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Desert Sun Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1533 Chaparral Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (Formerly Desert Shadows Resort)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 70 Hotels in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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North Dakota
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133 reviews 133 reviews
117 hotel reviews
Reviews in 111 cities Reviews in 111 cities
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
“Change lead to comparison”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We had originally booked our stay for five days, thinking that we would take advantage of the airport limo service offered on stays of four nights or more--then we found out that it had been discontinued. With a rental car now the best option, we decided to cancel the last two days of the stay and check out the other C/O resort. That will be the next review.

We stayed in the Chaparral hotel section and the room was basic and pricey, but we knew that coming in so we were OK with it. About our only room complaint was that the king bed was too hard--way too hard for me to sleep comfortably. The grounds are very nice, the pools and hot tubs clean and look new. Even though the resort was full on a holiday weekend, it did not seem over crowded and we were always able to find a sunbed somewhere. People do go out at 7 AM to reserve their choice spots.

We ate one breakfast at the resort. The food was good (when we got it), but the service was slow and my wife had to send her eggs back because they were under cooked. As we were eating, a gentleman approached our table, identified himself as the owner and apologized for the slow service. After this, we kind of expected that something would be comped--it wasn't. In fact, this was our only other complaint--with the exception of coffee in the lobby, you pay for everything. A $275 room didn't even get us a free newspaper.

The staff treated us very well and we had a nice time, but if we return to Palm Springs the DS may not be our first choice.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Peio, Italy
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

My wife and I spent a few days here in mid May 2013 . This was our first time and we loved it . We hated to leave . The staff were very gracious , the grounds were well kept and the condo we stayed in was perfect . My wife was very hesitant at first but it seemed by the last day it was hard to get her out of the pool . Very relaxing place . We come from the cold east coast north so it was truly a special place to try our first nude resort lifestyle . We will be back . A special thankyou to my wife ( M ) for entertaining this whole idea .

Room Tip: The condo offer extra privacy from the patios .
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Millis, Massachusetts
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Our first visit to Desert Sun Resort was also our first time with the clothing-optional experience. The staff and many guests made us feel so comfortable that by our second day we upgraded to a room with a kitchen and stayed in the resort for the rest of our week (no sightseeing required).

We were most impressed with the grounds keeping and overall maintenance of the resort. Both rooms we stayed in were clean, and the beds and bedding were excellent. We did have a couple of minor maintenance issues with our room, but the staff handled them immediately.

The pools were warm, clean, and the hot tubs were lovely, although the one in the condo area was a bit too hot for my wife to sit in.

The café and bar were both very nice; our only disappointment was the limited hours, especially the bar. The food was excellent and the portion sizes considerable. Service was a bit slow, mainly due to the number of staff. Servers tended bar, waited tables, and took and delivered drink orders by the pools. All of the servers were friendly, welcoming, and attentive. Several greeted us by name after a couple of days, which was appreciated and made us feel more welcome.The café did not open for breakfast, but coffee was available at all times in the lobby.

We got a couple's relaxation massage in the spa, which was one of the highlights of our visit. Highly recommended.

We were lucky to arrive on the resort’s five year anniversary celebration, so the Bare Buns Nightclub was open. The experience as first timers was wonderful. We would love to see the nightclub open on more than just a few special occasions, because it offers the opportunity for first-timers and repeat guests to mix in a great social milieu.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay so much that we made reservations for a ten night stay later this year before we left the resort!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rancho Cordova, California
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We want to thank all the staff at DS for a wonderful time...you make everyone feel at home, and you keep the place so orgainzed and clean!!! We always enjoy our stay and meeting such wonderful people.
Thank you so much!!
Frank&Gayle Madrid

Room Tip: All the rooms are great...but if you want to be poolside, the chapprell is the best!!!
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  • Stayed April 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

Our first visit was great. The staff was very accommodating and the other guests friendly. Our room was nice. We had a very relaxing 4 days. The grounds are beautiful and really leant to the relaxing atmosphere.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This was our second visit to DS! Once again we found it to be a great experience! The staff starting with Michael, welcomed us back like we were family!! We stayed in a Villa and it was awesome! We met a lot of wonderful people making our stay very enjoyable! The staff is very accommodating and are all great people! We look forward to going back very soon! Thank you for making our stay wonderful!!!

  • Stayed April 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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edmonton
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We visited this resort last November and couldn't wait to go back - so here we were again in April, this time for a 10 day stay. We booked a room with a mini kitchen (microwave and fridge) in the courtyard and that made a wonderful difference in the amount of privacy and comfort. Unlike the Chapparal rooms, the Courtyard rooms have a built in air-conditioner, rather than the wall mounted unit. This cuts down on the in room noise considerably.
The grounds are maintained to a high standard. We enjoyed the quiet of the pool in the condo area (particularly on weekends when things get quite noisy around the volleyball pool and hot tub) and also the pool by the spa. Had a couple of wonderful massages as well with Renska. Don't miss the opportunity if you visit. Michael and staff do a great job in looking after the guests and we look forward to our next visit - already booked!

Room Tip: If booking a room in the Courtyard, ask for one away from the entrance gates - people tend to shut t...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1533 Chaparral Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (Formerly Desert Shadows Resort)
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Palm Springs
#12 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Desert Sun Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Palm Springs in Au Naturel Luxury. 3 Swimming pools, 2 jacuzzis, tennis court, restaurant on site, spa, fire pit, night club. Try clothing optional freedom in a beautiful natural setting with waterfalls, flowers, streams and lots of trees. Minutes from airport and downtown Palm Springs. ... more   less 
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