La Dolce Vita continues to be a nice place to stay. Its two pools in two distinctly different sections of the resort provide a feel of a much larger resort than what it really is. A loyal clientele has developed which provides the opportunity to occasionally run into friends you’ve met on previous visits. The owners are very friendly and regularly mingle with the guests to make them feel at home.
When I made our reservation a month in advance, I requested the room we always stay in. Upon arriving, I was given a different room. For the rest of my visit, the room I had requested was empty. It felt like my request was ignored for apparently no reason. A friend of mine said that he was told they no longer take room requests. He insisted and got the room he wanted. I don’t believe this is the proper treatment for loyal guests.
The website describes the continental breakfast as upscale. A minimal amount of pastries and no tea bags day after day made it seem lacking. The waffle maker had also been removed, so I’d describe it more as sparse. I’ve stayed at other resorts in town and the continental breakfasts provided at other places are far superior. The decline in breakfast amenities combined with an out-of-service hot tub for most of my visit, an incredibly loud toilet every time the tank filled, a front gate that is not secure, and rotted wood trim in the bathroom added up to a visit that felt somewhat disappointing in accommodations.
I met several new friends and got the relaxation I was after, but felt somewhat let down by La Dolce Vita. We toured several other properties while in town and found that many of the other resorts have completely remodeled the guest rooms and felt truly upscale. Having been at one of these resorts in previous years, they too had once felt “broken-in/worn” but have since completely rid themselves of that feel. La Dolce Vita is comfortable and can easily feel like home to you; however, you know when you’re home you tend to ignore things that need upkeep. I believe the owners are committed to the property and have taken steps such as electronic room locks to improve the guest experience. While that’s a great step, it’s now time to pay attention to the little things, such as trim that needs replaced and an improved continental breakfast. While I understand that things such as the hot tub being repaired happen in slow season, others need to understand that it’s still my vacation; and I’m going to remember that tub not working. La Dolce Vita is a good choice for a place to stay; however, I hope to see that they follow the lead of the other resorts in the area and elevate their resort to first-class status in accommodations, and not just atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, this upscale Gay men's resort integrates 20 elegant accommodations with desert landscapes, tropical gardens and majestic mountain views. Amenities include two swimming pools, two whirlpools, steam room, passes to fitness center/gym next to the property, misting system, Aveda bath products, Spa bathrobes, room safes, free Wi-Fi, computer workstation and Full Service Day Spa. The resort is centrally located to shopping, bars, restaurants, casinos, galleries, theaters, hiking trials, and the Tramway to Mount San Jacinto. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Dolce Vita Hotel Palm Springs
- La Dolce Vita Resort And Spa