Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel
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Woke really early as we went to be at 8pm. Watched the sunrise, so beautiful. Had hot chocolate and croissants for breakfast packed up and moved on out after doing a ewie dump of our grey and black water. Rv park was a bit in the boondocks for us so we won't stay another night there. Drove into yucca and went to Walmart to exchange our kid camping chairs we got by accident and grabbed a few other small things. Went into jc penny's and I got some ...
Woke at 5am for our huge transfer. Left with little drama the del sol in Anaheim back to LAX to drop the car, steve dropped us at the Marriott LAX for the rv pick up and dropped the car, lucky no dramas with the car, was a bargain. $135 for the whole week. Steve got back in record time in a taxi and not long after the guy came to pick us up. Took a long time to do paperwork and we had to watch a DVD on what to do, cud not concentrate.. eep! Headed out of ...
... off to see Grand Canyon, which was very cool. 1000 million years (seriously) of earth’s history in front of you. After that the Pueblo cave-homes at Mesa Verde, Arizona. Finally before relaxing a few days in Oceanside, San Diego, we drove through Monument Valley. You know, where roadrunner was shot. Oh yeah and we spent a night in Palm Springs, I almost forgot! Next stop: South America. The end is nigh. Peace ...
Today was another cool morning, but thankfully it was a sunny day and we decided to head north east on highway 62 to "Joshua Tree National Park". The drive took us through the city of “Yucca Valley” which was a large community with a lot of new commercial construction. Arriving at Joshua Tree we were greeted with a line of traffic waiting to pay the daily fee at the park entrance, because of the holiday weekend the crowds were larger than normal. We ...
... we moved on to the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The goals here were to map a mountain zebra trail over a mountain pass and assess the age of dung piles and rolling pits as a measure of frequency of trail use. This was a fun project for the students as it gave them a taste of field research. In addition, we did a small service learning project to remediate an abandoned workers camp in exchange for ...
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The room smelled of cleaning fluid and was not clean. The water in the shower was luke warm in the early morning and evening. The swimming pool is open to the public so it's like going to a public plunge. Some of the pools appeared to have a lot of dirt in the water. The price of the room was increased by 20.00 a night because of the valentine weekend. Because the pool is open to the public there was a lot of children and noise. This is not a place to go and relax. The food in the restaurant is so-so. the eggs were not cooked and the oatmeal was lumpy.
Go for the mineral pools, not the atmosphere
I have been going to the DHS Spa since about 1978, the mineral pools are very healing, but it is not a swinging place, it is mostly old folks, so don't expect to be with the beautiful people, but the mineral pools are real mineral water I think, and that is why you go there, not for the plain Jane rooms and facilities. Less pretentious than Palm Springs and mucho cheaper. Then go to Palm Springs for dinner and entertainment.
Stay out of Dodge
My wife and I had a horrific experience over the Halloween weekend. We are middle-aged, college educated, government employees, non-confrontational. Over the night someone spray painted a grossly obscene message on the side of our new convertible. We did nothing to provoke this. Hotel staff were, at least, empathetic. However, the Desert Hot Springs Police Department were absolute jerks, going so far as to threaten my wife with being pulled over should one of their officers see the obscenities on our car! My advice - stay out of DHS or, at least, drive an old car. There's a large low-life element there.
It's a nice place!
We go to DHS spa hotel every year and are always happy. It's not a 5 star hotel or anything like that, but the rooms are clean and comfortable. The servises are professional and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. We've met people from all walks of life there and everyone is very friendly. It's a good place to shed the garbage from the outside world and just loosen up. We've met people from all corners of the earth and always enjoyed ourselves. It doesn't cost too much and the food is good. We'll be going back again soon.... hope to see you there!
I have stayed at the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel twice. Most of the staff was nice. Everyone at the front desk were angels. The restaurant staff was decent, until you met the supervisors in there. They were rude to customers and never wanted to fix problems. There were a few servers that were awesome. There names were Jennifer, Cicso, Courtney and Brianna. Everone else was so caught up in their own drama. As for the hotel, the rooms were not very nice. The air was rarely on when you checked into the rooms. The ice machine was always broken which is a pain in the middle of July at 2am when the restaurant was closed. You have to go elsewhere to BUY ice. IF you HAVE to stay in Desert Hot Springs, stay at the Two Bunch Palms Hotel. A little more costly, but much more nicer!!!
