The Morocco Inn and Spa came up every time I searched for a great place to stay in the Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs area. I poured through the reviews, and many of them said “It’s hard to describe how great this place is until you’ve been there.”
Now that I have experienced the el Morocco Inn and Spa, that is a perfect description. The hotel only currently has 12 rooms, and they only allow over 21 guests which means the most people you will see is 24 people and only adults (we actually only saw about 6-8 people at a time). It has an incredibly intimate feel to it as the staff really wants to get to know you over the course of your stay as you attend their Happy Hour.
As mentioned in previous reviews, the Happy Hour is every day from 5-6 PM where they will wash your hand in warm rose scented water that feels wonderful. They also serve their famous “Morccotinis” in martini glasses with sugar on the rim. My wife loved them (I don’t drink) It is a great time to just relax and talk to everyone. It was a little chilly during our weekend, but they were prepared with super warm blankets for everyone to use and take back to our rooms if we desired. (It’s these little things that add up to a great stay).
We were in the “Arabian Alcove” which had a nice sitting area with a small refrigerator. The sitting area was separated from the bedroom by some Moroccan beads that you walk through to see the nice canopied bed. The bed had some of the softest sheets I have ever felt and was very soft (which might be tough for people who love firm mattresses. The rooms on the bottom floor open right up into the pool area which is fantastic, and we loved how easy it was to go right into the pool or spa at a moment’s notice. They also provide robes for each person. I am not a robe guy personally, but I wore that thing almost the entire weekend. It was so comfortable and warm, but not overly warm as some robes are. It was just a perfect touch. ). The only negative about the room was the bathroom that is small, and had only a stand up shower which really wasn’t that great.
I loved how the Spa was enveloped separately from everything else. It made it feel a lot more intimate and it helped it be not as windy as it was during our weekend. The Spa was a little hot for our tastes (104 according to the sign) so we only could stay in for 10 minutes at the most, but others that were there did not seem affected. I will also say that the spa benches are a little too shallow. I am a taller guy (6’3’’), and when I sat down on the benches, the jets were too low to hit my back. This is obviously not something everyone will experience, but it was the first time I’ve had that happen. The pool was a perfect temperature and was nice and warm. It was also nice for both of them to be open 24 hours.
They had so many amenities it is almost too much to list! They have a continental breakfast in the morning from 8:30 – 10:30. This includes bagels, Danishes, fruit, and juice. They offer Avocados, onions, and tomatoes for the bagels and they were delicious. I did read some complaints about the breakfast here, but my wife and I thought everything was great and fresh. They also have French presses where you make your own coffee. It was available all day and we loved it. My wife and I are big coffee drinkers and enjoyed the French Press and the all day availability of it.
They also have water and their special “Humphrey Bogart” drink available all day. The “Humphrey Bogart” is simply lemonade with mint tea mixed in. I absolutely loved it, my wife, not so much.
Speaking of Humphrey Bogart, they have Casablanca playing all day in the side room next to where they serve breakfast. It has a fireplace and some cushioned benches and pillows to sit and watch the movie. This was a great place for my wife and to eat breakfast and spend some time after dinner.
At 7 PM, the staff leaves. We have never stayed somewhere that this happened at, and I was surprised to find that I loved it. Before they leave they set out cookies, dried dates and apricots, as well as a late night Sherry if you are in the mood for some dessert drinks that you can take at your leisure throughout the night.
They also have a huge library of DVD’s that you can choose from and watch in your room at any time 24 hours a day. You can also bring your own if you wish since every room seems to have a DVD player.
Another great part of the hotel is the huge courtyard which included game such as Bocce Ball, life size chess, and croquet. Also in the courtyard is a huge Moroccan tent. Apparently it is usually a place for reading or relaxing but during our visit they had massage tables in it because they were remodeling one of the rooms. It looked beautiful though.
They do have a sauna, but it is extremely small. It fits 2 people at the most. It is very nice, but it has a see through glass door that you face when you are in it and the sauna itself is placed in the main hallway between the hotel and courtyard. This means if you are in it, everyone who walks through the hall can see you. So there really is no privacy.
My wife and both got massages and were both treated by the therapist Gloria. My wife said when she got back from hers “It was the best massage I have ever had…ever”. She enjoys massages so I trust her experience. I don’t have the same experience with massages, but I thought it was fantastic.
The best part of this hotel is something that is indescribable. When you combine the amazing setting, the fantastic Moroccan theming throughout the hotel, the great room/bed, and the unbeatable hospitality, it becomes a perfect place to stay for couples. Yes, there are some negatives as I’ve listed, but it is hard to find the perfect place anywhere and I strongly feel the positives far outweigh the negatives with this place.
My wife and I have already discussed making this an annual trip we loved it so much. Thank you specifically to the staff for making it such a wonderful mini vacation!