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“Charming, cozy, relaxing, romantic” 5 of 5 stars
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424 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264   |  
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Ranked #2 of 72 Hotels in Palm Springs
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“Charming, cozy, relaxing, romantic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2011

We tried to get a room at the Desert Riveria, which was sold out, and were offered the last remaining room for the weekend at the hotel's sister property, the Hotel California. The hotel lived up to all of its wonderful reviews. Larry and Patti are very hospitable -- they get to know all their guests by name and were very helpful in providing suggestions of restaurants, information about hiking, booking reservations for us, and arranging for complimentary transportation downtown. The property was great -- approx. 13 moderate size rooms surrounding a courtyard with pool, decks and several cozy sitting spots. The common kitchen is stocked with spices and they have two grills that they'll set up and clean if you want to BBQ. The pool, while small, is heated and cozy and the landscaping is attractive.They also offer complimentary wine, beer and soft dinks in the evening as well as have on hand fresh fruit and other snacks for all hours. The property is a little more than a mile to walk into town but is a very easy short drive and the limo service downtown at night was convenient. The rooms have tv's with DVDs and there's a common room with DVDs to borrow as well as books and games. We would highly recommend either of their two properties.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2011

Exceptional hosts that truly make you feel welcomed upon arrival (the beer/wine doesn't hurt either!) The premises themselves are inviting, cozy and quaint - perfect for adults. I went with my boo and it was just perfect! They have a community kitchen and BBQ grill where you can make your own food, as well as a nice pool lounge where you can watch TV, get a recently released DVD for your room or hang out after you've checked out. Once you arrive, everything is complimentary - how sweet is that! The rooms are spacious and they provide small kitchenettes, along with a basket of goodies! Make sure to bring your swim gear no matter the season...the pool stays heated at 90 degrees and they also have a jacuzzi tub on the premises. The rooms themselves were quite spacious and very comfortable. Without a doubt we will be staying again! Many thanks to Larry and Lucy :)

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

Hotel cal, what a great place to stay. every thing so nice and clean. Everyone was so nice and friendly. I loved it and will tell everyone what a wonderful hideaway! Thank you for a great weekend! D. D.

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  • Stayed April 2011, 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
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Montara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

Stayed here with three friends and had a fantastic time. The owners bent over backward to make us feel welcome and well cared-for with wine at check-in, suggestions for sightseeing, assistance with the barbeque, getting dinner reservations for us and just general friendliness. We went on a wonderful hike to Palm Canyon, which the owner had suggested we do - we would not have known about it otherwise.
The pool area is very cozy and comfortable; you can go from the (heated) pool to the hot tub and back to the pool quite easily. Very relaxing and comfortable "vibe" there. Downtown is a short car ride away; and the hotel is easy walking distance to a couple of good breakfast restaurants: Elmer's and the Ace Hotel. There is even free limo service to take you out for dinner and pick you up! All in all a great time. Would stay here again and would recommend to others.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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
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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

We stayed here for one night and were extermely impressed by the friendly service, quality of amenitites, and overall experience. It was by far our best hotel experience in many years, and we highly recommend this hotel. Larry and Lucy made us feel welcome, and we are sure they will do the same for you!

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

My wife and I just completed a wonderful one-night stay at the Hotel California. The owner/operators made our stay truly memorable, offering a beverage immediately upon arrival....even personally bringing me a coffee with cream while I lounged in the warm pool the next morning! The eleven rooms are well spaced out, with nicely placed frawns between buildings providing even more exclusivity. We spent at least three hours floating on a noodle in the pool, with only a single hummingbird and light smooth jazz interrupting the welcomed silence. It's on the main street (Palm Canyon), but you do not hear any outside noise, and it's a mere three minutes from the downtown spots.

We will be back out from San Diego as soon as we possibly can!

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

Hotel California is the 'must stay' spot in Palm Springs! The rooms are clean, bed comfy with nice linens and the hosts are very accommodating. Our suite had a separate bedroom with adjoining kitchen and living area. We were able to use the hotel's kitchen and BBQ area which provided all amenites free of charge. We even received a complimentary car wash upon check in.

There is a heated outdoor pool and hot tub for some sun and R&R. Also, there are many outdoor areas where you can visit with other guests or remain in your own private sitting areas as desired. The hosts Larry, Patti and Lucy are outstanding; they cater to you ever need! We will be back on our next trip to Palm Springs

You can check out and you can leave the trouble is 'you don't want to'!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
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Address: 424 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Palm Springs
#2 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
#3 Best Value Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lush romantic grounds with surrounding Old California Spanish charm. Newly renovated with attention to every detail. Sister property to the #1 TripAdvisor rated Desert Riviera Hotel.. just up the street. Join us in the SUN! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
California Hotel Palm Springs
California Palm Springs

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