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“Beautiful, Serene and Mystical” 5 of 5 stars
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66810 4th Street, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Los Angeles, California
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“Beautiful, Serene and Mystical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Wonderful place where my husband and I spent our honeymoon. Very private and sensual. This was our 3rd visit and everytime it has been excellent. Service is attentive without being overbearing. The decor is authentic and a feast for the eyes. This place is for relaxing and exploring your senses. Play chess in the garden on the jumbo chess board, sit on the lounge chairs enjoying the healthy breakfasts, listen to the background music of sounds of Morocco and soak in the mineral hot tub or swim in the mineral pool. Enjoy!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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InnCollectors, Owner at El Morocco Inn & Spa, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Hi Geri J,

First, continued best wishes and congratulations! It was our pleasure to have you stay with us again (visit number #3) We know our inn isn't very big, but it's nice to hear you found our little getaway to be sensuous and romantic-and have had fun exploring the Spa garden...who won the Giant Chess game? Coming back for a rematch? Looking forward to your return!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Rancho Cordova, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Favorite things: warm mineral swimming pool, giant Jacuzzi pool swathed in fabric, and spa garden at night. Had a delightful time and thoroughly enjoyed the nightly complimentary Happy Hour! One night I sat quietly reading on my ipad while they brought me those yummy Moroccotinis and the other nights I sat at the bar and shared laughs with the other guests.

I found my room immaculate with interesting and authentic Moroccan furniture - loved those doors and lanterns - thought I had taken a magic carpet ride! Spa garden was fun with hammocks and at night it was another world. (Okay the hot spring pools were great at night, but that goes without saying.)

We will return soon!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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InnCollectors, Owner at El Morocco Inn & Spa, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Hi JoanJ,

Thank-you for this review! We continue to strive for great stays for all of our guests...and hope to see you again and again! The warm mineral spring-water swimming pool and Jacuzzi (open all night long!) are calling....come back and let's raise a "Morocco-tini" at happy hour to pure relaxation!
Bruce and the Staff
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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

My best friend was visiting Desert Hot Springs and I drove up to have dinner with her from San Diego. I met her at El Morocco where she was staying before ur dinner and thought it was so adorable and quaint that I would incorporate a trip there into my next "staycation." I am so SO happy I did. We hiked all day at Joshua Tree, and after arriving in the mid-afternoon filthy and exhausted, we were greeted by a super-friendly young lady who before even checking us in, gave us a full tour of the property. You don't get that at the Hilton's of the world. I was so impressed by all of thought that went into planning every single detail of this place. They have a full library of DVD's on loan, a delicious continental breakfast with fresh ground Starbucks French Press coffee, a "Morocco-tini" complimentary cocktail hour, complinmentary snacks around the clock, a pool that is the PERFECT temperature, hot tub, sauna, and a constant supply of the most delicious untreated water I have ever tasted. (SOOO refreshing after a day of hiking!) I genuinely wish we could've stayed longer. This family ran property is the definition of customer service and personal touch that I guarantee you will never get elsewhere. OH! And did I mention they offer a discount for military (a definite plus for us!) and if you mention you're a YELP user? They do, and it's awesome. I will be raving about this place to everyone. All of the other guests were also loyal to El Morocco and were all on their 4th plus stay there.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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InnCollectors, Owner at El Morocco Inn & Spa, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Hi Ray Clay...

Just wanted to say thank-you for this wonderful review of our services! As you already know, we are a small 12 room inn and so we are always thrilled when we hear we got it right. And...we agree it's a great place to retreat to (and relax in these magical mineral waters) after a day of hiking or sightseeing! We hope you'll keep coming back like the others you mentioned in your review!
Bruce and the Staff
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monte carlo
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Went to El Morocco (EM) on a whim recently w the wife, and were let down by: an untidy slightly musty room with particles (apparently crumbs) on the floor, slightly soiled sheets; a cold pool which according to owner was so on account of a broken pool heater; kitschy movie set style of location decor, ie how westerners envisage Morocco (think 1001 Arabian Nights or Thief of Baghdad w Steve Reeves and you get the picture); a far too nosy/micro-managing on-site owner who lassos you at check-in and keeps hanging on (avoid "story-time" over "Moroccatini's"); and a valley-like location in the suburbs. EM is not worth the time or $, look elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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InnCollectors, Owner at El Morocco Inn & Spa, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear countjunuzi,

We've just received the coveted TRIPADVISOR Certificate of Excellence Award for 2013...so you can't imagine how disappointed we were to read your review.

