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El Morocco Inn & Day Spa
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

My sister and I came back to this Inn for a second time and our stay was as lovely and memorable as the first visit. We bring our own food from home so we can enjoy every minute at this gorgeous inn. We sit outside, light a fire and watch the sunset. It is DIVINE.

Although we both love and work with children, we value the child-free experience at this spa. The adults who come are usually professionals, looking for deep relaxation, who are also delightful conversationalists during the nightly happy hour.

The massage therapists, Gloria and Laura, were talented and attentive. They come to find you at the Inn and you can walk around in your robe afterward. You can also enjoy the sauna afterward too.

Don't miss this special experience!!! You will not regret it.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

The place is small, intimate. Owners really care about the place! The pools are open 24 hours as are the library, kitchen with free snacks, and DVD library. Rooms overlook the courtyard with one pool, bar, and gas fireplaces. There's a garden with bocce, hammocks, chess, and a yoga/exercise tent. Great breakfast and happy hour cocktails included. Great stop after a day hiking in Joshua Tree!

Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
1  Thank michelle j
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

I booked this hotel based solely on its reviews. At $200 (after taxes) I was a little afraid that I might be overpaying for this room. The hotel even lets you know that the room is small at the time of booking. Between the two of us and our luggage we were extremely comfortable and not crowded in the least. Service went above and beyond. The beds were amazing as well as the pool and hot tub. I couldn't sleep, so at 2 am, I ate the complementary treats and drank the sherry in the hangout room and watched the movie Casablanca, which plays on a loop. I even took a dip in the swimming pool and the water was so warm! The rooms surround the pool so every room is just steps to the hot springs. The hotel provides plenty of games, books, and hundreds of dvds. Great dvds too!! I chose a 70's cult classic movie compilation. Theres only a few rooms so its very quiet and at night I had the entire place to myself, even though they were fully booked. They spare no attention to detail with the decor. Moroccan furniture and lamps are everywhere you look. Love the mesh netting over the beds and the colorful drapes that hung beautifully over the hot pool. Theres a garden with hammocks, an outdoor shower and yoga room out back. Also a sauna for two. We ate breakfast at the pool in our robes (everyone walks around in the hotel's robes). The hotel provides complementary chips, cookies, sodas, tea, coffee in a french press, yummy iced moroccan mint tea, dried dates and apricots, sake-tini happy hour, and a full self-serve breakfast. It's an amazing getaway spot if you're looking for peace and quiet. Its
romantic and relaxing. Close to a few restaurants and shops but you need to drive 20 min to palm springs for a nightlife. You'd think the tap water was fiji water. Palm desert claims to have the best tap water. I exited the shower and pool with soft, untangled hair and silky skin. I'm already looking for an excuse to take another vacation. This time I'm definitely staying for more than a day!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Natalie G
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Third visit to the Inn. Met Bruce's brother Doug this time around. We enjoyed hearing his many stories of years working at the Flamingo in Vegas. The reviews written say it all. Great place to relax and spend one on one time with your honey. Quiet and relaxing yet if you want interaction just make sure you are at the 5 o'clock happy hour. Hope to see Doug when we go back!

Room Tip: We like being right outside the pool and Pasha's Paradise is our favorite room after staying in...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank rsrojes
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect from Desert Hot Springs. The town itself was a bit underwhelming, but the El Morocco exceeded expectations. For the price, it was an amazing getaway and something really different. Located in an unassuming residential area, the hotel is a hidden gem that surprises from the moment you open the door. From the nice amenities - free snacks, DVDs, a lounge stocked with magazines and Casablanca on a loop - to the fully modernized rooms, there was something fun around every corner. Lots of little private areas, from the fire pit to adobe fire places to the whole side garden with bocce ball, chess, hammocks and even a yoga tent, make this one of the most romantic escapes in the desert. Our room was large and one room had a circular bed draped in sheer curtains..super cool! The Morocco-tinis at happy hour were plentiful and the hot spring pool and hot tub were large enough that they felt private. Overall, it exceeded our expectations and for the price was an amazing getaway. I suggest that the very attentive front desk staff learn a little more about local hikes and activities as well as restaurant options. But beyond that, no complaints...only a terrific experience and one we will hopefully enjoy again and again!

