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Review of El Mirasol Villas

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El Mirasol Villas
St. Catharines, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What a Find!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Went to Palm Springs for Labor Day and stayed for 10 days, it was a first time for myself and the 2 friends that I traveled with and all 3 of us felt the same about the Inn.....What a great place to stay, everything was beyond perfect. The room was spacious, good A/C and so clean and bright. The staff was very friendly and considerate of the guests and the owners, Paul and Bruce were the best, it was a pleasure talking to them through out the stay, and they made all of us feel so comfortable and the nice thing is that they were visible everyday. The grounds, pool, in fact the whole package was beyond perfect. And just to say how much we enjoyed it, we are going back to Palm Springs again next year for Labor Day and will be making our reservations at El Mirasol again....not to rush time, but can't wait to return....Darrell

Room Tip: I was in room 24....and that whole strip from 20-24 was perfect...pool right there, plenty of chairs...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

We've stayed at El Mirasol three or four times now, last year we stayed for the whole month of September. Paul and Bruce are great hosts and make you feel welcome from the time you arrive to when you leave. As others have said in other reviews, this is not an 'action resort' of the type that you may fine in PS, but is beautifully maintained and managed. We are just about to book our next vacation in July 2014 and can't wait to get back for some well deserved R&R!!

Room Tip: Poolside room is a good bet
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
Level Contributor
29 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

This resort is different than many others: It's a well kept botanical garden in the desert. The two owners, Paul and Bruce, are constantly looking after the property. This is a place to relax and to enjoy the freedom and the nature. Skip is an excellent gardener and looks after everything. You will feel good here if you are looking for peace. It is not an "action" resort, but much more beautiful and in harmony with nature than all other resorts I have seen here. Some are pure concrete jungles. That's not why you come to Palm Springs.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank thomasbrussels
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Jacksonville, Florida
Level Contributor
52 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

this is mainly a gay men's hotel - we are a gay couple who was seeking a gay hotel but not with the cruising action other hotels have - we seek out those hotels from the 40s 50s and 60s that are still maintained and not too much renovations so we can step back in time. although this one was renovated it still had that nostalgic feeling, they took 2 old hotels and made 1 complex so you can walk between them. we got lucky that mid week in june we had the whole place to ourselves so it was like a large private villa. everything was luxurious and wonderful, thick tropical foliage, lots of shade, everything was cozy, lots of small spaces to sit and relax - 2 pools, hot tub, sitting areas, breakfast area was in another nice living room type area with french doors, the night shift attendant was a bit flat in personality - the owners who arrived in the morning were very very nice. the room was bright and sunny and reminded me more of an old aparment from the 60s. my only complaint is the carpet should be torn out and replaced with spanish tile to match the environment, it was that ugly beige carpet you see in apartments and was dirty and awful - but every thing else was great. we plan to stay in the exact same room some day. one thing i would ask the owners is to have the yard workers do their blowing after the breakfast is complete. we were eating breakfast while they were blowing dust with those leaf blowers - that was a bit annoying. i realize there are not many good chances to do this but breakfast is not one of them - lunch time would be better because most people will go out for lunch.

Room Tip: it was well worth paying extra for the upgraded rooms, the nicer rooms are around the round pool, so...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank joe c
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Overland Park, Kansas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

I love this place, the moment I drove onto the parking area I knew I picked the right place. Paul (one of the owners) met me at the entrance ( Paul and Bruce are great),after signing in he took me on a tour of the property, I could feel the pride he had for the resort as we walked through the property, so beautiful and well maintained. My room was perfet for me, a nice decor, very clean and comfortable and a private patio. The first morning I checked out the breakfast, it was above average with hard boiled eggs, cereal, baked goods, fruit and more, when I walked into the breakfast area I met several people and all were friendly ( I travel alone so it is nice to meet friendy people with a nice greeting). After going on a hike I came back and prepared for some sun, several people passed by me and said hello, some stopped and talked. What I am saying here is that the El Mirasol has a very friendy layed back theme to their resort, no head banging or wild things going on. I like the natural look (nude) but noticed a mixture of textile and nude people (I like to have the choice of being nude or not). I can tell you that all the staff at the El Mirasol are friendly, that made me feel very comfortable. If asked about a guys resort in Palm Springs I suggest th El Mirasol every time, pick this palce and you will not be disapointed. One more thing, I am middle aged so I can't speak for guys in their 20s but I did meet some of them and they were great to visit with. Did I talk a lot or what? Good luck and enjoy the most beautiful city in the USA.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Long Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

One of the best experiences for me in Palm Springs. Paul and Bruce do a wonderful job of making guests feel welcome and comfortable. I stayed in the single room next to the office and it was perfect for me (and easily would have been comfortable for a couple). From the nice little breakfast bar they provide to the beautifully landscaped pathways, it set the tone for a relaxing and stress-free environment. The other guests were also so friendly plus the support staff on site tended to all my needs and kept both the room and property well kept. All of the staff were super nice. Thanks guys for making it a great Memorial Day Weekend. I will recommend to friends.

Mark, Long Beach/CA

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank markedrington
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level Contributor
115 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

First I want to start off by saying I've never stayed at a clothing optional resort. I was a little hesitant when I booked my room because of all the unknowns. From the minute I walked onto the property I felt completely comfortable. One of the owners, Paul, greeted my partner and I upon check-in and gave us a tour of the property. The grounds were gorgeous and the property was well maintained. I have never, ever, met a nicer staff. The housekeeping staff was so friendly, the maintenance man was great and Paul was the best.

I'd like to point out there are many clothing optional places to stay in Palm Springs. Each property offers something different (we did a little research on several places during our stay.) El Mirasol offered exactly what I was looking for. The clientele was mixed. There were a few older couples (60's) a few middle aged (40-50's) and a few younger folks (20-30's). I was worried that everyone there would have rock hard bodies and look like they just stepped off the cover of GQ Magazine. This was not the case. There was every shape, size, and look at the property which made me feel part of the whole clothing optional experience. There were some folks who never took off their bathing suit but many who did.

We booked a one bedroom suite and the amount of space we had was impressive. Although the rooms are a little dated they were spotless! They key words here are, "a little dated." Ive stayed at places that were more dated and places that were more modern. What I look for in a room is whether or not it's, clean, it has a comfy bed and everything is in good working order. This room fit the bill. The price we paid for the value we received was spot on. To add to the experience, there was a great continental breakfast with plenty of options each morning.

I cannot wait to visit the resort again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dlabrake
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Additional Information about El Mirasol Villas

Property: El Mirasol Villas
Address: 525 S Warm Sands Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264-7632
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
El Mirasol Hotel Palm Springs

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