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“Favorite hotel on our recent trip to Southern California” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Borrego Springs Resort & Spa

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Borrego Springs Resort & Spa
1112 Tilting T Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 hotels in Borrego Springs
Tolland, CT
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“Favorite hotel on our recent trip to Southern California”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2006

If you want a big room, super comfortable bed, good-size pool with plenty of lounge chairs in the sun and shade, guest laundry, in-room sofa and refrigerator, and an on-site full-service restaurant, this is the place for you. If you're a golfer, you'll be even happier to abut a golf course. A free continental breakfast is offered in the restaurant next door. We had an excellent, moderately priced dinner there one night in the bar. Our server and the bartender made us feel right at home in this small town. This is a great place to stay when exploring the Anza Borrego Desert without spending the big bucks that the Casa del Zorro charges.

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2006

Well, this is not a 5-star-resort. However, they charge 3-star-rates, and for that, you get certainly more that you can expect.
First, buildings and layout. This a typical resort, consisting of several two-storey building which are grouped around the swimming-pool. On the grounds is a restaurant with a terrace that opens to the adjacent golf-course. The buildings are modern and in typical southwestern style.
Second, rooms. The rooms are very large, with a separate sitting area and a dining table. Each room has a large balcony or terrace with two chairs and a table. Each room has a kitchenette with microwave-oven and sink. The suites are much larger with separate rooms for sleeping an sitting. The kitchen is also bigger and includes a stove. The furnishings are the same in regular rooms and suites. The overall ambiance is somewhat like that of an above-average motel. The bathrooms are smallish but functional. The neatly folded towels add a nice touch. The toiletries are very high-quality, including bathing-gel and body-lotion with a wonderful grapefruit smell.
Thirdly, facilities. The pool is very large and well-heated. The jacuzzi is comfortable for 4 people and steaming hot. What we did not like was that both pool and jacuzzi are fenced (U.S. law?) and that you have to open two iron gates to move between pool and jacuzzi. We did not use the gym, but through the windows, it looked well-equipped and modern.
Fourthly, restaurant. The restaurant is typically southwestern. The room rate includes continental breakfast which is absolutely okay, with a selection of breads, with bagels, pastries, cereals, 2 kinds of juices etc. Of course, you can also have an a-la-carte breakfast. Dinner was typical American fare with a Southwestern touch. We observed that the restaurant was very popular with the locals (police officers etc.). Prices were adequate.
Fourthly, location and view. Since we visited some other resorts in Borrego Springs, we know that most of the resorts are somewhat isolated in the desert. You definitely need a car to go around. By car, however, you need just two minutes to reach the "center" of Borrego Springs. We had rooms with and without view. The view was just the desert plains with some palms in the foreground and the mountains in the background. Certainly not spectacular but okay. "No view" was a view to the pool with the mountains in the background. Certainly not bad. Even the rooms with views over the parking-lots are okay, since the parking-lots are surrounded by well-kept desert plants.
Fifthly, service. No complaints. The receptionist was friendly, efficient and helpful. Maid service was impeccable.
To sum up: No luxury resort, but excellent value for money. If you prefer nightlife and shopping, don't go to Anza Borrego State Park anyway. But if you want to explore the desert and relax in the afternoons, this is an excellent choice.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2005

At first this seems like a nice facility for the relatively low rates. For example, $67.50 for a room during August at a resort with golf course, fitness center, tennis courts, swimming pool, cable television, a friendly and very helpful staff, and relatively large rooms with kitchenette, in beautiful Borrego Springs seems like a good deal.

But whoever designed the layout of the resort gave no consideration whatever to siting the rooms to take advantage of the stunning landscape. Most of the rooms look out onto parking lots, other buildings, or the swimming pool, not the desert or mountains. Hence a resort with extraordinary potential greatly disappoints.

If you want incredible views on the cheap in Borrego Springs, stay at the charming if somewhat funky Palms at Indian Head, where during the summer you can usually have the entire resort and its olympic-sized swimming pool all to yourself.

