I discovered Santiago over a decade ago when another property close by had become less compelling. Santiago has only gotten increasingly better over the years.
The grounds are kept immaculate and the service is great. Ken (groundskeeper) and Octavio (housekeeping) do a fantastic job keeping the place in shape, and Ken often surprises guests with a little afternoon libation. David, the manager, makes sure it all runs smoothly and does it with a relaxed style. Get to know him a bit and you'll appreciate his sharp wit.
You can expect a consistently pleasant experience that includes a great Continental breakfast till around 10 and, around 1 pm, a choice of nicely done catered boxed lunches (request it until 11 am). Few places offer both.
If you're the kind who likes to lounge around the resort all day, you have plenty of reason not to leave: Wonderfully large pool, well-appointed deck and comfortable furniture, and plenty of sunny and shady spots to relax, eat, drink, play cards, read, etc. The grounds are nicely manicured, and the view to the west (mountain) is great, particularly at sunset. The rooms, all of which have been remodeled over the past several years, offer comfortable beds, nicely appointed bathrooms, refrigerators, Wifi and the usual amenities one would expect from a moderately-priced venue. Prices are competitive year-round but if you like it hot, Santiago provides a particularly good value in from 1 July though 31 August when rates fall considerably.
Santiago is a place where I never fail to meet nice people from all over. I haven't once been there where my stay was spoiled because the mix of people didn't gel. Age range and proclivity to nudity and fun is all over the map — but it's always respectful. So if you're looking for Romper Room, look elsewhere.
Santiago is always my first choice, and it's a good value for your money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The most recently updated gay boutique hotel in Palm Springs, Santiago offers free breakfast, poolside lunch, and all-day refreshments in the cantina. The wealth of amenities includes the largest pool of any gay resort in Palm Springs. In this swimsuit-optional paradise, guests also enjoy an outdoor spa, meticulously landscaped grounds with two-man rope hammocks, a mist cooling system, fast wi-fi, and incredible mountain views. Santiago's 23 rooms feature flat-screen TVs, luxury bath products, king or queen beds, and tastefully styled furnishings. It all adds up to the perfect luxurious getaway for individuals or groups. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santiago Hotel Palm Springs