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“"Wonderful Stay at the Desert Oasis ---5 Star Experience"” 5 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
Denver, Colorado
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“"Wonderful Stay at the Desert Oasis ---5 Star Experience"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

From the moment we arrived at the Desert Oasis Resort, we were immediately taken care of and given a very warm welcome by the staff. We asked for a pool view room and were given one on the west side on the second floor...What a nice location!!! Upon entering the room, we were pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness of the room....we had a kitchen, dining room, living room plus a separate room with a bedroom and bathroom. It was like having our own oversized one bedroom condominium. The villa was spotless and very inviting. A nice addition to the villa was having a large balcony that was accessible from the bedroom and living room. This definitely was a nice home away from home and I would highly recommend this resort to anyone visiting the Palm Springs area. Also, the grounds of the resort were well groomed and beautiful plus the swimming pools were a nice addition to an incredible vacation.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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  • 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
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San Francisco, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Our experience was excellent from arrival to departure. Everyone was courteous, and very helpful in every way possible. Service was available all the time and if we were missing something or needed something it was not too much trouble for the resort to provide it for us.
The one bedroom unit was perfect for me and my husband and the living space felt very much like being at home.
The TV's were excellent and Time Warner Cable service is great! Thanks for a wonderful vacation!

Room Tip: We like to view the Golf Course, our request was for a ground level room overlooking the golf course...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This was the 2nd Welk property that I have visited with the other being Escondido/San Diego. To say I was not impressed would be an understatement. The place looks like an old hotel that was converted to timeshares. The location of the resort is another problem as I would say that it is located in the "armpit" of the Palm Springs area. The average age of resort guests was about 70 years old and they seemed to be annoyed with any children playing in the pool area. The only positive was the resort staff. Each and every member I had contact with was extremely helpful and went out of their way to make sure every thing was done right. I would definitely look for other options in the area.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Whittier, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

My family and I were not very pleased with our stay. To start our room was near a busy street so it was noisey and we can hear all the upstairs noise. The front desk people would mostly hang out in the office with thier cell phone. But in general the resort felt more like an average hotel. The pool wasn't very inviting cause it was small and the rec room was a little run down. To be honest this so called resort also felt like a senior complex and not a family resort so i will never bring my family here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street and select a room on the second floor with golf course view. Bec...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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los angeles
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Our second floor 1 bedroom unit was in excellent condition, roomy and very comfortable for our family of 2 adults and two children. The kitchen appliances and all furniture was in excellent condition and there were two flat screen TV and DVD players (one was a large screen). The bedroom and bathroom were large and clean and very nice. There was also a roomy balcony with a chaise and chairs. It was a great and very comfortable unit. There was a nice family pool and a smallish adult pool. The kids enjoyed the games room with the WII, pool table and 25cent popcorn. It is easy to spend a week in this place. The wireless internet was great (for a hotel).

Not so great were the two crickets and some small bugs. Be careful of parking in the sprinkler zone. No washer and dryer for some reason but they do have a midweek unit cleaning and pool towel exchange is available.

This is one of the better timeshares with updated furnishings and a relatively small and convenient size. I am rating it 5 stars as our family really enjoyed our stay but its definitely a 4.

You will need a car to get around; shopping is 5-10 minute away

Room Tip: Second floor rooms have a nice balcony, first floor has a patio. Request a golf course view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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ontario
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Let me start by saying we usually stay at Marriott's, Sheraton's, Hilton's, etc. Why do I tell you this? Well, keep reading....

Cathedral City is not Palm Springs. If there was another side of the tracks, Cathedral City would be it. It is not scary or anything, it is just not Palm Springs.

The rooms are spacious. The kitchen is full size and the bedroom has a king bed with room to spare. You will not feel cramped. The size of the room is definitely a plus. Two large TV's, every kitchen utensil you need and a large size table for eating. And ask for the upper floor. We were in a newly renovated room and I could hear every step of the lead feet above us.

The pool is adequate. It is quite large upon first viewing but becomes smaller when there is 15 or more people in it. The bar at the pool is almost non-existent. There are signs around the resort promoting happy hour, but it is not promoted and the signs look like a grade 4 student made them. They also have special dinners. But again, not inticing when they look like a nine year made them using Clip Art.

When viewing the website, it seemed as though they offered alot of programs. They post a board everyday of the daily activities. I don't think anyone participated in these activities. It is too bad, because I think there is potential. It doesn't seemed to be run very well. I am not remotely related to being in the hospitality industry, but I found myself saying "I would just do this!". I think there needs to be better communication about the programs and more promotion for them. Everytime you walked into the main recreation area, it was some kids playing ping pong and some activity co-ordinators watching. Not to blame them, I just do not think they had any direction. The whole recreation activities and center needs an overhaul and alot of direction.

There is also construction going on. While it didn't really effect our stay, I could see how it would affect others.

Overall, I would stay somewhere else. If you usually stay at Ramadas, Days Inn, Holiday Inn etc. and are fine with that then you will be okay. If you are a Starpoints member at Sheraton? Stay at a Sheraton or somewhere else. This resort used to be an RCI Gold Crown but I don't think is anymore...

Room Tip: Upper Floor facing the mountains for sure. Put in the request early.
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Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Eagle, Colorado
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Used our RCI points to stay at this resort and enjoyed the overall experience. Services was friendly, pool was accomodating but not overly big so you got to mingle with people. There was two pools to keep those adults away from the kids if so desired so that is a plus for some. It was perfect temperature for the climate and very clean.

The snack bar/drink bar wasn't the greatest appearance or most accomodating place to have a drink, it really was an order and go place. Considering this was the only place to get food on the resort it was just average. They did daily specials for food and drinks which is always nice for those looking to catch a break.

Our room was spacious and had comfortable furniture in the bedroom and living space. The kitchen was perfect size for small meals and grab and go. The only comment would be about the pull out bed in the sofa, VERY uncomfortable, but most are.

Room Tip: Show up early on check in day or call in advance to ask for a golf course side room, however the cou...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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*
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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