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“Beautifully kept Mid-Century Palm Springs hotel...with a couple caveats.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Desert Hills

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Desert Hills
Ranked #51 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
Seattle, WA
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Beautifully kept Mid-Century Palm Springs hotel...with a couple caveats.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

I'm a huge fan of Mid-Century architecture, and among the things I like about Palm Springs is the abundance of Mid-Century hotel properties. We stayed at the Del Marcos last year and had a great experience, but it was booked when we decided (a bit late) to head to PS this year. Desert Hills had amazing reviews and is also a Mid-Century property, so I figured we would give it a try.

First, the good stuff: The property and grounds are beautifully maintained. It's located 4+ blocks West of Palm Canyon Drive, just a block in from the base of the mountains--pretty setting that is very quiet, but still very walkable. The pool and spa were spotlessly clean. The bed in our studio suite was very decent. The staff was very friendly. Our room was large, with a kitchen, seating area, and sliding door with a patio space overlooking the pool.

Now, the reservations. The room decor was a bit out of date and some of the furniture felt a bit worn. The bathroom is mostly original, which will please MC traditionalists; however the shower was a small tiled enclosure without a light which made it feel a bit dark. As stated, the extreme Western location of the Desert Hills means the pool is in shade by 3:30pm after the sun passes over the mountains.

Finally--unlike the Del Marcos, which had a wide diversity of guests when we were there (it's also adult-only), the Desert Hills clientele seemed to be older retirees. There was a ~30 year age delta between us and the other guests. That's fine--it meant it was very quiet, and the guests all kept to themselves. Something to be aware of if you are younger and want to stay somewhere that you might meet/hang out with people in your age cohort.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms (like Room 7) have doors that face onto the pool, while others (like Room 1) face...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

My wife and I stayed here as part of a week-long Palm Springs / Anza-Borrego getaway. With all the hotel options in Palm Springs, we had a hard time choosing a place. Our priorities were as follows:
- A bit away from 'downtown' and preferably quiet
- Relaxed vibe - not a party hotel - someplace we'd feel comfortable reading by the pool all day
- Kitchen so we could cook our own meals
- Scenic views, if possible

The Desert Hills provided all that and more - at a very reasonable price.

The room [#6] was spacious and had more to offer than the photos online showed. It had a large couch and ottoman in the main room, a huge comfortable bed, a recliner, etc. The kitchen was fully-equipped and totally functional. The pool and hot tub were lovely and just steps outside our door. They have a communal kitchen area with two new outdoor gas BBQ's, a full compliment of BBQ tools, coffee, yogurt, and pastries every morning, etc. I could go on and on. Every time we thought "Oh, it'd be nice if this place had, X, Y, or Z", we'd turn a corner or open a drawer and there it was. They thought of everything!

The staff was super friendly and helpful - loaning us books on the area hiking, recommending stores for whatever we were trying to find, etc. Even the cleaning / maintenance staff was personable, friendly, and genuine.

The vibe here was just right - we were totally impressed - highly recommended.

Room Tip: If you can afford #1 [their big, fancy suite] it looked exceptionally awesome. We stayed in #6 and w...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

I met my family here. It was their pick, so I wasn't sure what we were in store for, but we loved it. The staff is amazing, the decor is perfect (very mid-century, but tasteful), the pool is wonderful and the whole place is at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mnts. It's within walking distance of both hiking and the commercial strip. Not sure I'm a fan of Palm Springs, but I'm certainly a fan of Desert Hills.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Spokane WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

This place was great! We arrived after the manager was off-duty. All we had to do was pick up a packet with our names on it and get into our room. All the rooms had doors directly onto the pool area which had a pool, hot tub, barbecue, palms for shade, and a pergola for some more shade. They had complimentary bikes to borrow, which was a very easy way to get around town. Although, it's only 2 blocks from the main strip, it felt very secluded and private. The room included a full kitchen, which made it very easy to make lunch and dinner and hang by the pool all day.

Room Tip: Get a room with a kitchen and living area. All the amenities will make it easy to spend the whole d...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

Desert Hills is a great boutique hotel, spacious comfortable rooms, with everything you could possibly need, more like mini apartments, with kitchen, lounge, dressing room, bathroom and large bedroom. More wardrobe space than I have at home! We also had our own private patio in addition to lovely poolside area. Very pretty grounds and fab view of the mountains and palms. It has a great, warm, larger than average pool and nice jacuzzi. It's set in quiet road just off the main strip, so very convenient for night life and lots of restaurants all within walking distance. Barbara, the manager is very friendly and very helpful. A couple of points to note: breakfast is just a basic shop bought pastry and watery coffee. Plus Barbara leaves at 5pm so if you need anything after this time, you're out of luck. Gardener also arrives really early in the morning. Overall, really enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Oakland, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

Words cannot express how much my husband and I love this place. We never thought we would find a place that's so comfortable that we would book our return as we were checking out. We've done this the last two times. Just can't get enough. The rooms are cozy and the staff is amazing. It's truly a place designed to make you relax and unwind. Be advised that it's an older crowd, so if you're look for a raucous pool party, this isn't the place for you. But if you want to experience a true 'holiday' then book your room now.

Room Tip: The rooms by the fountain are nice because they're a little more removed from the pool.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

We spent 3 nights here and wished we could have stayed longer. Barbara was great - very friendly and helpful. There seemed to be quite a few guests who return year after year and you can see why. Although the hotel retains its 1950's layout, fortunately the rooms have been updated to a comfortable more contemporary style. We really appreciated having the use of bikes. It was a great way to explore the town. The hotel is wonderfully located in a quiet neighbourhood but at the same time only 5 minutes walk from the shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Desert Hills

Property: Desert Hills
Address: 601 W Arenas Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262-6313
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Desert Hills, tucked up against the rugged San Jacinto Mountains is one of Palm Springs classic boutique hotels. Built in 1956, Desert Hills is situated in the historic district a few blocks from the shops, galleries and restaurants in the heart of Tennis Club District of old Palm Springs. The "quiet luxury" of Desert Hills retains the essence of classic old Palm Springs with rooms and suites reminiscent of the 1950's mid-century modern design. ... more   less 

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