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Palms at Indian Head
San Diego
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33 reviews
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“Very Enjoyable Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2013

I have stayed at the Palms twice. It is quiet, relaxing, and remote with a friendly staff. I found it to be very reasonably priced. If you want a desert visit without the hundreds of thousands of tourists like Palm Springs I recommend this hotel. There is live music in town a few minutes away. The desert hiking is also excellent.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

On our route from San Diego to San Francisco, we took a side trip to Anza-Borrego desert and spent two nights at The Palms. So glad we found that gem right in the middle of nowhere! We stayed at one of the casitas with direct access to the huge pool. The casita itself was in top-notch shape - nice bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette, cosy bed. We spent hours at the pool, just hanging out and inhaling the unique, peaceful atmosphere, the palms, the heat, the sun and the special, elegantly weathered aura of the hotel. Every now and then, we thought "Alright, that's how it must have been in the 50s". Great experience - we're definitely planning to come back some time. And when in Borrego Springs, you HAVE to try the spare ribs at Carlee's!

Room Tip: Try to get one of the Casitas!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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JackpotJack, Owner at Palms at Indian Head, responded to this review, 29 June 2013
We are very glad you found us. We are a bit off "the beaten path". Thank you for your review, it is great to hear that your stay with us was a special experience. We endeavor to keep the feeling of the 50's, a simpler time, alive at the Palms. We look forward to your next visit.
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Bishop, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

We have stayed various places in Borrego Springs but enjoyed this the most. It is not a full service resort -but we didn't expect that. It is a lovely and gracious Inn with a ghostly glamorous past. The restaurant was wonderful-the breakfast which was included with the room, was unbelievably good. We did use the pool and the jacuzzi and enjoyed them both. The location is so lovely that it defines the whole experience-it is quiet and peaceful and awesome. The staff were extremely nice and welcoming. We absolutely will be back!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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JackpotJack, Owner at Palms at Indian Head, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Thank you for your glowing review! Our staff works very hard to accommodate your every need. I'm truly happy to hear you enjoyed the ambiance of our hotel and property. We look forward to exceeding your expectations on your next visit. Thanks again for your review!
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

We visit Borrego twice a year, this was our first stay at this hotel. Overall, I was disappointed and at times shocked by the condition of this property. First, let me say that the lobby and restaurant are nicely appointed and clean. The food was excellent and both the dining room and patio had a relaxing ambiance. We stayed in a casita near the pool which was large and private, loved the room. The pool is in need of repair, with pieces of plaster that are missing. When I turned on the jacuzzi and walked in the odor of the water was foul and dirt and debris covered my legs! We walked around the property and were shocked by the piling of items behind the kitchen and hotel, it looked like a junk yard, I would not want to stay in one of the rooms with this view. As we continued our walk we found pieces of rusted pipe sticking out of the ground, a large pile of discarded pond fronds from the palm trees, a decaying tennis court, dilapidated old bungalows that have been there for years!. We will not be going back!

Room Tip: Definitely stay in a casita, lovely with a fire place, fridge, microwave.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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JackpotJack, Owner at Palms at Indian Head, responded to this review, 24 May 2013
I'm so glad your room and the restaurant experience met your expectations. As for the grounds and pool, I am making it a #1 priority to clean and keep up with the debris caused by the wind storms. Most items piled in the back of the hotel are needed for the construction being done on the side of the restaurant . Regarding the ruins: Ours is a historical site and we have had previous guests walk through remembering times they have stayed in these bungalows as children. It's a look into the past which brings character to our hotel. I do hope you reconsider a second stay with us . We would love to have your company again.
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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

It's a few years now that we visit regularly the Palms in Borrego Springs during March and stay a few days... it's that time of year when the cactuses and Ocotillos are blooming, and Borrego Springs is a perfect base for wonderful hiking excursions in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park area and surroundings. The Inn is located in quiet area of town, off a side road near the park visitor center and almost leaning against the mountain, with beautiful views of the valley. The upstairs rooms are nice and spacious, nothing fancy but all the basics are there (ac, frig, cable etc). The Palms is surrounded (as the name implies!) by many tall fan palms, and overlooks a large (olympic size) pool which is normally not heated, and a smaller heated spa.The place itself still carries a distinct charm from the 50' and 60's, when many Hollywood actors would come here to unwind. Downstairs there is a nice lounge with plenty of comfortable seating space, both inside and outside overlooking the pool and the valley. Our only minor issue was with the included breakfast and that hideous coffee they choose to serve. In our opinion, and given the price for the rooms, they could invest in a more drinkable variety! The rest of the breakfast we had was somewhere between bland and a bit greasy. A pity, given the nice location. Even though they offer dinners there as well, in the end we preferred to eat elsewhere.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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JackpotJack, Owner at Palms at Indian Head, responded to this review, 24 May 2013
A little constructive criticism can be helpful. Our goal is to make your stay here as happy and fulfilling as possible. We do grind our own coffee beans but just recently our coffee maker was not brewing properly. That could be the reason for the unpleasant coffee. We have fixed the coffee maker and it is brewing a tasty, robust blend once more.

As for the food you had here, I am sorry it did not meet your expectations. Generally our chefs get glowing reviews and we hope you give our restaurant another try.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

Wonderful weekend at a very funky style hotel. Rooms are large and clean. Great breakfasts served. Fab hiking trails near by, and take an afternoon to explore all of the wonderful metal sculptures in the desert.

Room Tip: Get a view of the pool or one of the cabana rooms
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Orange, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

The Palms at Indian Head Desert Inn is the best kept secret in Borrego Springs! My friends and I spent a lovely, long weekend exploring the Anza-Borrego area and stayed at this delightful Inn. It is small yet accommodating, peaceful with efficient service, with intimate restaurants both indoor and poolside, with a delightful menu and great service. Our favorite rooms were the poolside casitas, but other rooms were quiet and roomy. It wasn't until I returned home that I read the history of the Inn on their website: http://www.thepalmsatindianhead.com/history.html
No wonder I left feeling special!

Room Tip: Poolside casitas are delightful!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Palms at Indian Head
Address: 2220 Hoberg Road, PO Box 525, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
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Region: United States > California > Borrego Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Borrego Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Palms at Indian Head 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Palms at Indian head is a beautiful hotel at an unsurpassed location. We have a level of privacy and personalized service that cannot be compared with any other hotel. Our property is quiet with outstanding views and off the beaten path. We have a unique setting with 12 rooms and a mid-century modern architecture built on its own twenty acres of natural desert land. Our Hotel is complete with a large Olympic-size pool, oversized Jacuzzi and spacious patio area. $10 off breakfast per person at the Red Ocotillo restaurant off Christmas Circle. ... more   less 
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