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“My new favorite hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel California

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Hotel California
Ranked #2 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, CA
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“My new favorite hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

I'm totally biased because my honey proposed to me there. We had originally hoped to stay at the Desert Rivera for the weekend, but it was completely full and so we decided to book here instead. I now may actually like this hotel (slightly) more than the Desert Riviera, and not just for sentimental reasons. It's a fantastic, intimate hotel with a great ambiance, a beautiful pool area and wonderful, wonderful staff. I ditto all of the wonderful things said about Larry, Patty and Lucy. They are truly the most gracious of people. In fact, when my boyfriend proposed, Larry surprised us with a chilled bottle of champagne. How fantastic is that?! The suite was spotless, the bed comfortable and the room was completely stocked w/ silverware, plates and glasses. Next time, we're trying the bbq area and enjoying dinner poolside.

Room Tip: Their suites are lovely.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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SoCal, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2011

Yes, I will echo the other reviews here and say that the service and all-around friendliness of the owners and Lucy really sealed the deal for this place. Lots of thoughtful little touches, such as the complimentary beer/wine/soda on arrival, the quick tour, the free snacks & water in the room, make this hotel stand out in a town with lots of similar small boutique offerings.

We had a great time in our private room, and felt secluded by the semi-private front patio. Room was very clean, nice white linens and a Pottery Barn-esque light quilt at the foot of the bed. Room has a small kitchenette with a mini-fridge, sink and microwave. Bathroom counters/cabinets are a bit outdated, but again are very clean and in good shape.

We come to Palm Springs for a nearby romantic getaway every year, and like to stay in different small hotels. This was one of the best and we hope to return again someday.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2011

We stayed at The Hotel California for a weekend in July where we received a very warm welcome from Lucy, complimentary drinks and a tour of all the facilities at the hotel, including a residents kitchen with complimentary drinks, a grill outside and all the condiments and sauces you might need. We stayed in a two Queen room, not huge but comfortable. The pool area was lovely, pool towels provided, loungers and a misting system. Lucy and Larry could not have been more helpful or friendly but not intrusive and made our stay in Palm Springs a very positive experience.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Pismo Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2011

We chose Palm Springs (and in particular Hotel California) to get out of the the June gloom of California Beach towns. Coming from the Central Coast (Pismo Beach) and vacationing often in Laguna Beach, we were looking for sunshine, a nice swimming pool and privacy. WOW! What a HOME RUN this place turned out to be. "Romatica" was the perfect room for complete privacy. The misters by the pool, and Jay's hook up with ice cold water bottles, made the the days float away. Not to mention the use of the kitchen. We made smoothies out of the fresh fruit made available to us and had fresh COLD watermelon that was in the fridge. Lucy's restaurant recommendation was spot on, (both nights) and the limo was icing on the cake.

We've stayed at some of the nicest resorts in the US, and considered the Palm Desert resorts...but there is no way I would ever go back and change this decision. We are HOOKED and will absolutely turn this into an annual event...if not more often.

Room Tip: Romantica is a stand alone, lower level room. It is the closest room to the jacuzzi. No bathtub thou...
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2011

Can't say enough great things about this hotel. Private, romantic, peaceful, paradise can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed June 2011
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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2011

We originally tried booking at the Desert Riviera, but they required a two night stay on weekends and we only needed one night--Saturday. The Desert Riviera suggested their sister hotel, the Hotel California, a block away. We were not disappointed!! We arrived hot, sweaty and dirty after climbing Mt. San Jacinto. Lucy immediately offered us a beer (no charge) while we checked in. Lucy made our dinner reservations and gave us a map and directions. Wonderful service all around. Our room was spacious, well appointed, quiet and comfortable. It also had a basket full of goodies (free) and cokes in the fridge. The owners obviously have taken pains to attend to all the details. The room had a nice LED TV with a DVD player. A large selection of DVDs is available in the common room, along with coffee and tea. The grounds are nicely landscaped and well maintained.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2011

this hotel will definitely exceed expectations. the thing that sets it apart from any other palmsprings hotel is how quiet it is. there's only 11 rooms, so even if the hotel is booked, you won't be fighting for pool space. the staff was amazing, and so were the amenities. free limo service, stocked kitchen, a beautiful view in every direction. loved loved loved it.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Additional Information about Hotel California

Property: Hotel California
Address: 424 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264-8806
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Palm Springs
#1 Best Value Hotel in Palm Springs
#3 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lush romantic grounds with surrounding Old California Spanish charm. Newly renovated with attention to every detail. Join us in the SUN! ... more   less 
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