This was my first time experiencing such a property – usually, when I've stayed at a place with ten rooms or less, it's a bed and breakfast. But this is more of an old fashioned driving motel that's wonderfully private and secluded and very comfortable.
I was greeted by the very helpful and cheerful Misty; she showed me around and took me to my room, which had a king bed with high-thread-count sheets and featured a separate eat-in kitchen, a cool retro bathroom with spa-quality towels and toiletries, and plenty of free snacks and bottles of water. The room also featured a tv and DVD player – make sure you have the front desk person show you how they actually work – I ended up having to watch one of their free loaner movies on my laptop because I could never figure it out.
I rarely notice other guests when I'm at a bigger property but I observed an eclectic mix around the pool, from a young, unfriendly couple to a very talkative older woman who reminded me of that leather skinned lady in the movie, “There's Something About Mary.” She was decked out with some fringe thing covering her bikini. Yes. A bikini. Bless Her Heart.
Anyway, the best part was being able to take a private, midnight swim and dip in the hot tub under a beautifully starry night with a view of the mountains. I never would have thought to do this, but Misty had told me that the pool and hot tub were open 24 hours. When I was done, I pulled on my plush robe and admired all the flowers and landscaping. The only disappointment – when I went back to my room, the shower didn't have any hot water. It was barely lukewarm. When I told the owners the next morning, they apologized profusely and explained that their maintenance person had “dialed down” the hot water heater after another guest on the other side of the property complained about it being too hot. The management quickly refunded a significant portion of my bill.
There are more affordable options – especially in the off season – and I wish they had some kind of breakfast instead of just the snacks in the room and fresh fruit and coffee, but I will definitely return, hopefully for a much longer stay. The glowing TripAdvisor reviews are accurate and the nice owners and staff deserve all the praise that come with them. My mission now: to find out which fabric softener they use – the towels and sheets smelled wonderful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amazing renovation of a beautiful vintage property, that takes you back to the old Palm Springs feel. Panoramic view of the San Jacinto mountains, impressing clean and manicured gardens. Sparkling pool and hot tub and poolside guest barbecue. Personal attention to every guest, Customer Service is #1. Come feel the vibe. (ADULTS ONLY PROPERTY) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Riviera Palm Springs
- Hotel Desert Riviera