We were excited to hear we’d been upgraded, but less thrilled with the position of our room. While the hotel isn’t exactly sprawling, it’s spread out over various buildings and gardens – and our room was on the far edge of the building furthest from check in/the pool/civilization. Ordinarily, we’d like that, but, weirdly, the hotel was completely open on our side – you could wander in off the street into the grounds – and the stairs to our room were pretty much open to the road. Tempting for bad people, alarming for those of us staying alone with only pretty Macbooks containing our last three years' life for company.
The room itself was lovely – especially for what we paid. We dug the Moroccan-y decor (to go with the bathrobes, we’re sure). In a world of greige hotels we adored the blousy headboard and the striped curtains and the fan making us feel like we were somewhere exotic.
The bed was comfy, we liked the TV on the wall – barely noticeable unless you pull it out and make it so – and we loved the mirrored minibar area, which took up an entire corner of the room and even included cocktail shakers and martini glasses as well as full size bottles.
The bathroom was beautifully rustic/exotic with red, antique-looking tiles for the main and a pattern that mirrored the headboard in the middle. It’s unusual you get a bathroom with the same scheme as the bedroom, and we dug that a lot. The shower was huge and yummy. And those bathrobes made our day. There was a balcony with no real view (the back street behind the hotel) but two chairs. And there was an ashtray to smoke on the balcony.
In the bathroom: CO Bigelow FTW! Generous portions, too – 70ml bottles rather than 50ml.
The pool area was pretty lovely – plenty of seating, nooks and a hot tub. Our only issue was that the restaurant takes up one side of the pool, and if you’re remotely self conscious, the last thing you want is someone staring at your orange peel or Twilight tan over breakfast.
The gardens were extremely pretty, but other than by the pool and the small firepit, there weren’t many places to sit. To be honest, though, we had been spoiled by the vast gardens at the Parker – if we’d come here first, we would have been enchanted. In short, it all looked absolutely gorgeous – it was just compact, and when occupancy is high, we’d worry it’d feel cramped.
In-room WiFi was included in the resort fee ($23) and worked without problems. We saw people on their laptops by the pool, too, so assume it works throughout the resort.
What We Liked:
The little touches – like the swish Colony Palms coasters and the fact that there was a letter addressed to us personally on the pillow (see gallery). That made us feel very wanted, seeing as we’d paid a third of the rack rate. As did getting upgraded (which, the letter on the pillow proved, had been done before we arrived and opened our charming mouth at check in). Upgrading when there are rooms available always seems like a no-brainer – it immediately gives you love for a hotel – so we don’t understand why it doesn’t happen more often.
The location was excellent – a five minute walk from Palm Canyon Drive, and about 10 minutes from Pinocchio’s, which we shall refer to as The $3.95 Bottomless Champagne Place.
And the gardens were gorgeous. If this had been our first Palm Springs hotel, we’d have been pretty stoked.
What We Didn’t Like:
There was no valet in evidence during our stay, but it was ok because we prefer self park anyway. The bathroom doors were old and a little rickety with a slight gap on the top – if you’re not totally comfortable with your roomie, this might be the aural equivalent of a peekaboo bathroom. And we were a little uncomfy having our hotel room door accessible from the street. That was a bit motelly for our liking.
And breakfast was shoddy in the extreme. But so shoddy that we’ll save that for a whole other story.
For $66, even with the $23 resort fee, this was an absolute steal. For $199 – well, taken alone, it’s a decent price but (spoiler alert), it doesn’t compare to the Parker. But we keep getting alerts for a four star, boutique property going for the $65-70 mark on Hotwire. So if you can bag it that way, definitely go for it. It’s pretty delightful.