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CJ Grand Hotel & Spa
Ranked #20 of 22 Hotels in Desert Hot Springs
Reviewed June 7, 2006

We arrived Crystal Hotel Spa and Resort on Christmas day, our first impression was this was simply once a great facility that has simply gone down a slippery slope. It is very obivsious the resort is seriously understaffed. The resort complex is huge, the facility was not properly keep up. The parking was full of debris, the corridors has many burnt out light bulbs. The atomsophere was quiet all right, it has almost a creepy feeling to it. This is not what we had anticpated. We paid $155 / night for the Jacuzzi Suite, right off that bat, things did not go well. The room was spacious and large with two large queen bed. The decor was very 80ish, but biggest problem of all was the plumbing in the bath room was making clunking noise. A call to the front desk revealed that they had onsite to take care of the problem until next day. As a remedy they moved us to the room next door. Although this room has no noisy plumbing but it has lists of troubles. The window blinds is broken, the control knob on the jucuzzi tub was mssing. Worst of all, they had dirty linen / towls. A couple of towels has stains on it. Yikes!!! Despite that, it does have its virtue, the jacucci tub with natural hotspring is very enjoyable. The facitlity itself was well equipped, just not taken cared of properly. For the $ we spent, we simply feel it was NOT worth the money.

  • Stayed: December 2004
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Reviewed April 9, 2006

The hotel looked abandoned and needed a lot of TLC although the hot tubs outside and the indoor Japanese bath were enjoyable. We had an in-room Jaccuzzi tub and it was nice especially late at night. They have plenty of really nice and hot mineral water coming out of the shower.

Although the spa and bath experience was nice and enjoyable (probably at any place in Desert Hot Springs), the hotel has a lot to improve in its appearance and customer service. People at the front desk were not friendly and didn't know how to make guests welcomed. For the second day of our stay, we didn't get shampoo, soap and towels. We let the front desk know about it, but it took forever for them to bring those items because they were short-staffed. There was no deadbolt on the door. They gave us towels with bad coffee stains or huge holes. That was unbelievable considering the room cost way over $100! Even Motel 6 must have shampoo, bar soap and nicer towels at least.

I heard the ownership just changed and I am guessing the new owners may work on improving the place, but personally, we will not go back to the place.

If you want to check out the Japanese bath, probably it is best to use it for a day without staying at the hotel. The day use is $15, which seems a little more than other hotels in the area. We may go back to use their Japanese bath, but we will not stay at the hotel again.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed March 23, 2006

Ok this hotel looks abondoned! I walked in thinking it was a joke. There brochure totally fools you into thinking its a nice place. Motel 6 looked excellent compared to this place. The area surronding it is like a dump. Honestly stay in motel 6 if your even thinking of staying here. The door numbers were written on paper pasted to the door! come on! Dont get fooled. Its definalty a one star hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed March 13, 2006

When you first see the Crystal Hotel and Spa Resort,in Desert Hot Springs, it looks just like another huge Hotel Conplex, Once you enter into the Lobby area with its Mural of Desert,and then step out onto the Pool Deck, with its Hot Mineral pool and Jaccuzi's, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains in the backgroumd, a feeling of serenity overcomes you.
If you have reserved one of the Mini Suites or even one of the Deluxe Suites with its own private Hot Mineral Jaccuzi tubs, you feel as if your weekend of tranquility is about to start, but wait, there is more,the Crystal Hotel and Spa Resort has an "Onsen", this is a Japanese Bathhouse, here you will find two huge Mineral Water Whirlpools, changing rooms for Men and Women, and best of all once again the gorgeous view of the Mountains.
The Hotel has several excellent Massage Therapist to its disposal, to make your weekend of R&R complete.

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Reviewed August 2, 2012
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 67585 Hacienda Ave, Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-4826 (Formerly Crystal Hotel Spa and Resort)
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Desert Hot Springs
Restaurant Spa
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#18 Spa Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
Hotel Class:2 star — CJ Grand Hotel & Spa 2*
Number of rooms: 46
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