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Review of Shadow Mountain Resort and Club

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Shadow Mountain Resort and Club
Ranked #13 of 22 Hotels in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Salinas, California
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Tennis Fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

We've been going there for a few years now, and we love the place! Yes, of course, it is not the most modern place, but the studios we have rented for the weekend have been clean, nicely decorated, and spacious enough. We love the tennis clinics with Michael and John. Great fun! The pool is nice and big, the hot tub real cozy after tennis, hiking and swimming! Fun to have the ability to have your own food, and yet go out too!! We'll be back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Management C, Owner at Shadow Mountain Resort and Club, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
I will be sure to share your nice compliment to Michael and John. They are two of the best tennis pros in the valley, and both have quite a following of men and women. Check out Michael's Blog on our website for tips! We look forward to your next visit.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Let me start by saying this, our family has been visiting this resort EVERY year since the late 1980's. We go with a huge group of about 25+ people every year. You can call it a family reunion, even though we see each other regularly, but focusing on the resort:

The Location: The resort is set in Palm Desert, CA and is about a quarter of a mile away from a part of the city that has a bunch of stores, dining places, etc. In the summer, Palm Desert reaches to about 105+ degrees fahrenheit and it is very humid, and it's EXTREMELY easy to get sunburned here, so wear sunscreen regularly.

What To Do: There are many things to do here at the resort. During the day and at night, the tennis courts are open, and the lights for the courts close at about 9 PM if I'm right (I don't remember, so check with the resort). There is a volleyball court in the grass field area in the center of the rooms and studio rooms. In the huge figure 8 pool in the center of the resort, there is a waterproof basketball hoop at one point of the pool. A volleyball or basketball are available upon request at the front desk, which is very quiet and cool inside. There's also a building in front of the figure 8 pool that has a cafe on top and a door on the bottom. The door on the bottom leads to men's and women's locker rooms, with saunas in each room, and a gym that you need a key for. The cafe on top is usually only open during the spring when Tennis tournaments are going on (usually April-May). Waiters would serve by the poolside and the resort would be very crowded.

*The Resort is VERY quiet in the summer, and is a place for relaxation with not too many guests.*

Amenities: The rooms at Shadow Mountain are very cheap, but well worth the money. There are studio rooms, 1 or 2 bedroom rooms, and villas, (villas being the biggest). It seems as if they give you more than you ask for, but I'm not complaining! The pools are very clean, and so are the rooms. Beds are high quality and there are TVs in every room. The sauna is free to use, but I don't know about the gym (ask the Resort). Also be careful with kids in the pools, especially the figure 8 pool. The deep end goes to about 12 feet in the big figure 8 pool, and about 8-10 feet in the other pools on the resort.

Places Near: The city is near the resort with about a 10-15 minute drive. There are many stores at the city area and it's always crowded. Stores are located close to the resort as well, as I mentioned before (ask for places of attraction from the front desk if you want), and there's a Boomers for kids with go-kart racing, mini golf, bumper boats, and an arcade about 20-25 minutes from the resort! We always go there for fun, and it's great at nighttime!

Overall: Shadow Mountain has been apart of our family traditions for a while, and we always go back. There have been many memories there, and the times we've had there are unexplainable. By the way, about three nights are the limit for me to stay at this resort. It gets boring for children 12+ years old after a while. Kids younger than that always find something to do, so go with a big group! Trust me, it'll be well worth it. Go to Shadow Mountain for a relaxing, fun, and enjoyable vacation! Have a great and safe trip!

Room Tip: Rooms right near the pool and tennis courts are studio rooms, and are great on the first floor, so y...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ryan E
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Management C, Owner at Shadow Mountain Resort and Club, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to provide such a detailed review. We enjoy the many families that have made the resort a tradition, and even have third generations continuing the trend. We appreciate your family's patronage over the years and welcome your comments and suggestions on keeping the resort such a special place. We look forward to your return!
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

