When we read constant and consistent glowing reviews of a hotel in Trip Advisor, we always wonder if the hotel would actually live up to the reviews “in real life”. In the case of the Desert Riviera, the answer would be absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt and with no reservations or qualifications, yes!
Having spent 10 days or so on a fairly active and hectic trip around California, we were looking to slow the pace down and relax a bit. The Desert Riveria proved to be just the place. After a long but interesting 10 hour drive, we arrived at the hotel to a very warm welcome. Judy greeted us with a complimentary refreshment and completed the minimum of formalities with the minimum of fuss, despite a very late amendment to our booking. And that set the tone for our entire stay – nothing was ever too much trouble for Judy (or Patty, or Larry).
We were in room 2, tucked in the corner beside reception. Prettily decorated with modern funrishings. A king bed, table (with a complimentary basket of goodies), chairs and a dresser provided the furniture, with a flat panel TV/DVD on the wall completing the main area. The seperate bathroom housed a shower, toilet, sink and vanity counter. In a small alcove there was a clothes rail and a fridge / freezer and microwave. It’s handy to have the fridge as no food is served at the hotel - this was only really of concern to us at breakfast time, but if you stock your fridge then that’s taken care of.
The 10 room, single story hotel building is set around 3 sides of the pool so you’re never very far from your door, whichever room you’re in.
Arranged around the pool and beautiful, well maintained gardens are plenty of sunbeds (laid with fresh towels daily), sun shades, chairs and tables. Extra pool towels are also freely available (and sun lotion!). The spa / hot tub / jacuzzi is set back from the pool, in a sort of semi private area. There is also a fire pit to sit round at night. Although the hotel is close to the main road, the hedging, fountain and background music do a very effective job of masking any road noise at the pool. The pool, hot tub and fire pit are open 24 hrs to guests – all they ask is that you be considerate to the other guests if you enjoy a moonlight swim. We did and we were!!
We spent two days just lazing around the pool and Judy, Patty and / or Larry were always on hand when we needed them and completely unobtrusive when we didn’t. It’s often said in reviews, but this family owned and run hotel does go all out to make their guests feel like part of that family.
Reception is open early to late, also providing a concierge service. Take advantage of Judy’s excellent local knowledge for dining and excursion options. Complimentary Coffee, fresh fruit, cool water and newspapers are all available in the reception or side room.
Although the Desert Riviera isn’t as close to Downtown as some other hotels, it’s still only a 10 minute / $10 maximum cab ride away and being in the centre of things isn’t the point of this hotel anyway!
Does this hotel deserve it’s number 1 rating here on Trip Advisor? Yes, absolutely.
Would we go back? Well, it wouldn’t so much be a case of “if we’re ever back in Palm Springs we’ll stay at the Desert Riviera” as “if we’re back in Southern California we’ll go back to Palm Springs so we can stay at the Desert Riviera again”. The hotel has become a destination in its own right for us.
On our travels we’ve stayed in everything from “barely big enough for a bed” hostel rooms to five star luxury hotels and the Desert Riviera is right up there with the best of them!
- 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