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“Very charming”
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Villa Royale Inn
Ranked #46 of 73 Hotels in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Rancho Murieta, California
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very charming”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

Just spent 3 nights, with high school friends and enjoyed our visit so much. A very European charm with beautiful landscaping. A fireplace in the rooms. No two rooms a like, and all unique in their own way. Service was great. A very quiet location, but close enough to downtown and Steinmart, just down the street. The restaurant was a nice choice for dinner. The staff could not have been more helpful. Was the home of Sonja Henie (Olympic skater) Jack, Joe and Nancy were the best at making our stay a very memorable one. If you are looking for something special, this is the place.

Room Tip: Most any location is nice, we saw many of them and it would be hard to go wrong with any of them.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

We were driving by the Villa Royale and decided to stop and have a look. We fell in love with the place instantly.

We spoke to Jack at the front desk and he took the time to show us around and answer all our questions. It has an old world charm and elegance that is rarely seen and all the rooms are uniquely different in décor and style. Jack set us up in a great room that had its own patio and was close to the pool. As it was off season we essentially had the place to ourselves, sort of our own private villa. We had dinner at the Europa Restaurant which is part of the Villa Royale and again, we were not disappointed. Good food, good service and a delightful experience.

We only stayed one night but we will definitely go back. The atmosphere, the charm and the attention and service that we had from the staff (particularly Jack) was second to none.
This place is a treasure.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rancho Cucamonga
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2014 via mobile

We come out every January for a long weekend and always enjoy the service, the ambiance and the views. The restaurant was superb as always and Jack at the front desk was very helpful. Our only concern was the complete lack of hospitality shown by the young woman who handled our breakfast. When my wife went over and asked for an extra coffee cup, she was told we had one in our room.When I went over and told her we only had one cup, she rolled her eyes, went in the back to get a cup and came back out and placed it on the counter as though we had insulted her. Later, when we had breakfast, she was extremely rude and very put out when we asked for refills on our coffee and water. Clearly, she is not someone you want dealing with the public. Other than that, the service by everyone was superb.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2014

While the antiques and collectibles are varied and beautiful, and the landscaping and private areas throughout the property are delightful, there is considerable need for repairs and maintenance, and also for more attention by the front desk. Much of the furniture was worn, a paint job would have helped considerably, and several things were not in working order--the fireplace and phone for example. Plastic blinds that off-gas are not the stuff of a 5 star hotel, nor is old, gungy caulking in bathroom. Front desk not on top of things, and often inaccessible. They clearly do not want to do breakfasts.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Penhook, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2014

To the naysayers who disparage this lovely Inn I say go for the cookie cutter Marriott, Hilton or other chain. For a true vintage Palm Springs experience you have to spend a few days at VRI.
Just hosted 12 people in 6 rooms for my wife's birthday. We occupied 2 of the suites and 4 larger rooms. Do be a little careful as there are a few very small rooms. The hotel manager "JACK" could not have been more pleasant and helpful. Knowing we were a group he put us in a hidden away wing so our group could wander between rooms and be a little noisy without disturbing others. The pool is wonderful as are the grounds. They also provide free bikes for cruising the area. Everything was as advertised and every need was met. Again if you want a 300 room cater to the masses spot this is not for you. If you want to be treated well and have an "experience" this is your place

Room Tip: We enjoyed suites 118, 119 and room 120
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

Had a wonderful stay at this hotel. Highly recommend it. A couple miles from the main Downtown area. Quiet location. Very helpful staff. Cute and cozy room! Enjoyed the hot tub and they were very accommodating in bringing the included breakfast to our room. And the breakfast was really good, tasty, and filling. Everything was above and beyond our expectations.

  • Stayed December 2013
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California
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Apparently located in Sonja Henie's old home, the Villa Royale is a very pleasant place to spend a few days. The room we had was spacious and while not decorated at a Four Seasons level was very comfortable (there are some rather small rooms, so be careful).
The hotel is small and built around a large, well maintained pool. The restaurant on the property was excellent for dinner. It was nice to be able to walk out of our room to dinner less than 50 feet away. The breakfast was good but with limited choices (meat and eggs and pancakes were available.)
The hotel is in a quiet residential area. But, it would be a long walk to downtown Palm Springs.
All of the front desk staff was excellent. Jack, in particular, made us feel very welcome.
We visited in November on a Travel Zoo voucher. With that, it was an excellent value. I not sure about the cost of the better rooms, or of the competition, in season.

Room Tip: Talk to the staff about your desires. I'm sure they will try to be accomodating.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Royale Inn
Address: 1620 S Indian Trl, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-8842
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Royale Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Named the "West's Best Small Inns" by Sunset Magazine, Villa Royale Inn is a unique Palm Springs bed and breakfast with luxury accommodations, a historic restaurant, heated pools, in-room massage, exquisitely-landscaped grounds and mountain views. ... more   less 
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