Mission Valley - Old Town

Handlery Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • 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

Enjoyed This
(473 Member Ratings)
"Beds were very comfortable. Clean rooms and hotel. Relatively quiet hallways. Location was great for sightseeing. Breakfast was very tasty and nice selection of hot and cold food. Menu selection was good too."
15. Sep 2018
Arlington, TX, USA

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 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


  • 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 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 Self Parking for $14.00 (subject to tax) per day and $20.00 (subject to tax) per day for oversize vehicles applies. 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.

The Self-Parking Fee of $14 is waived when booking the Travelzoo Deal. 

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

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.

Enjoyed This
(473 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Handlery Hotel, San Diego (CA) over the past 15 months.
3.8 Ambiance
4.4 Location
3.7 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Beds were very comfortable. Clean rooms and hotel. Relatively quiet hallways. Location was great for sightseeing. Breakfast was very tasty and nice selection of hot and cold food. Menu selection was good too.
Linda 15. Sep 2018 Arlington, TX, USA
Enjoyed Most
Affordable accomodating
Kathy 15. Sep 2018 London, On, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Live music on Friday night in the restaurant/lounge. Good food in the restaurant- variety on menu, great service. Pleasant and helpful front desk. Clean pool and Jacuzzi. Great price for a convenient location.
Other Comments
Guest laundry was useful- bring quarters, no change machine. Travelzoo upgrades were terrific!
Linda 13. Sep 2018 Tucson, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Pool was nice Very clean and well kept
Other Comments
Didnt like the fact we could only get two full size beds instead of two queens
Marka 12. Sep 2018 Minden, NV, USA
Enjoyed Most
The price was good, but I do think the decor could have been more updated, the sliding window did not close all the way and I thought that was very strange especially since the hotel was just refurbished. The breakfast was good. I really like going thru Travel Zoo and have found other Hotels to be more updated with some of their options.
Other Comments
Shuttle that was offered in our package got back to the Hotel at 5:00 so still we had to drive to dinner, actually we never used the shuttle because of that issue. We wanted to have dinner later than the time the shuttle got us back. Also I was very surprised that at Happy Hour there was a company business actions going on I really do not feel that was fair to any of the other guest at the hotel, They should have been in a totally separate room. Did not want to hear all the noise from the business transactions that were going on. Also the Bartender was not very friendly.
12. Sep 2018 Rendondo Beach, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The pool area was very well kept & enjoyable. We spent time there every day.
Other Comments
We had a very nice room that was conveniently located. The staff & guests were both friendly & helpful. We enjoyed most everything about our stay.
Shelly 11. Sep 2018 Rohnert Park, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The pool area was very nice and the staff was very helpful and friendly.
Other Comments
Rooms and bathrooms could use some upgrading but are still satisfactory.
Kristi 10. Sep 2018 Riverside, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location and Restaurant
Russell 09. Sep 2018 Ceres, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The pool area was fantastic!
Tami 09. Sep 2018 Lincoln park, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location, great staff, convenience and complementary shuttle.
harriet 08. Sep 2018 fountain valley, CA, USA

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