I joined several college roommates in a weekend at Shadow Mountain Resort so we rented several rooms. At first sight, I was not all that impressed with the place. I arrived at night and it was dark and directions getting into the gate and to reception were not easily found. Once we checked in, it was great. The pool was nice and big, food was close by so we didn't even have to leave the pool for lunch. There was tennis, and golf right there. The rooms are all individually owned (I believe) so decorated differently. Ask for a 'nice' place to be sure you get the better quality decor. The staff was very helpful and friendly but we did not have wi-fi in our room (some do if you ask for it.) It wasn't a huge problem though because you can get wi-fi at the pool, lobby, or snack bar (just steps from my room). Another great thing about this place was the location - short walk to El Paseo with great shopping and restaurants. Close to Palm Desert shopping and the wild animal park. Although i had reservations at first sight, this place was clean, quiet, friendly, cozy, and had all the amenities we needed or wanted. We plan to come back next year with more roommates!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank klinkalinks
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Management C, Owner at Shadow Mountain Resort and Club, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
We're glad you found us, although wish it wasn't so difficult getting through the gate. Shadow Mountain is often considered a "secret gem" since our location is tucked away just two blocks from El Paseo where girlfriends can swim, sun, shop, wine and dine to their hearts content. We hope you visit us again soon!
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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

This course is located near where we stay in the desert, so I like it based on that and the low rates (especially if booking through a discount golf website). I'll certainly not fault the place for being built long ago and within a busy residential community, but with that comes some drawbacks - a lot of flat, straight, back and forth holes, narrow fairways with homes immediately adjacent, and tee boxes right behind the greens. Lots of "Fore" and balls hitting hard objects could be heard around the course... Seems to me we liked the back nine better than the front. Hilarious dog on fenced property at hole number 12, I think. He drops tennis balls to passing golfers through the fence for you to toss over for him to fetch - highlight of the round! Clubhouse is nothing to speak of and is due for a complete overhaul.

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Management C, General Manager at Shadow Mountain Resort and Club, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thanks for trying out the golf course, we appreciate your candid comments about the clubhouse and our great location. The club is under new management as of September 2012 and we have since then made many improvements to the course itself and a complete overhaul of the Mens Lounge. We hope you will check back with us as we continues to make things even better!
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

We dropped in for tennis clinics which were excellent. The pros were great. The sessions were fun. Not boring. Great instruction for all levels of expertise. All of staff was wonderful. Welcoming environment. 5 out of 5.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Francine R
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Management C, General Manager at Shadow Mountain Resort and Club, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
We're so glad you enjoyed your tennis clinic and do hope to see you again soon. Our pros can help teams fine tune their skills and make it fun while you work hard, so please tell your friends and let us put together some great tennis for you!
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

Found this place through a special pricing offer. Thought we'd give it a shot and glad we did. Our unit was one of the smaller ones but more than spacious enough for a family of 4. The kitchenette was nice and allowed us to cook meals, saving lots of $$. The pool was huge and they provided toys & noodles for the kids. The only negative was that I did spot a critter in the sink (something I read in another review & was hoping we wouldn't find) but if you can get passed that, the place was a great value.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank MaryAnnN14
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Redlands,CA
Level Contributor
136 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

My wife and I went out for a tennis weekend and Shadow Mountain was perfect. We were attracted to the 16 well maintained tennis courts but really liked the overall ambiance. The property is a little dated but a great value and a perfect location. Only 2 blocks off of El Paseo, with ample restaurants and shopping. We stayed in a studio which was a nice change from the typical hotel room. Lots of space, a sleeper couch and a kitchenette made for a confortable weekend. Now the best part, we booked 2 nights and got the third night for free! The large pool area is perfect for families and the hotel staff were very accommodating. Overall a great weekend getaway.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Redlands_CAFoodie
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Management C, General Manager at Shadow Mountain Resort and Club, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
We sure are glad you stayed with us and enjoyed your last night free. Please come back and join us for a tennis lesson or clinic. Our pros are great! And, our location just can't be matched. Thanks for your nice comments. We look forward to your return.
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Property: Shadow Mountain Resort and Club
Address: 45750 San Luis Rey Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4728
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Desert
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Palm Desert
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shadow Mountain Resort and Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming resort, breathtaking views, figure-eight swimming pool, home to the Desert Tennis Academy with lessons & clinics. Located in the heart of Palm Desert, California, the Resort is walking distance to the fabulous shops, restaurants and art galleries along the famed El Paseo Drive. Resort offers cafe & bar (breakfast and lunch), complimentary tennis on 16 tennis courts, pickleball, tennis pro-shop, four heated pools, five hot tubs, fitness room, massage service, saunas, poolside patio BBQ, volleyball, basketball, bicycle rentals, and more. ... more   less 
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