Sakura Bed & Breakfast in Palm Springs was decent experience, although not a great one. The host--George--is a very nice and accomodating host. Fumiko was pleasant too, although she also works outside the Inn and we didn't get to spend much time with her at all.
While the Inn photographs well, in person it is a bit worn. Our room was spacious and had nice Japanese touches, but the bathroom was not at all Japanese. The futons on which you sleep may be uncomfortable to guests who have never slept on a futon, and I wouldn't recommend the futon at all for older people or for those with physical limitations.
The Japanese breakfast is nice. Not large, just a "just-hits-the-spot" combination of Japanese omelette, kelp, daikon radish, rice, miso soup, and green tea or coffee. Better than the American continental breakfast.
The inn is a bit rough around the edges. There is a nice Japanese garden, although some areas of it could stand some weeding. The pool is small but nice. The jacuzzi, however, is in disrepair, and it looks like it hasn't been in operation for years. The owners say that they plan to build a Japanese-style bathhouse on the property to replace the jacuzzi.
There is air conditioning in your room, but it is likely to be noisy and sometimes non-effective. These are older units which should be replaced by a new-generation whisper-quiet one.
The bathroom lacks the touches found in most B&Bs and hotels. There was a squeeze bottle of Dial antibacterial soap, but no nice little shampoos or lotions. Women won't like that there is little room to place a makeup kit in the bathroom while sprucing up in the morning.
The Inn was basically clean, but could use a little extra dusting, scrubbing and attention. The tub did have some small bugs crawling in it when we got there. I would not use the word "spotless" in describing this inn.
During our two-night stay, our hosts did not change towels, nor did they make up the futon beds while we were out sightseeing.
The base price is right for what you get (about $75 before taxes), although the extra person charge of $25 is a bit excessive, especially when they are sleeping on a futon.
I feel this inn could be a success with more attention to the grounds, more fastidiousness with regard to cleanliness, and more thoughtful comfort touches.
- Also Known As:
- Sakura Japanese Hotel Palm Springs
- Sakura Japanese b&b Inn