Overall, the Caliente Tropics Resort is a great place to stay due to its excellent service and beautiful pool and lanai areas, two assets that distinguish it from other similarly-priced spots in Palm Springs. Though the room where I stayed was a little rough around the edges in spots, such spots weren’t important since the room was clean overall, quite comfortable, and had an updated granite shower and countertops.
To begin, I booked my room at the last minute, a week prior to my stay. I stayed during the week before Easter; however, Maritza was able to find me a room and give me a free upgrade to one of the Tahitian Lanai King rooms that overlooks the quiet Lanai area.
Upon checking in, Steven was friendly and thorough but concise with acclimating me to the hotel’s grounds and policies. Throughout my stay I noticed Steven performing various tasks from front desk help, to addressing housekeeping needs, to completing minor maintenance tasks.
I entered Room 222 and was pleased with the décor, even considering a couple of chipped spots from the room’s furniture and sizeable torn spot of wallpaper above the provided iron and ironing board. Like I said, though, in the grand scheme, these were minor cosmetic issues that the new black granite shower and countertops overshadowed and some touchups would amend. The giant bed was comfortable as well as the chair in the room from which I watched an NCAA Basketball Tournament game. As I relaxed in the room, I noticed myself thinking on a few occasions about the ample space within. If you’re traveling with a family or desire some additional room space, this one’s for you as the room has ample space, various spots to store multiple suitcases, plenty of countertop space, and a desk area. Pay the extra 10% or so for the upgrade. However, I do recommend asking for a room other than Room 222 since it’s at the top of a stairwell. I noticed that out-of-shape hotel guests visiting Palm slammed their feet as they ascended the stairs, which makes a banging noise and was annoying; however, this is no fault of the hotel.
In the evening, Trey provided me with a recommendation for a frozen yogurt place that I ended up checking out. He was courteous, and we joked a bit about its lack of cookie dough. Later in the evening I saw Steven helping out another guest who was in need of some considerable assistance. Like I said, the service here is friendly and genuine.
The hotel’s most significant asset is its lanai and pool areas. Non-aggressive dogs are permitted at the hotel, and they rested in the lanai area by their owners. Overall, the lanai area has a more chill vibe, and guests will find ample lounge chairs and little huts in which they can take a break from the sun. Shuffleboard courts are nearby, which many guests enjoyed during the course of my stay.
The pool area was my favorite, hands down. There, I spent all day Thursday relaxing, reading, listening to my iPod, and people watching. The pool had a mix of nearly everyone: An elderly couple with their granddaughter, young families with kids, older families with teens, some college students, couples of various ages, a group of thirtysomething friends, single travelers, and English, Spanish, and French speakers. At one point nearly everyone at the pool deck provided a drum roll on their thighs for two guys from the thirtysomething group who executed goofy jumps into the deep end of the pool. The energy at the pool naturally ebbed and flowed as the day progressed: It’s not a stuffy, adults-only spot, nor is it a complete Marco Polo-playing children’s fun house; the pool environment lands somewhere in between. I lay under the many palm trees, among the many poolside flowers, and beneath the beautiful mountains, which added to the enjoyment I experienced at Caliente Tropics. Also, both the Jacuzzi and pool have a handicap chair a person with a physical disability can use to take advantage of these amenities; I don’t know if this is California state law, but having such equipment is, at the least, what’s just, right, and respectable. This hotel seems to have a wide target audience, and I hope it stays that way because it’s a fun and enjoyable place to stay.
I also must mention how clean the grounds are. The grounds staff kept everything tidy and well-manicured. Nice work! Similarly, the housekeeping staff ensured that my room was serviced quickly and thoroughly. Thank you!
Room Tips: The best rooms are those in the Tahitian Lanai Building: 221, 223-228, and 230 because they’re not at the top of the stairwells. In the two other buildings, Eastern Island and Wallis Island, I’d recommend requesting a room on the second floor but avoiding those ending in *20 as they are located by the dumpster. Also, those from *10-*19 and *31-*42 are the farthest from the road, which will reduce road noise.
Overall, I recommend this place to future guests based on its service, lanai and pool areas, and price. If I ever end up in Palm again, I’ll be sure to stay at the Caliente Tropics.
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- Also Known As:
- Caliente Tropics Hotel Palm Springs
- Caliente Tropics Palm Springs