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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hope Springs Hotel Desert Hot Springs
- Hope Springs Desert Hot Springs, CA - California Desert