My husband and I stayed at The Miramonte for the first time this past weekend. We had come to the desert for 3 days of wedding celebrations for a friend's daughter. The mother of the bride said the hotel setting looked gorgeous and the location was in good proximity of the wedding events. The rooms looked great on the website so we went with her suggestion and made our reservation months ahead of time..
She had reserved a block of rooms so we booked the best room, a "Luxury King", and were excited to stay there. The rate was pretty good because of the room block but, of course, they didn't mention they were adding that ridiculous "resort fee" of $15.00 per day. The main benefit of the fee was if you were a business traveler and used a lot of their tech or office services. They offered a daily newspaper but we never saw one during our entire stay..
When we arrived we were stunned by the beautiful entrance. It truly looks like you are in an Italian village. The building's architecture, stone walls, flowers and gardens are gorgeous.
We went to the front desk and the clerk gave us a gift bag the bride had left for us. We checked in and were told the valet parking was $15.00 per day, which was fine, but when the bellman saw where our room was located (way in the far end of the resort) he suggested we allow him to take our luggage and we self park. He said we could park right by the corridor door and we wouldn't have so far to walk. That was very nice of him. Great experience so far.
We drove around the whole perimeter of the hotel, found our building number and parked. We went to enter the corridor and immediately noticed there were no locks of any kind on the door. Every hotel we've stayed in that has this kind of parking lot to corridor set up always has some kind locking system for its doors even if they only activate at night. That did not make us feel very good about security.
We went to our room and were immediately surprised by several things. The room was had 2 queen beds and faced the parking lot. The room set up was very motel basic. No interesting elements of design and really had no pizazz at all. Kind of dreary actually. The bathroom was very generic and the towels were cheap. I couldn't believe their method of hanging them was to just lay them across the towel bar, one on top of the other, like you were trying to get them to dry. No fold at all. Not very classy.
I called the front desk and asked about our "Luxury King". She said they had no kings left. At 2:30 in the afternoon? Really? I believe check in was at 3:00 or 4:00. Then I asked if this was indeed a "Luxury King" and she said no it was an Estate Room (a lesser grade). Then someone said something to her and she corrected herself and said it was a luxury room. The website showed a luxury queen room with 2 beds, a nightstand, a desk with no drawers, a hard backed chair and a chaise lounge & ottoman. This room had just the desk and one chair. Even the Estate room picture showed 2 chairs. I asked her if she could at least get us another chair. She checked and said there weren't any. I was upset but my husband said to just let it go as we had to get ready to go to the rehearsal dinner.
I pulled the drape shut so we could get dressed without being viewed from the parking lot and had to immediately turn on the 3 lamps because the room was so dark you couldn't see across the room. There was no overhead lighting except in the dressing area and bathroom around the corner. One of the lamps had a dead bulb so I called housekeeping for a replacement. She said that lamp was on a switched outlet and asked us to check that it was in sync. We did and it was still dead. She said she'd have to send an engineer and asked if that was o.k. I said yes, we just need a bulb because you could barely see. Of course they use all energy saver bulbs and you know how dim those are. The engineer came but without a bulb because he wanted to make sure it was really dead. Gee, it wasn't rocket science. He found it was indeed dead and went and quickly got a replacement.
I took a shower (amenities were minimal and bath products were on the wall of the shower) and then went to get a robe but all I found was a sign on a hanger in the closet saying to call if you wanted one. I always laugh at that because you know they are not going green they are just saving money while causing you an inconvenience and necessitating another tip. And what are you supposed to do? Answer the door in a towel?
I walked across the room to get my clothes and walked onto a big spot of carpet that was soaking wet. Someone had to clean "something" up and really soaked it. Made me feel gross but I thought it would be dry when we got back so didn't call anyone. Later that night when we came in and went to go to bed we realized it was still soaked and they had used some kind of chemical to clean it that had a pungent perfume and chemical smell. My husband and I both have allergies so our noses burned all night long. The beds were comfortable but the comforter was way too heavy for the desert so we had to keep the air on all night or wake up sweating.
When we went to leave I wanted to put the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door there was none in the room. I noticed other rooms had them on their door but we didn't have one.
The next morning we went to the restaurant for breakfast and the food and the service was very good. We had to go right back to our room to dress for our next wedding event. We noticed the carpet was still soaking wet but didn't have time to deal with it.
We came back in the afternoon and had some time to kill before the wedding and reception so we walked the grounds which are amazing but need some upkeep done. The trees, flowers, fountains and arches are really beautiful. It was hot so we went into the pool area and ordered 2 drinks. We were surprised to see an automatic 20% added to the bill since there was only two of us. We noticed the iron gates needed to be painted.
We came back from the wedding and reception and proceeded to go to bed. Oops, walked across the carpet and it was STILL soaked and still strongly smelled of chemicals. Even though we were tired we had a hard time getting to sleep because the walls are so thin we could hear every word of the conversation next door. When they flushed their toilet it sounded like the water was going right through our walls.
Got up to leave the next morning and oops, walked on the carpet that was still soaked and smelly. Ick, how disgusting. At this point we were happy to be leaving that dark and dreary and smelly room. I turned on the television to see if I could check out that way. Was happy to see that I could but was furious when I saw our bill. Not only did they charge the ridiculous resort fee they charged us $8.00 per day to park ourselves in their lot! Where did they think we were going to park? It is basically ransom as what choice do you have? Of course they didn't mention anything to us ahead of time-not even when we checked in. If I had known I would not have stayed there. There is no street parking and it is just another way to gouge the guest and add to their coffers. Do the math. They make a ridiculous amount of money for nothing!! I have traveled all over the world and the U.S., in big cities and small and never been charged to park my car in the hotels lot. It wasn't even underground parking just your standard parking lot. Disgusting!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Indian Wells, 15 miles from Palm Springs, the AAA Four Diamond 215 room Miramonte Resort & Spa features a world-class day spa with nearby championship golf courses. Parking fee. Resort fee includes in-room internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Miramonte Resort And Spa
- Miramonte Hotel Indian Wells
- Miramonte Resort Indian Wells