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Miracle Manor
Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
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“Our new favorite place”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Have always wanted to go and finally did. We'll be back. Small, quiet, beautiful, perfect secret getaway in the desert. Highly recommended. This place is owned by a really cool designer and architect couple - they've done a fantastic job with it. Anyone who gets to stay there is lucky.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

I have been sneaking over here for 20 years- back then it was funky (and frankly a little too "quaint") now it's mid-century spare and the water is as wonderful as ever. You owe it to yourself to unplug and soak it all away! You won't regret it... even if it's 115 degrees (which it was last time I went) soak, sleep, relax.

Room Tip: Get the room by the office (forget the number-ask Linda) great view!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

Well, being from Los Angeles and having phones, computers, traffic and TV as a part of daily life - arriving here was a culture shock. What do you mean there are no phones? What do you mean there are no TV's?? What is one supposed to do??? Well, let me tell you. This place is tiny, maybe 6-8 rooms. None have phones or TV's. No room service, no nothing. What it DOES have, is an amazing vibe, a warm swimming pool and a HOT jacuzzi sourced by the Earth's hot springs. It's quiet, it's relaxing, it's sleepy and lazy, it's a place where you can get away from the world, float in the pool and forget about all of your troubles. There is daily continental breakfast in the office each day and you are welcomed with a warm smile. Linda, the woman who runs this place was so kind, so warm and inviting. After the first day, we no longer missed TV's or phones. Float...float on....

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

This last weekend was my 3rd trip to this B&B. Its true that it doesn't have the luxury accommodations of the more upscale hotels, however if you are going there to get away, to feel rejuvenated, to have lots of quite moments...this is the place for you.
They have a mineral hot water spa and mineral water pool, the waterwell is located on the property, so if you are looking for a little bit of healing and resting this is your place. Breakfast is also very good, you will get an organic yogurt, variety of gourmet breads and variety of preserves...as well as juice, cereal, coffee, variety of organic fruits, organic milk and hard boiled eggs.
Across the street there is a museum - Cabbot Museum - I highly recommend taking a tour. Its an unusual and very educational experience, there you will see something that is unexpected...
Also just up the street maybe 100-200 yards you can pick up a trail that will take you well into the local mountains. I have only managed to go a little bit, but I have seen hikers way ahead of me.

I also need to mention amazing views of the San Jacinto mountains and another range that is on the other side of the 68...if you wake up early enough to catch the sunrise you will see the mountains turn from grey to pink and the whole valley will be at your feet. This last weekend you could still spot some snow on the near by peaks and the scent of the Creosote bush will always accompany your stay.

Room Tip: There are only 8 rooms for rent and couple of them have a kitchen.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Santa Clarita, California
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

Miracle Manor is a small, fully restored 1950's style hot springs spa that has charm all its own. Its philosophy is that it is a "retreat" where you come to relax and heal body and soul in the hot, soothing mineral waters of the spa. Anyone thinking of staying here should review the Manor's website (http://www.miraclemanor.com) and read reviews on travel web sites (consistently good reviews) to get an idea what your experience would be like before you decide to book a stay.

The Manor has only six (6) rooms, plus two smaller rooms in the "Cube", so it should never be crowded or noisy. There are no TVs, phones, clocks, shoes inside the rooms, kids or pets, but there is free WiFi and it is fast and has good signal strength, so you won't be completely cut off from the rest of the world if you bring a laptop computer. The room décor is rather "Spartan", but everything you need is there. Furnishings in the various rooms appear to be similar, but the size of the rooms varies and two also have kitchens. The linens and bedding are crisp and clean and each room has its own bathroom. The exception is the Cube rooms which share an attached outside bathroom. There is no daily maid service (fine with us!). All the rooms have refrigerated air conditioning and heat, as well as a mini-refrigerator. All rooms have queen beds, except the Cubes that have two twin beds each. Unfortunately, the bed in our room consisted of a coil mattress (8 inch) with a thin foam pad on a hard wooden platform. When used, the mattress bottomed-out immediately and it almost felt like sleeping on the floor. For those that like a soft bed, this may not be very comfortable.

High windows on the back wall of rooms #4, #5 & #6 provide a beautiful view of the Coachella Valley with Palm Springs, the San Andreas Fault (!), wind farm windmills and the San Jacinto mountains in the background. The others only have a view of desert scrub (Note: The Cubes have non-opening windows that are frosted or too high for a view).

