My wife and I recently decided to take a trip south down the southern coast of California then North through Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite NP’s back to San Francisco. Having a couple of days to spare we decided to spend them in Palm Springs, which we had never visited.
Looking on Trip Advisor we saw the numerous positive reviews about Desert Riviera. After reading many of the reviews I told my wife that I was convinced the owners were writing their own reviews, but she insisted we should give them a try – after all it was only a couple of days.
This place is not as chic as the George V in Paris, as funky and genteel as Brown’s in London, or as elegant as the major chain hotels in the US, but if you want to kick back and spend a few absolutely relaxing days, Desert Riviera is hard to beat.
The owners and staff are probably the most caring people we have encountered while travelling. Anything the guests want, they are always there without being obtrusive. The room rate includes just about everything you could want in a small 10 room hotel. The other Trip Advisor reviews list most of these extra services so I will not repeat here.
The rooms are decorated in kind of Art Deco style – They are arranged around the pool area with a mountain view. They are spotlessly clean. Our room had a flat screen TV kitchenette and a very comfortable king size bed. The only thing I would have changed were the easy chairs in the room, which for my taste need updating. The gardens are beautifully maintained and have a misting system to keep the daytime temperatures very comfortable
A grill is available if you want to get a break from restaurant food. We used the grill one night. Larry set it up for us, then cleaned it and put it away when we were done. He even brought us two bottles of wine to have with our dinner. The nearby Ralph's “gourmet” food store was great, and with Desert Riviera’s code number you get a discount on your food and drinks – what other hotel provides this ?.
I notice that several other reviewers complained about the music around the pool. This was not the case when we were there. Everything was quiet and very relaxing.
In summary, we traveled a long way from Atlanta to visit an area which we have always enjoyed and where we lived many years ago. Finding the Desert Riviera was the icing on the cake. We will certainly stay there again for a little R&R any time we are back in that part of California.
- Also Known As:
- Desert Riviera Palm Springs
- Hotel Desert Riviera
- 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