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Handlery Hotel San Diego
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108 (Mission Valley / Hotel Circle)   |  
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Ranked #117 of 269 hotels in San Diego
Edmonton, Canada
1 review
“KT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The hotel was everything that we wanted it to be. Extremely friendly and helpful staff, absolutely beautiful pool and hot tub area for bathing in the sun or playing in the water, great shuttle service, 10 minute walk to the train and mall. Clean room with nice TV :) Overall it was great.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GenMgrSanDiego_CA, General Manager at Handlery Hotel San Diego, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Thank for the review. I'm glad you had a great stay and enjoyed the Big TV! Hope to see you back soon.
Pete Lassalette
General Manager
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The personnel make the difference at this hotel. A high level of courtesy and respect was demonstrated by all I encountered. Especially of note was the prompt response to my request for assistance by Luke in reservations, the kind check-in and property knowledge of Marty, and the friendly voices of Erica and Amanda. I highly recommend the the Handlery in San Diego, and would stay there again. The people employed there are excellent and will make a difference in your stay!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GenMgrSanDiego_CA, General Manager at Handlery Hotel San Diego, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Thank you for the review and I agree with you, we have a great group of people here that enjoy making the difference. Thank you for choosing us and we hope to see you again soon.
Pete Lassalette
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The hotel was a little dated but it more than made up for it with its friendly staff. The location in terms of Sea World and the Zoo was great. Shuttle service was excellent.

I would recomend using a local taxi driver to get you to the best places to eat and drink. We used a local guy called Ray who works the hotel. Brilliant guy, made getting around painless.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GenMgrSanDiego_CA, General Manager at Handlery Hotel San Diego, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Thank you for staying with us and We're glad you enjoyed your stay, The hotel was built in 1954 but we renovated back in 2009 and plan to do it again in 2016. we hope you come back and visit us before then!
All the best
Pete Lassalette
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

I spent 6 nights here in Oct 2012. It was a great hotel for my son and I. It had everything a travelling family would need.
Their shuttle bus service was fantastic and took us to all the great sight seeing places. The staff were always there if we needed help.

I have an unfortunate mishap while we were there, my wallet got stolen. The staff at this hotel could not have done enough for us. I was stranded with no drivers license, no credit cards, no way of accessing my money and no way of getting to our next destination. The staff at the hotel did everything in their power to help us including booking train tickets for myself and my son on their personal credit cards. They also put us up for an extra night free of change as we were stuck in San Diego until the next day. They phoned the next hotel to let them know we wouldnt be arriving on time and didnt charge us for breakfast the next day..... I can not thank them enough for what they did for me and my son at this very fightening time.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GenMgrSanDiego_CA, General Manager at Handlery Hotel San Diego, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
we are so glad you stayed with us and we were even happier to help you out during your stay. I'll be sure to pass on your review to everyone so they can see what great comments you had about them. we cant wait for you to return and look forward to seeing you all again.
Pete Lassalette
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FORT LAUDERDALE
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The hotel was newley remodeld and the rooms were great !! The staff was exceptional , they offered a free shuttle to the zoo and other area attractions. Just make sure to schedule it , they will try and accomodate you on the spot if they are able to but just good sense to schedule it !.I would absolutley stay here again and would recomend to my friends

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GenMgrSanDiego_CA, General Manager at Handlery Hotel San Diego, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice response, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you and your friends again soon. we wish you the best and thank you for staying with us.
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Ennis, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Well its almost 12 months to the week that I stayed here last. Got off the UK flight and bused to here for the night, 1 night. When we arrived there was a big spread of food laid on for us and even though we ate on the flight...it was good!
Almost had to request a bicycle to get to the room it was so far away. Although it was clean it smelled musty maybe not used for a while. Back to the bar....nice staff although not used to a few guys that wanted to drink alot. Bar ran out of bottled beer.
Went to bed.... need to change the matresses, old and worn although clean as were the sheets and towels. Ensuite looked its age as did a lot of the hotel.
Funny thing I'm stayin here again next week and lookin forward to seein any changes in the 12 months.....will report back.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GenMgrSanDiego_CA, General Manager at Handlery Hotel San Diego, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a nice review, we hope to see you back soon and hope that you enjoy the improvments we've made in the hotel. This time I promise we wont run out of beer! We wish you safe travels and hoe to see you soon.
Pete Lassalette
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We have just returned from a two week trip to the good ol' US of A, the second of which was spent at the Handlery in San Diego.

Although the room was a tad small, it was clean and all of the staff were excellent, Daniel & Suzy (bar), Jeff (transport) and Rachel (front desk), to name a few.

The transport offered by the hotel was fantastic. We didn't hire a car and we were able to get to all of the attractions and to anywhere else we chose.

The hotel is in a good location and it takes just over an hour to walk to/from Bilbao Park where The Prado Restaurant can be highly recommended, as can Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar on Fifth Avenue.

San Diego Zoo (being half the price) offers far better value for money than Sea World. Although both good, we easily managed to spend a whole day at the zoo, whereas we struggled at Sea World.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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GenMgrSanDiego_CA, General Manager at Handlery Hotel San Diego, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
What a great review, thank you! I'll be sure to pass on your comments to the staff and look forward to seeing you on your next vacation. We wish you the best and thank you for staying with us.
Pete Lassalette
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Additional Information about Handlery Hotel San Diego

Address: 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Handlery Hotel San Diego 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in San Diego's Mission Valley, the family-owned and managed Handlery Hotel is just minutes away from Sea World, the famous San Diego Zoo, Old Town, museums, shopping, and miles of breathtaking beaches. The hotel is known for its convenient location, comfortable accommodations and outstanding service. ... more   less 
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