Although we didn't use them, the Manor has many standard spa services available, such as massages, but the main reason for coming here is to enjoy the hot mineral waters in their pool and Plexiglas-enclosed 104 deg F soaking spa (perfect temperature). The reasonably large pool had water at about 88 deg F during our stay. The pool and spa are clean and the water is clear and sweet, with essentially no smell (no hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs)). It is hard to say anything specific about the healing powers of the water after only a short stay, but soaking definitely feels great. The soaking spa pool is enclosed in tall Plexiglas panels that effectively shield it from the high winds that are usually present in this area. The layout of the buildings and a low perimeter fence protect the pool area from most of the wind. Since this is a desert, outdoor temperature extremes (high/low) can be expected much of the year.

The Manor staff are very nice and Linda prepared a simple, but healthful, home-style breakfast with yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, whole-grain breads, fruit, juice, coffee and cereals which was very good.

Be aware that the Miracle Manor has accommodations that are different than those found at a high-end spa and the cost is relatively high (check website and call for specials - a three night stay can be a money saver). There are many other hot spring spas in this area that have more amenities and comparable prices. If you are ready to relax, this is a good place to do it and we will be recommending it to our friends. Our 4-star rating for this spa is only related to its own unique features, not in comparison with other spas that might have more amenities. The only thing that reduced our rating from 5-stars was the hard bed.

Room Tip: Don't forget to go across the street for a tour of Cabot's Pueblo Museum (Original home of t...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

The RULES:
No television. No radio. No smoking. No telephone. No shoes indoors. No kids. No pets. If you can abide by those rules, well then maybe you might like this place as much as we did.

You will feel compelled to whisper. It's so quaint. Only 6 rooms, all of which have been remodeled with a retro 1960-70s feel.

The ROOM with a Kitchen:
We had one of the rooms with a kitchen, which came in real handy because there really is nothing in that general area. We came prepared to cook our meals, which was very convenient. The kitchen comes with the basic utensils you need -- bottle opener, plastic wine glasses so you can take out to the pool, pot, colander, chopping board, tea kettle, salt and pepper...

This place also has wireless! Enough band width to watch movies on your laptop/iPad. So who needs television when you have that?!

Decent shower pressure (although the nozzle is a little on the low side).

The sheets and comforter were soft, but the mattress...was not.

The POOL:
It's a small pool, but it's at the perfect temperature. They've got pool noodles - put one behind your neck, the other behind your knees and prepare to float with comfort. There isn't a time that the pool closes, they just ask that you keep your noise level down. So we highly recommend an evening swim. To float under the night sky...there's almost nothing like it.

Other reviews mention a great breakfast selection (fritatas and granola?). We did not get that, so we were greatly disappointed in that regard. BUT the place made up for it by having CoolHaus ice cream sandwiches for purchase!

This place could use some upgrades here and there, but overall, it's a nice desert retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

Stay Away! This is a very small, outdated and overpriced ‘retreat’ (if you want to call it that). There is no ‘scenic view’ as described on their website or over the phone. Their website photos and Living Social description of what they offer is misleading and borderline fraud. The place is enclosed by a rotting wooden and plastic fence that look as if it was picked from a garbage dump. My wife and I drove over 2 ½ hours for a wedding anniversary getaway and were so disappointed after looking around the property that we turned right around and drove back home. I encourage you to read some of the other reviews below regarding the rooms, beds and showers. Thank goodness for the good people at Living Social who refunded our money after we explained our experience! You may not be so lucky – if you purchased a voucher for this place, I encourage you to get a refund or account credit while you still can – do not make a reservation!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Miracle Manor
Address: 12589 Reposo Way, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-4795
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Desert Hot Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Desert Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Miracle Manor 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Miracle Manor Retreat is a six-room 50s era spa motel that sits atop Miracle Hill. The Miracle lies in the aquifer some 400 feet below the surface – the source of geothermal mineral waters. Innovatively restored by its owners, artist April Greiman and architect Michael Rotondi, the Manor’s highly detailed simplicity invites reflection, renewal and rejuvenation with two therapeutic geothermal pools, customized spa treatments, peaceful aesthetic and seamless embrace of its desert surroundings. ... more   less 
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