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726 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-5704
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 05/11/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 05/11/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#62 of 79 in Palm Springs
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
5.0
Service
3.9
Value
3.7
A study in modernism and minimalist architecture, the Movie Colony Hotel is a celebration of vintage style and forward-thinking hospitality in Palm Springs. Set in Southern California's Sonoran Desert and overlooking the former Movie Colony, once home to Old Hollywood stars like Cary Grant, Jack Benny, and Dinah Shore, ours is a boutique hotel with historic glam, designed by Albert Frey in 1935. True boutique accommodations offer private terraces or patios with views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the Palm Springs skyline, while a stellar location steps from downtown and the Design District affords a unique urban experience. Stay, play, and explore everything Palm Springs, the Coachella Valley, and the stunning Sonoran Desert have to offer at the Movie Colony Hotel, your destination for authentic hospitality and vintage charm in Southern California.
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Parking
Wifi
Pool
Casino and Gambling
Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Adults only
Baggage storage
Paid internet
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / closet
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
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Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Scenic273601 wrote a review Mar 2022
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The rooms were noisy and not well insulated. The staff was friendly but didn’t clean the rooms even when asked to do so. The pool was old. There are many nicer places to stay that are in the same price range. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this place.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Avoid this hotel
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Response from Gonzalo Rodriguez, General Manager at Movie Colony Hotel
Responded Apr 7, 2022
Thank you for your input on your recent stay. The hotel is currently receiving the needed attention after a year of having the lobby closed due to Covid staffing issues. We hope you will consider us again as we bring the amenities back to the hotel
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JSCSeattle wrote a review Mar 2022
Seattle, Washington6 contributions
This hotel had as much ambiance as a motel 6. The management is not on site so no one is at the front desk. The lobby is closed so check in a questions and dealt with at the hotel across the street. The continental breakfast is a paper bag with a pre-packaged muffin, granola bar and canned juice. The only good thing about the hotel is the location
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Gonzalo Rodriguez, General Manager at Movie Colony Hotel
Responded Apr 7, 2022
We appreciate the time you took to leave feedback. We are slowly bringing back the amenities we had before the Covid shut down and staffing issues, and hope you will give us another chance on your next visit to Palm Springs.
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Katy wrote a review Dec 2021
Shoreline, Washington1 contribution
I have not had a worse nights sleep in a long time. It’s like the people in the room above me were moving furniture all night long. I woke up multiple times from the snoring in a surrounding room. The pool got zero sun any time if the day. The lobby was closed, I had to check in at the hotel next door, finding out only after I got to the lobby of the hotel to see the place was dark and shut down. Overall terrible experience, will not book again and don’t recommend.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Book somewhere else. It wasn’t even a very good price.
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Response from Gonzalo Rodriguez, General Manager at Movie Colony Hotel
Responded Apr 7, 2022
Thank you for your feedback. We have now opened the lobby again and will bringing back the service and amenities that have been our signature before the Covid close down and staffing challenges. We are sure you will have a nicer experience on an upcoming trip.
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Mia S wrote a review Oct 2021
11 contributions1 helpful vote
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Great location, beautiful view outside. Cute rooms. Hot water. Lyft comes quickly if you don't drive. I didn't think checking in at the hotel next door was a big deal. The staff there are very nice and that hotel is cute, so it's fun to step in there. Unlimited water was very handy. It was quiet the whole time I was there, besides one night from 7-9, live music from the Mexican restaurant below, which was lovely to hear. I danced on my balcony. I would definitely stay again. Especially loved the staff at the Triada hotel next door. They were friendly and helpful, that made my stay even more lovely. Wish they would open the hot tub. I would have liked to go in at after the sun went down. Or maybe offer a pass to use the hot tub at the hotel next door. By the way, I don't drive and it took me about 10 minutes to walk downtown. Felt safe. I just tried to get home before dark. One night I walked at night and there was one man on the streets who seemed strange, but after I refused to talk with him, he left me alone. The whole time (7 days) I was in Palm Springs I saw about 5 homeless people and didn't have any interactions with them. So if you're worried about that, it seems pretty under control.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Gonzalo Rodriguez, General Manager at Movie Colony Hotel
Responded Apr 7, 2022
Thank you for your response to your stay in October. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself! You will happy to know that the hot tub is now open, and so is the lobby! We are in the process of re-instating the amenities that we offered our guests before the days of Covid. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Palm Springs!
