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“Rooms nice, but common areas are gross” 2 of 5 stars
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Marriott's Shadow Ridge
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   9003 Shadow Ridge Rd, Palm Desert, CA 92211   |  
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Ranked #12 of 22 Hotels in Palm Desert
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“Rooms nice, but common areas are gross”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I seldom feel the need to write a review because in general most places we stay are pretty nice and the reviews already reflect this, but I think that management at this resort needs to hear from more folks who found the resort to be far from a typical MVC experience. As a Marriott Vacation Club owner, I was very disappointed with our stay. While the unit itself was generally nice and fairly well- appointed, there was room for improvement. One of the pillows on the sofa was so stained that it should have been replaced; it was disgusting. The bathroom had not been thoroughly cleaned either and was missing toiletries for the shower. The phone messaging system did not operate properly and it seemed that we got messages but they came late. I wasn't thrilled to see our neighbor leaning over their balcony allowing a full view of our living area and master bedroom due to the design of the building and the angling of the balconies rather than just having them be straight, so privacy wouldn't be an issue.
I agree 100% with what Snowflake reported in an earlier review. The pool areas were filthy with litter from people drinking alcohol and leaving the cups and cans behind. The pools were murky and dirty with hair and bugs and it was pretty much wall to wall people. There was no one patrolling the pool area to ensure that the posted rules were being followed. One day at the pool, there was a giant float with 10-12 adolescent boys with long range squirt guns. They were intentional shooting at other guest including small children and the pool attendant walked by and said nothing. Where were their parents? At the other end of the pool drinking beers that they brought to the pool, (not from the pool bar) and chatting to each other oblivious to their children's obnoxious behavior.
Every other vacation club we've visited makes guests wear wrist bands to ensure that they are actual guests of the resort so that even if 20 people are packed into a unit that is supposed to sleep 8, not all 20 of those people are getting to the pool. The pool gates were never locked and the access gate into the resort was a joke. We stayed at the Newport Coast Villas earlier in the summer and although they do not have a gated entry into the resort, they do keep the pool gates locked and regularly check guest for wrist bands to keep non-legitimate guests from overcrowding the common facilities. I'm pretty sure that Newport has as many or more units and about an equivalent amount of common area and it does get crowded there too during the summer, but the management there does a much better job of patrolling to ensure that the customer experience is up to the Marriott standard.
Perhaps if you are travelling without children and can take advantage of the "quiet pool", then your experience might be different, but if you are a small family with children looking for a relaxing vacation, this is not the place, at least not during the spring or summer when the resort is overrun with large groups of as Snowflake put it, "ghetto" types.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Norco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This resort is basically a timeshare, but can stay without being a member. Great location in Palm Desert, Ca. If you are looking for a great place that caters to all family members, this fits the bill.

The kids center will keep your children entertained while you enjoy quiet time.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent. If you have kids try to get near recreation center
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We stayed here Fri-Mon for a mini family vacation in the sun! We had a great time, stayed in bldg. 1500 across from the family pool with waterslide. My kids loved it here (ages 8 and 5). It was really crowded and the pool is packed from 9AM-9PM. The activities were fun, Zumba, golf, stuff a buddy ($25 for big one), movie nights, babysitting from 6-9 on Sunday night. The 3rd night we moved over to the Enclaves and that room was smaller, but newer, cleaner, and more updated. The pool over there was really fun, too. I think my kids liked it just as much as the other one, it has a sandy "beach" and another pool up above with a snack bar and fun water feature for little ones. We sat through the presentation to get the $150 gift card, we didn't buy a timeshare but were almost tempted. The yearly upkeep fee killed the deal though, it's about $1,000/year which is a lot considering that's probably how much we spend a year for hotels, but plus you have the cost of the timeshare. Anyway, not for us!
We will definitely come back, probably with some friends or family to hang out with!

Room Tip: Bldg 1500 for easy access to family pool. Enclave bldg. for the other Snake Bite pool, very peaceful...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orland Park, Illinois
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11 hotel reviews
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Just got back from a two week stay at Shadow Ridge and it was wonderful. We stayed in the 2200 building and it seemed to be the perfect spot. We had a corner unit with a great view of the golf course and the mountains. The rooms were very very clean and well stocked. The building was also convenient for walking to the Enclave's Pool which was great. That pool is one of several on the property. We liked this one because it has two separate pools just at that one specific location. The Cabanas are free, but they are on a first come first serve basis. Contrary to many reviews, we were allowed to bring food, water and pop to the pool. If you are carrying a cooler you may have a security person rush up to you, but all they do is check for alcohol and glass which are not allowed. There is a great bar at the pool area with frozen drinks and food if you need.

The service was also exceptional. At check-in, we changed our minds of what area of the resort we wanted to stay at, and they were very accommodating. Diane was the lady that helped us check-in and change buildings and she was amazing. She really set a great tone for our entire vacation.

One of the nights we decided to have dinner at the Grill restaurant on property and took the shuttle. (They have several shuttles that make their way around the resort which makes getting to the pools, the clubhouse, or the restaurants on property very easy.) Our driver was Roberto, and he was great. He welcomed us for coming to the resort, told us how much he enjoyed working there and meeting people from all over. He made it a nice ride.

One of the great benefits of staying at this property is you get a 20% discount at the J.W. Marriott Spa, about 10 minutes away. The Spa was amazing (see that review).

Although we didn't have little kids with us, there were activities all day long for kids. Everything from shaving cream pie throwing to arts and crafts. Most activities were free, but some did have a small charge.

Overall a great place to stay with fantastic service

Room Tip: Building 2200 with a golf course view
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxnard, California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We had a 2 bedroom suite. The resort had everthing in there!
tThe room was big. Full kitchen. Walked on the golf course. Our back room opened up to a par 3 hole. It was about a balmy 118 degrees!. Place lush green. Lots of stuff for the kids to do. The theatre was a nice surprize. The pool had too much chlorine. Pool areas closed at 11pm. Bedding was of quality.
near a costco and walmart!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Florida
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had a very nice stay at the Marriott Shadow Ridge. Rooms were clean and space was amble. There needs to be however attention paid to detail to move my rating from Very Good to an Excellent. The walk ways need attention by the housekeeping staff; the same wine cork sat outside our door as did a Q-Tip for the duration of our stay. In addition we had to call down to have the kitchen linens stocked. The kitchen amenities were the bare minimal. Multiple vanity lights were burnt out and the plumbing needs attention - loose faucets, slow drains. One the positive side, the location is a great desert get away with golf onsite. The bedding was very comfortable and the towels were nice and plush. The pools were busy but then that is expected this time of year. I hope as the property expands that more quiet / adult only spaces will be established.

Room Tip: I think quiet vs near the activity center is up to an individual's preference. Either would be...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I come to Shadow Ridge every summer and this time didn't disappoint. Stayed in the 1700 building and enjoyed a different view. We spend a day at each of the pools and usually watch a evening movie in the main pool. Definietly check out the Mirage activities so that you can get out of the heat for a while.

Room Tip: Choose a room close to the pool so you don't have far to walk in the heat !
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9003 Shadow Ridge Rd, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Desert
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Palm Desert
#6 Romantic Hotel in Palm Desert
#10 Family Hotel in Palm Desert
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Shadow Ridge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 848
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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