...that is certainly without a doubt. We knew what we were getting into when we booked The Saguaro but then again, if you Google "Saguaro PS" and still don't know what you're getting into - then you can't read and you're color blind. Good news is the colors work here - maybe not so much the flower brash like wallpaper behind check in...a wee bit painful there boys.
Kids - yes, there were kids there. Lots of lovely little kids who do provide good entertainment for those of us without them. We were surprised by the number of young children dominating the place the week before Coachella Music Festival weekend one this year. Come to find out...we without children don't think about these things...it was spring break week. The families were taking advantage of crazy good grand opening rates - the same rates that pulled us in for three nights.
Here's the rundown:
Impression from the street: Lordy that is a big sign and oh my god what shade of purple is that? Both in good ways - sets the scene, for sure. Definitely has that retro PS style from the outside which leads one to the thought, "I bet the pool area behind those walls is cool" and it is.
Check-in: Very good...arrived at 1pm and room was ready. No valet parking (a good thing many times). The front desk folks were all pleasant and seemed more local versus locals trained how not to be locals. You get that feeling at a lot of the larger PS properties it seems. Overall, an excellent check in process.
Impression inside the walls: Bright (lots 'o color representing the local desert color pallate...on peyote maybe). The pool is beautiful and probably even more so when not dominated by little people in their floaties. The hotel allows pets and we noticed on two occasions folks taking their dogs out on the main grass (you know what I mean by "taking out"). I'm sure the hotel will quickly instruct guests with pets where to take them out to do their biz because it should not be anywhere inside the walls of the hotel. Overall, we enjoyed the set-up and the immediate access our first floor room with patio had to the pool and garden area.
Food and such: the new Chef Garces restaurant Tinto was good, not great but good. The tequila bar was also very good with a good taco based menu. The prices were pretty standard for PS and again the service from the locals was very good with quirks and personalities to match the environs. The main restaurant has done a great job designing the space, it's eye catching. At night, the color palate of the hotel goes very well with the obligatory fire pit when viewed from the restaurant. Probably worth noting that neither the bar or restaurant use any of the desert color scheme - quite the opposite, they are all wood and dark colors. It works and separates them from the color explosion everywhere else.
The room: We had a first floor king. The room was large and open but there were the beginning signs of wear and tear after only being open for 2.5 months when we stayed - mostly on the walls and with what appears to have been a mediocre job with the wall covering? Almost like wallpaper coming off. Please note this was not all over but only in one two x one foot section of the wall. The room seemed sparse and could have easily done with a love seat. We actually rearranged the table and two chairs and made the room feel a whole lot better. Overall, the room was perfect for a couple wanting to get in and out of their room and into the pool in less than a minute. Our test is simple...do we enjoy just hanging out in the room and we did or maybe I should say just hanging out in bed because...
Special mention on the bed: OMG COMFORTABLE....didn't check to see the maker but the bedding and the mattress made for one very comfy set up. Better than at two Four Seasons we'd been to in the weeks prior to our stay at the Saugero.
Bits and Bobs and Suggestions: The poolside drink and food service was quick and efficient...tiny little grumble about Sangria being close to $50 a pitcher when you tack a good tip....for the quick and efficient service, of course (tip often and tip big if they serve you well). The pool is fantastic with an almost 10 foot deep section. The outdoor furniture by the pool is high quality and comfortable. The sun hits the pool all day with no big shade areas during prime sun hours. The patio furniture outside the room is made for little people because any full size person wouldn't sit on it without looking a bit silly. The purple carpet in the rooms reveals a lack of a good Hoovering over a three night stay. The linens were all of high quality. Access into the hallways of the hotel needs to be controlled a bit more...too many things being used to prop open doors all day long and night. Overall, as is typical with JDV properties...they have done a good job with a large property and will hopefully make this a flagship by getting better from here on out versus just sliding by.
Checking out: easy as pie and again everyone smiled and had great attitudes.
We really enjoyed our stay and will likely stay again in one of our annual treks to Coachella. We know had we stayed here the week prior to weekend two, it would have been very different. No spring break families meaning fewer kids running about and more DJ's spinning tunes. Toss in some 100+ weather and you've got a poolside party.
Bravo Saguaro. We hope our experience makes it easier for you to decide to stay at the Saguaro as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- To know Palm Springs is to love it or the style, there's an undeniable lure to this oasis of desert modernity in the heart of Palm Springs. The Saguaro offers a sense fun and uncomplicated design, food and service. Guests enjoy our resort style amenities including our pool, 24-hours fitness room, morning yoga, touring bikes, boutique spa and two restaurants. Guestrooms & Suite - All with a patio or balcony - Flat screen HDTVs• - Large desks - iPod docking station - On-demand movies and music - Bathrobes - Coffee maker - Mini-refrigerator Services & Amenities: There are certain standards by which a visit to Palm Springs is judged, such as pool time and the scenery that goes with it, the quality of architecture and design, and perhaps most importantly, the ability to enjoy the desert landscape and air, preferably with cocktail in hand. By all accounts, the Saguaro has you more than covered. -Pet-friendly with no fee -Self parking* -WiFi* -Daily yoga* -Use of Touring Bikes -Complimentary airport and town shuttle* *Included in daily resort fee of $25.00 USD per night. Meetings & Events: Palm Springs is a destination for meetings and events more than ever, seducing planners with 350 days of sunshine a year and abundant golf, shopping and desert curiosities. The Saguaro features several flexible event space options and is ready to host your event, whether it's hosted in our one of our two ballrooms, garden courtyard, in a private dining room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Palm Springs
- Palm Springs Holiday Inn