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“Mediterranean gem in the desert!”
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Hotel California
Ranked #2 of 73 Hotels in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
1 review
“Mediterranean gem in the desert!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

This place is such a lovely, cozy hotel in the desert. The family owned and run hotel has thee best customer service. The attention to their guests is beyond fantasitc. You are always greeted by name, and offered a drink. Lucy is the bomb dot com. Seriously, her and her family are so helpful and always personable. The hotel is a 14 room hotel with a beautiful pool and hot tub that are separated. The hotel also offers a community kitchen (no oven), and barbecues for guests to use. It's stocked with spices, condiments and most things you would need to cook. So nice! Eating out every meal can get really expensive, so it is really nice to grill something and not have to leave the hotel. The hotel also offers limo service to the downtown Palm Springs area. It's offered in peak season, which is October through late May. If it's really hot, they do not run the limo sense they would have to leave to car running with the air conditioning on all day to get it cool enough. Seriously, do yourself a favor and stay here. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Silicon Valley, CA
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Our weekend stay at Hotel California was met with an unexpected level of friendliness and hospitality. The family owned and operated hotel offers many touches that the larger chains omit. The little things are thought out, like complimentary in-room snacks and beverages, a DVD library, BBQs and a large communal kitchen for cooking and preparing your own meals, cruiser bicycles with baskets and locks for running in-town errands, and even sun block to battle the strong UV rays. The personalized touch extended to providing a surprise bottle of champagne upon our arrival, because they knew we were celebrating our anniversary. When they found out we don't drink alcohol, they kindly swapped the champagne for martineli's. Overall, we had a great experience and would highly recommend staying at Hotel California.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed at Hotel California for three nights as part of a western USA tour recently and the hotel more than lived up to our high expectations. Service was excellent, ambiance totally relaxed and relaxing. We had a seating area all to ourselves on the first floor patio and enjoyed breakfasting in the shade. Guest kitchen was so useful - we didn't fancy going out to eat one evening and used the facilities on offer to barbecue/prepare dinner. After dark, the pool area looks just magical. Staff looked after all our needs wonderfully.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We had read the reviews on tripadvisor before making the reservation, but we still hadn't fully expected the wonderful stay there. We were greeted by friendly staff, including offers of a cold, refreshing drink, and we were given a tour of the facility and all amenities available to us including free phone calls internationally!


Because of our party size, we had two rooms next to each other. Each was equipped with sufficient towels, bathroom products,a small basket of snacks and a few cold drinks in the refrigerator.


Our family had great fun in the pool and whirlpool. The location allowed us to take four mile walks roundtrip in the area. They called the air tram to find out if it was open to save is the trouble.


Overall, we lived out stay and would look here first when we return for another vacation.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

This is a special place!
We were met by Lucy with the offer of a complimentary glass of wine or ice cold beer, toured around the lovely grounds and facilities and were greeted by the other guests enjoying the afternoon sun in the pool or enjoying the poolside misters.
Our rooms were spacious and nicely decorated, with many personal touches that made us feel totally at home.
Hotel California has put a lot of thought into the guest experience. Most of the guests we spoke to had been here before!
Sadly we were not able to stay longer.
We'll be back.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Very friendly staff, spacious rooms. Lots of amenities in addition to the one provided in the room (Fully equiped kitchen, BBQ-Grill,..).
Hotel is very nice, quiet and cosy with a very nice garden. It was probably the best of our 21 days trip in California.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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los angeles, ca
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Take a trip back to a time before electronic room keys that never work, hallways full of housekeeping carts, annoying wrong numbers... To a place where you are greeted by the owners. You are offered FREE beverages and snacks upon arrival. Where there is a full community kitchen and scenic grounds. Where the guests are friendly and polite. Where there are no drunk bachelorette parties or loud music. Where you can enjoy the pool and hot tub 24 hours - quietly. Where you can totally relax. The rooms are good sized, the beds are fine,the sheets are soft, the floors are clean. The location is central, but quiet- no traffic noise. Free parking. No add on charges.
Next time I will be back for a week - off season.
I really didn't believe places like Hotel California still existed. They do.
Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Hotel California
Address: 424 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264-8806
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Palm Springs
#3 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
#3 Best Value Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
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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