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Shadow Mountain Resort and Club
Ranked #12 of 22 Hotels in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Southern California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Paradise on a Budget”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Liked — excellent value, and spacious pool
  • Disliked — decor a bit dated
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2007

Two blocks from the Gardens on El Paseo; tennis pros that will set up matches with locals and guests, reasonable tennis lesson rates; golf at $40 with cart during the week for their Golf Course if you stay at the resort-(sarazen designed- a bit short by current standards but in super shape); big figure 8 pool with 12 foot deep end; fresh oranges and grapefruits off the tree each morning all added up to a very nice stay. The golf rate and the location along with the kitchen made things much more reasonable than usual for a palm dessert location.

  • Stayed February 2007, travelled with family
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4 Thank Teljuk
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San Francisco Bay Area, Calfornia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2006

We stayed here for a weekend of tennis and were quite pleased. The condo unit iself was in great shape (we had a 3 bedroom, 3-bathroom accomodation) and the grounds were well tended. At least one of the bathrooms in the condo, however, was pretty cramped and the large beds in the bedrooms were actually two full mattresses pushed together. We found the resort to be very quiet the (perhaps it was because we went at the beginning of the season).

The figure-eight pool was fun to swim in (open till 10:00 pm.) and the hot tub was a comfortable 104 degrees when I tried it out. The large pool was nice because adults and kids could float on rafts, swim, play pool basketball, play with inflatable toys, etc. without getting into each other's way (its listed capacity was over 300 people and there were never more than 4 or 5 in it while I was there). There was no lifeguard on duty when I was there.

The tennis teaching staff working while we were there were great(John, Lief & Michael) and the courts were in good shape. Note that they have several clay courts in addition to the hard courts (we only played on the hard courts while we were there). Some folks commented that the hardcourts had a slow surface. The resort has a pro shop but it it was fairly small and didn't have things like products for blisters. I found the Courtside Cafe to be surprisingly good and the upstairs tables provided a view of some of the courts.

Another nice thing about the resort was that it was within easy walking distance of a number of shops and restaurants on El Paseo.

The front desk staff was helpful with queries. We would, however, have liked them to be able to let us know if a late checkout would have been possible prior to the morning of our departure.

Overall, I enjoyed my stay and would recommend the resort for a tennis weekend.

  • Liked — Convenience and Tennis Instruction
  • Disliked — Cramped bathroom, 11:00 checkout time.
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2006

I booked this a month ahead on a Travelzoo special. ($69/79 weekend). I had a "Creekside" studio, one of the individually owned condos. The downside is you may get some tired furnishings, stained carpet etc, although the daily housekeeping was very good. The furnishings were probably 20 years old. There was a comment in the guestbook that the pullout sofa had some broken springs. The "kingsize" bed was two twins pushed together, but once I got used to sleeping on the diagonal it was comfortable. I had a nice view from the bed and balcony, I loved having the kitchenette with range, microwave, refrigerator and coffemaker. The A/C and TV worked well. TV channels included the Golf Channel and local stations, but not HBO. This is an excellent central location, you can walk to El Paseo and the Gardens, which has an array of restaurants and high-end stores. I like the security gating, covered parking, and the fact that there is no foot traffic by the front door/window. The business center which allows free computer use for the first five minutes. The front desk can arrange play at the Shadow Mountain private golf club which is next door. It is a very tight "sporty" course with lots of doglegs designed by Gene Sarazen, "a desert original." As mentioned, the pool is fabulous. I'm not sure I would stay again, but I would consider it as a possibility.

  • Stayed June 2006
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12 Thank mlgb
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2006

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Shadow Mountain. We live up in the Pacific Northwest and we're having the wettest winter in decades. So a week playing tennis in the sun, lounging around the pool, and walking to nearby restaurants with outdoor patio seating was just what the doctor ordered.

