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“Exceeded expectations!”
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Avance Hotel
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Burlington, Vermont
1 review
“Exceeded expectations!”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

My boyfriend and I were so impressed by every aspect of our visit last week to the Desert Eclipse Resort. From the minute we arrived, Michael & Scott made us feel welcome. The room & kitchen was well appointed and tastefully decorated-- Jeff Lewis would be proud and based on how clean the room was, you'd assume that Zoila was working her magic, instead it was the ever-so-sweet Leonard!

The continental breakfast perfectly hit the spot each morning. The pool was a perfect temp and the hot tub hit the spot after a long day of exploring the city, Joshua Tree and Mt. San Jacinto.

It really has a boutique resort feel with a small number of rooms (<10) and strong attention to detail as well as personal service.

We didn't want to leave and even momentarily considered extending our stay by a night as our room was going to be available, but resisted temptation.

We hesitated giving such a glowing review as we would *hate* to find this place booked up for our next vacation (wouldn't consider another place in P.S.), but we also want to make sure this place stays around for a good, long time!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Denver
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

This is our fifth visit to the Desert Eclipse after trying out several properties in Palm Springs. The rooms are spotless, the pool is saltwater, and the size of the resort is perfect. We always meet friendly people - but the hosts, Michael and Scott, are the reason we keep returning to Palm Springs. They are so warm and welcoming, ready to answer any questions or just sit and visit for a bit while you eat breakfast. The value here is incredible - we have paid over double the price for resorts here in Palm Springs, and we have gone away disappointed. We plan to return soon - it is always difficult to say goodbye to what has become like a second home in the desert for us!

Room Tip: All rooms are great, even the smaller Junior Suite - every room we have stayed in has incredibly com...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

My partner and I just returned from our second visit to Desert Eclipse and found it to be just as nice as it was the first time. The guest rooms are luxuriously appointed, modern and very comfortable. The entire property is impeccably well maintained. The owners, Scott and Michael, are most hospitable. I would not hesitate to recommend Desert Eclipse to anyone looking for a classy, comfortable gay retreat in Palm Springs.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

My Partner and I stayed at Desert Eclipse in October 2013. What a wonderful little Gem in the desert. We were picked up by Michael, one of the owners, from the Airport and brought a short drive to their little oasis. The resort although small, has a wonderfully warm feel to it. Everything was immaculate. Our room, number 6, had a large king bed with beautiful linens and the most lovely pillows. We also had a full kitchen and a private patio area to the back of the suite. Free Wi-Fi too. Leonard, another little Gem in the desert, who looks after all of the guest rooms, was just fabulous. He could not have been more helpful, always at hand to help with, extra towels, toiletries nothing was a problem. Michael and Scott are lucky to have him. Michael was always up at the crack of dawn to organise the breakfast area. There was a great range of continental foods on offer, fresh bagels, delicious muffins, cereal, and fruit, plenty to get you started for your day ahead. They have two Keurig Coffee machines, with a cupboard full of different types of coffee and tea, available 24hrs. There is also a fridge filled with sodas, run on an honors system, 50cent a pop. The courtyard style of the property with comfortable loungers and parasols dotted around the pool was perfect. There was no part of the day where you didn't get Sun. The gardens are very lush and beautifully manicured. The pool is delightful, it is salt water, no chlorine and large enough for the size of the property. All manner of relaxing flotation devices are available to use, to float your cares away in the pool. There is also a full size barbecue for use by guests. As I had let Michael & Scott know that it was my partner’s birthday when we were there, they very thoughtfully left the most delicious birthday cake in our room upon our arrival. Such a sweet and lovely personal touch. Desert Eclipse is a short walk to the centre of town, and within walking distance from the nearest drug stores and supermarkets.Ralphs is 5 minutes walk. One thing that newcomers to Palm Springs should know is that everything is close by. If you are looking for a relaxing place to stay, to get away from the world, you can't go wrong with Desert Eclipse. We enjoyed every minute of our stay and made some friends along the way too. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer.
Until next time Palm Springs......

Room Tip: We would recommend room 6, it has two large palms outside which are protected from the sun by white...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2013

We just spent a week at the Resort, first time visiting and will definitely go back. Michael & Scott are great hosts, the rooms are lovely and having kitchenettes are a bonus. Really enjoyed ourselves. Adam & Thomas

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

Seven rooms are very clean and comfortable with salt water pool clothing optional sun bathing. Guests tend to be 30's and 40's and very friendly. Very nice continental breakfast with 24hr coffee and sodas. Parking in front of the resort and near several other gay resorts. I would stay again and also pet friendly.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

This was our second visit, and as fine as could be; Scott and Michael are lovely hosts, helpful but not intrusive. We especially like the suites with a kitchen for lunch and some dinners. The place is impeccibly clean, and the guests tend to the classier side. The expanded continental breakfast is a fine addition.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Avance Hotel
Address: 537 S Grenfall Rd, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-7618 (Formerly Desert Eclipse Resort)
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
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Ranked #14 of 41 Speciality Lodging in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Avance Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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