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Desert Vacation Villas
Ranked #50 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
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St. Louis
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11 reviews
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“Perfect location and accomodations”
Reviewed November 7, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our week stay at Desert Vacation Villas. It was perfectly located on the north side of the main Palm Springs thoroughfare and within walking distance to everything you needed including public transportation. I loved the fact that bicycles were available to guests. The lodging was clean, modern, and full of light. I would definitely recommend staying here. Comfy beds, flat screen TV's, great views, great location. Don't miss the Thursday evening Palm Springs Village fest and the Tram nearby. The staff were attentive and friendly.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We spent a week at the Desert Vacation Villas for our first trip to Palm Springs. Through the Armed Forces Vacation Club we got a 2b/b apartment for $367.00, all in. Our space was great - big for just two people but fully equipt with everything, especially the kitchen. There is a nice pool but we were so busy exploring the area we never used it. The staff is more than pleasant and helpful - can't say anything bad about the place.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

Nice place to stay for a large group wanting to be together in one area. Very clean. Having a full kitchen was nice. Amenities are limited to pool, spa and wifi, but still ok for the price. Most of the staff were wonderful. Did have one lady get snarky with us when the air condition shut off on a 102 degree day, but no worries, was fixed in 15 minutes - the breaker switch shut off.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Laguna Niguel, California
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

My family just returned home from a 4 night getaway trip to Palm Springs. When we first drove up to the Desert Vacation Villas it reminded us of an old and small apartment complex. Our opinion didn't change much once inside the unit, it was dated. The only real amenity is a nice but small pool. They have some cute mid-century type metal umbrellas in the pool area that give it a kind of cool vibe. But nothing else to the property. They are currently relandscaping the entire grounds so all we saw were dirt mounds and a few treees. It really looks like they are trying to make this a nicer facility but it is still under transformation. On the upside, the unit was clean and quiet and the beds were comfortable. We also found the kitchen well supplied and clean. Our unit did have a slight ant problem and when we told the front office they kindly waived our cleaning fee- it seems they spray for ants 2 times a week - so they are trying. The Villas are within walking distance to the Rivera and we enjoyed a a great dinner there with the kids.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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New Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed January 1, 2011

It's a home away from home. I stayed in a remodeled unit on the ground floor (updated kitchens and bathrooms). Their are only two floors to the entire resort; it's just like owning a condo in the desert. There is nothing touristy about the villas. Directly up the street is Dowtown Palm Springs. It is within walking distance from the resort. (albeit a little hike) Some of the most beautiful real estate in Palm Springs is down the street from the villas. The famous Kauffmann House where Barry Manilow lived is a few houses away. Other fabulous and celebrity homes are around the corner. It's down the street from the Tram. Again I say, Location, Location, Location. Desert Vacation Villas is a timeshare property. Try renting from an owner and you'll find the rates are even lower.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

I stayed at the Villas with a group of girls for a long weekend. The condo was large enough for our group to have space to relax and not feel too crowded. People have said that the decor is dated and needs replacing. Everything in our unit was fine and in good working condition, maybe just a little worn in places. The shower in the main bathroom was very cramped, but still usable. The beds in the second bedroom were not the most comfortable, but for a few nights it wasn't too bad.

We spent a lot of time in the pool area and had no trouble finding lounge chairs or tables. Staff were very helpful with any questions we had.

There is a mini mart just 1/2 a block down the street that carries most of the basics that you might need. There are a few places to eat within a few blocks of the hotel, but we didn't check any of them out. The Villas are not close walking distance to downtown Palm Springs, but it is just a short drive. If you like Asian food, you need to check out Wang's. For good sangria, try Azul. For excellent pizza, go to Bill's Pizza - their BBQ Chicken pizza was amazing.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed February 25, 2010

We stayed here for 6 nights in February, with our parents (around age 70). Nice and comfortable 2 bedroom, 2 bath accommodations, although furniture and decor is dated. Pool area is very nice as well. The resort is small (36 units), so does not have as many amenities as a larger resort, but this made it easier to get around - all of the units were very close to the quaint pool area. The resort is on the edge of a lovely residential area, and is close to downtown. Try Rick's Desert Grill, only half a block away, for excellent American-Cuban food.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Desert Vacation Villas
Address: 250 W Vista Chino, Palm Springs, CA 92262-2930
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Desert Vacation Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All the comforts of home in a resort setting! All condominiums are two-bedroom, two bath, full kitchen with a Queen sleeper sofa in the living room. All master bedrooms have a King bed and private bathroom. Guests bedrooms have either a Queen or two twin beds. Free wi-fi, welcome coffee basket, welcome bath amentities, and a large paperback lending library add to the fun. Two large outdoor bar-b-q's sit next to the pool and the outdoor whirlpool. Free bicycles for exploring the historic Las Palmas neighborhood and the homes of the movie stars. Only minutes from downtown Palm Springs, the casino, world-reknown restaurants, shopping, the unforgettable mountain Tram, the Air Museum and Art Museum, and Thursday Nite VillageFest where the streets are closed off for miles of food, music and fun. Be the star of your next vacation! ... more   less 
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