Just like the novel with a similar name, this place combines elements of fantasy and horror. As with any resort of this caliber you arrive with certain customary expectations. However, I felt as if I was staying at an established hotel in Vegas complete with casino-grade surveillance cameras and roving bands of security.
Unlike the other clothing-optional resorts on the opposite side of the easement wall, they discourage any behavior which might offend a “third party” (much like a workplace environment) and enforce it with a firm dispositional nature. I watched a manager tell a few individuals in the hot tub that they were being reported to the Department of Health complete with photos for their public display of affection. Let’s get real – this is a private resort with consenting adults who were locking lips. Big Deal. Maybe someone should report the owner(s) to the SPCA for allowing their dog to bark the entire weekend because it was locked up and wanted attention.
Could this craziness be a reaction to past problems with drugs and crime on the property or maybe pressure from the new church directly across the street? The Patriot Act? Who knows but here’s a few observations I thought I’d share with you:
•Lots of attractive men without attitude and a very low percentage of trolls
•Plastic key cards as opposed to metal keys on an elastic band. They’re hard to keep up with and deactivate exactly at check-out time thus locking you out of your room even if you are approved for a later checkout time. By the way, the key card only works on one door and our “buddy” room had two entrances
•Great location with plenty of parking and a free BBQ on Saturday afternoon
•Music and plenty of lounge chairs with well maintained water facilities. I witnessed them testing and treating the pools and spas every day. However, the centrally located and largest hot tub was closed for repair and this was Presidents' Day weekend!
•Clean and updated rooms but lousy room service (they came at 4:00 PM). I had to empty my own trash, ask for toilet paper and yearned for more towels
•Extra charge for third roommate (not told upon making reservation) and “Adult” T.V. channels that never change material or never play at all.
•Day and night passes which keeps it interesting and lots of cameras to keep everybody honest. By the way, I was told up to a year’s worth of surveillance can be kept on one disc and they are infrared too. Good to know huh?
•A friendly and knowledgeable staff. Unless, of course, you ask too many questions as they don’t like it when you stay in the lobby too long.
In all honesty, they are probably just protecting their investment and I get the feeling this place is still trying to find the right “mix” of employees, guests and management style. It’s as if they are trying to go from a Motel 6 in the desert to a 5-star hotel on a tropical island. They even have a bellman cart. What next? A Starbucks in the lobby?
I’ve tried to be neutral and hope this helps you determine whether or not you will stay at All Worlds but I still have a creepy feeling about the place and will probably not stay there again.
- Also Known As:
- All Worlds Hotel
- All Worlds Hotel Palm Springs