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Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs
Ranked #21 of 73 Hotels in Palm Springs
Domfront, France
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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“3day visit to Palm Springs”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

My sister and I were staying in San Francisco with her son and we escaped the city and flew to Palm Springs. It is very a very manicured resort full of lots of OAPs. The hotel was very close to the shops, airport so it was convenient as we were on foot. We were lucky as the viceroy was quite devoid of visitors. We were able to enjoy one of the three pools completely by ourselves. The pool was warm and the pool area very charming. The staff were very attentive. We had one evening meal which was delicious but expensive. The breakfasts were eaten sitting round one of the poolside and were very good - on the large size. When more people arrived you could hear the water being run in upstairs rooms. However,, I would really recommend this hotel. Without a car 3 days was just about enough.

Room Tip: Upper rooms would probably be quieter
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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67 reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

I stayed here over the past weekend with my girl friends in the wetherly suite. At first we were very confused where the entrance to the hotel was. The sign was very tiny, but we found the little yellow door that led the way to the hotel entrance. We checked in at 3:30pm but our room wasn't ready yet. The decor in the lobby was very cute, it just looked like it wasn't maintained too well. Our room was very nice, which was away from the main hotel in these small bungalows. We had a little kitchen, dining room, warm fireplace, changing room, bathroom and the bedroom. It very much felt like a one bedroom home, nice and cozy. The only problem was that I felt that everything looked nice but under close inspection, everything was so cheap and dingy. My 2 friends slept in the sofa bed, and the fabric was really dirty, and there weren't any sheets or pillows unless you called room service. The staff was very nice and sent us a tray full of fruits and water for our stay. The drinks at the bar was very delicious but a bit pricey, and the heated 24hr pool was a nice touch. We were a bit too loud at night in the pool and got sent back to our room by security.... so much for a 24 hour pool. It was a fun memorable weekend, I just expected the place to be more pristine and clean, especially since the room was well over $500/night.

Probably won't be coming back again anytime soon.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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seattle
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Had such a great experience at the viceroy! Located really close to the main strip in downtown. The hotel is beautiful. Really cute decor. Lovely pools. Relaxing hot tubs. We loved the fire pits and lounge areas. Yoga class on site was wonderful. The staff was so helpful, I loved them!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Southern california
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175 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

I had my first stay at the Viceroy in Palm Springs with a group of ten people. Pulling up to the property you immediately know this isn't your normal hotel. The front door was very tough to identify. The property is a series of structures linked together inside the closed perimeter. From the outside you think it's a small boutique hotel. Once inside you realize it occupies nearly 3/4 of a decent sized city block on the edge of a residential area.

the entrance lobby is quite small, again giving the feel of a tiny property. Once you move inside and start to move to your room, do you realize that it actually is a very spacious property. The rooms are both free standing cottages or connected suites within larger buildings. They all open onto courtyards or pools in what are very nice gardens and lawns.

Once you enter the room, the funk begins. The property has been around for years, and the decor is retro all the way. The rooms are bright, tiled, wild patterns, eclectic light fixtures, etc. Despite the age and retro of the property, things are subtely modern and in very good working order.

The Viceroy isn't for everyone. There is a quiet reserve to the property that lends itself to adults only. I wouldn't bring a family or kids here. The rooms are tacky/chic, fun and spacious. The social scene appears to be around the pools, small courtyard pools where people watching wins the day.

If you are exploring Palm Springs and you want an island of funky civility, the Viceroy is for you. Thing Hollywood weekenders, or hipsters from NYC escaping the weather for a weekend. Enjoyed dinner there one night. Food was elegant and tasty, wine list surprisingly light, service just OK.

Room Tip: I had a cabin on the edge of the property. It was spacous and private, but pricey....room 504.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Toronto, Ontario
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

Seven of us enjoyed a wonderful private dinner party in celebration of my wife's 60th birthday at the Viceroy. Food, service and atmosphere were impeccable, as we had a private table in a cabana beside the pool. The whole place makes you feel like you've stepped back into 1957, when sunglasses, head scarves, cigarette holders (holding Viceroys, no doubt) and white tuxedo jackets were de rigeur for dinner. That's a compliment, by the way, not a criticism. There's nothing run-down or kitschy about the Viceroy... it's very elegant and well done. I half expected to run into Deborah Kerr strolling by the table, or Bogie and Bacall in the next booth. No doubt they were actually there 57 years ago! Either way, it was a lovely experience, if a bit on the pricey side.

Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay here at end Dec/ beginning of Jan. The room was large, clean and stylish, however hanging space for clothes was extremely limited. The shower was superb - hot and very powerful. Without exception the staff were friendly and helpful. Our room backed onto the street which meant that we did not have a view (not a problem as we only used the room for sleeping/ changing) and we didn't hear any traffic noise at all. It was mildly inconvenient that the room was regularly not serviced until very late in the afternoon. If one is to be really picky then it appears that some of the internal and external finishes could do with a touch up but this did not detract from our wonderful holiday at all.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2014

It's the perfect desert getaway....Beautiful rooms...Great service...Great staff...The choice of swimming pool areas is amazing...and the water temperature was perfect!

The menu could be a little more vegan/vegetarian friendly....can we make that happen? :)

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs
Address: 415 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-7307 (Formerly Viceroy Palm Springs)
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Palm Springs
#6 Spa Hotel in Palm Springs
#8 Family Hotel in Palm Springs
#21 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs 4*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A jewel box nestled in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the historic Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs rests at the foot of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains on four acres of fragrant, beautifully manicured gardens. Its Spanish architecture punctuated by a series of secluded, private bungalows, calls forth the iconic, storied Golden Age of Palm Springs, exuberantly updated with Hollywood Regency interiors by renowned designer Kelly Wearstler. At Avalon every experience has been hand-curated by a team of collaborators and bona fide hotel aficionados. You might say it's a calling. A penchant for wanderlust. A mind for singular retreats and unrepeatable vibes. We hold an affinity for one-offs, anomalies and the irrefutable allure of a personal touch. Our trademarks are small batched. Think of us as your own private hideaway. All you have to do is stay. ... more   less 
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