Handlery Hotel San Diego
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When we arrived in San Diego, we quickly got a transfer into old town San Diego to start our hop on hop off trolley, the first stop we hopped off the bus was seaport village, this is where we enjoyed a nice lunch sitting over the harbour we walked up and down the harbour before hopping back on the trolley and headed on a tour throughout the city, …
today we went to sea world. Lochie was sick during the night so just 1 ride. We liked the shows because people got wet.
Today was an early start under very overcast skies. We made our way to the San Diego Zoo. What a day...so many unique animals that I hadn't laid eyes on before. Quite a large park and it appears to be pretty much built on the side of a hill so there is a lot of walking up and down hills. This took its toll on Sarah's knees. The …
So we got a sleep in this morning, and for once it was Adrian waking me up and not the other way around! Then off to my new fave brekky spot Dennys for a relaxed brekky and a brain storm of "to do" ideas for the rest of the trip.
We then went to the shopping center that is just near our hotel and we ended up spending all day there.... not …
Well another MASSIVE day on Friday....only getting around to updating blog today cos I was BUGGERED last night!
So we were up early and off to Seaworld CA..... as far as the layout and "attractions" go its pretty much the same as ours back home (ours in probably a little better after the recent upgrades) BUT the shows were …
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Perfect location, great staff, clean and friendly hotel
We spent a wonderful 5 days in San Diego. The staff at the Handlery was friendly and understanding. The food in Postcards was incredible and the service the same. The rooms, although small, were adequate and large by European standards. Though old, the Handlery thrives on location and service. The shopping is walking distance and the courtesy van is always available to drive to Sea World and the Zoo. Our bellman was quite friendly and the front desk manager was so professional, well-traveled, and courteous. I recommend all travelers experience the friendly feel of the Handlery.
Dirty, smelly, dark and depressing
Having toured round Las Vegas, San francisco and LA our party of nine were looking forward to a relaxing week in san Diego hoping to take advantage of the heated pools and Tennis club facilities this resort we were led to believe had to offer. Imagine our disappointment when we finally managed to check in and found one pool (not heated) and a ploughed field where the Tennis Club should have been. The rooms were smelly, dark, cold and depressing. Hallways were dirty and open at both ends a security risk I would have thought.... Needless to say after one night and more expense we moved...never again!!!! Although staff were great this motel sorry hotel needs a complete overhaul.
Hideous, dirty and depressing
Depressing hotel; rude and inefficient staff. Our room was dirty, small and noisy; the view from the veranda was black garbage bags and plastic chairs. We were staying at a first floor room but there were no elevators, so we had to carry our suitcases up and down.
This place is a total nightmare! No fast, easy registration parking, instead you have to get a ticket and get the ticket validated *just* to even make room inquiries or to check in... not good for weary travelers. Lighting and decor in the lobby are hideous, and the smell from the restaurant was ominious. No elevator for the 2nd floor, not good for an arthritic. The carpets were horribly stained, the room was small and dark with NO view, the bathroom was completely done in blinding white with no warmth or charm whatsoever. The room had an awful musty stench, no telling what mold and mildew lurked in places unseen, tho many San Diego hotels suffer from this mildew-y odor. The one good thing? the staff was excellent, tho there is only so much they can do with a property that should simply be leveled. A complete waste of prime real estate!
Bill and Jimmy were great
I have just returned from a weeks holiday with my husband and two year old son. The Handlery Hotel staff were very helpful - especially Bill - who - if he could - would transport you to where you wanted to go within the vicinity. The food in the restaurant at the hotel was excellent. We had breakfast there every morning to set us up for the day and rarely felt the need to eat lunch. The hotel - for us - was in an ideal location. Very near Fashion Valley Mall for the shops and also for the buses and the trolley.
Bit apprehensive but all fears unfounded!
From some of the reviews we read before we visited the Handlery we were quite apprehensive about it but it was really fantastic! The hotel was very comfortable, with a fabulous, uncrowded swimming pool and the Postcards Restaurant served delicious food! The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful and we really felt that they wanted us to have a good time. And we did! San Diego is a great place with loads to do - we particularly loved the Zoo and Sea World. We would definitely visit the Handlery in San Diego again.
Sponge bob squarepants & the tasty postcards.
In an ideal location if you like shopping & would like to dine locally and casually, within a 10 minute walk is a shopping plaza with the likes of 'California pizza' to fill satisfy the appetite, or, if you would like to be more sophisticated then head on down to the more superior gaslamp quarters, italian, mexcian, whatever! The Fashion Valley mall is a fabulous place for shopaholics, abercrombie is one of my personal favourites. Jose will be happy to take you anywhere along with Bob in the morning whilst you have the handsome likes of Michael the secretary to swoon upon! Hey there, remember me? It's Jenna! Yhe you will love it! If you can, try surfing at Mission beach, woah watch that swell, its awesome!
We stayed at the Handlery Hotel--San Diego, CA. May 2,3 & 4, 2003. We had read some negative reviews about the hotel, so we were somewhat skeptical. However, upon arrival we were quite pleased. The reception area was very professional and upscale and the hospitality was excellent! Our room--2nd floor was very neat and clean. We did have a problem with the toilet in need of a ballcock and the bath tub backing up--but after reporting the problem ---both were taken care of immediately. We had read reviews that being located near a major freeway that runs directly through the Hotel Circle Area the traffic noise would be unbearable. Not in our case--we never heard the Freeway noise. However, the Handlery Hotel appears to cater to young families and lots of kids run and play in the hallways causing noise but we assumed it was expected due to number of families that visit the hotel. The hotel grounds are very clean and neat however lacks nice green landscaping which leaves it looking rather stark. The nicer area appears to be the rooms located around the main pool area. We were told that these rooms required extra fee. Fair enough---we passed on the opportuity and stayed in the 2nd floor --room 245. Overall, it was a pleasant experience for the money. Its located a short distant from all the main attractions in San Diego. The entire staff was very attentive and it was most apparent that they wanted us to enjoy our stay. We did!!! and we would visit again.
We were expecting a larger room, there were 3 adults in our party and we thought that by USA standards this Hotel room would be bigger! We got a free upgrade to a de-luxe pool view room (arranged before arrival, but was not de-luxe by my standards)) so our expectations were greater, we were disappointed, the room had two standard 4ft 6inch beds, the furniture was arranged in such a way that it took up too much floor space( they had a table sticking out in front of the patio doors, which, after I turned it flat aginst the wall, it gave more floor space and a 'dressing table' , simple really, I wondered why thay hadn't worked that one out for themselves!
Rooms have been recently renovated and i must say they have everything (except a safe)and are clean.