I am one of those "just want cheap, will settle, just need a place to stay so who cares as long as clean/no bugs" kind of people. So was SUPER PLEASED to find for a price that is comparable to the Super 8, Motel 6 etc... it had MANY of the perks of a luxury hotel.
First the BEDS, BEDDING and PILLOWS...AMAZING!!! So soft and comfortable. And I am one of those picky, hard to sleep anywhere other than home people. Only needed one pillow and was not lumpy, held it fullness all night. Mattress was PERFECT, down comforter, SO COMFY! And the blackout curtain...REALLY did black all out! This might sound minor but what a difference it made dragging two toddlers sightseeing for 3 days, to have a WONDERFUL nights sleep and to sleep in a bit AND they napped because room was dark, no sore back, shoulders etc.. that I usually get from low/moderate priced accomodations. (slept better than at home I think LOL!)
This was a 10 day trip for us (cruise too) with husband and two toddlers (18 months and almost 3yr). So we had a TON of baggage/gear. Big enough rooms for all of our crap, a AND a crib AND for kids to play around without us stepping on each other. AND way clean enough to let kids sit on carpet and play (and I am one of those that does not walk barefoot in hotels but here, I did not have a problem letting kids play on the floor) And a note about the crib...not only do they provide cribs (not all do) but they have the "pack and play" cribs vs. the metal cribs with slats, which is AWESOME for a few reasons...First, I did not have to bring mine from home and pay extra luggage fee on the plane to and from. Next, you can easily fold it up when not in use for more room. And last but most important, they have soft mesh sides, every other place I have stayed have those small metal cribs with slats, which work and are fine...but these are better (especially for bigger/older babies and those who use binkies)..the small metal ones do not have "bumpers" so my son was always waking up either because hitting head on metal frame or foot caught in slat or binkie fell out to the floor. The mesh "pack and plays" have more "give" and are soft and no openings for hand/feet/binkie. Again, all things that may not matter to most...but was a super great perk for us.
And not to ramble...but just a couple more things...Location was PERFECT...and with a 18 month who HATES car rides and knowing that sometimes 5 miles in CA traffic can take FOREVER, it is close to EVERYTHING from major sight seeing attractions (Zoo, Seaworld etc..) to stores & mall (from SuperTarget to upscale) close to restaurants Denny's, McDonald, In & Out, Bennigans, to upscale restaurants. Even one on site.
The parking costs $12 but kind of cool for people who fly in rather than having that built in to price of the room. (and with the free shuttle service they provide, you do not have to rent a car) And for those of use who did have a car...room WITH parking was still close to the same price as many nearby motel/lower end hotels and worth the piece of mind that car is safe and secure.
I have stayed places with a bit more selection with "free continential breakfast" (waffles, multiple, "all you can eat" selections, etc...) but minor issue and what is offered is just fine for kids or something fast to tide you over.
I guess the only things that weren't PERFECT was: Would have been cool to have a microwave too, (there is a fridge and coffee and hairdryer). There was NOT free wi-fi (internet) in the room (which seems everyone, even super cheap motels usually have, don't they??) and cable TV selection way limited...NO PBS, Disney, Nick, etc... for kids favorite shows...just Cartoon Network (nothing of nutritional value there!) And last, the water pressure in the shower was low, but not sure anyone has control over that. LOL!!!!
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- 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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