While on a southwest road trip with my girlfriend a few years ago, I scoffed at the idea of stopping in Palm Springs and staying in a little poolside place. I'm glad she didn't listen to me. What started as one night turned into three. I love this place. We were made to feel special from the moment we walked in the door, and I've seen the owners have given the same warm and welcoming greeting to everyone else who's checked in while I was in the office. An offer of a glass of wine, beer, soda when you walk in from your long road trip to get there is a little touch that goes a long way. The office is homey and welcoming. Lots of little amenities, like a constantly growing collection of great movies to watch on your in-room wide-screen TV/DVD player (when you're feeling lazy and sun-baked). Cruiser bikes, including a tandem. Outdoor grill, hot tub (yes, it's nice to have that even in the desert, especially at night). It's a good place to home-base if you're headed to Joshua Tree to hike or climb. A nice little local standby hike nearby is the Liken Trail, a little further away are some great trails to palm oases in Indian Canyons park. The place generally has a great energy, and a great group of guests seem to gravitate there, making it a nice place to socialize if you want, or keep to yourself if you don't. I admire the owners for their obvious skill in running a business, for their excellent attention to customer service. So much so that on our last visit, I asked Patty and Larry for their advice in applying some of what they do in my own new business. We live in Alaska, and knowing that we will be guaranteed to have a great experience, we take regular trips to Palm Springs to stay at the Desert Riviera. And I never new I could be a person of routine. I can't recommend this place highly enough. Say hi for us when you go.
Jeff and Janice
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amazing renovation of a beautiful vintage property, that takes you back to the old Palm Springs feel. Panoramic view of the San Jacinto mountains, impressing clean and manicured gardens. Sparkling pool and hot tub and poolside guest barbecue. Personal attention to every guest, Customer Service is #1. Come feel the vibe. (ADULTS ONLY PROPERTY) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Riviera Palm Springs
- Hotel Desert Riviera