We stayed in a studio near the pool and tennis courts. The two and three bedroom condos are mostly a little further away from the center. Since the studios and condos are all owned by individuals (and rented out only through the resort) I'm assuming there there are great differences between the units and furnishing. Ours was laid out as a beach cabin and had a homey (but slightly tired) feel to it. But the full kitchen and patio more than made up for any other shortcomings.

The center of the resort is the pool/restaurant/tennis area. The pool is an enormous hourglass shaped affair with chairs and umbrellas all the way around. The water was crystal clear and had no chemical smell at all. The second story restaurant serves great food and you can sit out on the patio and watch the matches on the courts below (or the bathing suits at the pool). We sat inside and watched the Australian Open on their big screen TV during lunch instead. Beneath the restaurant is the pro shop, a small gym, changing and shower areas, and men's and women's saunas.

Other than the huge pool there are at least 4 or 5 hottubs so you can usually find a quiet place to soak.

I think most people probably come here for the tennis, I know we did. The hard courts are in great shape and there is a water cooler at most of them. Towels are provided also. Good lighting at night but only on 6 courts. I was not impressed with the clay courts but they may be in better shape during the clay court season.

Karen and Bob in the Pro Shop take care of arranging the matches, you just let them know a day in advance and they'll set something up for the next day. It helps if you know your skill level so they can try to get the right matchup right away but everyone is so nice that we had great fun even when it wasn't the best tennis.

I’ve heard only good things about the tennis academy at Shadow Mountain and from what we saw it looked like a good workout. They have both morning and after noon clinics as well as private lessons. We skipped it this time but would seriously consider trying a clinic or two next time we are down.

Besides going out most nights to nearby restaurants, we also took a couple of excursions: One to Joshua Tree national monument and one to The Living Desert (almost next door to the resort). I would highly recommend both of these and will post reviews in the proper places.

So… the bottom line is that we really enjoyed our vacation at Shadow Mountain and will almost surely be back. Considering the prices at the other resorts in the Palm Springs area, I feel that this resort is a great value for the money.

But here’s my Big Warning: There isn't much else to do at Shadow Mountain but play tennis and lounge around the pool. Which was just what we were looking for but could easily be your version of hell if you were looking for something different or more exciting.

We spent most days in the same way: Tennis match at 9am, lunch, pool-time, tennis in the afternoon, dinner, hot tub. The only restaurant on site closes at 3pm. The pool, tubs, and courts close down at 10pm and the resort usually feels like it has gone to sleep well before that.

If that sounds boring to you, it probably will be. There is a quiet, slow pace about Shadow Mountain that we found incredibly relaxing but I could easily see how many people wouldn't like it. The average age of the people staying at the resort is close to retirement age (or older) with a younger group (and children) arriving on weekends from LA and San Diego.

  • Stayed January 2006
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18 Thank Bret-PDX
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wyoming
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2005

We grabbed a room here in a pinch when we were forced to spend an extra day in the area. The staff was very courteous and helpful, the room serviceable. It's a little outdated, but clean and kind of hip in a retro sort of way. I loved being able to leave the balcony doors open to listen to the water outside while falling asleep.

The room was outfitted with a complete kitchen, sitting area, sleeping area, TV and a bath with separate vanity. The restaurant was closed while we were there, but the pool was huge, inviting and unpopulated.

This is a great place for an extended stay, where you'd like to eat in on occasion. Kids would be a little bored, but the pool might counter that. Weddings and conventions would find the lodging useful. Thanks to an internet deal, the accommodations were inexpensive given the fact that we were in the Palm Springs area.

  • Stayed October 2005
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10 Thank alpetor
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2005

Very nice. Rooms felt like a bed & breakfast -very homey and comfortable. Place seemed a tad outdated, but it grew on me after a few hours. Staff was friendly, rooms were clean, good location from Paseo shops. I left there really liking the hotel.

Stayed November 2005
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Property: Shadow Mountain Resort and Club
Address: 45750 San Luis Rey Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4728
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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