Will offer a review of the 'guest room' option at the Villas, versus most of the other reviews that cover the 1 and 2 bedroom villas. We were renting the room and are not timeshare owners or traders. We booked here when the JW Marriott Hotel there had no availability.
THE GOOD: the room was fairly large, offered kitchenette amenities (tall mini-fridge, toaster, microwave oven, coffee maker, and some dishes/utensils). The bedding was decent quality with comfy pillows. The patio area was fairly large with small dining table and a lounger, all facing nice views of golf course. The bathroom had his and hers vanities. Bedroom area and bathroom and plenty of storage for clothes and toiletries respectively. The room was very near extremely well-appointed tennis courts, which you get access to one hour daily for free (or free on first come-first serve basis after 7 p.m.). The nicest element was access to the hotel facilities, including the large pool areas and spa daily use. The spa has been beautifully renovated. Spa rates are fairly high, but lower than most rates in large urban areas.
THE BAD: The beds were too hard and air conditioning at night seemed to be at half power, resulting in stuffy, too warm room. Both problems resulted in poor quality sleep for our whole trip. The walls were thin, so could hear our neighbors. At times, many hotel areas were off-limits due to the many conventions scheduled at the hotel, resulting somewhat of a goose chase to get back to the Villas I. The "jetted tub"- a third of the jets didn't work and remaining were very weak. Would be better off going to the public hot tub for jacuzzi experience.
THE UGLY: As a 'renter," you will get the least nice units behind timeshare owners (#1 priority) and timeshare traders (#2) when asking for a renovated unit. This was definitely true given condition of room's bathroom (and it was obvious we did not get our request for a renovated unit). Tile in shower was dingy and some normally white grout was downright black. Some of floor tile in bathroom was either cracked or missing altogether, resulting in a 1 1/2 inch by 6 inch gap next to base of vanity---very shabby (not chic). Kitchen and bathroom cabinets were pretty banged up. Would expect better upkeep for a time share residence with annual maintenance fees from each owner. If you bother to sit through the timeshare session, count on spending nearly 3 hours there rather than the quoted 90 minutes. Also expect the extremely "hard sell" approach. All in all, I was glad I booked for a discounted government rate, because the lowest internet (midweek) rate of $209 per night would have been way too much. Have paid similar rates for very comfortable rooms in San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas. I would not stay here again, even for the discounted rate. I would stay at the JW Marriott hotel at Desert Springs as I have never been disappointed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palm Desert serves as the exceptional setting for Marriott's Desert Springs Villas. Beautifully designed on 400 acres. Adjacent to the JW Marriott Resort & Spa. Enjoy 36 holes of manicured fairways, exquisite tennis facilities, a lavish European spa and tempting cuisine. On-site, soak up the sun and relax with 7 luxurious pools. ... more less
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