This was our second time at this particular resort whose general lay-out and landscaping we found impressive. While the entire resort still appears to be in an excellent state of maintenance, particularly the golf courses which are beautiful to look at even if you are not a player, the 'villa' -a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment- in the 1200 bloc had certainly been gnawed at by the tooth of time. The living room furniture was not comfortable enough to enjoy the nice gas fireplace fully, the rug stained and dirty (I walked on it with white socks for a day and could not believe the color of the soles in the evening). For our two-person party, the kitchen equipment was just about sufficient - a missing coffee maker was brought within ten minutes of the complaint - and everything was functional and in decent condition. We did not mind the absence of a maid- and towel service as we preferred to be undisturbed but it is easy to see how a family might like to have an intermittent clean-up. The bedroom and bath were much to our liking; if you woke up early enough and had the shades pulled you could watch a stunning sun rise over the mountains and golf course from your cozy king size. Our week saw some unusual weather - rain and cool temps; one night the forced air heat jumped on. I almost fell out of bed, certain that we had a tornado above us. Only after I raced out to check that the entrance door had not blown open I realized that all that had happened was the onset of the furnace, apparently a generous overkill model. If I had had a heart condition I would have been a case for the local ER.
Swimming against the golf current, we had come to Palm Desert again to play some tennis (and watch festival movies if the tennis did not work out). Desert Ridge had been ideal for this before. This time, however, the courts were not in good condition. Two days after the rain, there were still puddles on all courts, and no maintenance crew or just a squeegee in sight. One court had several unrepaired cracks, all the nets lacked a center strap. We did not mind too much, this time, because the movie festival kept us busy.
There was more noise as well, from the construction site beyond the fairway, from all manner of gas powered lawn and cleaning equipment, from the slamming of villa doors and cleaning crews getting units ready for new occupants.
In all, we would give this vacation fewer points than the one three years ago. But we still had an enjoyable week and do not consider it a waste of time or money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Southern California's magnificent mountain ranges serve as the breathtaking backdrop for Marriott's Shadow Ridge. Spacious villas overlook rolling fairways and sparkling lakes weaving throughout the landscape. Beautiful master suites feature a king bed and oversized soaking tub while the spacious living and dining areas, and fully kitchen offer convenience and comfort. Swing by the Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott and try your luck on the championship course. Then relax at Nick Faldo's Bar & Grill. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Shadow Ridge Hotel Palm Desert
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