I will start by saying, the rooms were very nice, comfortable and the setting of the property is very nice. We also brought our dogs and it was great to have them there with us! However, my partner and I felt that the owner was a bit heavy on the personal service.
Upon check-in, he gave us a tour of every single detail of the room and property. He also went over so many rules and the Do's and Don'ts of the property, it made us feel uncomfortable; kind of like going to Grandma's house who is so afraid you're going to break something. I found it tacky that they specifically spelled out with towels were to be used for sexual clean up with laminated cards next to the bed describing the location of the "trick towels." TACKY
We owner came knocking at our door several times insisting we join in for cocktail hour for all guests by the pool. We also had to exchange conversation every time we entered or left the property since he was always right there as we walked out. The property is really small so it's hard to avoid.
When we laid out by the pool, the top of my head touched to cushion my a few millimeters and he came running over to place another towel under my head and reminded me that there were more pool towels available so that I could cover the entire chaise as he had previously told me to do so.
On our way out, as we couldn't wait to get away, he insisted on taking our picture even as we insisted we did not want to. All in all, the place is great. The hospitality is too much for my comfort.
One last thing that I thought would be a nice touch to the rooms. They still have the old tube tvs mounted from the ceiling. It would be great to have had a flat screen TV at eye level instead of near the ceiling.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Ocotillo sets new standards for luxury accommodations for gay men. The walled compound offers you the ultimate in luxury and privacy tucked away behind iron gates in a quiet historic area of old Palm Springs. Guests experience unparalleled resort-like accommodations and services in a restored 1930’s hacienda on over one-half acre of lushly landscaped grounds.. The five spacious bungalows and suites have been individually designed for gay men in a personal hideaway sheltered away from the usual hustle and bustle, yet minutes from the excitement of downtown. ... more less