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 The room decor was a bit out of date and some of the furniture felt a bit worn.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.
- 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