We had somewhat last-minute travel plans and had to find somewhere to stay in Palm Springs for just one night. The previous six nights, we stayed at another gay-owned property in Palm Springs and had an amazing experience.
The lowest cost option for our one night was the Motel 6 in Palm Springs, which was advertised at USD$85 per night, but we wanted to stay somewhere gay so we took what we could get, not really knowing what to expect. The room rate for the La Joya was USD$179 per night (which was USD$20 more per night than where we were previously staying).
To say our stay was a disappointment is the understatement of the century. I'm not high maintenance by any means, but what we got *for the money* at this resort was shocking.
The grounds of the resort seemed tidy, although quite dated and not at all "lush". The rooms were also very dated, it was clear that the only recent renovations were some fresh paint on the walls, a new toilet in the bathroom, and a flat-screen TV. There were no closet doors, and the hardware for the formerly installed closet doors was still left on the shelf in the closet. The room had a chemical smell. There was no way to open a window to the room to let in any fresh air, there were no curtains (only louvered blinds) so the room was very bright in the morning. Also, we found that the resort was very loud at all hours, with people playing loud techno music, etc. Pets are also apparently allowed, as we heard a dog barking in a room next door all night.
In the morning before we checked out, out of curiosity we had a walk around the property and came across a man jerking off in plain view near the gym, at around 9am.
The guy at the front desk was nice, but there were no amenities at this hotel (e.g., breakfast, the ability to buy cocktails or other food of any kind, etc.) which was in stark contrast to where we had been the previous six nights, at a lower rate per night!
If you're looking for somewhere reasonable to stay at a fair price, this place is a rip-off. I wouldn't pay more than USD$75 per night to stay here, ever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inn Exile; Palm Spring’s premier gay resort is an ideal get-away located in Warm Sands neighborhood. This gay hotel is entirely walled, gated and located on 2 Acres in a modern setting in Palm Springs California. The atmosphere couldn’t be more inviting; with 4 pools, there is a place to splash around everywhere you look. After your workout in the fully equipped gymnasium, choose one of the Jacuzzis to relax, recharge. Days may be spent poolside in the sun, but the outdoor fireplace after sunset, seems to call to everyone. And remember….. Clothing is Always Optional.Situated just 3 miles away from Palm Springs international airportVisitors from all over the globe are lured to Palm Springs for its storied Hollywood legacy, its Native American heritage and its absolutely stellar collection of mid-century modern architecture.Palm Springs is nested at the base of the majestic mountains with a village atmosphere that has been preserved and embellished over the years. The streets, lined with palm trees, invite you to explore boutique shops, art galleries and museums while soaking up the sunshine or dining outdoors among stunning desert scenery. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Inn Exile Hotel Palm Springs