Sanctuary Resort & Spa
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... Palace, set back in a large alcove in the cliff opposite.
The Anasazi occupied this area, as they did the surrounding areas, from around 600 to 1300
AD when they appear, again like the surrounding peoples, to have abandoned all the sites here. They were “green” long before modern man. Having originally farmed the ...
... by Bob's grand gesture and I was told by a few of the men later that Bob had set the bar too high!
In the afternoon we went for a drive to 1000 Palm Oasis. It is a park with trails running past the San Andreas fault and has lots of palm trees. That's about all I know because dogs are not allowed in the park and we had Nibs with us. We have discovered that it is illegal to leave dogs in the car ...
... fees. The canyon was absolutely beautiful and wasn’t a difficult hike (aside from me wearing flip-flops). At one point I saw quite a drop and told the girls I was not climbing down any rocks after yesterday’s climbing session. Turns out that the “drop” actually had stairs that I just hadn’t seen yet. Beth laughed and made a comment about me having canyon-climbing PTSD.
This was also around the time that I learned about ...
... This looks like a great place to walk the dogs but wait, there is a sign at the edge of the parking lot- the symbol on it indicates that our furry friends are NOT welcome. Rats. At least the weather is very cool and they will be fine in the truck while we explore.
Entering the preserve we are impressed by the large amount of the native California Fan Palms. Also impressive is the sign indicating that we can walk opposite directions on a ...
... Preserve to Jil as a nice place to visit. Nice enough she says, that she and her hubby have visited numerous times. Sooooo, today we will travel the 18 miles to Whitewater Preserve.
Whitewater Preserve is a part of the Wildlands Conservancy. According to their literature "The Wildlands Conservancy owns and operates California's largest nonprofit nature preserve system. This preserve system includes 12 magnificent landscapes ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sanctuary Resort & Spa Desert Hot Springs
Oh My Gosh! - and not in a good way!
It was horrible! The place was "the Armpit of Palm Springs."
Inexpensive? Yes But I would never stay there again.
Even in the bathroom, there was exposed drywall, that they didn't
even make an effort to fix. Do yourself a favor..... don't stay here.
I wish I had checked with this website before booking with this "resort".
My sweetie decided to surprise me with a spa treatment for my birthday and Valentines day. I was truely pleased until we arrived.
Are they really remodeling?
I stayed at this "resort" recently. It was definitely not worth the price. They say they are under new ownership and remodeling, but I saw no evidence of that. It really was like staying at a run-down motel, not a resort. The wallpaper was dirty and peeling, the carpet was stained, the bathroom was missing a piece of the ceiling and had a huge crack in the mirror. There was no alarm clock, iron or remote control in the room. The staff was nice enough, but I only saw 3 people working there. If we wanted towels or anything, we would have to go to the front desk to get them. I was only there one night so I can not rate the housekeeping, but I did not see housekeeping staff on the premises while I was there.
Made my reservations one month in advance for $100/night at Palm Springs discount hotels for 2 nights over Memorial Day Weekend. The hotel is recently under new management... and needs work.
Every single aspect of my stay was wonderful. It is so inexpensive and wonderful. We found a wonderful place to stay! staff , restaurant, rooms and pool area is perfect
I paid Approx $450 for a Saturday and Sunday night stay during the Coachella concert weekend (April 30 ond May 1st, 2005). We paid to stay at this expensive dump because I refused to camp out in the desert. I expected luxory like the website said. It was the most gross hotel I've been to in my life. By first glance and smell you'd think they charged by the hour, if not minute. So many things wrong with this place, AC unit taped to wall, extension cords all over the room, bizarre kitchen ware, scratching sounds coming from ceiling over shower, either scalding hot or super cold shower water with no pressure either way, must I re-mention the smell? All I have to say is this place and website is extremely missleading. Never stay here. I hope I didn't catch any bedbugs.
Misleading website, skanky hotel
The website makes it look wonderful and relaxing, the reality is a run-down motel with threadbear sheets and patched up tub, cigarette butts all over the property, gum on the pool deck and less than professional staff. Very disappointing, this is a $39 room at best, certainly not a $99 room!
Motel not hotel
The website is very misleading. How was this so call resort rated .Should have been a 1 star motel. The atmosphere was ghetto like....broken tiles,broken fixtures, everything was outdated and in need of repairs.The telephone did not work.The so call air conditioning unit was barely functional . Drawers were missing,light fixtures missing bulbs.The refrigerator was plugged into a bedroom outlet thru a hole punched through then bathroom wall. One word that would best describe this place--filthy.
Our family of four have just returned from a weekend wedding held in Palm Springs, CA. Because of the astronomical high hotel prices in Palm Springs, we decided to stay in Desert Hot Springs, which was close to the wedding venue. While checking on the internet, the La Toscana website caught our eye. It was rated 3-1/2 stars out of 5 and the pictures on their virtual website was quite attractive. It advertised mineral hot springs and luxurious accommodations. When we arrived, we could not believe this was the same place as advertised on the internet. Pool was small, tile hallways leading to room were broken and holes were evident. Room amenities were horrendous. Rugs in the rooms were sticky, room telephone was not in working order, sink stopper was broken, air conditioning units - old and noisy. The overall look of the room was old and in disrepair. Room keys did not work and had to be rekeyed and still only one worked. Rollaway bed mattress ($10 extra charge) was so old and uncomfortable. Minimal staff was evident. They should have paid us to stay there!