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“Very relaxing -- clean, minimalist, very quiet” 4 of 5 stars
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68075 Club Circle Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 90522   |  
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Ranked #11 of 25 Hotels in Desert Hot Springs
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37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
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“Very relaxing -- clean, minimalist, very quiet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2007

We stayed here as one couple in a wedding party in April 2007. This is a great place to stay, if you understand and appreciate what it has to offer.

This is an old 1950s place that's been nicely renovated but doesn't have that overdone, delux feeling. The outside is nondescript and in a residential neighborhood; it's about 20 minutes from Palm Springs or Palm Desert, or 30 minutes from Joshua Tree.

You go into the (locked) foyer and into the hotel's central patio / pool area. The rooms all open into the central patio and the landscaping is done to give a sense of privacy into the rooms.

There is an interior foyer / sitting area with huge stacks of magazines, three mineral pools of varying temperatures, lawn chairs and recliners, a communal kitchen, a private room for spa treatments (which were *excellent* and well priced). The rooms are large, spacious and minimally furnished with a very comfortable low king bed, a nice CD player, a mini-fridge (very useful for snacks and cold drinks) and thick spa robes. The only downside to the room is that there's no bathtub (shower only). The rooms have big glass front wall that can be made private by pulling across a floor-to-ceiling curtain. The rooms are cooled by old fashioned "swamp" coolers. The hotel has wireless internet. The continental breakfasts are very good: fresh fruit, croissants and bagels, etc.

The overall feeling is of an old fashioned but well preserved, open-air, desert resort, a place out of time -- very quiet, very clean, well ordered (without feeling sterile), very relaxing. People seemed to get into the feeling of the place; there are never that many people around because there aren't that many rooms, but even when there were people around, they were quietly chatting, sitting in the pool and relaxing etc. It was never noisy or crowded.

I'm not usually into spas, but I really enjoyed this place and would go back. It provided the kind of unique hotel experience that you usually have to pay a lot more money for and that usually feels overpriced and pretentious.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Palm Springs, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2007

We spent the day touring spas in desert hot springs so we could plan a relaxing weekend for out-of-town parents. Hope Springs had been recommended by friends. What we found a desk person who was crinkle-nose condescending and seemed annoyed to help us. Maybe we weren't wearing the correct shoes or didn't have the right haircuts but for whatever reason, we didn't seem to pass muster in her eyes. If you feel the need to pass a coolness check with the help before booking a room, this is your place. If you want great facilities AND wonderful hosts, check out Miracle Manor, The Springs or The Highlander.

Stayed January 2007
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los angeles ca
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2006

We came here to avoid xmas in LA--only could book 2 nights as apparently lots of people do the same thing!! Chloe apparently makes dinner for the guests, she was cooking when we left this am, it smelled great!
Rooms are super minimalist-- no TV, no shampo/conditioner- but big bed, heater, robes, books and mags, cd player, and the lovely heated natural spring pools-- there are three ranging from a swimmable one to a very hot jaccuzzi.
I would have liked a room with a kitchenette as am vegan but we just ate at Native Foods in Palm Springs both nights- love their food. Breakfast was very nice-- breads, muffins, fruit, Nutella, coffee, tea. Guest seeemd 30 something couples, friendly, artsy, laid back. Had two treatments from Annaka, who is great-- Swedish ex model, very friendly and while the spa itself is hardly luxurious, her energy is great and the end results--relaxation, soft skin, zenned out brain-- totally worth it. I only wish they had some rooms with two beds--even two twins as opposed to the king-- my husband had a bad cold and he wanted to sleep elsewhere so as not to infect me and keep me up all night.
Overall, if you are looking for luxury, go to the Viceroy, but if you are looing for a quiet escape, pack your shampoo and hairdryer and head to Hope Springs!!

  • Liked — staff, mineral pools, quiet
  • Disliked — not knowing to bring shampoo/conditioner, hairdryer, etc.
  • Tips/Secrets — Bring all your beauty stuff; eat in Palm Springs as no restaurant, though they serve bread/fruiot/coffee. If you get a kitchentte there are trader Joe's in Palm Springs.
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Hamburg
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2006

I loved the Hope Springs! Great rooms, great pools, cool staff, cool guests, nice views. It's one of these hotels that are chic but not posh, easy going but not negligent. I stayed there in October 2006 with my boyfriend, and we are desperate to stay there again some day!

  • Liked — the style
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Los Angeles
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2006

My wife and I escaped to Hope Springs to celebrate our anniversary. We couldn't have made a better choice. The whole experience was extremely positive and memorable. The natural mineral waters in three separate pools, each a different temperature, were relaxing and invigorating. The pools were extremely clean and the range of temperatures provided a fine spa experience. The rooms are simple and clean, continuing the minimal modernist theme that you find throughout the hotel. The bed was extremely comfortable and the linens supremely nice. This is not a hotel with room service or an in house restaurant, but the European breakfast always got the day started the right way. There are a sprinkling of decent restaurants in Desert Hot Springs itself, but Palm Springs is such a short jaunt, so that if one needs variety or something fancy, it's well within reach. The room we had included a small fridge, so if one were eating simply, it would certainly be possible to not go out for much. The place was quiet and the pools were never crowded, but I would love to be at the hotel during the week when I'm sure it is even quieter. It would be nice to stay for a whole week sometime.

  • Liked — Very nice room, bedding, pools. No TV in room, so a very quiet retreat.
  • Tips/Secrets — The rooms on the west side of the hotel get the morning sun first, so if you like sleeping in, choose the east side rooms.
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Nevada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2006

Not fancy but quiet and relaxing. Soaking in the spas was great. If you need a quiet weekend or getaway to recoup, this is your place.

  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Laguna Niguel, CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2006

Hope Springs is wonderful, understated and just right...and so is the manager. I note that some reviewers have taken cheap shots at Chloe, "the concierge," specifically regarding her personality. First of all, she's not a concierge--she's a manager. Secondly, she's a competent, thoughtful, no-nonsense person who does what she can to please the guests. Is she fawning and obsequious? Hardly! Does she fit in with Hope Springs minimalist approach? Absolutely. Rodeo Drive seekers should stay away. Others will enjoy.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hope Springs

Address: 68075 Club Circle Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 90522
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Desert Hot Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
#10 Romantic Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small, perfect getaway located two hours east of Los Angeles, Hope Springs's main attractions are its hot mineral water, flowing through three pools 24-hours-a-day, classic mid-century California architecture combined with a modern minimalist sensibility, and a level of service that is both laid-back and attentive. Then there are the spectacular views, a full menu of massages and body treatments, delicious breakfasts, as well as proximity to both Joshua Tree National Forest and Palm Springs. ... more   less 
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Hope Springs Desert Hot Springs, CA - California Desert

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