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“A great retro hideaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Desert Hills

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Desert Hills
Ranked #50 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
Culver City, California
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363 reviews
60 hotel reviews
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“A great retro hideaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

I've stayed at the Desert Hills many times and I've always been pleased. You should know that it's not really a family hotel - I'm not sure they allow kids - and most of the guests are couples or singles in their 40's through 60's. This is the kind of place people return to year after year - because of the peaceful setting. You're only 4 blocks from the action on Palm Canyon - so the restaurants and shops are a short walk away. There is always room by the pool, because there aren't a lot of rooms at the hotel. Jim and Barbara - the two hosts who alternate coverage at the hotel are gracious and helpful. The only "downside" is the rather simple continental breakfast. I generally walk about two blocks and have breakfast at Spencer's. This is a restaurant very close by with with fantastic food and service. During the "high season" they now open for breakfast at 8 AM.

Room Tip: Most all of the rooms have a king bed and include a kitchen. There is also a one bedroom suite and...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

This little hotel is just lovely for a restful but fun holiday! Each room faces onto the pool but has a perfect little kitchen at the back of the unit. There is music from the 50s being played during the day, around the pool and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Even though this place is peaceful and set in the old, historic section of the city of Palm Springs itself, it is just 5 short blocks from the center of the town where one can access shopping, restaurants, the lovely and historic Pioneer Plaza and, every Thursday evening, the Palm Springs "Village Fest" street fair. Very easy to find from the airport, this little hotel is perfect for a quick get-away!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

Of the dozens of places you could stay, all with great reviews, we chose Desert Hills. Very pleasant, comfy room, great courtyard and pool. A quiet location near the main downtown area. Our only complaint would be the poor breakfast- little choice and no fresh fruit was put out the 4 days we stayed (packaged danish and one sad, shrivelled clementine). Good thing it was an easy walk to nearby options, be it a coffee shop or something more substantial.

Room Tip: we preferred the smaller room (with refrig), but you can also get a larger room with a kitchen
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Beltsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

This place is delight. We stayed in a king studio suite, which is tastefully decorated and has everything you need. The pool area is lovely and a great hot tub. Walking distance to Palm Canyon and nice restaurants. Will definitely stay here again if we visit Palm Springs again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

Great central location just a short walk to shops and restaurants in downtown Palm Springs. Spacious suite, stylish and with some great orginal mid-century touches. Great pool and hot tub - wiith amazing views of the mountains. Bikes were offered for use too. We'd go back.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Desert Hills

Property: Desert Hills
Address: 601 W Arenas Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262-6313
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,705 - ₹ 22,473
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Desert Hills, tucked up against the rugged San Jacinto Mountains is one of Palm Springs classic boutique hotels. Built in 1956, Desert Hills is situated in the historic district a few blocks from the shops, galleries and restaurants in the heart of Tennis Club District of old Palm Springs. The "quiet luxury" of Desert Hills retains the essence of classic old Palm Springs with rooms and suites reminiscent of the 1950's mid-century modern design. ... more   less 

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