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“Fun weekend stay with friends” 4 of 5 stars
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The Saguaro Palm Springs, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   1800 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264   |  
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Ranked #35 of 70 Hotels in Palm Springs
Los Angeles, California
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fun weekend stay with friends”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I came here with a group of friends for July 4th weekend and we had a great time. The rooms are nice enough and the beds are pretty comfortable. I particularly appreciated the larger sized mini fridge which they only stock with a couple water bottles...not a ton of stuff you have to pay an arm and a leg for. This gave us plenty of room to put our own drinks and snacks. The only real complaint I have is the two huge blow up colorful beach balls they put in the pool, i guess because they look nice. There were a bunch of kids playing with these things and constantly knocking over people's drinks and hitting people in the head. Not very relaxing. I wasn't traveling with kids and don't have kids of my own. I'm not going to complain about people bringing kids here because I know that's just how it goes sometimes. But I will say that this is not a super kid-friendly place. There is only one pool which isn't huge and it's more of a young adult crowd. Your kids would probably have a much better time at a bigger resort which is more catered to them.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This bright hotel has pool parties in the summer and 2 great restaurants on site. The rooms are clean and comfortable with bright curtains, rugs, and Mexican furniture. The staff here is very friendly and helpful. They offer Bocce ball, table tennis & bicycles too

Room Tip: I prefer to have my room face the pool area. They have a little patio and the way the pool area is...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The colors are so bright and fun, it really is about all I was able to notice. Looking beyond the colors, anyone would find flaws. At a busy intersection, yet not the downtown strip. Hallways are a bit confusing. I waited in line 15+ mins to check in. Sometimes I had trouble parking near our room. The value, well, not excellent. The hotel isn't new, just refreshed. But wow, is it refreshing! The inner courtyard area was perky & delightful... little walking trails from the hallways, comfortable chairs to recline by the pool, perfect nighttime lighting, casual area to sit... all amid a rainbow of color. Sitting by the pool at night below the full moon was perfection. Color and lighting does wonders for one's mood, and inasmuch, I was as happy as I could be during my stay. I traveled with my 16 yr old, and would definitely return.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

If upon check-in you too are offered a 'better' room overlooking the pool, be suspicious. A dj accompanied by a live drummer may rattle the nerves of some - but whatever, we didn't mind so much. Still, if you're hoping to get in a quiet weekend, you may want to look elsewhere. Every corner of this hotel was entirely saturated by djs, live music, or the unfolding melodramatics of stoned sorority girls.
Most annoying was the system for taking out bikes. We asked early one morning and were told they'd all been reserved already. After breakfast, there they sat, still unused. Apparently reservations are good for 4 hours. Seems like the system could be simplified? And we weren't asked if we'd like to put our names in for a later slot. These bikes were spoken for, all day, parked and unused I guess. Kind of annoying.
On a happier note, the staff around the pool were amazing.

Room Tip: Light sleepers may want to skip the pool view, as it tends to get a little MTV Beach House loud out...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Being a Joie de Vivre member, and having stayed at many of its boutique hotels I can plainly state that this property is NOT your a-typical Joie de Vivre hotel - or I should say road side motor court. Slapping on some ridiculous mis-matched colors and giving it an exotic name does not qualify it as 'boutique'. From the over crowded pool and blaring non- stop thumping music, to the maze like corridors, this property is in need of a MAJOR over haul... Tout de suite! Although this did not put a damper on my overall trip, I will not stay here again nor will I recommend this motel to my other international friends. Honestly? This place was MUCH better when it was a Holiday Inn.

Room Tip: Steer clear of rooms facing the very noisy pool area - all hours of the day or night Negotiate no r...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Port Richey, Florida, United States
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

take a traditional nondescript chain box style hotel and turn into chic, fun, fabulous, personality personified. The saguaro is all that, from the colors of the desert flowers and colors that elicit happiness to the earthen natural furnishing accents. The staff is not just being paid to smile but appear to truly be happy and enjoying their jobs. From the bar at night to the pool by day, the sounds of fun resonate. The heat may have been 118 degrees outside but this was one cool place.

Room Tip: If you like to feel like you are in a garden, ask for a ground floor facing the pool.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Oslo, Norway
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We absolutely loved this little gem of a hotel. The colors, the staff, the pool, and the music. Even if we traveled with an infant, we imitatively felt at home.
It can be a little bit noisy from the pool area, but if you think that will affect you, you should ask for a room facing the parking lot instead. I think the pool party ended around 10PM.

The hotel is not smack in the centre of Palm Springs, but they offer a free shuttle every hour.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room if you think you will be annoyed by the pool party
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: 1800 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Palm Springs
#6 Luxury Hotel in Palm Springs
#7 Spa Hotel in Palm Springs
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Saguaro Palm Springs, a Joie de Vivre Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 245
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
To know Palm Springs is to love it. Whether you come for the sun, the spas or the style, there's an undeniable lure to this oasis of desert modernity in the Coachella Valley. Now, there's a new place to lay your head while soaking it all up. The Saguaro opened in February 2012, bringing with it a new sense of design, food and comfort. If you ever needed another reason to escape, you have one now. Guests enjoy our resort style amenities including our pool, fine dining, fitness, yoga and spa services. Guestrooms & Suites: Bright. Light. Colorful. The rooms at the Saguaro immerse you in the desert resort experience that is Palm Springs. Choose your view - mountain, garden courtyard with pool, or city lights. Nearly every room has a balcony or patio and is accented inside and out by the brilliant color of a native Mojave wildflower, creating a visual spectrum of light throughout the grounds. No one perspective is the same. Guestroom Amenities• Hotel and rooms renovated February 2012• Flat screen, 42" HDTVs• Views of surrounding mountains, courtyard and city (select rooms)• Outdoor patios or step out balconies • Large work desks• Stereo with iPod docking station• On-demand movies and music. Services & Amenities: There are certain standards by which a visit to Palm Springs is judged, such as pool time and the scenery that goes with it, the quality of architecture and design, and perhaps most importantly, the ability to enjoy the desert landscape and air, preferably with cocktail in hand. By all accounts, the Saguaro has you more than covered. Hotel Services• Pet-friendly• Secure self parking*• Laundry and dry cleaning service• Wireless Internet Access*• Daily yoga*• Complimentary local transportation**included in daily resort fee of $25.00 USD per night. Meetings & Events: In the 1920s, Hollywood stars began decamping to Palm Springs to relax, party and rejuvenate. You can imagine more than a few screenplays were pitched around the pool. Today Palm Springs is a destination for meetings and events more than ever, seducing planners with 350 days of sunshine a year and abundant golf, shopping and desert curiosities. The Saguaro features several flexible event space options and is ready to host your event, whether it's hosted in our garden courtyard, in a private dining room or around the pool. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Palm Springs
Palm Springs Holiday Inn

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