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“Desert Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Desert Hills

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Desert Hills
Ranked #51 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews
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“Desert Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

My husband and I were looking for a place with a pool and quiet. Well, were we pleasantly surprised. Owner Jim was super nice and our room 10 steps (yes I counted) from the pool. The place is a no kids - no pets place (I'm a fan) and right up against the mountains. The pool never closes (we were in it all the time) and did I say it was relaxingly quiet cause it was. Pool area has comfy floaty mats & noodles for major pool lounging. Much older folks staying here but all was good. This place is located about 5 blocks from the main Palm Canyon Rd. You have the use of their complimentary cruiser bikes to ride into town for whatever. Our room (Standard Studio Suite) had a kitchen with an eating area, a major cozy bed with a living room area too. This is our little oasis in the desert & we will be visiting again.........soon.

  • Stayed August 2011
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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waterseekr
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2011

Desert Hills has a perfect location nestled up against the mountains with very nice views. A retro style one story hotel with all rooms facing the pool. I went to Palm Springs with my 3 girlfriends who are all over 35. I think we were still too young for this place because we were asked to "keep it down" by the manager during our game of spoons at 3 IN THE AFTERNOON. Really? We were not cussing or talking trash, just laughing and enjoying our card game. The other hotel guests were fine with us and told us to have a good time! So our new friends from Pasadena, Claremont, Washington, and Seal Beach joined us in the pool where everyone got loud!!!!

I would still recommend this hotel for the nice clean rooms, the great pool area, and the location (5 minute stroll to main strip). Just make sure you are prepared to be quiet. Do not come here to laugh and have too good of a time!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2011

Warm sun, deep blue skies, swaying palms, humming birds, cool pool, fabulous accommodation, great service - the perfect recipe for a relaxing break! We have travelled extensively all over the world and were really impressed with this lovely little hotel. It's in a great setting, at the foot of the mountains but within walking distance of Palm Springs town centre (you can even borrow a hotel bike). The property is tastefully furnished and maintained to extremely high standards. The general 'vibe' is relaxed and low-key - no poseurs or party animals in sight! We originally booked to stay for 4 nights but loved it so much we stayed for 6. As an added bonus, we were upgraded to a gorgeous, spacious, two-bed suite. Many thanks to Manager, Jim, for making our stay so enjoyable. We will be back soon :)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Kent England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2011

We chose the Desert Hills because of its location and it was ideal. Very quiet but only a short walk to downtown palm springs. Its in a beautiful setting by the mountains in a nice residential area near the tennis club.
The room we had was very large with a lounge area and kitchen, the bed was so comfortable - with that and the quietness we had some of the best sleep that we had during our 16 day tour of the West.
The gardens and pool area are very pretty and well kept, unfortunately you do loose the sun by about 3.30pm because you are so close to the mountains.
Also I agree with another tripadvisor who wrote that it would be helpful to know where the supermarkets are. We found one supermarket but it did not sell any fresh fruit/veg/meat etc..? A shame as there is two lovely grills by the pool to use.

Also when we were there the street lighting all the way down the road was not on- not sure why that was but did make it a bit difficult walking at nightime - might be a good idea to take a small torch with you.

Overall what was meant to be a 2 night stay ended up being a very relaxing 4 night stay !

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Desert Hills over New Years Weekend! After having gone to Palm Springs MANY TIMES over the years, this is absolutely one of our Top Hotels! This hotel is extremely clean, modern retro and close to everything we love! While this was our first stay here I can assure you that it definitely will not be our last! BRAVO DESERT HILLS!!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank tomandpaul
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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2010

My husband and I spent three nights here to celebrate our anniversary. The Desert Hills is within walking distance of downtown, offers free parking and has a peaceful, laidback vibe.

We stayed in room 15, a studio with a spacious bathroom, comfortable king bed, small living room, kitchenette and private patio. We slept well and enjoyed being able to eat breakfast at the cozy dining nook or patio before starting our day. The housekeeping service was great and changed our bath and pool towels daily.

The pool and jacuzzi are inviting, and the other guests were mostly quiet couples. Because the property is located against the gorgeous hills, the pool area is covered in shade by 3 p.m., so it's not a good spot for sunbathing late in the day.

A couple areas for improvement: the speakers by the pool are set to a radio station with frequent commercials. it would be nice to hear some cool jazz or Rat Pack tunes while soaking up the Palm Springs sun.

The dishes, glasses and flatware in the kitchen were cheap and could use an upgrade. Lastly, the owner insisted on charging our credit card upon our arrival, instead of at checkout. We found this odd and rather off-putting.

Overall, we enjoyed our visit and would consider staying here again.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank LadyElaine24
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Willow Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2010

I traveled with my husband to a conference. The quiet and relaxed atmosphere at the Desert Hills, was wonderful, after spending the day at a conference in the Renaissance Hotel conference center, that was full of hustle and bustle. The hotel was at the base of the San Jacinto mtn, and night time at the pool or in the hot tub was a great way to end a day, looking at the night sky, and letting the mtn speak to you. If you want action, this is not the place for you, but if you want to be restored, you can't go wrong here. I was able to use one of their cruiser bikes, complete with lock and offer of helmet, to ride to the conference every day, freeing up the car for my husband to explore the great hiking this area has to offer. Nightly, rather than go out and wait for dinner, we used the gas grills located poolside, to grill up steak or salmon, and pair with a simple salad and fresh bread for a most wonderful dinner. This place is top of the line, and the host, Jim Baker, was most helpful, loaning a hiking book to my husband. Our room was spacious and had a fully equiped small yet quite functional kitchen. I can't say enough about Desert Hill Hotel. I definitely loved it.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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Thank JELLENSKI
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Property: Desert Hills
Address: 601 W Arenas Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262-6313
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Desert Hills, tucked up against the rugged San Jacinto Mountains is one of Palm Springs classic boutique hotels. Built in 1956, Desert Hills is situated in the historic district a few blocks from the shops, galleries and restaurants in the heart of Tennis Club District of old Palm Springs. The "quiet luxury" of Desert Hills retains the essence of classic old Palm Springs with rooms and suites reminiscent of the 1950's mid-century modern design. ... more   less 

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