We work tirelessly to provide every guest with a high quality escape from everyday life, and we take your input very seriously when you feel we've missed our mark. You can be certain we'll work more closely with our housekeepers to further insure a top notch room cleaning and to that end, we'll be inspecting each room a second time prior to our guests' arrival. We've also added a checklist so hopefully, we won't miss a thing..even crumbs!

You are right, our check-in tour is pretty detailed. We try to cover most things such as our spring-fed pools which are open around the clock, the Spa Garden with Hammocks and games like giant chess, the Kasbah Lounge with breakfast hours, etc. We're doing our best to be helpful.

Our nightly Happy Hour offering-where we serve "Morocco-tinis" (Iced, Sugar rimmed, Sake based Martinis) is a time where guests can sit around and chat-asking about Restaurant suggestions, Morocco, things to do like hiking in Joshua Tree, visiting the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, etc., but it's always optional.

We also serve our other guests directly in the pool or spa-and over at their chaise lounges-offering them their own private time to relax.

By the way, our natural mineral-spring water comes from our very own well and flows into both pools-our covered Jacuzzi Spa is at 104 degrees and we do cool the larger swimming pool down to about 89 degrees-which is still pretty nice for those silky midnight swims!

Always working for your best getaway,
Bruce and the Staff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

We've stayed here a couple of times and enjoy being able to go for a late night dip in the pool. Since it's in a residential location we had pizza delivered for dinner and didn't leave once we checked in. No kids gives it a relaxing vibe - we'll be back.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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InnCollectors, Owner at El Morocco Inn & Spa, responded to this review, June 9, 2013
Hello Rachel,

Just wanted to say thanks for coming to stay again...and for taking the time to post this kind review! We love that you love the ability to use those warm pools all night long-with a little pizza on the side! Hope to see you again soon!
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Here's what we were looking for: adults only, romantic atmosphere, pool/hot tub, spa services small, affordable, a bar and walking distance to restaurants. So we had to forego the last two. This place was exactly what we needed for a short weekend reprieve and they do have an evening happy hour and a lovely brunch. The sheets were decadently soft (we ordered a set of our own). We highly recommend having food delivered (we were more than satisfied with the pizza & thai) rather than venturing out - unless you're up for the drive to Pappy & Harriett's. We had a couples Thai massage and next time we'll probably skip massages. I probably would've given this place a 5 except that there's one woman who worked the office with a less than pleasant attitude (she didn't want to honor the Yelp discount, etc). Jacklyn & Ernest were lovely, however.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Kristi R, Public Relations Manager at El Morocco Inn & Spa, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Hi soleilciel, thank you for taking the time to review El Morocco Inn & Spa on TripAdvisor. We apologize that you experienced an unpleasant attitude, as it is a priority that we treat our guests with the utmost respect, and we want you to know we are working on this. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and ordered sheets for yourselves (they really are soft!). We invite you to return so we can prove to you that all of our staff values you and your business. Be sure to mention Yelp in advance when calling to book your reservation.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

At least we stayed in 10 Hotels during our trip to CA - but El Morocco Inn Spa was the most wonderful place we had. All our memories are there.

And the reason it not because it is a very top location around or whatever - they only reason - you are warmly welcome from the first beginning - everything works - all areas and rooms are well designed...

We stayed at Sultan Playpen on the 2. floor. The room was not to big - but big enough, very individual. The bath is a kind of different, but even very ok.

The pool areas so lovely. You can use it 24 hours, all the chairs and little lounges are so cozy, it is never crowded and you can wonderful relax.

Of course, this place is not cheap - but every cent you spend - is a really good decision.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kristi R, Public Relations Manager at El Morocco Inn & Spa, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Hi sabine555, thank you for taking the time to review El Morocco Inn & Spa. We are so glad you enjoyed yourself and had a great time. We’re also happy you were able to relax. We welcome you back for more relaxation and rest! Hope to see you soon!
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Address: 66810 4th Street, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Desert Hot Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Want to get away and feel like you've really done it without the high cost??? Try our little Moroccan oasis featuring a warm and natural, spring-fed mineral swimming pool & jacuzzi spa! Each of the 12 guest Bedchambres features a Cal King "Dream Deeply" bed, microwave & minifridge, exotic textiles, bistro table and chair, beautiful lamps & Moroccan furnishings & artwork. A Lavish complimentary continental breakfast is set out daily in the Kasbah Lounge and we offer a complimentary nightly Happy Hour featuring our signature cocktail,the "Morocco-tini"! Besides having 2 pools filled with those healing warm springs mineral waters, you can also choose from a wide range of deeply relaxing Spa treatments including Massages, Body Scrubs, Clay Wraps and Facials! We also offer Discount Spa Packages year 'round! ... more   less 
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