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“Not a Resort by any means” 3 of 5 stars
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Welk Resort Palm Springs - Desert Oasis
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   34567 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234 (Formerly Desert Oasis Resort)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Cathedral City
Eugene, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Not a Resort by any means”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I expected a resort and this really was more of an apartment suite rental. My mistake that I thought there was daily maid service like a hotel/resort. Quite large suite with kitchen. However, the water from the tap came out brown until run out (maybe that's just the area water?), and often was not really warm. Can't fault the cleanliness or the staffs' friendliness, but all in all this was a rather shabby place. Sort of reminded me of an assisted living facility - where the staff goes out of their way to do a great job but the surroundings are dismal. Good location and, except for the street noise, quiet enough.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I stayed here 1/2/13-1/5/13 with my husband. It is conviently located right outside of Palm Springs and very close to Palm Desert. Lots of restaurants and retail around, all within 20 minutes or less! The floor plans are open, very spatious, plenty of towels/soap, dishes provided with dish soap, daily trash removal, and everything was very clean and well maintained. We had a view of the parking lot but the landscaping made it ok. The pool area was great- one lap pool for adults only, one "main" pool for everyone, both heated, and a hot tub. They have an activity center with a pool table, air hocky, and ping pong table but we did not use it. Seems to be very kid friendly but the majority of the people staying there were of retirement age. Definately not your place to come party, more like a place to go relax. My husband took a lesson from the golf course and used the driving range and was very pleased. We did sign up for the timeshare presentation but all 3 speakers called in sick that day (I'm ok with that ;) ) so they have us a restaurant voucher for our inconvenience on top of our other 2 gifts, which they give you after the presentation FYI. Concierge service was very nice and helpful! It was clear that they want you to enjoy your stay and help plan visits to area attractions and restaurants. I have no complaints, we had a great stay, just wished we found it sooner!

Room Tip: The golf course views are stunning and have afternoon sun. The kids in the pool area can be quite l...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Stayed here 7-14 Dec 12 with my wife. Positive - great location, units have a nice layout, great views from balcony, mid week house keeping and almost daily garbage collection, nice pool and hot tub, plenty of towels/soap etc, walk in closets, new appliances. Grounds are very well kept.
On the negative side, it's a bit dated. It appears upgrades have been done with the new appliances, granite counter tops and some upgraded finishings. The flooring, carpets, balcony carpet, tile, wood trim etc need upgrading right away. It is a clean resort however.
Check in was quick and we were given a 2nd floor golf course view unit as I had requested. The offer of gifts for a timeshare presentation was declined though they did call twice during the week to see if we had changed our mind - we hadn't. We didn't partake in any of the activities though they appeared to have a daily plan for kids and adults.
Overall, this is a nice resort with friendly staff in a good location but it needs updating. I give this resort 3 star quality off accommodations, so don't expect more than that rating offers. It was a great place to base our touring and golf outings in the Palm Springs area from.

Room Tip: As you face the resort, get a room on the right side, closer to the golf club. The road noise on the...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
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233 reviews 233 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

This is our second time to Lawrence Welk (1st time for Spring Break, 1-1/2 yrs ago; this time for Thanksgiving break) and we had a great trip both times. In fact, even though we've stayed at more upscale places in Palm Springs (like the 2-bdrm timeshares at Marriott Shadow Ridge), we actually prefer it here, bcse it's a smaller, 3-story resort, so it's easy to come and go to our room, the pool, activity center, etc., and we love all the free and reasonably priced crafts and activities for the kids available all day, every day, and check-out of board games and movies. Convenient location, in mellow Cathedral City, but not far from either Palm Desert or downtown Palm Springs.

We loved the location of our unit (which we rented from a timeshare owner who requests this Unit each year) - #406, bottom floor, walk right out onto your patio and out to the pool. Was worried it might be loud, but was never a problem. Everything else on my previous review (activities, facilities, activity center, unit, etc.) are still accurate. I'd just add that there's also free parking and free wifi, and despite some previous reviews, I used the wifi daiy and it was super fast.