My favorite place in the world!
We first started going there over 20 years ago. It is our favorite place. Interesting people to talk to in your choice of 8 different mineral pools that make your skin soft as a baby.
We go there once or twice a year. Very unpretentious. Great little cafe too, and an awesome hole in the wall Mexican place down the street that's always packed. We chill for 3 or 4 days and can never wait to get back the next time!
It's awesome! (We are in our 50's but all ages are there, great spa, great prices on the treatments. Just a great place! Really kitchy.
Best deal for our anniversary!!!!!!!
My husband and I were celebrating our first anniversary this past weekend. We wanted to go some where relaxing. We found the perfect spot. Upon our arrival we found the city kinda dumpy. But when we found the hotel it was very well kept up. The staff was very nice and helpful. We had an upstairs room with a balcony facing the pool. It had a gorgous view. You could see the mountains in the background. On friday night the bar offered kareoke. We are not singers but went down to listen. After we went into the hot tubs and pool. As the guests are allowed to go in 24 hours a day. The local people for a small fee are allowed to visit the spa but need to leave by 10pm.We found the water was very warm and with the minerals it makes you feel very soft . We ate our breakfasts at the hotel restuarant the food was very good. I also had a spa package done. The ladies were very professional and very good. The cabanas where they do the treatments are right off the pool area. But with the relaxing music that is played and the great treatments being done i was in my own little world. I really didn't hear any noise. On our last day we needed to check out of the hotel by noon but we didnt need to leave the pools until 10pm. We have decided that we will definately come back to this hotel as we didn't pay a fortune for a very relaxing weekend.
Great Place to Wear a Thong!!!
Great place to relax in the sun! The facilities are dated...but in a good way! Well maintained original structures create a nostalgic classic 50's "modern" desert resort atmosohere. The rooms are simple but clean and enclose the pool / spa area in a courtyard, Each room has a first floor patio with direct access to the pool or a second floor overlooking balcony. The service is friendly. The attitude and environment is comfortable relaxed.
The older set mix with the hip younger crowdand kids all in an eclectic kind of harmony. Great place to people watch. Or wear your skimpiest bathing suite and be seen! Women and men in thongs basque in the sun at this HOT resort!
A Fun, Inexpensive & Kitschy Place
We just spent a "girl's shopping/spa weekend" here and had a great time. Desert Hot Springs is a dumpy little town, but the hotel was pretty well kept up and the pool area very well kept up. All of the hotel staff was great. The spa treatments & theapists were awesome, but the treatment rooms were right off the pool area where every bit of noise can be heard thus distracting us from an otherwise great massage. The restaurant is nothing to look at, but the food is surprisingly good. The pool area is a great place to people watch - everything from old men with beer guts in Speedos and very large women in thong bikinis to young adults wearing barely nothing. It's also full of locals using the mineral pools during the day. Needless to say, it's a hopping place during the day, and surprisingly quiet at night. If you're expecting luxury accommodations, skip this place, but if you'd like some top rate spa thereapies, a hotel room at a great price and some good people watching entertainment, this place is worth checking out.
The Best Deal Possible and Lots of Fun, too!
Did we have a great time? Absolutely! Relaxing in hot mineral pools without having to pay an arm and a leg? Totally!!! Affordable, fun and with a weekend barbeque on top of that? What more can you ask for? Well... my wife and I also had the best massages we've ever had from some really skilled "body therapists" made us both melt our cares away. We found our room neat and clean, the staff quite friendly and helpfull, and food was not pricy and was delicious at the attached restaurant. We are not big singers but on Friday night we joined in on the kereoke (don't know how to spell it) singing our hearts out at the attached little bar. Fun? YES!!!! and with prices that simply cannot be beat as we compared with nearby Palm Springs and are we glad we went shopping as this was clearly what we wanted and the very best deal possible.