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“Another great visit in October” 5 of 5 stars
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Marriott's Desert Springs Villas I
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   1091 Pinehurst Lane, Palm Desert, CA 92260   |  
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White Plains, New York
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“Another great visit in October”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

This is our third visit. We are owners. We traded for this visit and decided to extend the trade on both ends by staying in a lock off unit.

This visit we were able to stay within the same building on the same floor. So easy. We were on the ground floor, we enjoyed it. Every morning, I sat out on the patio, drinking coffee and reading. I watched the people golfing.

We enjoyed the 1 bedroom unit. The full kitchen, and step down into the living room is great. This unit is big compared to other Marriott units. Having the washing machine and dryer is a bonus.

The people from the check in to the guards as we drive in, were friendly.
We had fun in Palm Desert, Palm Springs and the surrounding area. We enjoyed the Desert Hummer Tour.

We are happy owners.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We had a nice experience at the Desert Springs Villas. Our one bedroom villa was a generous 1400 square feet with a nice residential feeling. We enjoyed having the full kitchen, coffee maker DVD and washer/dryer to our stay more comfortable and more like home. We requested a top floor unit which had a nice view of the golf course and lots of sunshine. There was a bit of noise from the main road but not enough to bother us at all. It was nice to be able to walk over to the JW Hotel as well. The only thing we were not crazy about was there was no housekeeping offered--but we called for fresh towels which they delivered to each day. This was a great value for all the space you get in the Villa.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

My husband and I have been back to Marriott's Desert Springs Villas I three times in the last 18 months. We rent the 1 bedroom (king suite) with a full living room and kitchen. Let me tell you what we love about it....the villa is very large (1250 sf) with a sunken living room and large deck or patio. It looks just like the photos on the website. Beautiful. All the villas are on the golf course, so even if the view you rent says "varries" you will be on the course. There are 5 pools scattered around the property, some large, some small. There is even a "quiet" pool for adults only. There is a shuttle bus that comes around frequently for pick up to the JW Marriott neighboring property.

The 2/2 bedroom layout is a little strange. The lock off actually has it's own entrance. Great if you have teen agers or in-laws that you don't want on top of you, but a little strange for an inclusive family enviornment.

The property is well maintained and the staff is great. We Love It!

Room Tip: all rooms are on the golf course. we always like the second floor so we get a balcony instead of a...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We exchanged our timeshare for a end of Summer at the Marriott Villa's 1. This is our second time here and absolutely love it. We booked a 2bdrm villa (Buidling I) that was very spacious. The unit was recently renovated so everything was updated and fresh.

Check in was smooth as we arrived 9pm-ish on Thursday evening. Front desk staff was quick and helpful with our request and questions. I actually called a few days prior to request a renovated villa.

Villa is fully equipped with everything you would find at home. All appliances, utensils and washer and dryer. There is a full family room and dining area. Bathrooms are huge with jacuzzi size tubs. Our view off our balcony was facing the mountains which was beautiful for mornings and sunets.

The pools were not overly packed since I think most families are probably back in school. Each day we went to Palmeras pool in case we wanted to order lunch or snacks. Food is fairly priced with many selections. Drinks aren't to expensive either. This pool is very kid friendly. Our friends brought there 2 small kids under 2 and were able to enjoy.

The gym...It's just enough to get it done! We used the weights and cardio equipment. The treadmills might need a little refurbishing as some of them had to be turned off and on to restart.

The only con : Cleanliness...I'm very use to staying in 4-5 star hotels were everything is spotless. At the Villa's the floors could of been swept and mopped way better prior to our arrival. The front foray when entering was filled with a fine layer of sand or dust. I found a nail by the kitchen sink.

Overall everything was great! We love the heat and the sun so we can't wait to return next year!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We enjoyed our week at the Marriott Desert Spring Villas I (timeshare) from Sept 7-14. We don't own here but own next door at DS2. But we actually prefer DS1 over DS2 (they're larger).

The weather got to 109 the first or second day that we were there. It was a bit brutal but we kept cool by using the pools. The A/C in the villas worked great also. The temperature peaked around 3 pm, so it was still possible to do an exercise walk in the morning without much difficulty. When I would take my walk, I stopped for cold water at the check in lobby/clubhouse (and picked up my USA Today), the Palmaras pool and the Shade (activity center).