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khauboy wrote a review Sep 2021
Los Angeles, California9 contributions21 helpful votes
Movie Colony hotel is very cool, sleek with a galaxy gray theme throughout the property - but the best part about it is that it's centrally-located. Check-in is at Triada next door. Both properties are owned by the same couple. Triada has more of a Spanish Revival character and feels like a regular boutique hotel with all the normal amenities (pool, gym, restaurant, front desk). I called to see if I could use their gym and they said that it was only for Triada guests.. which was disappointing but at least they were really nice about it. I kind of understand the negative reviews about this place; true, it's not as swanky as their sister-hotel. It's actually just a refurbished motel. The lobby at MCH was not open and so you had to walk to Triada to get the the "grab and go" breakfast, which was an apple, a muffin, a granola bar, and a cup coffee. What made it really fun was the privacy; it's almost like staying in an AirBnB where you don't interact with much of the staff, and it's all very laissez faire. A bunch of us were there for a group trip so about half of the rooms were booked under a group rate. So if you're thinking about an affordable stay where you and your posse can basically take over the property, this is it. As far as the rooms go, the toilets were working fine, the room was clean and thoughtfully decorated, and the private patio is a big plus for those who just wanna get some fresh air without going out to the pool area. The only downside of the patio was a trash can that can be seen right above our fence. Walking in to an air-conditioned room was also a big plus. Shower pressure is not great but the shower itself was equipped with a detachable shower head. The reason why it's "adult only" is because there's no gate around the pool. But we saw dogs and cats, so it's definitely a place to bring your furry friends along. The pool was well-kept and there were always enough pool towels. Another thing to note is that they do not do housekeeping during your stay, per their Covid-19 policy. Since we were only there for 2 nights, it wasn't a big deal. They will provide extra pillows, towels, toiletries, etc.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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ColleenQD wrote a review Jun 2021
Poway, California310 contributions76 helpful votes
My husband I stayed here for a kid-free getaway. A couple things to know, this is a kid-free hotel (adult only) which wasn’t a problem for us but we didn’t know it until we checked in. If we’d had the kids with us it would have been. Next, the lobby of the Movie Colony Hotel was closed for our stay (I don’t know why, I just know it was closed for the entire duration of our stay). Check in and all questions go through the hotel next door. It works, but it is awkward. The room we had was plenty big, it was a two story suite, and it was great for our use. The pool area isn’t staffed, and is cleaned/picked up only maybe once a day so abandoned pool towels tend to stay in place (on the ground, on chaises etc) for hours. The pool towels aren’t restocked very often either, so we found grabbing a couple in the morning was the best way to make sure we had them when we wanted them. Overall not a bad stay, but definitely lacking in some of the nicer touches, or even some of the basic ones I tend to expect in a hotel.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Emily M wrote a review Apr 2021
Boston, Massachusetts31 contributions
CONS: v. dark downstairs - one window. No sink so you have to go upstairs .The water wasn't drinkable. No doorknob to the balcony can't keep the AC in your room. Needed BLACKOUT curtains; only wood shutters It was VERY bright all night long. The carpets seem v. dirty. Impossible to flush toilet. OK shower -- water has strong sulfur smell. Two older TVS's, no Smart TV options / ability to airplay anything. DESERTED in terms of staff, we never saw one person in five days. Continental breakfast is a muffin in a bag. PROS: quiet. There weren't a lot guests. Only one time when we shared the pool. Balcony was HUGE / overlooked the pool & lovely view. Good patio furniture (comfy lounge chairs & table with 4 chairs). Perfect location. So easy to walk to the downtown area. There are NO options for buying water near by -- if you want groceries or water you need a car or to have it delivered. B/c it was during COVID we did spend a lot of time there; great to have the upstairs since we had no desire to hang out in the dark downstairs area. The bed was comfy, had enough pillows. It was a real mixed bag! The pool / balcony were the stars. We're pretty easy going so we made the best of it but I don't think I will stay there again unless they do some serious updates. It was a bit sad. The outside is so gray. Add some paint to the doors or some plants in pots! It seemed so sterile &boring. Not a BOUTIQUE HOTEL but a FANCY MOTEL. There are zero amenities, it was a very bare situation.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Rachel wrote a review Apr 2021
