We stayed twice at the Hacienda del Sol in July 2009, a three-night stay over July 4th weekend while on the annual Bighorn Sheep Count, and a two-night stay in mid-July just to kick back and enjoy the desert. We've been staying here for years while on the summer Bighorn Count, and it's our favorite desert motel.
The Hacienda is an older (50 or so years?) facility with a motel section and several cute casitas, all surrounded by native desert landscaping. The motel rooms are spartan, but clean and comfortable, and the bathrooms were upgraded this year with new flooring and fixtures. (The only thing that would improve the bathrooms is more hooks for hanging the nice thick towels.) There is a generous open closet space, free in-room coffee, and a daily San Diego newspaper. The A/C units were upgraded in the last couple of years and are much quieter than the old ones, and recently the west-facing windows were covered with paneling. (I noticed one reviewer complained about this paneling, but it was actually a HUGE improvement, since the next-door mall's extremely bright security lighting used to shine through the curtains all night.) The owners, Mike and Kathy, are always very kind and helpful with all our needs and they have good suggestions for restaurants and activities. Be aware that in the summer months, there isn't always maid service on weekdays if only one or two rooms are occupied. (This doesn't bother us a bit, since we like to save water and energy by not changing linens daily.)
The pool is always very clean, and one end is solidly shaded, so the pool area is relatively comfortable even at midday in summer. It's pleasant to laze around in the pool at night as the local bats dip down for a drink.
There is a very nice picnic area located in the ruins of a former casita, beneath some huge old palo verde trees. One can sit here, eat breakfast as the sun comes up, watch a coyote or kangaroo rat scurry by, perhaps see a poorwill, bat or owl fly overhead going home from a night's hunting, or maybe watch some doves drink from the birdbath.
The casitas are also nice and roomier if you have more than two in your party - the kitchens are quite handy for preparing meals. But the Hacienda is within walking distance of several inexpensive restaurants, too.
Hacienda del Sol is not a fancy resort, and it's not a mints-on-your-pillow B&B. It's a comfortable, quirky, funky-but-clean place to really relax, contemplate, and enjoy the desert and all it has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the center of Borrego Springs, within walking distance of a grocery store, restaurants and shops, the Hacienda del Sol, our family owned desert hotel awaits you. Cottages, duplexes, and motel rooms sit on our six-acre property. Full kitchens, fireplaces and private patios. Relax by our heated pool, or enjoy a BBQ in our lighted picnic area...complete with picnic tables, fireplace and Tiki Bar. Families welcome. Some pet friendly accommodations available for an additional charge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Boynton`s - Hacienda Del Sol Hotel Borrego Springs