Nearby attractions: this time the weather was so wonderful, we did more outside activities -- hiking Palm Canyon at Indian Canyons; hiking Thousand Palms Canyon, Demuth Park, but always love walking around downtown Palm Springs, too. Overall, a great relaxing family trip. Every time we come, we think - we should do this more often!

Room Tip: I'd ask for pool view room, either bottom floor (if you want to be able to walk right out the po...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

So, this isn't the place to go for a party. Nor is it a Zen Retreat, exactly. It's a clean, well-kept place near Palm Springs with a lovely view of the San Jacinto mountains, and a home spun quality that makes it a sweet place to be. They offer things like "book mark making" and "make your own sundaes". They also have a lunch BBQ by the pool a couple of days a week. Many of the guests are baby boomers and beyond (often with grandkids - and, there are activities for the kids as well). Alternatively, you can skip all this and spend time in a well-appointed comfortable room with a breath taking view, making visits to Palm Springs, Palm Desert and all there is to see and do in neighboring communities. A very nice way to spend some time.

Room Tip: The one tip is to avoid (at all costs) the sales pitch for buying into a time share. Do anything yo...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We also traded with RCI. We were a little apprehensive after reading some of the reviews. We were very pleasantly surprised. On recommendation, we requested golf view. Best choice. Most units have been remodelled. They do a section each year. Housekeeping staff on top of things and very pleasant and accommodating. Check-in smoth and efficient. We were approached three times re the presentation but held our ground and declined. Pools were clean and plenty of chairs, loungers although this wasn't high season. Golf course was excellent and well priced. Beautiful walking paths throughout. Only complaint was that most people seemed well over 65.
Centrally located and easy to get around to various attractions.

Room Tip: Upper pool view or golf course view, although golf view can be too hot to enjoy the patio.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wenatchee, WA
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We used a timeshare trade. The resort is very nice and the grounds are very well kempt. Our room however overlooked the parking lot, next to a busy busy road. Make sure you call ahead and ask for a room overlooking the pool or golf course. The rooms are a bit dated, not badly, but somewhat. Things in the room were clean with the exception of a few lampshade cobwebs. The living room was very spacious....the other rooms were average size. The kitchen was well stocked with the basic items, but take your seasonings if youre planning to cook there. Salt and pepper only were furnished.
The pools are nice and mostly quiet. Nice temp, plenty of loungers, etc. There seemed to be a lot of activities and happy hours, lunch specials etc.
Average age of the guests we saw around the pools was about 65. We saw a few younger families but not many and we didn't see any fams with teeagers.
This seemed to be more of a retired couples hangout.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 34567 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234 (Formerly Desert Oasis Resort)
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Cathedral City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Cathedral City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Welk Resort Palm Springs - Desert Oasis 3.5*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Welk Resort Desert Oasis boasts 350 days of sunshine a year, with an average yearly temperature of 75 degrees. With breathtaking panaramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains, the resort is located 10 minutes from Palm Springs in Cathedral City, California. Swim in a large pool or lap pool, soak up some sun, or enjoy championship golf and tennis at our adjacent Cathedral Canyon Golf and Tennis Club, including a restaurant with locally inspired cuisine. Experience luxurious vacation villa accommodations that include full kitchens, living and dining areas, and private bedrooms with king beds. Activities Center includes fitness room, billiards, air hockey, darts, and Ping-Pong tables with planned activities and classes for all age groups. An arcade is next to the Activities Center. And when you’re ready to explore, nearby Palm Springs offers plenty to see – You won’t want to miss the Aerial Tramway, The Living Desert, Indian Canyons, Knott’s Soak City, Children’s Discovery Museum and Air Museum, world-class dining and shopping, including the popular Cabazon outlet, thrilling casinos, and more. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Desert Oasis Hotel Cathedral City
Desert Oasis Cathedral City
Welk Resort Palm Springs - Desert Oasis Cathedral City, Greater Palm Springs, CA

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