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“Always my first choice in Palm Springs”
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Santiago Resort
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
1 review
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“Always my first choice in Palm Springs”
Reviewed 26 June 2012

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.

Room Tip: Fitness center is not rated because it does not apply.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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56 reviews
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Splurged and spent a week holiday at the Santiago. From the cleanliness of the entire resort to the personnel, all facets of my stay exceeded my expectations. Including both a breakfast and lunch in the daily rate is a great bonus as both were exceptional. Pool is large and has all-day sun. Grounds are impeccable and have several tables where one can dine and have a beverage. Second floor rooms are tastefully appointed, have a great view of the surrounding mountains and many overlook the pool. In my opinion, the Santiago is a class act! My most heartfelt thanks to David, Ken, and Octavio for making my entire stay so relaxing

Room Tip: Second floor rooms have a view of the surrounding mountains.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

We thought that Santiago was an excellent facility. Nice rooms, beautiful pool area and grounds. The breakfast is better than what you get at similar resorts. But we just could not get past the sour manager -- he had a very unfriendly manner and did not appear to like his job or us. Another desk staff person was far friendlier to the opposite extreme...overly familiar. It's strange that the property is so, so nice, yet the staff is so unprofessional. It was a good value, though, and we enjoyed the other guests. Many of the other guests were regulars and loyal, so maybe we inadvertently did something to anger the manager...I don't know. Also a couple of other down-sides compared to other Palm Springs resorts: no fitness room, and the grass is AstroTurf. Ick.

Room Tip: Definitely get an upstairs room. We were downstairs and could hear every step the guests above us t...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Diego
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

My partner and I have been coming to Santiago for almost 10 years now, and it's never been better. We always meet friendly and interesting people, and the service is fantastic. Thank you Ken for the afternoon treats and to Octavio for making us feel so welcome and taken care of. Santiago's rooms are comfortably furnished and the breakfast and lunch options are just right. Highly recommended if you're looking for real people to relax with and a staff that treats everyone with respect and friendliness.

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Granville, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

This was our 8th time out to the desert and again Santiago is the best mens resort in the vally. We tried the advertized " best "and found the price not worth the stay. David is an excellent host ( if you understand his sharp wit ). The new guy Ken is a charmer and a bit of a flirt ( I like that in a man). Very guiet in June, but as usual met some charming guys from Las Vegas and real darling couple from England. This is not a place for the guys looking to hook up, but you never know the x rated show you might get from some of the younger guest.LOL
Randy from Ohio

Room Tip: 110 is the farthest out, but great views of the complex and very roomy.
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Additional Information about Santiago Resort

Property: Santiago Resort
Address: 650 E San Lorenzo Rd, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-8108
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Palm Springs
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,089 - ₹ 16,759
Hotel Class:3 star — Santiago Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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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