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“You pay the price for the purpose of your stay!” 3 of 5 stars
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Vista Grande Resort
574 Warm Sands Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (Formerly Atrium Mirage Vista Grande Resort)   |  
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Truro, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“You pay the price for the purpose of your stay!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2006

We arrived there with no reservation but we knew the place for staying at their pool the year before.

The place was desolated. In 4 days we stayed there, 4 rooms at the most were rented and the place is huge. We felt very alone but thank god they allow people from town to spend time there in the afternoon. Otherwise it would be very boring since you go there for you know what :-)

The owner is very greedy. We were a party of three and we paid $250.00/night + extra cost for the third person. They would never give you a discount because the place is empty.

The room we had was OK but nothing special for that price. You really pay for what you want to do at that place and apparently it works!

Ther facilities are really nice: 2 pools, steam room, outdoor hot tub, lush gardens. They did a good job.

Of course we will go there again because it is the only happening place at Warm Sands but we don't stay there for the comfort of the room.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Pittsburgh, PA
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2006

My partner and I stayed at the Vista Grande for six days over White Party weekend and it really wasn't as great as it seemed. At check in the host was great, he gave us a tour of the resort and general information on the weekend. We were also able to make arragnements with our checkout being that our flight didn't leave until 7:30pm while checkout was at 12:30pm. White Party weekend is huge, we stayed on a waiting list for this resort and expected it to be full of people. Throughout the six days it never filled up. Most times it was quiet with six guests at most hanging poolside. After day one (thursday) and into day three we became more familiar with the area, began making friends and having a good time. To have friends over at the resort was a major issue. This is when our stay went from "okay" to "we should have stayed somewhere else". The front desk was a major hassle, and very unaccomidating when it came to having a guest over. The friendliness we saw at checking had left with the night breeze. We were treated as if we were no longer guests, having to show ID, given rules to follow. The resort quickly turned into a college dormitory. On the last day of our stay, we awoke to a call from the front desk reminding us what time checkout was. We informed the caller that arrangements were made because of our late flight out, but we told that the agreement was no longer and we were to be out of the room immediately. Would we reccomend this resort to others? Absolutely not. There are other resorts in which to stay in the Warm Sands area, that have to be better at customer service than the Vista Grande. Would we reccomend this resort for those who are members of AARP? Absolutely, as it seemed that demographic was the more welcomed and attended to.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2006

Hello,
I went for few 4 nights in Palms Springs and I wanted to stay at a gay clothing optional resort. As mentionned by many, the gardens and the spa are fantastic especially at night. The rooms though are very old and they smell the humidity.The breakfast was very simple and actually boring: donuts ....
You meet a lot of people but for the better value I preferred Inn Exile with some studios with beautiful and the crowd is more hype.

Also tried Warm Sands Villas but it was very quiet. The breakfast was fresh with a great freshly grapefruit juice.
Enjoy !

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Greensboro, NC
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2005

What an exciting and unconventional way to vacation. This place is about trying new things.

Each room has it's own character from the style of entry door, decor, shape, size and location. However, they all seem to have a tropical theme. It is true that our room could have used a little cosmetic "pick-me-up". There were some issues with the carpeting, bath floor vinyl and paint. From peering into the windows of other vacant rooms, it seemed that many rooms did not have these little "issues." We were ok with it since we had asked for an inexpensive room. Cleanliness was fine. The important stuff was fine (shower, toilet, linens). The staff might consider a monthly "deep clean" between guests where they actually move furniture & vaccum behind things. Everything in our room worked except one dresser drawer.

The amenities and grounds were WONDERFUL! The cool misters are best around the pool in the Avalon section. However, the lounge chairs are most comfortable around the other pool. The dim lighting throughout the resort at night is awsome. The space has been used exceptionally well for guest enjoyment as well as funtionality for the staff. All walkways are well maintained and kept clear for safe and comfortable travel in sandals or bare feet. The resort should tell people about all the unique environments around the resort. Social butterflies will appreciate hanging around the pools, day or night. Couples might enjoy romantic moments in one of the secluded benches. The adventurers can find pleasant spaces to relax, all over.

The staff was friendly and helpful. There seemed to be someone at the front desk 24/7. Housekeeping never came to our room too early. It seems they give you time to wake up slowly and head to the pool or off to the casino, before making your room. The resort participates in an environmental program where they only change out towels and linens every 3rd day, unless requested otherwise. However, they provide a fresh pool towel, daily. I really liked this environment-friendly feature.

Overall, I have to say the resort exceeded my expectations. Of course, I could never stay anywhere for more than a night and not find at least some areas where things could be improved. What can I say? I work in real estate management. I think this resort offers a great value.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2005

Me and my boyfriend really didn't have a problem with the room decor of our suite because it was in the Mirage which seems to be of all 4 properties of the resorts the most expensive and most recently decorated. We had several occasions to visit rooms of all the other properties including the separate Atrium. The three areas of concern I would have with decor and cleanliness in rooms other than the Mirage would be in those instances where the bathrooms were not rennovated to the same standard as the sleeping quarters as well as those rooms that had converted cooking areas. Sometimes the areas between the cabinets and appliances and behind the refrigerators would be dirty with dust and debris. In one of the rooms I drop something onto the carpet and had to retrieve it from under the bed and found a few dead roaches. I didn't say anything to my host because it wasn't my room. Maybe he didn't realize this since he wore glasses.

I found it very nice to meet so many locals that would lounge about the pools mostly on the weekend waiting to make new friends and I would suggest that in order to get permission to do so take a tour of the property especially if you have friends visiting and you want to do something for the day. Thats how I originally came to know the resort. The place somewhat clears out during dinner time after which when the returnees figuire out what they want to do before going to bed or staying up for the bars and clubs to close down at 2 A.M. I just reason that I went there to celebrate and did so. Hope you can too.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2005

First of all, I have to address the comments on the allegedly run down status of the rooms: I didn't find that claim to have any merit. I stayed in a reasonably priced studio in the main complex and it was decorated with wonderfully understated Palm Springs style (Hope I don't sound too gay!).

The grounds are lushly and beautifully landscaped, and the resort has an expansive view of the surrounding mountains. The scene is very social and ideal if you are traveling alone. The staff is friendly and helpful.

As a side note, I also visited All Worlds Resort, as they have free day passes, except on Saturday, which is barbecue day. Some may find it a bit too much concrete and rather stark, but it did grow on me after repeated visits and indeed has a "porno star weekend charm" about it, as some very witty person on flyertalk remarked.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2005

I have visited this property twice and had a great time. The place is a little old, but is really landscaped well and maintained. The staff is very friendly and despite being old, the rooms are clean and comfortable. Lots of great people roaming the property in search of.......

I recommend this place.

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Address: 574 Warm Sands Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (Formerly Atrium Mirage Vista Grande Resort)
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 40 Specialty lodging in Palm Springs
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With 27 beautifully appointed rooms, 2 sparkling swimming pools, bubbly hot tub, dry sauna, spacious steam room, and breathtaking waterfalls, Vista Grande Resort is the premium clothing optional gay men's resort in Palm Springs, California. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Atrium Mirage Vista Grande Hotel Palm Springs

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