My husband and I frequent the obvious luxury hotel experiences of the beautiful desert of Palm Springs on a pretty frequent basis... we decided to 'try something new' for our 'baby-moon' / my birthday getaway. I didn't want to stay at the normal places which are a bit more crowded, lots of kids, lots of people, lots of STUFF. We considered a private home rental but only booking 4 days made that a little pricey. My husband stumbled across this gem of a hotel and let me tell you, we will NEVER STAY ANYWHERE ELSE! Let me explain... The owners, Larry & Patty, really know PEOPLE and they have created an environment where you WANT to hang out at the hotel... all day! Their attention to detail is incredible... truly... they could, quite easily, fold a massive pile of towels by the pool like all the other over-priced-average-at-best-resorts we are used to in PS... but instead, someone nightly rolls a single towel and gently lays it over the back of every sun-bather (Of which there are plenty for the 11 total guest rooms on the property...which means no overcrowded pools with only sun beds in the shade etc...) Every sun bed is perfectly sunny or shady (swivel umbrella options...amazing) and half the pool has overhead misters which is brilliant in the hottest of summer. Upon arriving, the enchanting, vine outlined gate is just as charming as what awaits beyond it... although typical, mid-century charm as only Palm Springs should be, there are NO tacky color schemes or overbearing-pepto-bismol bathrooms... everything is just timeless and perfectly thought out. There was a huge snack basket waiting for us in our room (FREE)... which matters, when you're 8 months pregnant and 'snacky'!! And at other hotels you'll pay 3$-4$ for a bag of crisps or a candy bar, here they stock you up when you check in and it's all yours (details. details. details) The kitchenette was awesome, as we love to have our own food available... also stocked with (FREE) soft drinks and waters, and they don't turn the fridges off in between guests so the fridge was, yes, actually cold. Brilliant. They have a bunch of cruising bicycles (I saw at least 6) that are FREE to guests, so my husband and I got a nice little workout riding to grab coffee in downtown (1.6 miles away). The location is great (directly across from The Ace hotel, perfect if you want to hit the bar for a little more action etc. or grab a bite at Kings Highway...) Less than a mile or so from Ralphs and the huge shopping center. Parking = FREE. A massive wall os DVDs to choose from - FREE. We usually unwind after a long day in the sun by watching a movie and at our typical spots, that will cost us about 9$-14$!!! We watched 6 movies over the course of our stay!!! for FREE! ;) you get where I'm going with this right?? On top of all of that, the pool was PERFECT. Great size, perfect temperature, and the grounds were beautiful... Nightly, they leaf blow the flower droppings etc, replace all the chair towels, perfectly rolled & color schemed on each side of the pool, they put out candles at every table and set the ambiance with mood music as well...then, in the morning, they clean it all up and make sure everything looks absolutely stunning & serve complimentary (OBVIOUSLY) coffee and tea, as well as fruit throughout the day. And MORE... There is a community kitchen you can use stocked with sauces and spices, foils and utensils etc so you can prep food then use the grill out by the pool and create your own romantic dining experience. I desperately needed a massage and they arranged a massage therapist to come to my room (Pazzan) who was absolutely wonderful and equally worth returning for!!! Overall the experience was so wonderful we actually extended our stay because we just couldn't bare to leave! We can't WAIT to return and promise, we won't be staying anywhere else! Thank you to Larry and Patty for making us feel like family!!! ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amazing renovation of a beautiful vintage property, that takes you back to the old Palm Springs feel. Panoramic view of the San Jacinto mountains, impressing clean and manicured gardens. Sparkling pool and hot tub and poolside guest barbecue. Personal attention to every guest, Customer Service is #1. Come feel the vibe. (ADULTS ONLY PROPERTY) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Riviera Palm Springs
- Hotel Desert Riviera