Palms at Indian Head

Palms at Indian Head

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3.5
#4 of 5 inns in Borrego Springs
Location
4.5
Cleanliness
4.1
Service
3.7
Value
3.5
The Palms at Indian head is a beautiful hotel at an unsurpassed location. We have a level of privacy and personalized service that cannot be compared with any other hotel. Our property is quiet with outstanding views and off the beaten path. We have a unique setting with 12 rooms and a mid-century modern architecture built on its own twenty acres of natural desert land. Our Hotel is complete with a large Olympic-size pool, oversized Jacuzzi and spacious patio area. $10 off breakfast per person at the Red Ocotillo restaurant off Christmas Circle.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Pool
Hot tub
Bar / lounge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Air conditioning
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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2.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Charming
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travelingCAgal wrote a review May 2021
San Diego, California1,058 contribution228 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place piqued our curiosity when we stopped by to look at it last year while in the area. First, the saying “you get what you pay for” comes to mind. It is one of the lower priced lodging options in town. They have about 12 rooms and two casitas.

The rooms need some TLC & could use new carpeting & replacement of: tattered & dirty throw rugs, sagging curtain rods, door locks (practically falling off their hinges), lampshades & bed skirts. I can picture a group of college kids partying here & being quite happy. The positive features of the room (#10) is that it is spacious, has a couch and chair to sit on & the bed is comfortable.

The lobby and pool area are kept up very well. The Olympic sized pool has two little water spouts, a kiddie pool & custom tile reading “The Palms”. The location of the former diving board still has the original engraving of names of original owners (1947) in the cement! There is also a unique shaped jacuzzi. There is also an art gallery on site and they provide good quality bike rentals which is nice as they are located near the state campground.

I like the fact the owners have tried to maintain the mid-century charm of the place. It does have a popular restaurant on site (trout dinner is superb) which has great outdoor ambiance & beautiful views. The big surprise was the entertainment—a pianist performed inside & he was phenomenal playing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” & also sang soprano while performing which floored everyone who was listening! I also like the history of the grounds & think it’s cool Marilyn Monroe & Clark Gable & other famous yesteryear Hollywood celebrities used to stay here (read the history). This is one of those places that leaves you feeling impressed with a very unique experience. Don’t let the condition of the room color your overall opinion of the hotel for in the end we enjoyed our stay very much & we would gladly return in the future!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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6Miles01 wrote a review Mar 2020
New Jersey114 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to Borrego Springs as a "maybe we'll stay for the night" We are so happy we did. This is a place worth visiting and staying if only for one night. We may even go back next year. It's the peacefulness of the desert that gets you. The quiet of the night. Everyone at the Palms is so friendly and accommodating. and casual. Folders with keys and names were left at the front desk for newly arrived guests if no one was there at check in. We had an end room that was very large. There were 2 choices -- one was renovated and the other not, We chose the $20 cheaper option which we liked more than the updated room.We were on our way to Palm Springs and this place is like what Palm Springs may have been long ago. The hotel is mid century modern. Yes it can use some TLC but it gets A for atmosphere from us. The food at the restaurant was delicious.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: An end room so only neighbors on one side.
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dancing_girl14 wrote a review Mar 2021
Oceanside, California55 contributions102 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed here for a quick getaway over President's Day Weekend. We loved the vibes of the hotel. We were able to walk to a major trail head and were close to the town and other trail heads. It was too cool to use the pool, and the spa was marked as closed, but people were in it, so who knows? The room was spotless and comfortable. The walls are paper thin, as we felt as if we were part of the romantic action taking place nextdoor. 😆. Definitely signs of wear and tear on the exterior of the hotel, but it didn't bother us. I'd love to return when the weather is warmer to use the pool!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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jam5180 wrote a review Oct 2020
Long Beach, California41 contributions28 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I have fond memories of past stays here. I was looking forward to the stay.

