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“Ideal self catering accomodation- would recommend it to a friend”
Review of Embarc Palm Desert

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Embarc Palm Desert
Ranked #9 of 23 Hotels in Palm Desert
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

We stayed in a 2 bedroomed self catering apartment at Palm Desert which was perfect. The accomodation was very clean and comfortable and the landscaped gardens were beautifully maintained. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable about the local area and attractions, recommending appropriate activities for us as a family. On site cinema was fun with 'premiere seats' at the back. The selection of pools was good and scattered around the complex. Each garden area had a gas BBQ area which was well used and cleaned meticulously each morning.
No site shop or bar available but supermarket across the road. It is worthwhile getting the loyality card for the supermarket as it gave immediate discounts.
Guests were encourage to bring their own drinks to the pool area and plastic cups were provided.
Very hot in August - 117 F but we escaped to the nearby San Jacinto National Park which is accessed via a cable car and was 30 degrees cooler.
The wild rabbits which lived in the grounds where a source of fascination for our youngest child and humming birds were frequently seen in the garden.
Club Intrawest is a timeshare resort but no attempt was made to sell us timeshare during our 6 day stay.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

This is our 3rd year at this resort. Our kids know it and love it and can't wait to get there every summer. We go in June and July. The resort is smaller than most timeshare resorts and feels private and intimate. During the day, we mostly have the pool to ourselves. The bbq is kept extremely clean. The rooms are so uniquely decorated. We think of it as our own secret getaway. The only thing to make it better is if they had a few organized activities for kids. Ralph's is within walking distance for groceries.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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2  Thank LTsandiego
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Second time to Club Intrawest Palm Desert. If you are looking for a relaxing place to go this is it. Very well equipped kitchens in the one bedroom and larger units. This time we stayed in a studio, last time was a 2 bedroom unit. The studio units have basic supplies, fridge, microwave, etc. We found our fridge a little loud, being that it is in the same room you sleep in. Bathroom had a shower on one side, sink area in the middle with a seperate toilet area with a door on the other side. The unit had a beautiful patio area with a gas fireplace outside. We were visited daily by a curious road runner that started taking crackers from our hands by the end of the stay. The grounds are beautiful. Very much the desert theme with many local plants, palms, etc. It is located right on a golf course as well. Although we didn't golf, the course looked to be in very good shape. The pool area we used the first time there was very family friendly. This time we used the adult pool which was much quieter. The hot tubs were nice as the weather was a little cool at the time.
Very close to the resort(you can walk to it) is a large Ralphs grocery store. Being from Canada where we pay much for our drink, I must say they have a very large and reasonably priced liquor area. Also well stocked in all kinds of fresh produce, meats, cheeses etc. Tip: Get a free Ralphs card and save big time!
All in all we love going to Palm Desert and Club Intrawest never disappoints!

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  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank solsearch
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

Our family of four (2 adults and 2 children) loved this club. It was very quiet and peaceful. Seemed like we had the place to ourselves but we knew there were others there. Very secluded and yet close to so much. Staff always greeted us with a warm hello and were always helpful.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2011

This was my second time at Club Intrawest in Palm Springs. The previous stay we had a lock off room (they consider it a two bedroom), which I would recommend if you are more than two people. On this stay I was not sure if I would be joining my parents, so they got the one bedroom. Alright, so what I liked about the property: good size, beautiful grounds, basic amenities, the room was cleaned twice during our 8 night stay, access to laundry room, dishwasher in the kitchen, activities at the club house (yoga, wine & cheese, movies), free internet access. What I didn’t like: the walls are definitely thin, our front door did not close properly (you really had to slam it), bar fridge instead of a full fridge, showers are very odd (one is in the bedroom all out in the open), small fitness centre, there aren’t any running paths and you are not allowed on the cart path during daylight hours. I don’t golf so I can only tell you what I have heard – that the golf course was very nice but expensive. I would not recommend this resort if you have children, as I believe they would be bored. At 24, I was by far the youngest person at the club.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Embarc Palm Desert

Address: 1 Willow Rdg, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-0619 (Formerly Club Intrawest - Palm Desert)
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Desert
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm Desert
#5 Family Hotel in Palm Desert
Price Range: ₹ 11,648 - ₹ 34,292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Embarc Palm Desert 4.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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