I thought these types of motels only existed in movies - the terrifying, slasher-type of movies.
When my boss and I arrived, we were greeted at the front desk with a welcoming, "What do you want?" We got our rooms on the first floor with a beautiful view of a barbed-wire covered brick wall with a plastic bag full of dog feces on our back "patio". The sliding glass door would not close all the way and was held in place by a flimsy chain.
The comforter of my bed was splattered with some black substance (possibly blood - by this point, it was completely conceivable) and the floor was coated with a fine layer of crushed animal crackers. The room did not have a coffee maker, although they threatened to charge me for one if it happened to be missing from my room at the end of the stay. There was no control over the heat/cooling system. The front office controlled whether or not the "heat" or the "cool" tube was being fed to your room - archaic. If you happened to get cold, they supplied a small space heater. If you were too warm, you could open the sliding glass door and risk getting shot or raped.
There were three good things about this hotel: 1. It was only two minutes away from the Empire Polo Club where we were working all weekend. 2. It got us out of Indio to explore civilization in the beautiful Palm Desert that's located twenty minutes away, just so we would spend the least amount of time possible in the disgusting hotel. 3. The woman at the reception SMILED at us once! It looked as if it pained her to do it, and it only lasted half of a second, but I'm fairly certain it was a smile!
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