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Based the the positive reviews, we took a chance and stayed at the Movie Colony Hotel. Big mistake! From the start, our first impression was disappointing. The hotel lobby was closed so we had to walk across the street to a different hotel to check in. Our room was extremely disappointing and dirty! We found a pair of glasses next to the bed and when we were packing up to check out a huge COCKROACH ran across our bed!! The window in the bathroom was broken, the toilet was loose, there was peeling paint next to the shower, and it just felt dirty. We paid extra for a nice outside patio, and the attached picture is what our “beautiful garden view” was. A bunch of dead leaves and plants. Literally stay anywhere but here.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Kal R wrote a review Mar 2021
2 contributions2 helpful votes
I went back to the Movie Colony after a few years. It had always been charming, but it is more decrepit now. The hotel was unfortunately dirty, tired, and the pool was filled with leaves. My room was barely cleaned; the lobby was under some kind of construction (never mentioned at booking) that meant trips across the street to a neighboring hotel. The hot tub was shut. The wifi was for all intents and purposes nonexistent. I'm not sure the issue here but I hope this once nice hotel can be restored.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Gonzalo Rodriguez, General Manager at Movie Colony Hotel
Responded Mar 31, 2021
Dear Guest, We deeply apologize for the inconvenience you encountered during your stay. We thank you for your feedback, as we hope to ensure this is a isolated issue moving forward. We wish you the very best in your future travels. Best Regards, Movie Colony Management
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sfoeuroflyer wrote a review Nov 2020
sf96 contributions58 helpful votes
The property just looked sad. In need of paint. Leaves unraked everywhere. The "movie kitsch" doesn't make up for poor maintenance. Then the deception. The reservation was made confirming a free breakfast to be included. Then found out "oh we aren't doing that because of the virus". There are plenty of ways to offer a breakfast in compliance with the rules. They just chose not to try.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Response from Gonzalo Rodriguez, General Manager at Movie Colony Hotel
Responded Feb 17, 2021
Dear Guest, We thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience, we are very sorry that you encountered issues through out your stay. Once again, we do apologize for any inconveniences and we thank you for allowing us to serve you in these very unusual times. Movie Colony Management
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PRICE RANGE
$131 - $1,062 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
movie colony palm springs, hotel movie colony
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaCalifornia DesertGreater Palm SpringsPalm Springs
NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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Frequently Asked Questions about Movie Colony Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Movie Colony Hotel?
Nearby attractions include MOGO Silent Disco Tour (0.3 miles), Palm Canyon Theatre (0.1 miles), and Village Center for The Arts (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Movie Colony Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Movie Colony Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a view of the mountains.
Is parking available at Movie Colony Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Movie Colony Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge, Copleys On Palm Canyon, and Palm Springs Koffi North.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Movie Colony Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Movie Colony Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Movie Colony Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Movie Colony Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Indian Canyons (4.5 miles), Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway (0.9 miles), and Village Green Heritage Center (0.9 miles).
Is Movie Colony Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.