When I decided to return to Palm Springs with my husband and daughter after a 40 year absence, I searched Trip Advisor to find an “old school” boutique hotel that would be reminiscent of my winters in PS as a child in the 60’s. I got exactly what I was looking for and then some from the Hotel California. Far from the sterility, cookie cutter rooms and forced glam of chain hotels that I wanted to avoid, our stay was like a throw back in time. Lucy, Larry, Patty, Judy and Steve were all amazing, kind and welcoming and just as stated in the previous reviews. It is obvious that the Hotel is a personal labor of love – no indifferent employees here.
Indeed, everything after you walk in the door was complimentary even including some stamps! We enjoyed the kitchen and beautiful grill to cook our meals and dine by candlelight by the fire pit. We really appreciated all the condiments and extra amenities (too numerous to mention!) that were provided. The complimentary use of the cruiser bikes and the free limo (yes a stretch) ride to the Thursday street fair were also highlights.
It might be noted that the Hotel California is a work in progress. The family just took over the property in February and there are some maintenance issues that were a little rough around the edges but I have no doubt they will be smoothed out soon in Larry’s capable hands. We also toured the top rated sister property, the Desert Riviera down the street, and agreed that although it was very nice, we personally preferred the privacy and ambiance of the Hotel California.
Although it is located on a very noisy street as has been noted before, the high walls, fountains, beautiful patios and gorgeous view of the mountains seem to sweep you far away from the action. I would liken it to European hotels where you can be very near the street but feel completely removed once inside the gate.
I can highly recommend this Hotel for those who are seeking a small, retro, intimate boutique experience. We have already reserved our same room for the same time next year. I have no doubt that with Lucy at the helm as general manager the Hotel California will soon be fully booked many months in advance and zooming up the ratings ladder on Trip Advisor, challenging the sister property the Desert Riviera for the top spot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lush romantic grounds with surrounding Old California Spanish charm. Newly renovated with attention to every detail. Join us in the SUN! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- California Hotel Palm Springs
- California Palm Springs