However, this stay was very disappointing. My sisters and I had two rooms. Both had strong musty odors. Room 3 had a jammed lock. We had to open the window , lift the screen so my sister could hand her room key out the window so the door to the room could be unlocked from the outside. Upon arrival, we found the key in an envelope at the front desk, as instructed in the welcome. However, a young woman was busy at the reception area. She did not greet us. Odd.
We were told the rooms would have bottle openers . Neither room had one. We had to go to the front desk twice to get one. The first inquiry we were told to “check the room”. Again , not good customer service. It felt like our stay was an inconvenience. Overall, the place felt in poor condition.
But the pool was great. This was not enough to bring me back.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from David Leibert, Owner at Palms at Indian Head
Responded Oct 21, 2020
I'm very sorry you did not enjoy your stay. Please note we are currently upgrading those rooms with all new carpeting, paint, furniture and doors. They are almost completed. We'll have photos posted soon. Also, I do remember greeting you as I actually walked out of the office, greeted you and asked if you needed any help with check-in or finding your room. Yes the bottle openers should be in the room. You are right, we should've followed you up to your room and checked the room ourselves. We'll be sure to do that next time. My bad.
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BobK wrote a review Sep 2020
Los Angeles, California69 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're a lap swimmer who seeks the peace and quiet of the desert, this is the place for you. I've been staying at The Palms since the late 1990s. The mid-century modern architecture and summer desert setting are an aesthetic pleasure. There is a beautiful, well-maintained, 25-yard lap pool. In the summer, the water temp hovers around 84 degrees, and never any crowded lanes. In the evenings, sit by the pool and watch the stars come out.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Renae B wrote a review Feb 2023
Dallas, Texas1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the privilege of having Ramon as our server tonight who went above and beyond several times and made our delicious dinner a highlight of our visit to Borrego. Refreshing to discover this kind of place still exists. The Ahi tuna and lamb was prepared perfectly
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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CCorvin wrote a review Mar 2021
Los Angeles, California2 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I've stayed here a few times over the years and while it was always a little rundown things have really taken a turn for the worse. Broken lights and curtain rods, soap dispensers with the knobs missing, rattling fans, extensive water damage, torn sheets, dirt in all the corners... You get the idea. It's too bad because with the setting and the bones of the building it could be something special. Instead we couldn't get away fast enough. It's not cheap either. Still worth a visit in the evening for the restaurant and lobby music.
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Date of stay: March 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Desert Lovers wrote a review Feb 2022
1 contribution3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We have always enjoyed coming to the Palms over the years but experienced something quite different and disappointing on Jan. 26 and 27, 2022: loud, I mean LOUD, Keyboard Pounding, piano music with loud wailing vocals coming from the bar/lounge/restaurant area in the evening--one night past 9:30! The only response I got from the concierge was "..didn't it end at 8:30?). No follow-up to our inquiries and comments after our departure (leaking bathtub faucet, could the pianist bring the volume down, when might we stay to avoid the noise in the future?). So I write this review to alert potential guests that they are in for a noisy evening and, should they want to avoid that, look into staying when the pianist is not there.
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Date of stay: January 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Rooms 4 and 5 are over the lounge/dining area so can be noisy at dinner time--nice views though.
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Kilrannie wrote a review May 2021
San Diego, California11 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is not the Ritz Carlton, nor would one be expected in the middle of the Anza-Borrego Desert. We stayed for a long weekend while several family and friends were camping at the nearby campground. An easy walk between the two.

Hotel was very quiet even on full occupancy days; our room (#12) a bit dated but clean and comfortable with a functional kitchenette; bedding and towels were pristine. Appreciated the eco-friendly bulk soaps but would have been nice to have body lotion as well. No room service due to covid but everything worked and staff were very friendly and responsive to requests.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Room #12 (also #11) open to pool and parking without having to traverse lobby. Small table and...
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Carole G wrote a review Feb 2023
Marin County, California13 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel is a wonderful example of midcentury architecture. The pool is gorgeous and looks like something out of Hearst Castle. Our casita was updated and we appreciated the woodburning fireplace during the chilly evenings. Would definitely go back.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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trippychick2009 asked a question Sep 2018
Redondo Beach, California289 contributions46 helpful votes
Is the pool heated? Been there 3x and the water was freezing
Answer from PalmsIndianHead
Borrego Springs, California4 contributions
Hello, No our main pool is not heated, Our jacuzzi is however.
Answer from stevereviews
kentucky186 contributions141 helpful votes
Yes it was strong enough for me to upload an HD video! It's free too.
Answer from PalmsIndianHead
Borrego Springs, California4 contributions
August can be hot, so hike early. Try to finish by 10am, then take a dip in our Olympic sized pool at the hotel. All rooms are air conditioned.
VespagirL55 wrote a tip May 2022
Bisbee, Arizona680 contributions319 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Suites are great"
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Desert Lovers wrote a tip Feb 2022
1 contribution3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms 4 and 5 are over the lounge/dining area so can be noisy at dinner time--nice views though."
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Charles R wrote a tip Jul 2021
7 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Casitas have great location but I would pick the Mid Century Modern room"
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Kilrannie wrote a tip May 2021
San Diego, California11 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room #12 (also #11) open to pool and parking without having to traverse lobby. Small table and chairs outside pool door for morning coffee"
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6Miles01 wrote a tip Mar 2020
New Jersey114 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"An end room so only neighbors on one side."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palms at Indian Head
Which popular attractions are close to Palms at Indian Head?
Nearby attractions include Galleta Meadows (1.6 miles), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (0.9 miles), and Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail (3.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Palms at Indian Head?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Palms at Indian Head?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Palms at Indian Head?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Palms at Indian Head?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Palms at Indian Head?
Conveniently located restaurants include Red Ocotillo, Carmelita's Mexican Grill, and Kendall's Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Palms at Indian Head?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Palms at Indian Head have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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