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Marriott's Shadow Ridge I-The Villages
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 12, 2009

My husband and I loved it here. Our room was beautiful and spacious - it had everything we needed. The appliances and fixtures were all very new and the furniture was really comfortable. We had an oversized patio area overlooking the 12th hole. The golf course was also very nice. Pretty challenging, lots of deep sand, lots of blind shots. The staff at the pro shop was very friendly, the staff at Nick Faldo's bar and grill was also very accomodating. The fitness center was open 24 hours, and it was also clean and modern. We had an excellent stay here and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2009

My wife and I stayed here for a getaway, and couldn't be more pleased with the our unit in building 2200. This is on the South end of the resort and about as far as you can get from the activities center and pools, but that was fine with us because it was nice and quiet. Also, the golf course was closed for overseeding, so we didn't have golfers outside our ground floor windows. Since we don't play golf, the closure was a plus.
We booked a 2 bedroom unit by exchanging through Interval International, but nobody we invited got to come with us. The unit was large, well equipped, very clean and no maintenance issues at all. In fact, this is one of the few times we haven't had to do some cleaning ourselves upon arrival at a resort. The master bedroom has a large soaking tub and vanity, and the bathroom has a large shower but no tub. The lockoff unit has a standard bathroom with a tub/shower and kitchenette, but is still quite nice.
Since we spent our days exploring Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding areas, we didn't use the resort failities much. The pools looked very nice, but it was too cool in the evenings to enjoy them. There is a nicely equipped fitness room in the activities center, and you can get in nice walks on the streets and cart paths throughout the resort.
For supplies, there is a WalMart, Sam's Club and several other stores nearby, and the easiest and cheapest gas station we found was at Sam's Club. Check with the Concierge Desk for info on discounts at restaurants and attractions.
We will definitely attempt to book this resort again when planning another trip to the Palm Springs area.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2009

We stayed here during spring break. We have a time share with Marriott and traded in the studio part of our unit. We had a great time. We still had a small fridge, sink and microwave, which was fine with us. The kids had a great time at the pool and the kids' club. There was tons to do and plenty of good restaurants in the surrounding area. I played golf at the on-site golf course (a Faldo design). Very pretty. We met lots of other families, some we still stay in contact with. We will definitely go back again.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank cofamtraveler
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Reviewed October 19, 2009

Just returned from a week stay at Marriott's Shadow Ridge, and can't say enough good things about it! We traded through Interval for a 2 bedroom lock-out. The villa was very nicely furnished and kitchen well stocked. Nice granite counter top throughout kitchen and bath. Everything in great working condition. The grounds are beautifully maintained. We were in building 1900, and could walk to 3 of the 4 pools. The pools are large and had cabanas and shaded areas. Staff was probably the friendliest I've experienced anywhere. Absolutely NO pressure for time-share tour. The golf course was closed for reseeding, but we knew that ahead of time. With over 100 golf courses in the area, finding a course to suit your taste & wallet was not a problem!
There is a great mix of things to do in the Palm Desert/Palm Springs area. We took a drive to Joshua Tree National Park (about 1.5 hours away). The way the park is set up, I would highly recommend entering the park at the NORTH entrance (at 29 Palms), and taking in the northern area, including Jumbo Rocks, Hidden Valley, and Keys View. You can then exit the WEST entrance and head back. There isn't much to see in the southern entrance and it is a long drive from N to S. We also enjoyed Indian Canyons, especially Andreas Canyon and Palm Canyon. They are just outside Palm Springs. The Aerial Tramway is also great and there are hiking trails on top at San Jacinto State Park. We had dinner at The Falls restaurant in Palm Springs on the night of Villagefest (every Thursday evening...vendors, food, music, etc.) If you reserve early enough, ask for one of the balcony tables overlooking the street - very fun with just one table for 4 or 2 per private balcony! There are plays and art museums galore, if you are so inclined. We also drove south to the Salton Sea, but unfortunately it is nearly deserted due to the increasing salinity of the water. 1500 empty campsites, abandoned marinas, and a lot of dead fish! What a reality check for nature lovers...made you realize that the beauty of nature & our state/national parks is fragile. Of course, we enjoyed several hours in the pools (except the "quiet pool", which was a bit too quiet!). Weather in October ranged from 80-102.
Overall, it was a great resort and vacation. Don't hesitate to book a villa there. Enjoy!!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 11, 2009

The rooms were spacious, clean, and the kitchen had all you would need to make dinners at home. Great view of the golf course. Kids loved it.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank LoriReynolds
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

Marriott's Shadow Ridge is a Gem in the desert. The resort is situated in the midst of a Nick Faldo designed 18 hold golf course. Shadow Ridge is a quiet resort. the Pool area offers a welcome escape from the heat of the day, and in the evenings you feel isolated like you're the only one there. A great family destination children will love the waterslide and watching the bunnies frolicking in the common areas.
Make sure not to miss a red jeep tour, the Areal Tram, or the Living Desert.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank swing4thefence
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

My husband and I stayed for 4 nights at this Marriott Resort in May. We were in a one bedroom suite overlooking the golf course. My husband golfed a couple of times at local courses and I laid by the pool. Then he would meet me at the pool when he was done. The rooms have full kitchens with blenders, so we went to the Wal Mart down the street and made pina coladas etc. in our room and took them to the pool. Although we did enjoy drinks from the pool bar as well. They were good, just very expensive, about $11 for a pina colada inlcuding the tax! So it paid to bring your own stuff. We did not eat at the restaurants on property, we went out. Had an excellent dinner at Sullivan's Steakhouse!

All in all a great time and we would love to go back again.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 9003 Shadow Ridge Rd, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92211-2057 (Formerly Marriott's Shadow Ridge)
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Desert
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Palm Desert
#7 Romantic Hotel in Palm Desert
#8 Family Hotel in Palm Desert
Price Range: $128 - $396 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Shadow Ridge I-The Villages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 427
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Southern California's magnificent mountain ranges serve as the breathtaking backdrop for Marriott's Shadow Ridge. Spacious villas overlook rolling fairways and sparkling lakes weaving throughout the landscape. Beautiful master suites feature a king bed and oversized soaking tub while the spacious living and dining areas, and fully kitchen offer convenience and comfort. Swing by the Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott and try your luck on the championship course. Then relax at Nick Faldo's Bar & Grill. ... more   less 
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