This is to confirm the new owners of Warm Sands Villas are making their mark. The very nice straight couple who are the new owners are operating the resort strictly as a business, and it's irrelevant to them whether it's a straight or gay resort. It's just a business proposition for them. At least, that's what they said. They also said the plan is to keep it gay.
During my week, there was no wine & cheese hospitality. In the past, I liked the evening cordial as a way to mingle with other guests and the owners - Matt & Doug.
Overall, the atmosphere isn't the same - it just feels empty and devoid of the personality it once had.
The buildings are very old and some rooms have very old and outdated bathrooms. The beds are good, most of the other furnishings are old and dirty. There's no way I'd sit in the upholstered chair in my room. In the past, I overlooked the worn & dirty furniture, antiquated bathroom and the crumbling and peeling concrete decking area surrounding the pool because of the redeeming qualities of the atmosphere and personality of the resort. But now, I find the aforementioned items disgusting due to the bland atmosphere.
My room had a newer flat screen TV, with a poor selection of channels. There were 2 (gay) porn channels. That surprised me with straight owners. Most of the gay oriented news magazines/publications that are in all the other gay resorts were missing.
The rates are reasonable. It's not the worst gay resort and there are a number of others that I won't stay at, but I don't plan on returning to Warm Sands Villas after many annual and semi-annual visits.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Warm Sands Villas an enchanting resort in heart of Warm Sands neighborhood is very close to down town Palm Springs. Featuring charming Spanish architecture with today's amenities, Warm Sands Villas a gay hotel; favorite with its gay men guests for its personal, friendly service and value. Large guestrooms feature new premium king beds, travertine floors, and in-room climate control that handles even the hottest days. Wireless internet access property-wide and upgraded amenity options like flat screen televisions. Relax and get sun in lush green expansive courtyard with views of the San Jacinto Mountains, night time by the fire and under an amazing array of stars - come experience desert hospitality our way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Warm Sands Villas Hotel Palm Springs