The location is maybe 6 short blocks off of the main road "Palm Canyon Drive" and offers the best combo of access to shopping, restaurants, and tourist-y kinds of activities. The resort itself is so quiet as it is tucked into the side of a shear rock mountain and far enough off the busy road so traffic noises don't impact the peace and quiet of the resort.
The physical location of the resort is in the "Historic Tennis Club" district and the walks around the beautiful properties is reminiscent of the 40's and 50's when Hollywood stars made this their playground. The neighborhoods are spectacular!
The resort itself is made up of 63 hotel-style units and 63 bungalows. All of the 2 bedroom units ("W" for Wimbledon) are located in the bungalows and nearly all of the 1 bedroom/2 bathroom units ("CC" for Centre Court) are located in the hotel. Other units are Davis Cup ("DC") a studio, US Open ("US") a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom in the bungalow part of the development, and Forest Hills ("F") which is also a 1 bedroom located in both the hotel side and the bungalow side.
Our stay was in the newer hotel building and the room was a CC. It was wonderful. The 2 bathrooms were such a nice extra (the bathrooms are not large) and there was a ton of closet space (3 mirrored sliding closets). Lots of hangars, too, which we find is a rarity in general.
The kitchen was certainly big enough and appointed well enough to make our stay very comfortable. No Teflon non-stick pans though, which does make it tough to make eggs. We brought our own along just to be on the safe side.
During our stay, only 25% of the hotel was in use and the remainder was undergoing a complete top-to-bottom re-do. Our unit was one of the 25% completed units and was so well done. The quality of the furnishings and flooring was extremely good. The only parts of the units that are not getting redone is the kitchen and bathrooms. Otherwise, the sheetrock walls and ceilings are stripped right down to the frame and even the glass patio doors were removed. We peeked in several rooms under renovation and could see the extent of the work underway. The sliding doors have beautiful new sliding shutter doors and everything made an excellent impression on us.
We noticed the air conditioning units were not replaced and also noticed the air blows straight in the room, rather than up. To avoid the direct draft and high breeze factor, we built a wall with our luggage in the living room so the air would deflect off and go straight up. Also, we alternated the a/c units so that at night, we turned the bedroom one off and let the living room a/c unit work a little harder. It is quieter that way, too.
Because the hotel was only 25% available for use, we did not find it noisy. The units are also separated by solid block walls so the noise doesn't pass through the walls as it does in many other places we have stayed.
The laundry room is open to the guests and there is no charge for this amenity. The work out room is very big, has 2 treadmills and 3 elliptical machines, stationary bikes, free weights, floor mats, and multi-station weight stacks. Bring ear buds if you plan on watching TV in the fitness room as there is no TV sound otherwise. Nice touch, actually.
Great on-site restaurant (Spencer's) and loads of tennis courts which require you to wear tennis clothing and shoes.
The pictures on the hotel walls are black and white photos of the old-time stars enjoying themselves at the resort. Can't remember when we saw a picture of Rhonda Fleming last bit that is how far back the history goes with stars and the resort. Very impressive!
The adults-only pool is located behind Spencer's and during our stay in June, no one used it in the evening. Another big plus!
This property is owned and governed by a timeshare owner's association and they deserve a lot of credit for maintaining their property and doing all the updates to keep it in such wonderful shape. This was a Platinum Interchange exchange for us and we think it may be one of the best exchanges we've had.
We were thrilled to be in the hotel property up against the mountain of rock and appreciated the fantastic view. The bungalows are across a little 2-lane street. If you are a hiker, Ramon Road goes up to a trail head which is such a short walking distance from the hotel.
Such beauty, loads of character, and wonderful memories of a perfect week spent in historic Palm Springs! Our room was 205 and our check-in clerk, Steve, said it was a great room. How right he was! All the staff at the desk are helpful, courteous, and on-sight 24 hours a day. Newspapers are in machines in the rec room behind the front desk (USA Today and LA Times) and the desk will exchange your dollars for quarters to use the machines.
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