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Hotel California
Ranked #2 of 73 Hotels in Palm Springs
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Table View, South Africa
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Brilliant!”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. The beautiful setting and the warmth of the staff make this a great base from which to explore Palm Springs. I was offered a drink on arrival and, even though, I was early, was given access to my room much earlier than anticipated. While I waited, I enjoyed a short tour of the property and was given access to the public lounge which contains several fascinating books and other items of interest.
My room was on the first floor and was very comfortable and contained all I needed for a comfortable stay.
If I had a gripe it would be that a shared balcony area can be tricky if other guests continually use it as their hangout and therefore have full sight into your bedroom! With this in mind, it would have been great to have had another window to open and look out of as the only other windows were behind the bed and quite difficult to access.
I would highly recommend this establishment to others and wish the proprietor much continued success!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Checking in at Hotel California is like visiting close friends. The tropical garden with the pool, the complimentary snack and beverages at your room, the fully equiped kitchen and barbeque, the towel rack and the sunscreen provided by the pool, the air conditioned "public living room", the hospitability and friendliness og the staff. It all facilitate the hapiness and joy of the people staying there, making it so easy to get to know the other visitors and make new friends.

Love this place, and wouldn't even consider staying any other place in Palm Springs (o:

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The perfect hidden getaway for a couple of friends or couples. Small, intimate, nicely appointed rooms (good sheets/toiletries/beds), lovely guest amenities make this a hidden gem. Quiet, hip, comfortable. NOT for children or large groups. Fab staff, very helpful and accomodating. Lovely foliage adds to the atmosphere. Wish I were back there right now, sigh.

Room Tip: wifi spotty. sorry, I don't have any room tips!
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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chicago
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We spent 3 nights at Hotel California, and words cannot describe the wonderful experience. It is the best and only hotel to stay at in Palm Springs. The staff goes above and beyond expectations. It is like walking into your home, it is that relaxing. The grounds are just gorgeous, the rubber tree is lite up at nite and just so pretty. The pool is at the perfect temp and the misters really help to keep you comfortable. We can't wait to book our next stay.

Room Tip: Any room is perfect
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Burnsville, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

My husband and I just spent a wonderful 3 nights at Hotel California and were so happy with our decision. This retro hotel is just what you might hope for in Palm Springs, not a cookie cutter hotel but one that was extremely clean, cozy and comfortable. The service provided by the staff was beyond expectations from the complimentary drinks at check in or poolside, wonderful local information about restaurants and sights, as well as their interest in our having a good time.

Room Tip: Room 11 was a great king suite that overlooked the pool but was quiet
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

On a road trip we were passing through Palm springs and decided to spend the night. We walked in to this hotel coincidently and it just so happened they had a no show that day and had a room available! What absolute luck!
We had never heard of this hotel or read any reviews as we weren't planning in staying in Palm Springs. But wow were we blown away. What an amazing oasis in the desert!
First of the staff is unbelievably friendly and helpful, going out of their way in a very friendly way to make sure you have a good stay. e.g We asked for directions to the Joshua Tree Park and Curly (the manager) jumped out of his seat to grab us some frozen water to take with us to make sure we stayed hydrated as it was hot. Small gesture but goes a long way in showing the genuine values and philosophy of this small run boutique hotel. In a nutshell the service you receive is that of a world class resort by people who treat you like an old friend and not a dollar sign!
The Hotel itself is only 14 rooms and are set around a courtyard with a very relaxing pool and hot tub. Beautiful plants and fountain surround the pool. There are barbecues available with a common kitchen available for use 24hrs as well as a common room. Did I mention all snacks in your room and kitchen are complimentary and so is everything else. Pool is open 24hr and there is a no children policy which makes this place a great romantic getaway. The rooms aren't full of fancy gadgets and marble floors like you'd get in big hotels but thats what adds to the character of this unique hotel. You feel a sense of absolute privacy as the staff are also very discrete and the hotel
actually trust you to use it's facilities anytime of day and responsibly unlike bigger hotels which always assume the worst and have staff constantly watching and hovering

After having stayed at a lot of hotels on our US trip I thought a lot about Hotel California's business model and philosophy. This is the new breed of luxury hotel which caters to travellers looking for luxury in a unique setting without the pretentiousness of big expensive resorts but with the facilities and service. They don't try make money from things you would expect a luxury resort to offer complimentary such wifi or snacks and etc which in effect makes the guest really appreciate these small gestures of generosity.

Our stay at the Hotel California was without a doubt one of the best hotel experiences we have ever had with the service second to none. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Palm Springs.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Hotel California is the quintessential retro hotel and classic Palm Spring experience. We stayed at there on May 21 & 22, 2014. We loved the accommodations and found the service exceptional. Curly, the hotel manager, is well versed in the art of hospitality. He was a lot of fun and made our stay comfortable and relaxing. The staff overall was extremely helpful and friendly and went out of their way to accommodate our vacation needs. The rooms are cute and roomy and very clean. The pool is on the smaller side but the common area surrounding the pool were gorgeous with plants and flowers and various seating areas and were extremely well maintained. There is also an outdoor spa, bikes and bbq area for use at any time. We only regret that we could stay 2 nights and look forward to returning as soon as we can.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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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
#2 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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