I am currently staying here for 3 nights over Christmas in one of the Simple Suites. This is a very cool, trendy and interesting hotel but it is definitely not luxurious. The suite is a great size and on first impressions it looks hip, but I think more attention has been paid to 'cool' rather than comfort. Although there is a separate living room in the suite, the 50's furniture is really uncomfortable, you can't lie on the sofa without it creaking at every move and the metal arms mean its really uncomfortable/not practical to lie down. The bed is big but for me far too soft and I woke up with a really achey back, but then I prefer a harder mattress. There is also a baby cot in the living room which I think should be put in on request as for me its a bit of an odd and unnecessary addition that takes up space and doesn't need to be there for those without need for it.
Staff are really friendly and very helpful with any requests (an asset of the hotel!) We went to the bar on Christmas Eve and the evening started well but then the night became comedy night, and (as a matter of personal taste) I found the comedy to be uncomfortably bad so we left. Would have been much better as a music night as the atmosphere was pretty relaxed pre 'comedy'.
Although I love to walk, even for me the location is a bit far from downtown, and it's $10 each way in a taxi, which doesn't sound too bad but if you don't spend all day at the pool and want to go out in the day then later at night the cost can really add up. I imagine it would be impossible to walk in blazing summer heat. Considering the $20 a day resort fee included free bikes to use, I never saw any available so guess they'd all been taken.
If you like spending time at the pool and want somewhere younger and hip this place is PERFECT. If you want luxury or comfort and a more downtown location I'd suggest elsewhere as it's pretty expensive for what you get (the spa prices are crazily high!!!) and I find it a bit odd that the feel of the place is a bit 'trendy student' but the prices certainly aren't. But absolute credit for breathing new life into an old resort and giving Palm Springs something cool and hip that it is desperately lacking. Certainly worth a stay though.
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- Dine at King’s Highway, drink at the Short Bus, late night at the Amigo Room, swim at the Club, massaged in a Mongolian Yurt. ... more less
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