Room Tip: Ask for details on the rooms...we recommend the Sultans room with the circular bed!
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

When you drive up to the front entrance of the El Morocco Inn & Spa with its stone fortress-like walls guarded by tall palm trees and approach the heavy wooden & iron-studded door, you almost want to say "Open Sesame!: But your Arabian nights momentary fantasy fades and you ring the doorbell! But when you are admitted into the darkened hallway with its potted palms and gauzy curtains illuminated by brass pierced lanterns, your desert dreams sweep you away like a soothing sandstorm of Saharan sensuality. The concierge leads you to your room along the poolside walk covered with oriental rugs, surrounded by high walls with ramparts, arabesque arches,and "littered" with lounges and canopied daybeds upholstered in exotic Middle Eastern fabrics as well as plump tasselled pillows. Soft middle eastern music plays all day long here. All the 18 or so rooms/suites have Moroccan-inspired names - ours was the "Marrakesh Express." All the rooms have impressive wooden and iron studded doors painted in an alluring sky blue hue with a placard proudly displaying its individuality. We understand that the owners imported all these doors from Morocco and even painted them!?
Without saying open sesame to that blue door, we were led into an exotic tent-like room with a large four-poster bed canopied with billowing transparent curtains, festooned with tassels and cluttered with puffy pillows. There was a beautifully snuggable window seat settee and the room was subtly lit with those pierced brass lanterns. I believe the Trip Advisor photo for the Inn is the room in which we stayed!? Even the bathroom was delightfully decorated in Moroccan motifs, including wooden and brass boxes and ceramics to hold soaps, shampoos and even Q-tips! The towel racks were of mid-eastern wrought iron, like the kabob skewers we bought in Tangier years ago. A large Moroccan armoire housed the plasma TV and the fridge. The shower, though ,needed a little work on the fixtures and some spackling in the porcelain.
That evening, guests gathered around the circular bar lit by torches and those lanterns and enjoyed complimentery Moroccan martinis made with sake and citrus juices with a sugar rim. You could even munch on dried apricots and dates. No details were missed here.Then you could either walk or drive out for dinner or have nearby retaurants deliver it to you. A glass or two of port wine was waiting for you upon your return in the elegant salon replete with fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs and the movie "Casablanca" was playing in an endless loop on a large TV!
In the morning, wonderful coffee and tea were served from Moroccan urns and pots. The tasty breakfast consisted of fresh fruits and juices, yogurts, cereals, eggs and breads. Then, off to the huge tented hot tub, the Olympic thermally heated pool or the two person sauna. There was even a gigantic tent for yoga meditation. The massive garden area here is undergoing landscaping and should be a knockout soon!
But, there's more! Expert masseuses are available to soothe you with a myriad variety of massages and/our beauty treatments. We had the Moroccan Rain and the Pashas Pleasure! Now, they are fit for a sultan or two! The mud is said to come from the rivers at the base of the Atlas Mountains
And when you are able to tear yourself away from this sensuous salon of sights, sounds and smells, the check out process is simple and just what you asked for is on the bill. There was no Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves awaiting you with resort fees and scimitars!
We cannot wait to return here and have already let our circle of friends in on this oasis in the desert.
What really stands out here, after having visited Morocco and it's Six Royal Cities as well as Agadir, the Sahara and Tetuan on 4 or 5 trips, is the absolute attention, perhaps even obsession, with the details of Moroccan culture, history, architecture, decorative arts and cuisine that the owners have lavished on this wonderful hideaway. They have, literally and in actuality, created a mini-Morocco in the Western USA, which, coincidentally (?) resembles the geography of North Africa alot. If you squint your eyes a little in the Desert Hot Springs sun, you might even mistake the heights of Palm Springs for the Atlas Mountains of Morocco!

Room Tip: All the rooms surround the exotic and opulent pool and lounging areas but four or five are on a seco...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Ostrick
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We stayed at the El. Morocco over the past weekend and were pleasantly surprised. The hotel is set up as if you were actually in Morocco. Authentic items adorned the entire hotel. Great care was made to give the patrons a feel that they in fact were special. From a Sultan's tent (doubling as a yoga exercise forum) to incredible hot springs feeding both the spa and pool. The staff were excellent and were always available. The rooms again carried out the feeling that you were in fact in Morocco. This is now our favorite desert getaway.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Address: 66810 4th St, Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-3269
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Desert Hot Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
#5 Spa Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
Price Range: $138 - $221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Want to really feel "transported"? Without the high cost??? Our silky warm and natural spring-fed mineral water swimming pool & huge bubbling spa are open for you around the clock! This Moroccan inspired getaway features 12 guestrooms, each with a California King bed, microwave & mini fridge, exotic textiles, bistro tables and chairs, beautiful lamps,Moroccan furnishings & artwork. A Lavish complimentary continental breakfast is set out daily in the Kasbah Lounge and we offer our complimentary nightly signature cocktail, the "Morocco-tini"! Besides having 2 pools filled with healing geothermal spring mineral waters, you can also choose from a wide range of deeply relaxing Spa treatments including Massages, Body Scrubs, Clay Wraps and Facials! We also offer Discount Spa Packages year 'round! ... more   less 
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