  • Stayed August 2005, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2005

Having spent many weekends in Borrego Springs we decided to try a new resort. What a disappoint! Although the prices have risen sharply at La Casa Del Zorro, there is no comparison. The rooms felt like government housing. Minimal and cheap at best. The rooms smelled like mildew and our patio was covered with dirt and leaves. The pool left little to be desired with minimal cheap furniture and umbrellas that had seen better days. It would not take a lot to make it at least a 3 star hotel.

Here is the worst part - there was a giant wedding and reception 30 yards from our room. The entire hotel grounds were covered with people who could not fit into the room. In addition to the loud continuous music, there were a group of teenagers hanging out in front of our patio. So much for a quiet and relaxing weekend. When we called the front desk, all they did was say they were sorry but could not do anything. They didn't offer to move us or move any of the hundreds of people drinking on the premises.
The hotel obviously knew this large party was taking over the grounds, they should have notified us or at least moved us to another part of the hotel.

Their lack of response and responsibilty the following day has prompted me to write my first review of a hotel.

Stayed July 2005
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Kensington, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2005

We chose this hotel based on previous reviews posted on TripAdvisor and spent two nights there in mid-April.

This property is an under-discovered gem. There were few other guests there during our stay. The hotel appears to have been built in the late 1990s so everything still works and is in good shape. The pool is large, centrally located and well-maintained. We had a suite with two large rooms (each with its own tv and a/c) and a kitchenette. We were in building 3 facing outside so our view was across a narrow parking lot but there was "endless" undeveloped land beyond so it was like looking into the desert.

The hotel is located about 1 1/2 mile southeast from the Borrego Springs traffic circle so it is not exactly downtown. However, it's an easy five minute drive to town (such as it is).

This would be a no-brainer "excellent" review except for one problem that existed during our stay: some contamination had been discovered in the water supply. The hotel provided bottled water for drinking (the room water supply remained on so we could take showers, use the bathroom, etc.) and reduced our rate because of the inconvenience but I still left with some kind of "bug" in my system. My family was not affected.

We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2005

Borreego Springs and Anza Borrego State Park are the place to be in February. We spent 4 days there with our kids. The state park has wonderful hiking trails of all levels, and in Feb. the wildflowers are starting to bloom. Make sure you rent a 4 wheel drive to get closer access to wildflowers and really explore. Upon first glance, Borrego Springs Resort looks like a bland sort of adobe motel type place. But it is very clean and the Family suites in Building 5 on the top floor (for views of pool) are the way to go. Very spacious room. Pool is kept at a great temperature, as is hot tub. Nice golf area - although we didn't golf. And nearby 60's style neighborhood for walking and jogging. also, continental breakfast is just fine. A great family retreat for February. Mexican restaurant Pablito's in town is good value and quick service. But stock up at the grocery store, since the family suite has a nice kitchenette. Make sure you ask for the AAA rate. Enjoy!!

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2003

Perfect three days of R & R. I was able to play golf every day on a much better than expected course. My wife was helped by the hotel staff to find a spa and get in some horseback riding. We usually visit Palm Springs every year but costs have made that more and more difficult.
Borrego Springs Resort was a perfect replacement. Food was excellent and well served. We did try another resort for dinner on our second night but I see no reason to wear a jacket at a desert resort. No doubt this place is worth a visit.

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Address: 1112 Tilting T Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Borrego Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 hotels in Borrego Springs
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
**NEVER A RESORT FEE**Restaurant and Spa now open 7 days a week. Golf will re-open November 15, 2013 Rest and relaxation await you at Borrego Springs Resort & Spa. With 100 newly remodeled guestrooms, a 18-hole pristine championship golf course, 6 lighted tennis courts, a restaurant and lounge, banquet and conference facilities and services, a business center, free Wi-Fi and breathtaking views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Also enjoy our new Spa Serenity for all of your spa needs, and enjoy a true resort experience. ... more   less 
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