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Caliente Tropics Resort
Ranked #30 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
San Diego, California, United States
1 review
“Best Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

My girlfriend and I were looking for a good place with a low budget. Taking a chance at a place this cheap was a gamble but we came out winners! As soon as we entered we were greeted by a very personable desk employee named Stephen. He was very friendly and very knowledgable about the town. He was very personable and made our weekend great by pointing us to all of Palm Springs hot spots. The pool and Jacuzzi were great! decorated with tiki lights and small cabanas. We will be back every time we visit Palm Springs!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

We stayed here during Feb. 2013 for 9 days and we were reasonably satisfied with our stay.
Good points:
- the room was clean and the staff was friendly
- lovely pool and hot tub with plenty of space to lounge
- attractive grounds
- good location for town activities

Downsides
- the phone in our room never worked even though we requested a repair on arrival
- the water was often only lukewarm when showering
- Wi-Fi was OK but a little flakey
In summary, good but lots of scope with better management
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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La Jolla, California, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

They hired a good photographer and the pictures fooled me. This is a cheap motel pretending to be a resort. Features of our room: holes in the sofa; creaky floors; dirty carpet; bath sink outside the bathroom - no privacy; no closet; noisy refrigerator; absolutely no privacy - I could hear all conversations in the neighboring room. You should be able to find a similar motel at 1/2 the price within a mile.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Hamilton, Canada
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

First, one should note that this is not a hotel, and a resort might be pushing things. So expect a motel. That said, what about the price. I paid 65$ a night through a web service.

For a motel at $65 a night this was an excellent choice. Quiet room on the second floor that had been refurbished. Two large queen beds, good linen, fluffy pillows. Nice toiletries in the room.

Swimming area is large, and very clean. Good outdoor whirlpool.

Location-- maybe a 1.5 mile jaunt to the town centre, but a nice area on its own. I liked being away from heavy duty tourist traffic.

One downside. No restaurant, although they do provide coffee in the lobby and the room.

All said, an excellent stay given my expectations and price.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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61 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Stayed at the Caliente for Modernism Week and found it a convientient location, great price, quiet, and a wonderful hot tub. When we were there the weather was pretty cool so didn't use the pool, but the hot tub was perfect for size, temperature and lightly used...which was like having our own private paradise. The rooms are clean and adiquate, but would have like to see the decor updated a bit. They have maintained their Polynesian motif, which I'm not that crazy about...but is their claim to fame so can't blame them for sticking with it. I would recommend the Caliente.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kathy S
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Boise, Idaho
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140 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

A friend and I visited Palm Springs for "Modernism Week" a celebration of the mid-century modern architecture so well represented in Palm Springs. We spent three nights at the Caliente Tropics Resort which is one of the historic hotels of the modernism era (thus it is not a new property) Our stay in the hotel was excellent. There have been obvious refurbishments (nice stone shower, granite maybe, for example) quite decent furnishings, and the very large pool, hot tub and garden are very nice. There is a newly upgraded fitness room. Some reviewers experienced noisy guests but our experience was quite the opposite - very quiet. This is a great location in Palm Springs. Close to downtown, near restaurants (we loved Manhattan in the Desert for breakfast and Thai Smile for fabulous Thai food downtown. Staff on the desk were friendly and efficient. Thanks Sadie and Maritsa. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fontana, California
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Everything very old in this Hotel, and i mean very old. They still have tube TV's, beds are old so are the bathrooms. Save your money and stay at the motel 6 next door. Will not come back unless they remodel rooms.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Caliente Tropics Resort
Address: 411 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264-2549
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Palm Springs
#7 Business Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Caliente Tropics Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 90
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