They provide free internet. It wasn't overly fast (3 Mbit download - - I checked) but that is perfectly adequate for keeping up with the news and for emails. The signal level was low but perfectly adequate. It was easy to do the initial log-on and subsequent logons happened automatically.

We stayed in a 1 BR villa and it was huge - - perhaps 1000 square feet. The LR was sunken (we were on the 2nd floor so I'm not sure if this feature is on both floors). The outside deck faced the golf course and the deck is 2 levels and huge. It came with a table for 4. The unit has a full kitchen, large refrigerator with a freezer, full stove and the full compliment of dishes, glasses and utensils. There is also a dining room with a table that seats 6. They give you a starter pack for a day's coffee and a miniature salt/pepper shaker.

1. I requested a unit away from Cook Street to avoid some of that noise.
2. There is a quiet pool between building N and O. You can also go to the quiet pool at DS2 (See other comment below).
3. There is a free USA Today newspaper, but you need to go to the lobby to pick it up. That wasn't a problem for me.
4. You get a 20% discount on food over at the JW Marriott Hotel
5. Make sure you get the Marriott Discount Card when you check in. We used it at Papa Dan's pizza and saved 20%. It also works at a number of other restaurants. A secret tip for Morton's steakhouse - - the restaurant part is pretty expensive but they have a happy hour in the bar where they serve "Bites" - - I got a plate of four tender Filet sandwiches (small) and my wife got a plate of 3 cheeseburgers. Each plate was only $7. IIRC the happy hour continues to 6:30 and resumes sometime after 9 pm (best to check by calling of going on-line)
6. Don't stay in an efficiency and complain that you were surprised that the unit is small like a hotel room. It is the size of a hotel room. If you don't have any option but to stay in the efficiency ask for one that has been updated. Their kitchenette has better storage space above the countertop. IMHO it would be brutal to try to put 4 people in an efficiency.
7. There is a free Wine and Cheese social at the Shade at 3 pm on Fridays. We purposely arrived early for check-in - - perhaps 2 pm (normal check in is at 4 pm). The room wasn't ready (which we anticipated) so we went to the palmaras pool cantina and had lunch and a beverage. Then we attended the wine and cheese social. At about 4 pm we received a call that the room was ready. Perfect timing. The social is a fun way to meet and converse with other travelers.
8. If you're going to have food at the Cantina at the Palmaras pool, be advised that their main food (like burgers or salads) menu stops at 5 pm. and the Cantina closes at 6pm. They have a 3pm to 5pm happy hour on snacks and beverages.
9. If you are staying at the Villas I, you have priviledges to use the JW Marriott Spa, the main JW pool and the tennis courts Monday through Friday. Also, you can use any of the Villas I or Villas II pools. There are 7 separate pool areas in the villas including 2 quiet pools. The Palmaras is the largest and actually has 4 or 5 separate pools. If you are going during cool weather, they keep one pool at 87 degrees in the winter.
10. If you want to make noise at the pool and/or have active children you'll probably enjoy the Palmaras pool the best. They have some areas specifically geared towards children including a water squirter, bean bag toss, monster checkers, foosball, a 1 foot deep kiddy pool, etc. Also they have a cantina where you can get beverages and lunch. The prices were not cheap, but also they were NOT unreasonable.
11. If you find that you are missing something in your unit, don't get upset - - just pick up the phone and ask. We called for a few things and the response time was short and the Marriott people greeted us with a nice smile.
12. At "the shade" they have daily activities for kids and adults (beer tasting, wine tasting, etc.). They play movies throughout the day. They have a few PCs (in addition to the two at the clubhouse) and Wii, etc. They also rent bicycles and 2-wheeled razors (scooters) by the hour or day. Make sure to check the schedule of activities when you check in.
13. Bring your favorite seasonings for the outdoor grill.
14. There is a Ralph's grocery and a Rite Aid pharmacy on Country Club Lane, just north of the JW.

