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Palms at Indian Head
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2003

Surrounded by mountains, our roomn overlooked a trash dump. Fabulous pool, the water was ice cold. Pretty restaurant, the food was gross and expensive. The rooms have stained walls and rickety craftsmenship. The staff are like ghosts. The location is great and this place could be cool but it is overpriced and dumpy. They charged me $40/night extra for kids and our room looked like someone elses kids trashed it prior to our visit. Room six has a stunning view of the dumpster.

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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2003

The only reason to stay here is the big pool. The owners to be kind are inhospitable and the rooms are shabby and claustrophobic The only "window" you can open is the sliding glass door that opens directly onto the walkway....not too safe in the evening. Their dog running around the retaurant at the same time food was being served was the last straw.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2003

I grew up in Julian, a small mountain town just above Borrego Springs, and have traveled all over the world since leaving that little town. Borrego Springs was always a favorite of mine as a boy. My wife and I have stayed at the Palms at least four times over the past few years. We have never been anything less than perfectly happy with the rooms and the staff (as well as the owners). As a bonus, they have what appears to be the best restaurant in town judged by how difficult it can be to get a table at dinner time. I recommend the place highly. Don Mitchell

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2002

oh i think jim morrison, the last person to review this resort/motel was being way too picky.

we just got back from a three night stay at the palms at indian head, speficially room #10 at the palms at indian head! yes, if he went to borrego springs to stay indoors he probably should have stayed at one of the ritzier resorts but we went for the exact opposite reason. we wanted a comfortable atmosphere, gorgeous desert and a place to relax that was literally at the end of the road!

mr. morrison pretty much described the room's decor but who cares what's hanging on the walls when you have a clean room with plenty of towels, a big comfortable bed, strewn with 5-6 pillows and the ambiance of days gone by right outside your door. #10 is obviously the room that opens to #9, the one with the view of what's left of what were, no doubt, adorable little bungalows from the original resort built in the 40's.

who cares if it had a sliding glass door with vertical blinds? (and the large closet held our clothes just fine.) we didn't and we had a blast! (we've, by chance, stayed in that same room twice now.)

and speaking of the the original bungalows. it's a crying shame the previous owner didn't save them. they would have been something in this day and age of cookie cutter hotel/motel rooms. thank goodness the pool is still there, in what seems to be, all it's glory. (i'm not sure anyone is supposed to know, but there's even a place you can go below ground and see into the pool, like in an aquarium.)

i haven't seen any of the other rooms in the building (i caught a glimpse of #9) but #10 was very comfy. if you want to stay in a resort/motel where you don't feel the need to lock up the room when you leave, i highly recommend the palms at indian head.

we had an extremely relaxing and comfortable four days!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2002

We weren't sure what to think when we visited the web site, it seemed to have a little too much flashy web design to be good. The few pictures really didn't do the place justice.
This is the kind of hotel that you visit for more than the paper cut-out hotel experience. The owners of almost 10 years have done a wonderful job restoring the hotel to its original blend of 50-60's resort for the Hollywood-elite and southwestern decor. It has a wondeful history and with that comes some challenges. But all the things we value were done well. Nice soft towels, comfortable beds, attentive staff, cookies and milk each day. Yes, there are some less finished parts of the hotel, but the place is a work in progress. The lobby, restaurant, and pool were finished. And the pool, whoo wee, we went during the off season, July, and had the olympic size pool to ourselves. It has excellent access to the Palm Canyon Trail and the Anza-Borrego Park Visitor's Center.
We had room #9, right on the front corner. When we go back, it would be fun to check out one of the big rooms on the backside, maybe #6 or #7. I only saw them on the fire escape map and thought a view of the mountains would be nicer than the view we had of the parking lot. Any spot would be worth having (except #10 does not seem like a great one, see other review.) We had a great first year Anniversary. We reccommend it highly!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2002

The Palms At Indian Head in Borrego Springs was a great disappointment to my wife and I. We ended up in room #10, a bunker-like room with no windows, unless you count a sliding glass door, which served as the front door. That would have provided a little light and air in the room, but for the fact that it was located at the top of the staircase from the lobby. Every guest, visitor and maid had to use these stairs to access the second floor, and if the blinds were open, every one of them would stare into the room as they came and went.

I have more sympathy for goldfish now ...

The decor left much to be desired. One wall was decorated with four small clay masks hung with string, dangling from what appeared to be roofing nails. Some of the slats in the vertical blinds on the door were the wrong size, giving the blinds a 'snaggle toothed' appearance. Some of the slats had been broken, turned over, and remounted, leaving the broken ends exposed at the bottom. The sliding doors that had once been on the bathroom counter were missing. This gave us a great view of the rusty plumbing below the sink. The walls had numerous nail holes, some patched, many unpatched. The ones patched had been spot-painted with the wrong color paint, giving the room a polka-dot look. The air conditioner was mounted in a rough-cut hole in the wall, braced by exposed, unpainted 2X4s. The wall around the unit had been spot painted, again with the wrong color paint.

There were no chests, dressers, or cabinets in the room. We were not able to unpack and lived out of our suitcases for our three night stay. There was a small refrigerator and microwave in the room but there was no table or counter to prepare food to put in the microwave.

Now on the other hand, the hotel's restaurant, 'The Crazy Coyote,' is very good. And the lobby is beautiful ... just avoid the guest rooms.

These were the high points of our visit to the Palms at Indian head. If you visit Borrego Springs, and I would highly recommend it as a great place for desert fun and relaxation, find another place to stay.

Jim Morrison
Chula Vista, Ca.

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Property: Palms at Indian Head
Address: 2220 Hoberg Road, PO Box 525, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
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Location: United States > California > Borrego Springs
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Borrego Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Palms at Indian Head 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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