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Shadow Mountain Resort and Club
Ranked #17 of 23 Hotels in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 October 2009

We stayed here for 8 nights in September. We have been to Palm Springs a few times as the weather is always guaranteed to be hot and sunny. Previously we stayed at the Marriott Shadow Ridge but as this one was half the price, we decided to give it a go. It wasn’t quite as nice, we only had a room whereas the Shadow Ridge had 1 bed suites. This meant we only had a stove and a fridge in the kitchenette area rather than a full kitchen. The room had a large, comfortable bed and the bathroom was clean with a decent shower. The air con unit was pretty noisy and you had to have it on full all the time for it to have any effect including all night which was a bit annoying.
We chose this resort after seeing the pool area online. It was a lovely pool, very large and perfect temperature. The surrounding area was OK and the sunbeds were adequate. There was a poolside café but it was closed for refurbishment which we weren’t told about before we got there. It was very quiet here, we were the only ones at the pool for most of the week and it could have done with having a bit more atmosphere. Parking was free. Wifi was available around the pool area and in reception but not in our room. There were coin op laundry areas dotted around the resort. The Palm Desert area has lots of restaurants and convenience stores but you would need a car to get around.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Allkar
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Reviewed 25 June 2009

We rented 18 units for a family reunion. As each condo unit is individually owned, there was some variation in the quality of rooms. Of the 18 units, 3 could have been better maintained (worn, older furniture,appliances), but the other 15 units were very good to excellent. All units were very clean, had kitchens or kitchenettes, and house keeping did a great job.. The grounds are fantastically maintained. Within a few feet of each unit you have a gigantic pool, nice BBQ area, volleyball court, table tennis, tennis courts.and a golf course. The management was very good in accommodating our needs.

The resort is a gated community, located two blocks from El Paseo Drive (upscale shopping) in a quiet, secluded neighborhood, We had approximately 50 family members staying at the resort. THEY ALL LOVED THE PLACE. Even the three units with average furnishings were so convenienetly located close to the pool that the families chose to keep the unit because their children loved the location.

As the coordinator of the reunion, it took some negotiating to resolve a few issues with the Resort contract, but when we hold the next family reunion in So Calif, Shadow Mountain will be at the top of the list for consideration. Overall, a very positive experience and for the price, a consumers "best buy".

  • Stayed: June 2009
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Reviewed 17 August 2008

Pricey, but great for tennis clinics and lessons!

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled solo
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Thank twf315
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Reviewed 27 May 2008

A nicely kept, quiet getaway. Tennis courts and several pools. Ping Pong, Volleyball, Bike Rentals....lots to keep everyone busy. All units are individually owed and only 80 some are rented. We stayed 'creekside' in a studio, older units, but clean. Kitchens are tight, yet functional. We had a nice balcony upstairs. I would stay again when its not so hot, so we could enjoy the activites provided.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2008

Spent six nights in January 2008 at $100/night, single. Property is security gated and well maintained. Large figure-8 swimming pool kept at eighty degrees with its length approaching thirty yards - no lap lines, but pool rarely occupied. About a dozen tennis courts and a $45 charge to use the adjacent golf course (including electric cart). The course is private, so entry fee must be paid in the resort lobby. Bicycle riders can rent equipment also in the lobby. One morning newspaper is free and must be collected in the lobby.
Room was a large studio in Polynesian motif with a kingsize bed and small kitchenette with microwave/coffemaker/refrigerator. Bathroom was good size with roomy shower but NO bathtub.
TV had many channels but Turner Classic Movies was the only available Premium channel.
Central , prime location of Shadow Mountain permits an easy drive to casinos (20 minutes) and the Palm Springs Airport (30 minutes). I would stay here again

Stayed: January 2008
5  Thank trippingJack
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Reviewed 27 November 2007

We just returned from a Thanksgiving weekend stay at Shadow Mountain -- our first trip to the Palm Springs area. My boyfriend and I are avid tennis players -- I'm a beginner; he's been playing for 30+ years.

We stayed in one of the studios that surrounds the figure-8 pool -- a very nice pool. We were a little nervous about the quality of the room, since we usually stay in 4- or 5-star properties. But we were pleasantly surprised. It wasn't a luxury room by any means, but it was clean and well-appointed, very comfortable, and conveniently situated near the courts and the pool.

We joined the 3-hour morning tennis clinics every day, and I liked the instructors very much -- Andy, Michael, and John. The quality of the instruction varied, according to how many participants there were -- this is typical and likely unavoidable. On the last day, there were fewer people, and I even received some great one-on-one instruction.

We ended up going into Palm Springs every night for dinner, so we were happy we had a rental car. But there are restaurants within walking distance of the resort.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank jjenn33
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Reviewed 29 August 2007

We recently returned to the Shadow Mountain resort after a ten year absence. It was a wonderful, late summer, relaxing trip with our family.

The value for the accomodations was outstanding: $80 per night for a studio with kitchenette, king bed, sofa bed, and patio!

The room was spotless, the decor was a bit dated, and showed slight signs of wear and tear.

The higlight of the property is the main pool. It is a huge figure 8 shaped pool, open until late at night., which enthralled the youngest family member.

The hotel is within a short drive (or walk during the cooler months) to area restaurants/stores.

I reccomend both Tony Roma's, and Murph's Gaslight--an old fashioned style fried chicken emporium. Yum!

It is also a short drive to supermarket/drugstore type locales, that can be used to stock up on items for the kitchenette--very convenient.

All in all, it was a great weekend getaway.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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5  Thank howlen
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Address: 45750 San Luis Rey Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-4728
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Desert
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Palm Desert
Price Range: £83 - £214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shadow Mountain Resort and Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming resort, breathtaking views, figure-eight swimming pool, home to the Desert Tennis Academy with lessons & clinics. Located in the heart of Palm Desert, California, the Resort is walking distance to the fabulous shops, restaurants and art galleries along the famed El Paseo Drive. Resort offers cafe & bar (breakfast and lunch), complimentary tennis on 16 tennis courts, pickleball, tennis pro-shop, four heated pools, five hot tubs, fitness room, massage service, saunas, poolside patio BBQ, volleyball, basketball, bicycle rentals, and more. ... more   less 
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