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“Paradise in the Desert” 5 of 5 stars
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610 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264   |  
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Ranked #2 of 69 hotels in Palm Springs
Western Canada
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“Paradise in the Desert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

It's hard to even know where to begin to put our wonderful experience into words. I am extremely picky when it comes to hotels, but this fabulous place exceeded all my expectations. Stylish, retro, down-to-earth, a true home away from home. The hospitality we experienced here is out of this world and will be the benchmark I compare all other hotel service to from now. We felt like honored guests and family at the same time.

The hotel is impeccably clean, the room was spacious, the bed was comfortable, the little in-suite kitchen was so convenient, the pool was refreshing and peaceful, never a lack of things to do with bikes and movies available for free on site. We didn't wanted to leave!

Thank you for making our honeymoon so very special! Can't wait to come back for another stay.

  • Stayed September 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

Desert Riviera really is as good as the ratings imply. We were there for three nights in October and enjoyed our stay in the hotel and in Palm Springs. Larry and Patty are incredibly warm and friendly, but not overbearingly so - certainly nothing like the holiday camp atmosphere which I was fearing. Rooms and pool area are stylish and understated - in fact, the hotel is far nicer than the website implies. Recommend it wholeheartedly.

Room Tip: The hotel is situated on a main road and there is a little traffic noise but not disturbingly so ,es...
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  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

My boyfriend and I have stayed at the Desert Riviera multiple times over the past 4 years, and each time we are so glad to be there and look forward to the next time. The proprietors have a gift for making you feel at home, and with very nice accommodations, amenities, and pool area. The kitchenettes and grill are a plus for those who do not want to eat every meal out (we usually hit Trader Joe's immediately), and we love using the tandem cruiser. The pool and hot tub are awesome after a hike or run, and the pool area really is very relaxing and quiet. This is a very special place, and I have stayed at many boutique "special" hotels through the years.

  • Stayed March 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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El Segundo, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

My husband and I went to Desert Rivera for our 12th wedding anniversary (we also went for our 10th). If you want to get away form everything and relax, this is the place to go. We were extremely fortunate to have 80+ degree weather for our November trip and spent most afternoons lounging about the quiet and heated pool. As much as we love our son, we love having a place to go where there are only other adults lounging about. No screaming, splashing children at this pool. The limo service to and from dinner is excellent and the staff has excellent knowledge of the area restaurants. We look forward to future anniversaries spent in such a peaceful, relaxing environment.

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

TripAdvisor has done it again! Desert Riviera was rated at the top for Palm Springs lodgings, and it didn't disappoint. Like our stay last summer at the Phoenix in San Francisco, the DR is a remodeled 50s-60s motel, but with a stylistic flair and an accent on generous comfort. The owners/hosts, Larry and Patti, were so amazingly helpful, providing snacks, coffee, making reservations at local restaurant, recommendations, and always cheerful and fun. When we were there we found out that the NY Times had just done a profile on the DR. Hopefully, that won't make it too busy to get a room because we intend to come back.

Room Tip: We liked Room 8 with the little enclosed patio.
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  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

Desert Riviera deserves to be #1 in Palm Springs. As world travelers with extensive experience with B&Bs, 5 star hotels and everything inbetween, we were delighted with the warmth of our welcome and the extensive range of amenities that the owners/hosts, Larry and Patty Stearns, offer their guests. No detail for your comfort is overlooked. The place is well-maintained - immaculate! We stayed in their largest room with a separate kitchen which was spotless. The decor is well-conceived and well-executed. It was a pleasure to be in the room then walk out to the pool surrounded by imaginative landscaping. The entire place glows with care and attention. Desert Riviera gives you an opportunity to support an independent local business and you will really get value for your money. We feel terrific about staying there and wouldn't hesitate to go back. You will love this place!

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

we had a fantastic two nights at the Desert Riviera Hotel. It was beautiful right from the start when we walked in the gate to see a little hummingbird hovering around us. The staff were all incredibly friendly and the facilities were wonderful. We loved the DVD options, the complimentary coffee and fruit, the gorgeous pool, and most of all the wonderful friendliness of everyone. We wanted to stay longer and we will definitely be back again. I woudl recommend this place to everyone! This is one of our favourite travel destinations now (and both of us travel a lot!). We are planning to visit every time we come to the US now, which is a few times a year. Absolutely loved it.

Room Tip: We selected a room adjacent to the pool.
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  • Stayed November 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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Additional Information about Desert Riviera Hotel

Address: 610 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
#4 Business Hotel in Palm Springs
#4 Best Value Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amazing renovation of a beautiful vintage property, that takes you back to the old Palm Springs feel. Panoramic view of the San Jacinto mountains, impressing clean and manicured gardens. Sparkling pool and hot tub and poolside guest barbecue. Personal attention to every guest, Customer Service is #1. Come feel the vibe. ... more   less 
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Desert Riviera Palm Springs
Hotel Desert Riviera

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