Handlery Hotel San Diego

3.0 star rating

Standard accommodation with basic facilities and limited services.

    What to expect (based on 1417 reviews):

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-4

    Location

    Location-4

    Rooms

    Rooms-3.5

    Service

    Service-4

    Value

    Value-4

    5 most recent TripAdvisor reviews:

    Hit and miss

    Reviewed by simiseeu(Las Vegas, Nevada) on Aug 15, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			3
			 out of 5

    We stayed here at the Handlery on Hotel Circle North for our three day visit to San Diego thru a Travelzoo package deal. For $99 a night (plus tax and fees of course), we had a room, reduced parking charge ($5 instead of the usual $15) and daily breakfast. There were plusses and minuses with our stay there, and overall I'd say the positives outweighed the negatives, but not by much. The positives: *Great location. Quick access onto I-8 or for us, just a two minute drive to park at the Fashion Valley Trolley Green Line, which we used quite a bit to get around town. *The room, altho a bit smallish, was well insulated and quiet, which is saying something considering the hotel is situated virtually right on the super noisy I-8 *They provide free shuttle service to various tourist spots such as Old Town and other areas of interest. *The front desk personnel were always friendly and accomodating. *The parking is gated, so there is a sense of security with your vehicle being parked at the hotel. The negatives: *This is a large complex, with both the main building and several dormitory-style builds on the grounds as well. Our room was located in one of those, which made for a bit of a walk just to get to the restaurant or front desk. *The rooms, altho quiet, are super dated - as in complete with popcorn ceilings, a small closet, and an impossibly tiny bathroom - barely enough to accommodate one person. *We don't watch a lot of TV - usually a bit in the morning to catch the traffic and a little at night after our long day being tourists. But when we do watch, we like our TVs to be of at least decent quality and a good picture. There were a number of channels that were could not be viewed due to the poor reception and interference. *The bed was comfortable, but the pillows were straight out of the Motel 6 line. *The Travelzoo deal includes a made-to-order breakfast up to an $18 per person value. So when we dined in their small attached restaurant, we were expecting a menu with a variety of breakfast options. Instead, we had only three choices - a two egg breakfast, pancakes, or a fruit & yogurt plate. Each of those were worth maybe $6 tops, certainly not $18. And service was slow and never really all that friendly. All in all, I'd say the Travelzoo package barely made it worth it. If we had to pay normal full price, I would then say skip this place and find something more updated.

    Individual ratings:

    Service

    Service-4

    Value

    Value-3

    Enjoyable

    Reviewed by carynmarcela(San Diego, California) on Aug 10, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    It was an enjoyable stay at the handlery. Their service was great, the room was comfortable, quiet and clean. I really enjoyed using the pool and eating at the restaurant. It was really accessible to go anywhere in town.

    Always the Best

    Reviewed by biggroovesales(Los Angeles, California) on Aug 08, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    My go to every trip. Comfy quiet Room...good bar...good restaurant great location!!! Staff are great! Brian and Carmen in the Postcards restaurant were great. Remembered me...took me to my "usual" table. Lupe the bartender...always knows my drink...has it made almost as soon as I sit. Bar food is tasty as well. Food and Bev Manager Sandra is always wonderful and accommodating as well

    Individual ratings:

    Rooms

    Rooms-5

    Service

    Service-5

    Good place for Bussiness meetings.

    Reviewed by 996kirk(Riverside, California) on Jul 26, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    The staff at the Handlery are very pleasant and helpful all around the Hotel. Rooms are a nice size for an older hotel, but the bathrooms had little self space. Over all this is a very nice hotel for Business meetings. Have been here for meetings a few times.

    Individual ratings:

    Rooms

    Rooms-4

    Service

    Service-4

    Value

    Value-4

    Exactly what we were looking for

    Reviewed by aisc21(Ireland) on Jul 08, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    Last minute stay at the Handlery. Parking excellent love when you can park outside the door. They charge $15 a night but that’s cheaper than other places we looked. Location is great if you have a car or use Uber. We didn’t use buses or trains but they are nearby we heard. Laundry on site $2 a time. Food in restaurant we would avoid. Man who drives the shuttle extremely nice. Overall 100% would recommend.

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