Some minor annoyances:
1. Quiet pool - - well, it is supposed to be quiet and probably usually is quiet. But some people ignore signs. There was a bachelorette party in progress on the second day we were there, complete with an enormous and powerful boom box, and a bunch of bikini-clad 20-somethings (I'm not complaining about that...) feeling the effects of the alcohol that they had drunk . So they were pretty loud and occasionally using X-rated language. We used the pool/house phone to call security. They came over and made the people quiet down. They did - - for a while. So, we then went over to the pool at the clubhouse and found it to be largely deserted and extremely quiet. The clubhouse has the added benefit that you can go to their convenience store and buy snacks and beverages.
2. Crickets - We periodically found crickets outside and (a few times) inside our unit. The bottom of my shoe quickly dispatched them. But we asked engineering to come and spray one area. They were very prompt. Depending on the season, you may find crickets - - after all, it is the desert. We're from southern California and accept this fact.

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Room Tip: Stay away from the outside edge by Cook Street. The units by L, M, N, and O get a bit of noise from...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Vacation in the desert.

The Marriott Desert Palm villas are stunning in their conception and execution. A beautiful vista in every direction--Santa Rosa--San Jacinto--San Bernardino mountains wherever you look--provides the backdrop for family fun, mostly in the pools, but also in the local environs. There is something here for everybody.

We travelled as a family of 4 and we wanted for nothing. We swam, we golfed, we shopped, we toured (go to the museum of the desert), but mostly we remained awstruck.

Bring plenty of sunscreen, no less than a thirty: the sun is relentless, and unforgiving. Drink plenty of water.

Staying at the villas brings the JW Marriott to your fingertips. We hit the pratice tee and had a ball.

Eat at the Mikado right in the hotel: a Japanese restaurant that does the teppan thing to perfection. Bring an appetite, too: the servings are very generous and cooked to perfection with flare. A decent saki menu, too. Enjoy, but bring some money. Prices are high but the quality is astounding. Don't miss the Fisherman's Landing adjacent to the pro shop, either. Great food here too, and a family oriented menu. Try the seafood tower: $70 but enough to feed everyone.

Palm Desert itself is cleverly laid out on a very comprehensible grid. Most streets bear familiar names, (Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, etc.), and they all connect very logically, joining the several desert cities that comprises the greater Palm Springs area.

If playing in the desert is appealing to you, then you must put this destination on your to-do list. If you can acclimate to an average temperature of 105 degrees F, then you are in for a treat.You can adjust to a cost comfort zone by using the local Walmart superstore and Costco creatively (we did). Nearly everything is 10 minutes away. Of course you will have a car.

Just make the whole place your own.

Travel tip: We flew from NY's JFK into LAX via JetBlue, non-stop. We rented a car, a GPS, and took the 2 1/2 hour adventure into the desert. We would have preferred flying into Palm Springs International Airport, but we could not find a flight itinerary that made sense for us. Perhaps you will find a way to do it. It will save time and gas, so long as you don't have to exchange that for ridiculous layovers and connecting flights. Good luck!

Room Tip: If you can swing it, get to the Villas II: they are even more beautiful than Villas I.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We arrived late to the property and checked in with Levi at the front desk. He was super accommodating and asked all the right questions and got us the perfect villa. While we checked in we saw an award being displayed for this being "Resort of the year in 2011."
Well... They should get the award this year again.
Service is top notch from everyone. They have plenty of activities for hte entire family from kids to the elder. They have different pools throughout and the villas are spaciocious.
Great snack minimarkets and deli on-site. Great security and groundskeeping.
Awesome all-around.
We also got discounts at local stores and restaurants through the hotel.

This is a family-oriented property. Not high-end but rather for a relaxing family vacation.

Only drawbacks...
Check out is at 10AM
Pools close at 10PM.

Room Tip: All villas are good. Get a second story to enjoy great mountain sunset views.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Address: 1091 Pinehurst Lane, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Desert
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Palm Desert
#7 Romantic Hotel in Palm Desert
#12 Family Hotel in Palm Desert
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Desert Springs Villas I 3.5*
Number of rooms: 472
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palm Desert serves as the exceptional setting for Marriott's Desert Springs Villas. Beautifully designed on 400 acres. Adjacent to the JW Marriott Resort & Spa. Enjoy 36 holes of manicured fairways, exquisite tennis facilities, a lavish European spa and tempting cuisine. On-site, soak up the sun and relax with 7 luxurious pools. ... more   less 
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