Let me start by saying we usually stay at Marriott's, Sheraton's, Hilton's, etc. Why do I tell you this? Well, keep reading....
Cathedral City is not Palm Springs. If there was another side of the tracks, Cathedral City would be it. It is not scary or anything, it is just not Palm Springs.
The rooms are spacious. The kitchen is full size and the bedroom has a king bed with room to spare. You will not feel cramped. The size of the room is definitely a plus. Two large TV's, every kitchen utensil you need and a large size table for eating. And ask for the upper floor. We were in a newly renovated room and I could hear every step of the lead feet above us.
The pool is adequate. It is quite large upon first viewing but becomes smaller when there is 15 or more people in it. The bar at the pool is almost non-existent. There are signs around the resort promoting happy hour, but it is not promoted and the signs look like a grade 4 student made them. They also have special dinners. But again, not inticing when they look like a nine year made them using Clip Art.
When viewing the website, it seemed as though they offered alot of programs. They post a board everyday of the daily activities. I don't think anyone participated in these activities. It is too bad, because I think there is potential. It doesn't seemed to be run very well. I am not remotely related to being in the hospitality industry, but I found myself saying "I would just do this!". I think there needs to be better communication about the programs and more promotion for them. Everytime you walked into the main recreation area, it was some kids playing ping pong and some activity co-ordinators watching. Not to blame them, I just do not think they had any direction. The whole recreation activities and center needs an overhaul and alot of direction.
There is also construction going on. While it didn't really effect our stay, I could see how it would affect others.
Overall, I would stay somewhere else. If you usually stay at Ramadas, Days Inn, Holiday Inn etc. and are fine with that then you will be okay. If you are a Starpoints member at Sheraton? Stay at a Sheraton or somewhere else. This resort used to be an RCI Gold Crown but I don't think is anymore...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Welk Resort Desert Oasis boasts 350 days of sunshine a year, with an average yearly temperature of 75 degrees. With breathtaking panaramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains, the resort is located 10 minutes from Palm Springs in Cathedral City, California. Swim in a large pool or lap pool, soak up some sun, or enjoy championship golf and tennis at our adjacent Cathedral Canyon Golf and Tennis Club, including a restaurant with locally inspired cuisine. Experience luxurious vacation villa accommodations that include full kitchens, living and dining areas, and private bedrooms with king beds. Activities Center includes fitness room, billiards, air hockey, darts, and Ping-Pong tables with planned activities and classes for all age groups. An arcade is next to the Activities Center. And when you’re ready to explore, nearby Palm Springs offers plenty to see – You won’t want to miss the Aerial Tramway, The Living Desert, Indian Canyons, Knott’s Soak City, Children’s Discovery Museum and Air Museum, world-class dining and shopping, including the popular Cabazon outlet, thrilling casinos, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Oasis Hotel Cathedral City
- Desert Oasis Cathedral City
- Welk Resort Palm Springs - Desert Oasis Cathedral City, California Desert, CA