JUST KEEPING IT REAL: Although this little 7 bed inn is the owners home and they do not let you forget it, reminding you often of the rules and their wishes, you can still have a fairly nice visit. I saw one of the staff carry "wine in a box" and not sure if this is in their sangria they serve afternoons, so I avoided that. Unless you are a total lizard and can bake in the sun all day, you will not be excited that no umbrellas or shade can be found. If you look at the old postcards in the dining room, the original owners used umbrellas widely and with success. They have no misting system so avoid hot days unless you can stay in the pool all day. The rooms are nice, but take some shin guards because the beds have an oversized platform that protrudes out and busts your shins every time you enter/exit. All of the windows are original single pane glass with aluminum frames and tracks, none of the windows in our room could be opened or closed without considerable effort and were very noisy due to worn out bearings or worn tracks. The sliding glass door entries about the same. The owners seem more intent on buying up the block then upgrading the inn for their guests and it shows. They keep the place very controlled and if you talk a bit too loud, don't expect a smile. They used to have a no alcohol policy that they enforced, but with the current economy, it appears that they have had to ignore this rule. Unless you are a cigarette smoker, you will not be able to sit at the table that is in the lower level, I would have loved at table to dine at in that area, but I do not like smoke. As for the only other outdoor table, it sits in the spa area and the people in the closest room sat their most of the time. One of us got a massage and found it too rough so will not be getting a massage again unless this improves. We have noticed the massage staff (1 person) seems to change on each visit, not sure if its busy enough to keep an employee or if they are on call. We have stayed at many other resorts in DHS and Palm Springs and overall, find this a nice place to visit and stay although a bit monastic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rates: $99-$199. We are a clothing optional mini-resort spa with two natural hot mineral water pools, stylish rooms and condos, distinctive massage and spa treatments, king size beds, custom mattresses, free wifi, massage workshops, breakfast and afternoon hors d'oeuvres, early check-in and late check-out, complete privacy, great people and a relaxing, romantic and de-stressing environment. Experience "more than a vacation" at Living Waters Spa and you take home the coolest vacation souvenir of all: no tan-lines! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Living Waters Hotel Desert Hot Springs
- Living Waters Resort
- Living Waters Spa Desert Hot Springs, CA