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International Lodge
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   74-380 El Camino, Palm Desert, CA 92260   |  
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Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Palm Desert
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A unknown GEM!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

Well...there's no doubt, we're making our reservations for next year once again! Each year this place (International Lodge) gets better & better. This little GEM offers very comfortable, clean, spacious condos with kitchens for nice affordable rates. Centrally located, it's within walking distance to all the wonderful shops & eateries on El Paseo. We are looking forward to staying here next year... : )

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

We accepted trip advisors 4 star rating I would give it2 stars at a maximum. Although the room was clean and spacious and faced the pool,there was no dresser in which to put our clothes, the room had no phone, the sink was chipped, the tile in the shower needed work, and the walls were scuffed
There was also no coffee shop snack bar,etc We definitely would not recommend this motel.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lancaster, California
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Overall experience was very good. Inside and out was very clean which is most important to us. Stayed two nights and rates were very good. Sold out weekend for many hotels and we paid half the price of surrounding properties. Staff was extremely polite and professional. It was very comfortable with a fully stocked kitchen all the way down to dish soap which was fantastic. I would prefer to stay here than a hotel. One problem...the window treatments were bamboo which did not provide the privacy required. With lights on at night you could see right into the unit through the bamboo shades. Other units did have curtains and I would request for next stay. We requested a refurbished room and it was modern with laminate floors and updated fixtures.

Room Tip: Request a room with curtains not bamboo shades. Bamboo shades do not provide privacy required.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Foothill Ranch, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Alan has a unique place in Palm Desert. The Hotel is quiet & private. His staff is friendly and courteous. He brought me a Breakfast Burrito one morning during my stay. I think I might request an omelette next visit.!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Although the outside is well kept it is old with little to no landscaping. We were a little worried on arrival but were quite pleased by the end of our stay. Our room was cute and clean, needing an update, but very spacious, homey, and comfortable. We had everything we needed, they were very polite and professional, and it was quiet. It's not first class but for the price it's nice!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Los Angeles, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We had a lovely time at the International. We only stayed two nights but wished we stayed longer. It'd be a great place to relax for a week.

I saw a decent rate (about $129/night not including taxes) for it online and came on TripAdvisor to make sure it was a good hotel. Thanks to these reviews, I am glad I booked this place. I listened to the advice and got a room on the second floor, which looked much better than the first floor rooms.

From the outside, you might think that you've booked a fleabag motel but don't judge a book by its cover, or in this case, don't judge the International Lodge for it's older exterior. All of the rooms have been completely renovated, with furniture straight out of a W or Standard Hotel. Hip, modern and very comfortable.

We had a King Suite and it was extremely large, spacious, way bigger than we needed. It came with a full kitchen complete with utensils and cups, microwave, full size refrigerator, coffee maker, ice maker and stove. Our bed was gigantic and firm. We had a great sleep. There's a small flat screen TV with cable, a sofa, a love seat and a little desk with two bar stools. The bathroom had the sink separate from the toilet/shower (which I loved) and the sink was really cool. We had the amenities we needed - soap, shampoo, conditioner, plenty of towels. The shower was the only thing not renovated but it was perfectly fine.

The lodge has TWO pools and a jacuzzi that are open 24 hours (as long as you are quiet! Don't be rude to your fellow guests). We used the jacuzzi late at night and met other guests from Seattle. We were all very quiet and made sure we weren't disturbing other guests because the first floor rooms opened up to the jacuzzi/pool, which can be bothersome I'm sure. However, it seemed like everyone that stayed here understood to be courteous and kind to others and no one was even remotely loud. We could hear a pin drop at this lodge, it was so quiet and relaxing. The walls were thick inside the rooms.

Parking was free and plentiful. WiFi was also free but we didn't get a very strong connection. It was okay because we wanted to disconnect and relax. The area that the lodge is in is about 25 minutes away from downtown Palm Springs. It's between Palm Springs and Indian Wells. You definitely need a car and there were several strip malls and shopping centers within one mile of the lodge.

The manager who greeted us, Leo, was very warm and accommodating. He made us feel very welcome right from the start. Cleaning staff was also great - they folded the towels into little elephants. Our room was cleaned perfectly.

You can see how lovely the rooms are in the pictures I've posted - I forgot to mention the balcony/patio that we had! We had a really fantastic time and I can't wait to come back here again, as long as prices stay affordable!

Room Tip: Get a second floor room not by the pool unless you like being by the pool
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  • Stayed February 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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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We arrived midweek with our small dog, and our room was ready, as promised. We were pleasantly surprised how large the accomodation is. Everything is surplied with daily maid service. Alan was most helpful, even down to assisting obtaining an internet WIFI conection. Parking was very convenient. Use of the provided BBQ was a treat for us, as we do not have that opportunity at home in Canada.One thing we did miss was not having a phone in our room. However, there is no problem using the office phone anytime during normal office hours.Thank you to Alan and Leo for making our four week stay so pleasant. This is our second stay in this complex and we have already booked a return six week vacation for 2014.

Bill and Ruth M.

  • Stayed January 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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Additional Information about International Lodge

Address: 74-380 El Camino, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Desert
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Palm Desert
#7 Romantic Hotel in Palm Desert
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — International Lodge 2.5*
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