This was my premier visit not only to Palm Springs but to California. I stayed at the Santiago Resort for 4 nights, Thursday through Monday which seem to be the ideal length for me as I was wanted a short but sweet getaway. I was greeted by David who is generally nice and helpful. You sort of can tell that he has become somewhat ambivalent to his occupation. Not a bad thing as it put a smirk on my face. This clothing optional property seems to be more for the “gay professional” clientele. The guys here (20 to 50 somethings in average shape) seem to be the types that you did not have ask to cover up when going to the front desk or breakfast room. There is a level of respect and unwritten protocol that is understood throughout. Yes there are “activities” that take place (mostly after sundown) at the pool and in the ca”bad”na, but there aren’t blatant; almost covert in nature.
The ample sized, tastefully decorated “non-themed” room with its warm colors and freshly laid carpet is quite inviting. There was a single portrait of actual gay art in my room and not a painting of porn. This was hung askew and not over the headboard. It is these types of nuances that really help set this place apart. For those without OCD (unlike me) the room was clean. My room attendant was Octavio who is very good looking for his age (yes he shared it with me). He literally tries to put himself into his work as both he and the room were maintained well. One thing that the room was missing was the instructions in using the alarm clock. Fortunately I had my laptop. I had to go dig up the PDF file online. This should have been in some sort of way included in the welcome portfolio or at the clock’s end table. The room is a pretty good vantage point to the pool area however it is plagued by noise pollution. The air condition kicks in, OK fine. Add to that the room is next to the pool machine room, the compressor from the refrigerator, finally the fact that it lays in front of what seems to be the buildings central air conditioning unit and your sound sleep becomes the sounds sleep. I will definitely ask for a different room next go around.
Breakfast was the usual continental fare. I know it may not happen but an omelet station would be a nice addition. Iced tea and lemonade is available throughout the day. Monday – Saturday a lunch is offered via one of the local eateries and is an excellent choice. They serve a light but creative salad and sandwich menu which comes with tasty potato salad and a cookie. Served from the breakfast room on Sunday (the only day lunch is made on the premises) was a tossed pasta salad consisting of a light sausage, asparagus, roasted red pepper, black olives, and red onion along with an herbed focaccia type bread.
From the hotel entrance, the northeast end of the property has space to put a barbecue pit or bar of some sort. If not a 2 man outdoor shower would useful and erotic. On the days when things are slow or the weather would be bad, board games, chess, or playing cards would be a good amenity. By Monday the Muzak pumped throughout the pool and lounge area was getting a bit monotonous. It became where I knew when some of the songs were going to come on. A majority of the guests did Friday and or Saturday over night stays. A couple that was there frequents the place several times out of the year. I even learned of a German guy that came and stayed for a month! Yes this place certainly has their loyal followers. I feel I’m one of them now.
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