee of US$25 plus tax, per night will be charged upon arrival.
Maximum weight: 20 kg.

The Handlery Hotel requires prior notice of pet-friendly room.
Maximum of 1 dog allowed per room.
The $250.00 USD deposit is refundable if there is no damage.

Fees: Car park fee: US$15 plus tax per day.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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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(318 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
Again, a very pleasant stay.
Stephen 17 Mar, 2020 Las Cruces, NM, USA
Enjoyed Most
It was clean and good location with very friendly staff.
Other Comments
The hotel rooms are tired and the bathroom was very very small.
Gordon 16 Mar, 2020 Parksville, BC, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff. Meal was excellent breakfast. Happy hour was okay
Richard 05 Mar, 2020 Redlands, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Worked well for us and was a clean room but not above expectations
Gerry 10 Feb, 2020 San Fernando, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
We were able to get a complimentary upgrade to a room on the 2nd floor with a balcony. We really enjoyed our stay.
Other Comments
We appreciated being able to use the hotel shuttle to get around during the day rather than driving ourselves. Having breakfasts included with our booking was nice; they were delicious.
Karen 04 Feb, 2020 Airdrie, AB, Canada
Other Comments
Excellent staff.
Richard 04 Feb, 2020 Red Wing, MN, USA
Enjoyed Most
We had a couple hiccups in our stay. First they put us in a room that someone had smoked in recently (moved us no problem), then after returning from a long day our key cards weren’t working and finally after returning from golf the next day our parking pass wasn’t working. Having so many things go wrong was frustrating. We are a family that rarely visits the front desk so this was a bit much for us. HOWEVER the staff was so kind and friendly it saved our experience. It seemed like they enjoyed their work which to me is a sign they are treated well by their employer. This hotel has some kinks to be worked out that you wouldn’t expect in a hotel that’s been around so long but the staff is great and the only reason we may be back.
Other Comments
Clean hotel, clean restaurant, nice people.
Christine 26 Jan, 2020 Whittier, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
We have stayed many times. It's such easy access for us to so many places.
Connie 25 Jan, 2020 Banning, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Staff were all exceptional!
Other Comments
This is an older hotel that has been well updated. Comfy beds, great breakfast.
Carol 24 Jan, 2020 Harvey, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
the pool
Other Comments
dated, dark hotel Breakfast included meant you could choose from 3 options: eggs, pancakes, yogurt and fruit: no ordering from menu. Staff was not focused on customer; more on their tasks; one person at front desk; long waits for service no concierge for local suggestions I dont trust travelzoo "deals" any longert
Elizabeth 22 Jan, 2020 Orleans, MA, USA

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