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“Exceeded our Expectations” 4 of 5 stars
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Sands of Indian Wells
75-188 Highway 111, Indian Wells, CA 92210   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Indian Wells B&B and Inns
Fairport, New York
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“Exceeded our Expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

We stayed here using time share points. We were very pleased. Yes, the room was very small, but we didn't spend that much time in it. Partial kitchen was adequate for our needs and there was communal kitchen and barbeque grills for use by guests if one wanted to cook. Pool was very nice - warm like bathwater - with plenty of chairs, tables and umbrellas surrounding. Free wi-fi! Coin operated washer and dryer. The Nest Restaurant behind hotel was good place for drink and bar food during happy hour. Nice walking path. Ralph's Fresh Food in walking distance for groceries and supplies. Convenient to many attractions such as Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Joshua Tree National Park, El Paseo Drive, to name a few. And the staff at the front desk could not have been friendlier. Biggest drawback were paper thin walls - could almost hear conversations of our next door neighbors. However, we would stay there again without hesitation.

Room Tip: We were in room 206 - mini fridge, micorwave, coffee maker, toaster and dishes and utensils. Noted...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

The Sands of Indian Wells is a little hidden gem in beatiful Indian Wells, CA. It isn't a 5 star property, but the rooms are clean and the grounds are well kept.

The salt pool is a definite plus and the jaccuzzi is large and very relaxing.

Coffee is served every morning in the "Coachella" room if you do not want to make your own in your room. The room I stayed in had a full kitchen and everything you would need to cook up a small meal if need be. It was nice having a full sized fridge ta boot!

The property is quiet and has a fabulous restaurant called "The Nest" located in the front. The food there is absolutly outstanding and it seems to have live music 7 nights a week. They are only open for dinner, but there are many other options to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner close by.

I loved how close I was to the "Rodeo Drive" of the desert called "El Paseo."...I was able to shop for some fabulous things and have some great food too!

The price of the room was fantastic and the staff is great and I will be back for sure. Oh and did I mention FREE wifi and parking...Honey I love the word "FREE!!!"

Room Tip: All rooms face out to the pool and it seems that every room has a balcony too.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clay, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

Sands of Indian Wells
I liked our stay at the Sands of Indian Wells in Palm Springs, although the rooms can afford to be bigger, staff was helpful and friendly. The rooms are clean and had everything we needed. The kitchen is small but we didn’t cook, we ate out most days. We love to travel but hotels are not our main destination, we like them clean with nice people tending to our needs and in a well located area. Staying at the Sands of Indian Wells, we were able to get around Palms Springs pretty good because we were very well located.
I understand why people complain about unit size but the rooms are comfortable and clean great for a good night’s rest. Palm Springs is such a wonderful vacation destination we were exhausted from all the activities when we came to our room to rest.
I would also hire a decorator to give the place a renovation and more modern up to date look. We liked that it had covered parking since our rental car was always fresh and ready to get in and go. It has a great restaurant nearby and we saw people enjoying the gardens and cooking on the BBQ grills they have outdoors. We didn’t use internet so I wouldn’t know how much they charge for it, I have a 3G connection and we were out most of the day.
There is also what from a distance seemed a nice children's playground and some putting greens, but again we didn’t have the time nor the energy to use them. We will definitely go back, it a well located hotel with all what we needed and where all our needs and requests were taken care of nicely. I have stayed in luxury hotel with staff that barely looks at you when you try to talk to them, we like friendly open to conversation staff who can give us tips to visit the destination we are in.

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  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

Sands of Indian Wells is a wonderful hotel! Staff is great, always delightful! I love staying at the hotel! Close to wonderful food and entertainment :)

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

This hotel/timeshare is located in the heart of Indian Wells, a very upscale community near Palm Springs. We purchased a week via "last minute vacations" and therefore are speaking from another perspective....the "last minute" crowd. We got a great deal for the week, so all the annoying parts of this timeshare reflect the price we paid.

However, for people who are exchanging a time share week, attention!

Our one-bedroom condo is extremely small and, while clean, does not reflect the type of resorts we are used to renting via RCI. There are VERY FEW amenities,,,,,we were surprised they didn't even have take out movies and DVDS for their guests. The kitchen in our one-bedroom unit is miniscule....don't try to create a meal here! Also, the one-bedroom is hardly large enough for two people. Don't dare to rent a studio if you are more than one person.

We were most annoyed by the internet access uploads. We travel to Palm Springs often, and most of the hotels/resorts we rent give us a good deal on Internet connection. The connection at this hotel costs DOUBLE ($50 per week) that we paid at other properties. Everyone needs internet connection these days. We feel this is a rip-off.

Thanks for allowing us to review this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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rneilson04@cox.net
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

the worst place of any in this world i have stayed.the beds, which i was told were only a year old, probably twenty.we could not use the kitchen table as everything would fall off, except the newspaper. and the sound level....we could not open the doors to the balconey because of the street noise....the kitchen, minimal....my favorite part.the ashtrays on the stairs as you went to the second floor [should have been a clue]....avoid this place at all costs.........go to another city.another hotel...but do not stay at the sands of indian wells

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2009

Have stayed here twice. Timeshare resort, so some amenities limited, but all have kitchens. Front desk folks nice and very helpful. I like that it is gated at night (no non-guests wandering in). Kid-friendly, large pool, can get loud in summer and on weekends but generally quiet during week in other months. Decor somewhat dated, but okay. Small apartment-like rooms -- try to get one BR and not studio.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sands of Indian Wells

Address: 75-188 Highway 111, Indian Wells, CA 92210
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Indian Wells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Indian Wells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by golf, tennis and the scenic splendor of the Palm Springs, the Sands Hotel of Indian Wells provides a great vacation escape for families and couples alike. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and free parking. Outdoor Salt water pool and jacuzzi. Featuring cable TV, all rooms at the Sands have a kitchenette. Each comfortable furnished room includes a private bathroom. Guests at the Sands Hotel can relax with a game of shuffleboard, ping-pong, or 3 hole miniature golf. Outdoor entertaining areas with BBQ facilities and seating are available. Hotel office hours:Monday 9am-5pmTuesday 9am-5pmWednesday 9am-5pmThursday 9am-5pmFriday 9am-7pmSaturday 9am-5pmSunday 9am-9pmIf arriving after hours, please call the hotel for instructions on late arrival procedures. ... more   less 
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