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“Favorite place to unwind” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Club Intrawest - Palm Desert

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Club Intrawest - Palm Desert
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA 92260   |  
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Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Palm Desert
Laguna Niguel, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Favorite place to unwind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2007

My husband and I were at Club Intrawest June 10th - 17th, 2007. The warmest temperature during our stay was 110. We had a one bedroom, end unit patio villa and out door shower. This was our 5th trip to Palm Desert, but our 4th stay at Club Intrawest. This is by far our favorite place to stay and our favorite unit so far.

The décor includes painted concrete floors throughout (no carpeting – it’s a good thing in desert), bright colors and rustic furniture. The kitchen features a refrigerator, freezer and separate ice maker (in the summer we go thru a lot of ice) and the unit is well stocked with utensils, pots and pans.

Regarding the décor, I recall, on my first visit to this resort, it took me a few days to get acclimated to the décor, I wasn’t quite sure I liked it. The décor has since grown on me and we both prefer Club Intrawest to the Marriott next door.

We’ve experienced friendly and prompt service at the reception and when we’ve called for minor service. Reception calls after a service call to follow up on the service call and confirm that we were satisfied. That’s a nice touch.

Club Intrawest does offer free wireless internet service, signal was good in the morning and early afternoon and very weak by 5 p.m. Ask reception for the logon information when you check-in.

The pool located near our unit was adult only. We had the pool to ourselves in the evening.

We’re not golfers, but we enjoy having breakfast on the patio at the Desert Willow Golf Resort located adjacent to the resort. The Grill at Desert Willow is open daily for breakfast and lunch ~ June-September Fri-Sun. The bar is inviting too

One evening we had dinner at Haleiwa Joes (a former Charthouse Restaurant) off of 111 between Frank Sinatra Drive and Country Club. Happy hour menu includes half price pupus, try the coconut shrimp, and live Hawaiian music on Friday and Saturday.

We visit Palm Desert once or twice a year for a low key get away.

  • Liked — The out door shower
  • Disliked — Not a major issue, but paid for an additional towels - $8
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 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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Vancouver
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2007

We are lucky to own timeshare at Club Intrawest and this was our 2nd visit to Palm Desert. I have owned timeshare for over 25 years and been lucky enough to travel around the world quite a bit during that time and Intrawest Palm Desert is truly my favourite place on Earth. The Staff are friendly and eager to help, the units are fabulous and very well maintained and the grounds are beautiful with the most amazing Sunsets (second only to African ones) I have never know a more tranquil spot. I dont think its a great place if you like lots of organised activities, there are none. Its perfectly situated for everything that happens in the area and its really easy to get around. Ralphs on the corner of Cook and Country Club is the best Supermarket in the World. One stop shopping and really friendly staff.

  • Liked — Views
  • Disliked — my short stay
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Mission Viejo,CA
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2007

We have been Club Intrawest members for three years and the Palm Desert Club is one of the reasons we joined.

We are fortunate to go about four times a year and we absolutely love the resort. Sure, there are times we are looking for a ritzy atmosphere on vacation (and the Marriott across the street would fit that bill) but we love this resort in the desert specifically for its low-key and relaxing feel.

Our favorite room is the 1 bedroom terrace with its expansive balcony with fireplace, and table and chairs. If we are bringing guests, the downstairs 2 bedroom suites (a 1 bedroom unit plus a studio) are gorgeous with their own patios-again with fireplace and table and chairs. Every room looks toward the pool and spa and the golf course. There are separate family and adult areas/pools. Each 1 and 2 bedroom unit has a full kitchen and almost everything you could think of is included. There is also a BBQ by the pool areas. There is a Ralph's shopping center within walking distance. For a fee, the Club will stock your room ahead of time; just email your grocery list.

The resort has its own theatre (for DVD's) and video game room.
The nearby golf course has great breakfasts and lunches, while the shopping/restaurant area of El Paseo is nearby.

If you are young and/or looking to party, then I would suggest the Marriott or rather, Palm Spings, which has much more nightlife.

If you're looking for a place to swim or golf and relax with your family or friends or even a romantic getaway, then I heartily recommend Club Intrawest.

  • Liked — Beautiful location;full kitchens
  • Disliked — no nightlife
  • Tips/Secrets — bring your own DVD's for the theater
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern Illinois
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2006

We stayed in a one bedroom, fairly large condo that thankfully had good air conditioning. Not all of the guests were as lucky. Few guests the week we were there. It was 112-119 the entire week. The water in the pool was very warm and by evening attracted lots of bugs and hummingbirds.

There are tennis courts and golf on the property but it was so hot! There were no activities going on at the resort. Very boring. We left during the middle of the week to visit San Diego and get a break from the heat.

This might be a good place to visit if the weather is good for swimming. Pricey for a bed and a refrigerator. You need to leave the property to find any activities.

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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2005

Our family spent the week of the July 4th at Club Intrawest, and had a very pleasant experience. The rooms and grounds were very clean and the staff was very helpful. The rooms included an outdoor shower and fireplace, a large living area with queen sized sofa bed, 2 TV's, and top notch appliances.
We enjoyed the on-site movie theatre, work-out facility, free game room and pools during our stay. I would highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Westlake Village, CA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2004

We have stayed here numerous times and have taken along as many as 5 other guests. The experience has always been top notch and the staff is amongst the most friendly we have encountered in world wide travels. The decor both inside and out is unique and very "deserty." We really enjoy this resort and are returning this summer with 3 other couples to introduce them to this gem.

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San Diego, CA
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2004

Stayed in an upstairs 1 bed appartment mid August 2004.

This was a good size with kitchen, lounge, big bathroom, big terrace, outdoor shower etc. Huge compared to a regular hotel room at one of the nearby resorts. Quality of decor fully to 4* hotel standards.

Plenty of choice for pools plus a games room and movie room.

Going back someday.

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Additional Information about Club Intrawest - Palm Desert

Address: 1 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Desert
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm Desert
#3 Family Hotel in Palm Desert
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Club Intrawest - Palm Desert 4.5*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vacation Homes custom-built for the Desert. Club Intrawest is a private vacation club. From time to time, Guests are invited to stay at the Club on a nightly, cash basis. Club Intrawest -- Palm Desert is your desert home. Ideally located next to the Desert Willow Golf Course, Club Intrawest -- Palm Desert is serene and secluded. Peaceful, spacious and seemingly one with the desert surroundings, the Vacation Homes at Palm Desert take full advantage of the year-round warm weather. Enjoy both family and adult-only pools, 2 tennis courts, a basketball court and private movie theatre. The Vacation Homes are built in a series of 'Haciendas', each surrounding a pool and hot pool area, and a barbecue deck. Spacious Vacation Homes feature full kitchens and fireplaces on the terraces. ... more   less 
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