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Boynton's - Hacienda del Sol
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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58 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Unique Place, Clean and Comfy!”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

Found this place for my birding group of 16 people. After reading the Tripadvisor reviews, I decided we should give it a try. We put all the singles in the motel rooms....6 singles, 6 motel rooms. Then we had five duplexes, each for two people who were sharing a room. I should have asked which units had an extra bed, because although they all have a queen sized bed, some only have a fold-out sofa in the living room, and others also have an extra twin-sized bed in the bedroom. We had to do a little shuffling and trading, as some were married couples and some were just two friends who agreed to share a room. Only one person had to ask for an additional room, as she did not want to sleep on a sofa-bed. They did give us a break on the extra unit, and I feel it was my fault for not getting more details. In spite of this, we all found the place to be clean and comfortable. The grounds are great for birding, and we all found several species of birds there. The location was great for Anza Borrego and we made several short trips to birding locations during our two night stay. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't require luxury!

Room Tip: The duplexes are more expensive, but are a lot more comfortable for a longer stay, as they have a li...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Just spent two weekends there. One in the duplexes and one in the casitas. Casual, funky and fun. Within walking distance to shopping, restaurants and Christmas Circle. Great in March when San Diego is full of clouds. 80+ weather!! Beautiful!! Bathrooms are updated, kitchenettes are fun and funky. You can sit out on the patios and watch the stars at night and listen to the coyotes and generally soak up the desert peace. The pool is great for hanging out in the heat of the day or swimming at night when it's warm out. We've been coming for over 20 years too. BBQ and fire box with the casitas or patio chairs at the duplexes. Bring your own personal items for the kitchens but fully stocked with pots, pans, silverware, coffee machine and microwave and frig. Love the Ocotillos, hummingbirds, doves, rabbits, bats at night and a roadrunner or two (I saw two over the last two weekends). The stores in town are updated and lots of fun places to eat within walking distance or cook your own. Go to the Natural History store a block to the east on the same side of the street. The grocery store in the back of the building to the west is a great place to be and be seen and has a great little deli too! Great coffee early in the am across the street. Mike and his wife are great managers and have been there forever too! There's air conditioning if it gets too hot and nice warm blankets when it gets cold! Fireplaces(inside), large dinning tables outside with umbrella and nice couches outside in the casitas. A motel like it was 50 years ago with the same charm but being updated by the granddaughter! You even get a paper delivered every day! New shuffle board court and patio area if you want to have a large family gathering with lots of tables and chairs. Can't beat it in Anza Borrego!!

Room Tip: Duplexes are back to back but nice for a couple or two with a fold out couch. The casitas are set up...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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toronto
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248 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2014

Borrego Springs and Hacienda del Sol were both a pleasant surprise. The Hacienda is set back from the road on lovely grounds where you can sit in the evening and watch the stars. It is somewhat rustic, but that is part of its charm. There was only a shower (who takes baths on vacation anyway???) but that wasn't a problem. The owner (or manager?) was very helpful with information about where to eat. It was nice to be able to walk to Carmelita's for dinner. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2014

We have been coming here for almost 20 years, most of those years with our kids and family friends, and we've always had a great time. This is a very unique property in the downtown area and close to everything, but it is not fancy or modern. The pool is spacious and we noted from our recent visit the've added new seating which is nice. We've stayed in the duplexes and the studio rooms and like them both. Mike and Cathy are great hosts that we look forward to seeing when we visit. Rooms have nice tv's and dvd players with a large selection of videos (and magazines) in the office. The only problem we encounter is the Wi-Fi service, it is not reliable and does not cover all the units. We would be able to come out more often if this was addressed. Overall, a great get away, very relaxing.

Room Tip: All rooms have great desert views.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

A beautiful place to get away from the city and beach life. My wife and I foumd this to be a nice cozy place to enjoy the outdoors yet be close to everything for dinner n drinks. Accomidations and service was right on from check in to check out. Lots of good months to come out here and only a short drive.from san diego. Looking forward to our next visit, c u soon.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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La Jolla, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2014

My first trip to Borrego Springs and it couldn't have been better. Perfect location for everything we wanted to do. We received friendly service throughout our stay--Mike & Cathy were very helpful. This place is not fancy but blends in perfectly with its desert surroundings. Everything was clean & well-maintained. We really enjoyed being able to watch the desert wildlife right from our own patio. The pool was comfortable and refreshing. Good selection of DVDs for us to borrow.
The hotel had everything we needed. Great desert setting with privacy. We want to return for another visit very soon!

Room Tip: The duplexes on the out side were best for us. #14. A kitchen, nice bathroom and comfortable livin...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boise
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62 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2014

I normally find the TA's reviews right on target, but not this time. We stayed in the motel, and it is horribly neglected. Mattresses are very old and lumpy, several bulbs were burned out, and one of the others was a bare bulb with the shade missing. The heater was missing the knob to operate it, the toilet seat was not properly attached due to a broken bolt, the "furniture" consisted of a cheap plastic outdoor chair, there was mold throughout the bathroom, no headboards or footboards on the beds, the wall behind where the headboard would normally be was so sticky it was obviously the buildup of years of oily heads, the blankets were undersized, the bed sheets were so inadequate that you would find the bed in shambles every morning. The security chain was broken, the soap holder was missing, the toilet ran at random times, and we were awakened by maids who asked if we wanted service. When we said yes on the second day, they seemed disturbed, ......get the picture. Now for the good: Mike the manager is terrific, and we did get a newspaper delivered each morning. I should have heeded the warnings of our friends who live in Borrego. Lesson learned.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Boynton's - Hacienda del Sol
Address: 610 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-5001
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Region: United States > California > Borrego Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Borrego Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the center of Borrego Springs, within walking distance of a grocery store, restaurants and shops, the Hacienda del Sol, our family owned desert hotel awaits you. Cottages, duplexes, and motel rooms sit on our six-acre property. Full kitchens, fireplaces and private patios. Relax by our heated pool, or enjoy a BBQ in our lighted picnic area...complete with picnic tables, fireplace and Tiki Bar. Families welcome. Some pet friendly accommodations available for an additional charge. ... more   less 
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