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Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, MN
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47 reviews
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“Wonderful stay”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

First things first - this is NOT a resort like some people are saying or thinking. It's a Marriott Vacation Club - they are villa/condo type properties. If you travel at all or stay in these types of places, they you will be very happy with your stay like we were. There is no room service because again, it's a vacation club - it's not a resort. They don't have the exact same amenities as say the JW Marriott which is a resort. If you want that, then don't book here. You'll get a kitchen with basic utensils, dishes, glasses and such, but don't expect a full gourmet kitchen full of every gadget known to man.

We had a beautiful one bedroom villa in building 848 (2267) and it was fabulous. We had called two weeks prior and requested a second floor corner unit and our request was met. If you don't mind hauling all your luggage up the stairs, then I would highly recommend the second floor. First floor units, you will hear everyone upstairs walking, closing doors, moving chairs, etc. Be warned. Even with our neighbor next door, we could hear their TV full blast through the walls. Thankfully, they went to bed early so we didn't have to listen to it all night long.

Our room was very clean (no bugs like I think some have had issues with) and we had a gorgeous view of the 7th hole with the mountains in the background. We had a separate dining room area, a living room, bar counter space with chairs if we wanted to eat in the kitchen and the bedroom had a huge sunk in tub and separate vanity and in a separate room was a big walk in shower with another vanity and toilet. We also had a washer and dryer in the unit which was handy. We had daily maid "freshening up" service which they just make the bed (not changing the sheets) and replenishing towels, soaps, shampoos, paper towels, dish soap, etc. Not sure if we just stayed on a good weekend or what as I know there are a lot of complaints on here about lack of housekeeping services.

We had requested a crib and a high chair and when we got to our room it was there. I wished I had known that the crib was really a pack and play - so I could have figured out something else. My son doesn't sleep that well in it and I don't blame him - the "mattress" is a piece of cardboard with a small layer of foam on it. But we adapted and didn't let it ruin our time there.

My two biggest complaints were one being the shampoo/soaps. They are definitely not a Category 6 level product - it was called Fresh Kiss or something like that and it was so sugary smelling and I felt unclean after using it so much so that we ran to Target to get our own stuff. My second complaint was the front desk/check in. The staff wasn't very friendly and we were continually told our room would be ready in 15 minutes.... well three plus hours later, after 5:15 our room was ready. We checked in at 1:30 and figured our room wasn't ready since check in was at 4, but they said that they should be able to get us in early. We went and hung by the pool so it wasn't that big of a deal, but we had our 11 month old son with us so it would have been nice to have been told a more realistic time so we could adjust for naps and his feedings.

All in all, we had a wonderful stay - the property is beautiful with tons of pools, activities and of course golf. We would definitely come back for another stay sometime in the future!

Room Tip: If you are sensitive to noise, request a room on the 2nd floor as the floors are thin and you hear e...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We booked via Vacation Candy and had an excellent experience. The entire booking process was easy and the rental was amazing. The property was beautiful and so convenient. we stayed in the 2 bedroom condo and the view was just incredible. Would do it all again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

This is resort vacationing on an institutional scale -- Marriott style. We wanted to slip over to the desert for a quick weekend trip -- one night only -- and would have preferred something smaller and more intimate, But it was the tennis tournament weekend in March, and town was nearly sold out. While the resort is lovely, if you like that sort of thing, I don't recommend it for an overnight stay. Check-in is at 4 p.m. (we tried to get in early, but couldn't) and check out is 10 a.m. And the villa where we stayed was about a two-mile drive from where we checked in. For a week of golf or lounging by the pool, the Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II would be dandy. For a weekend getaway, skip the hassle and find something in the small, old mid-century Palm Springs tradition.

Room Tip: Go for the one-bedroom. The "studio" would be cramped and unpleasant for more than a nigh...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

The is a reason that this property is the resort of the year. The villas have been refurbished and are truly beautiful. The staff is wonderful and respond quickly to your every need. The location is perfect. The views are spectacular from the balcony of the second floor units. The only negative is problems with the wi fi connection in the units. It tends to go in and out. I look forward to coming back next year

Room Tip: second floor not on the main road
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Just stayed in the Desert Springs Villas with 4 friends and we were so very pleased with the spaciousness and appointments in the 2 bedroom condo. The view of the golf course and mountains was spectacular
The property was very convenient to the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, the primary reason for our visit, but was also close to shopping, great hiking & restaurants.
The service was very good - it was not problem for us to arrange a late checkout so we could fit in both tennis and a shower on the day of our departure.

Room Tip: Ask for a golf/mountain view
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Desert Springs Villas II is a good place to unwind in the winter sun. The layout is compact and swimming pools and rec center are within easy reach and the facilities are right up there with any of Marriott's resorts. Plus, the JW Marriott is an easy walk for a sunset cocktail. The property also has two golf courses, an exercise room and the rec center shows free movies every day (to be fair, the presentation isn't theater-quality). The biggest beef? Sidewalks are in short supply and you spend a lot of time walking in the street.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 5 nights w wife and. 3 kids in a 2 bedroom villa. Super nice and everything seemed new. Beds were very comfortable. House keeping did a great job. Nice pool area plus an easy 10 min walk over to the JW's big pool complex which is complimentary for Villa guests.

Would definitely recommend this place - especially if you have Marriott points.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II
Address: 1091 Pinehurst Lane, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-1636
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > 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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Palm Desert
#3 Family Hotel in Palm Desert
#5 Romantic Hotel in Palm Desert
#6 Business Hotel in Palm Desert
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II 3.5*
Number of rooms: 402
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