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“Far below expectations”
Review of Tortuga del Sol

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Tortuga del Sol
Reviewed 19 May 2006

We expected to find friendly hosts, a positive environment, and upscale accommodations because of the price. None of these expectations were met during our four day mid week stay in May. My partner and I enjoyed the comfortable bed, quiet room and large bathrobes but nothing else.

The worst part of all was the negative atmosphere. This caught us by surprise and left us feeling numb. The hosts were hardly seen, never interacted much with guests (even their cat was aloof) and the guests kept mostly to themselves. There was never any attempt by the hosts to build some sense of community. The whole place seemed depressed.

Other areas of concern were the poor in room amenities (Folgers Coffee, Tone Soap, etc), heavy layer of dust, mold in shower, low quality dishes and utensils, overall deferred maintenance, cobwebs on outside furniture, walkways that were never cleaned during our stay, heavy chemicals used in the pool, and basic continental breakfast.

After reading the other reviews I can’t believe we’re talking about the same place. What we found was completely opposite of anything that has been written here.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Management response:Responded 20 June 2006

As owners and operators of Tortuga del Sol, we constantly monitor guest comments and this one just didn’t seem right to us. We would get very concerned if someone had a negative experience at Tortuga del Sol. Our top priority and complete focus is always on guest services and daily maintenance of the resort. We get a great deal of positive feedback about our resort and have a very high return rate, which tells us we must be doing something right. We’ll leave it up to the readers based on the other reviews on how valid this one was.

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Reviewed 13 April 2006

Just returned from our first stay at Tortuga del Sol and it definitely won't be our last. The property is well laid out, with different areas to relax. Common areas have a large pool, jacuzzi, lots of lounge chairs with thick pads, fire pit, ping-pong table, hammock, gas grill for guest use, guest internet terminal, and fruit trees that were at their peak while we were there. The (on-site) hosts Ric & Rob are magnificent, making everyone feel at home, and encouraging conversation between other guests. Be sure to inquire with Ric if you are looking for a (non-sexual) massage, he gave the best I've had in quite a while. Rooms are very clean, comfortable and well decorated, all with coffee maker, mini frig, and microwave, most with full kitchenette. There are some rooms with private outdoor areas, and one that will accept dogs which is a plus if you travel with your pet. Rooms were a very good value made more so by the "buy 6 nights, the 7th is free" policy. Shopping, dining, and nightlife are a short walk from the property, although most bars are driving/taxi distance away.

  • Stayed: April 2006, travelled on business
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Boulder Colorado
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Reviewed 8 March 2006

We just came back from a 3 night stay at Tortuga del Sol.
I was more than pleased. The room was very confortable, clean and full of amenities. The resort was very clean and beatifuly landscaped. The hosts treated us like old friends. The location was unbeatable, close to downtown PSP and close to several bars. I loved it! and will defenitly come back.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Belfair, WA
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Reviewed 24 January 2006

What a great place! We met some great people and had a very relaxing vacation. Ric & Rob, great job of making people feel welcome. We definately will return.
Steve & Dennis

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed 6 November 2005

Just returned from a two night stay at the Tortuga del Sol and couldn't be more pleased with my experience. This intimate PS hideaway is everything that it promised on their website. I stayed in the Pueblo Studio and the room was wonderful. Complete with a nice furnished mini kitchen area, a very comfy queen size bed and a generous amount of towels. The room and the premises are spotless. The pool and Jacuzzi area are sunny with thick cushions on all the chaises. The owners Rick and Robert are perfect hosts. Oh, and the breakfast was an assortment of cereals, bagels, muffins, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, an actual breakfast! These two haven't scrimped one bit on the little details including light dimmers in the rooms and a nice, big TV and a VCR player.

This is a very romantic spot and perfect for singes and couples. I'll definitely return and tell my friends about this spot of paradise.

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Reviewed 24 January 2005

We have stayed at Tortuga del Sol three times over the last few years and are always upset when we have to leave. Each time the owners have updated or installed something new to make our stay more enjoyable. It has a beautiful pool and jaccuzi area surrounded by huge palms. It's conveniently located in Palm Springs but just off the beaten path as to be quiet and relaxing. The owners are unbelievably accomodating and do everything they can to make you as comfortable as possible. Tortuga is a must-stay for any gay traveler who wants to relax and unwind the lap of luxury.

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Chris From Santa Barbara CA
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Reviewed 22 May 2003

Stayed many times at the Tortuga Del Sol. Small, Intimate and Friendly. Located in a neighborhood away from traffic noise and with great mountain views. The Hosts will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Expanded continential breakfast can be served in your room or by the pool. This is a clothing optional gay mens resort. Hotel also features a well equiped exercise room.

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Additional Information about Tortuga del Sol

Address: 715 E San Lorenzo Rd, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-8109
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 41 Speciality Lodging in Palm Springs
Price Range: £73 - £162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Tortuga Del Sol Hotel Palm Springs

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