My wife and I stayed here 24th-25th June 2012 - what a lovely, secluded place, right in Palm Springs. The hotel is like a single story French Provencal cottage that you would expect to be overlooking the Mediterranean - it's 50 or more years old giving it character with individually furnished rooms and has a lovely ambiance. There's a communal veranda outside the room with a swing-chair, beautifully kept flower beds, humming birds, mocking birds singing - just perfect.
Top that off with secluded gardens and courtyard, unique rooms in cottages dotted around the grounds and a pool. Then there is the attentive but informal service - what a great place to stay. We paid $133 per night.
It's on the corner of two streets, in the town itself, just back from the main street - you could easily drive past it without realising its there. With a clear blue sky, 100F dry heat with a gigantic mountain backdrop close by and wooded, well-kept gardens, we were impressed straight away.
We were welcomed by Karen, who was so friendly and efficient and she gave us a huge room (mini-suite but not the biggest by any means) with a huge, old fireplace, easy chairs, unique old furniture, TV, fridge and all the amenities. Just to give you the feel of the place, the fridge was well stocked with soft drinks and you could help yourself for no extra charge - never had that before!
We got there Sunday evening and found the bar and the quite formal dining room throbbing with local, well dressed business people and retired people - nicely dressed and rather glamorous - it must be the place to go for those in the know from the local middle-class community. This is the place where Sinatra used to dine and Steve McQueen was refused entry because he was in motorcycle leathers - its sort of formal in a very casual way, so you feel relaxed here from the word go.
The food was nice, a trifle expensive - slightly quirky dishes with English-style boiled vegetables on the plate. The waiters were all older guys, formally dressed - probably been there since Sinatra's days. The bar prices were quite high and the table wine was also pricey - starting at about $32 a bottle, so we ordered by the glass, starting at about $8 per glass - as far as I can remember. . . There's also music there at weekends, but we missed that. Sadly, the Sinatra Tribute singer who used to perform there died recently. What a shame.
The bed was comfortable, the room was peaceful and quiet and we had a good nights sleep. The town is very close by with lots of restaurants and facilities - there's a giant statue if Maralyn Munroe - and then it was back to the hotel for a relaxing swim - there's plenty of shade from the trees around the pool.
It is HOT in Palm Springs, but you never sweat because of the dryness and you somehow don't get affected by the heat as you might have anticipated. The town of Palm Springs is quite small, with lots to do and we would definitely go back and stay in the Ingleside again - its so friendly and welcoming and discreet. We had a lovely, lovely time there.
Don't go if you are dressed in motorcycle gear like Steve McQueen. Seriously, its smart casual...
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