We stayed at the Handlery Mar 14-20, 2013. I can echo some of the comments below; the pool area is very nice and good for both families and adults. After walking around the zoo for the day I was grateful for the wonderful hot tub . We used the pool everyday because it was so clean, the water was warm, and the space was so nice. They have nice deck chairs not those cheap white plastic ones. The front desk staff were very helpful and polite. Everything we asked about we were given a marked map and good instructions. The driver Jeff who took us to and from in the shuttle to San Diego attractions was excellent, friendly and very accommodating. The hotel has car seats if you require (we didn't but we saw others that did). We ate in the restaurant a few times, both the food and the service was good. We had different waiters and they were all good. We didn't have breakfast there but heard from other guests it was good and the portions were huge. On Monday there was $5 burger and $3 beer night which we went to and it was great. The hotel is walking distance (12 min) to Fashion Mall and to the trolley system that can take you to Little Italy, other malls, etc for $2.50.
Our room looked just like the pictures on their website, there was a laundry room (which I needed!), ice machine, and in our room a bar fridge, coffee machine, a 36" flat screen TV. We really didn't need anything else. Our room was clean, quiet, and had private outdoor seating area. We didn't hear anything from outside our room at all and I am a very light sleeper. Only in the hallway could I hear kids in other rooms.
We had 3 computers in our room and had no issues with the wireless at all. Our fridge worked fine. We left everything unlocked in our room, iphones, ipads, laptops, alcohol, merchandise we bought, cash and NOTHING was stolen. I wasn't even concerned about anything going missing. My only complaint was that our room was a tad small but that is what we booked so our fault not the hotels. Also, we had a room with 2 double beds and the beds were not very big, it was hard to sleep 2 adults to one double bed and we are not tall or big.
I really don't understand any of the negative complaints on this website about this hotel, I'd recommend staying here. Every other hotel guest we encountered was as happy as we were will the hotel and the hotel staff and service. It's not a 5 star but it's very clean, comfortable, and good value.
- 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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