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Hotel California
Ranked #2 of 75 Hotels in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 November 2013

all the reviews are true; this place is a gem. the hospitality and warmth of the team is beyond all comparison. I cannot fault the place and would go back tomorrow if I could.
the kitchen and ability to cook on the bar b q without washing up afterwards was especially appreciated

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Had a wonderful "get away"….always a pleasure to return here….Staff is GREAT…..if you don't like this place…you are too hard to please. Make sure you use their Limo for Dinner trips….what a trip!!!….already looking forward to out next trip to the "desert"….Linn & Jean

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Small, personable, cozy, ...all the right touches. You'll feel like you've walked into a friend's house - I mean that. Another reviewer recently described it as ....a hacienda - apt description. Anyway, on to details - lovely property only a few minutes from the "downtown" hub. Wonderfully landscaped outside & in - & the in part is especially wonderful - landscape used not just for visuals, but also functional (warmth, shade, privacy, etc.). Great kitchen/bbq area for those who do their own. Very nice pool/spa area in an all-tiled central courtyard - outdoor fire pit when needed, comfy pool & social area furniture, great movie collection. Wonderful room - comfy bed (so important), ceiling fan, tile floor, kitchenette area, spacious/clean. Well maintained beach-cruiser bikes which we used to go to breakfast one morning. Room needed one minor repair which was attended to immediately. What else.... hmmm - all your informational needs handled - reservations, maps/directions, etc., etc.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

Everything they say is true! Hotel California is a little oasis of paradise with personal touches everywhere. Free bikes, bottled water, limousine service in a Harley Davidson limo, 24 hour pool, up to date DVDs, books, games, concierge service from a fabulous concierge who hugs you when you leave even though you only met her for the first time 3 days earlier. And her recommendations for restaurants and things to do are spot on. The rooms are cozy, homey and clean and snacks are left in addition to the fruit bar in the kitchen. Go there. Stay there. Relax there. Hotel California made these first time Palm Springers eager to return. Thanks Lucy, Kirby, Larry, Kelly and Mike. We wanted to remember your names since you made such an effort to remember ours'.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

On arrival at the hotel we were given a warm welcome and a cold beer. Just what was needed. Great staff who were genuinely helpful and friendly. Lovely spacious room with aircon. Also a communal kitchen if we needed to cook. Lovely pool area. I Would recommend hotel california and look forward to staying there again.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Stay no where else other than here! The hotel is as wonderful as it's outstanding and hospitable staff. Have travelled the world and have never stayed anywhere as welcoming, comfortable or as relaxing as The Hotel California.....which does not feel like a hotel at all. Feels like a hacienda with a common room, communal kitchen, deluxe pool, hot tub, courtyard, fire pit, fresh fruit and the best coffee each morning. You can explore Palm Springs on one of the hotel bikes or be delivered to your location via the hotel's limousine. I will be back as soon as possible!

Room Tip: Ask for room 2....ideal location
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

My wife and I were lucky enough to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary at the Hotel California in Palm Springs.

From the first introduction by KC, the welcome drink and the walk around the property we were hooked. The content and quality of our introduction answered every question we could possibly have asked, and plenty that we didn't.

It was clear from the attitude of the other guests around the pool, that this was a place where you could chill out and relax and let the Hotel California team and the hotel ambiance smooth away the stresses of the road!

We stayed in the "Town House" a lovely clean compact two level room, with all mod cons, a private terrace, shared balcony terrace and two flat screen tv's, convenient parking and steps away from the very quiet spa pool.

We appreciated the "bottomless coffee" that was always ready to go, the fruit in the communal kitchen for a light bite, and the variety of interesting nibbles in the room.

The pool was clean, warm and quiet. The shared guest areas were all clean and relaxing. It was a joy to sit in the spa or shaded communal areas and watch the humming birds drink nectar.

Throughout our stay the staff were really helpful and friendly, but never invasive - or too much. Judged perfectly.

We had a chat with the owner - who seems like a great chap - feet firmly grounded in the real world! While chatting, I thought of saying "if you could bottle the Hotel California" formula and sell it to one of the big hotel chains, he would probably make a fortune - and then it hit me - a hotel chain simply couldn't replicate it - they couldn't reproduce the attention to detail for genuine reasons, they'd have to get their percentage profit from every little thing. At the Hotel California its the cumulative effect of the small details that create a big overall impression!

As we checked out, we explained to the owner about our drive to the LAX airport, so he gave us to frozen bottles of water - just in case we got stuck in an LA traffic jam. The owner figured we might need a cool drink if we got stuck for hours! That's the kind of thoughtful detail that you get at the Hotel California - a lovely gesture for the right reasons, with no thought of exploiting a potential profit making opportunity. How refreshing.

Palm Springs is lovely, and sets the bar high. Hotel California pushes the standards even higher!

It was a joy to stay here, we'll certainly be back - and for longer next time too. We'll recommend this hotel to our friends.

Room Tip: Any room will be great!!!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel California

Address: 424 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-8806
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Palm Springs
#1 Business Hotel in Palm Springs
#3 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range: £103 - £157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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