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“Just OK”
Review of Tortuga del Sol

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Tortuga del Sol
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed 4 September 2007

My partner and I have been trying different resorts to find the one that we feel most comfortable in. I personally have been going to Palm Springs for the past 8 years and have been to several different resorts.
Tortuga Del Sol is a nice resort in a good location. Its close to downtown Palm Springs and the gay area - Arenas where alot of the gay friendly restaurants and gay clubs are located. We have long since written off the Warm Sands resorts. They are just not for us with the exception of Hacienda, which is in a league of its own.
The resort itself is of course a bit dated, especially the rooms and baths. Perhaps others have been updated, but we didn't get one of them. The owners are very friendly and accomodating. I can't comment on the breakfast, but it looked similar to other resorts - continental breakfast.

OK now for the dirt. Like I said earlier the rooms could really use an update. The baths are very out dated. The picture of the room was a bit misleading in that is seemed larger in the photo that what it really was - good marketing though! My partner is sensitive to dust and unfortunately this room probably needed a good cleaning. The A/C probably had mold in it because he came down with a whopper of a sinus headache/cold and allergies by the end of our stay.
I'm sad to say this isn't the resort for us. Oh I forgot to mention the clientel ranges from 20's to 50's, but seem a bit more cruiser than than expected for a resort on San Lorenzo. So we will continue to look for a resort that keeps us interested in coming back.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — out dated bath and room
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Marion, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2007

I am a teacher and just spent an absolutely wonderful spring break with the guys at Tortuga Del Sol. They were exceptionally friendly and were so apt to give advice on places to eat and sites to see while in PS. Rick and Rob were so friendly and every morning had breakfast chats on the patio. I highly recommend the resort to the PS travler.

  • Liked — The pool side garden.
  • Disliked — Bathroom fixtures
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled solo
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2006

Stayed here numerous times and for good reason. First, the hosts are friendly, accomodating and fun. The hotel is charming with beautiful fruit trees extensive landscaping, flowers, and a real nice turtle pond along with a dry turtle habitat.
The pool is large. The 10 person jacuzzi is wonderful .The surrounding chaise lounges(with thick fluffy cushions) and seating areas abound . Nice shade areas as well and a large open area to soak up the sun.
The rooms are clean, spacious, and smoke free (which we found to be a great plus). Thick towels, nice flat screen TV, DVD, CD, and VCR. Good flowing air conditioning and ceiling fan (with remote controls )
Breakfast is continental style but has alot of choices, cold, hot cereals, yogurt, fruit, juices, bagels , muffins and cream cheese. coffee , tea, eggs. and jams. ( you will find something to please you)
They also have an extensive set of DVD's and Video's for your viewing pleasures.
For a nice relaxing vacation this is the spot in Palm Springs.
Would definitely stay here again and again.

  • Stayed July 2006
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4 Thank bear4u2c
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Reviewed 23 June 2006

We stayed for several days in June, and were excited by the reviews on Tripadviser. We looked at many other Palm Springs gay choices before deciding on Tortuga del Sol.

There were quite a few good things worth mentioning here. The hosts were most accommodating on our arrival and whenever we sought them out for anything. We also found them responsive in both email and telephone communications. We appreciated the snack basket that we found in our kitchen.

The things that were not so good included the following:
- The room was just okay. The king suite with kitchen was large enough, but it was not very well kept in terms of housekeeping. The kitchen lacked generally in equipment and the unit lacked overall in the quality and variety of amenities. The linens were just okay.
- This is a 1950’s apartment building or motel that has been economically renovated. That isn’t a problem, that’s just what it is. I didn’t care for the furnishings, but that’s just a personal preference.
- In truth we almost never saw the hosts, and they never extended themselves in any way unless asked. We and the other guests all kept to ourselves.
- The property isn’t very well maintained beyond first glance, including the outside furnishings and overall gardening.
- The pool, as previously mentioned, is heavily chlorinated. That may not bother you, but I found the lingering odor annoying. Some of the misters around the pool leaked, which caused cold dripping.
- The continental breakfast was not exceptional.

To sum it all up, Tortuga is definitely not a bad place, but it isn’t a great place either. Rating it 5 stars is to me completely inconceivable.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Laguna Woods, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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, co-owner at Tortuga del Sol, responded to this review, 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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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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5 Thank vacationsR4funfunfun
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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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3 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Property: Tortuga del Sol
Address: 715 E San Lorenzo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92264-8109
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Tortuga Del Sol Hotel Palm Springs

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