More about Palm Canyon Resort And Spa
R & R in Palm Springs
Read reviews on Trip Adviser and you will fear the worst about this place but we need not have worried. A fab stay. We took a two room suite, there are smaller and larger, plenty of space, separate fully equipped kitchen. Good size bathroom with sink, another separate sink area for my make up, two TVs, balcony.
Pool was the main reason for picking this place and it was very good although expect it busy during the middle of the day.
Snacks available at pool side bar from 8am to 10 pm, incl breakfast sandwiches and pancakes, salads, fries, burgers. Anything more you have to travel out.
A car is essential here as it's on the edge of the city.
Downsides - the only thing was the pool got busy which stops it getting 5 stars. It was great at 9am and plenty warm enough.
Staff were very helpful and pleasant for us. There are a number of activities organised each week, sports tournaments indoors, adult swim early morning, movie nights evening.
If you get an option, do not choose a pool side room as this would be more noisy, roadside view is quieter and the road not busy.
We Loved It
My wife, 17 year-old son and I spent a week at Palm Canyon Resort & Spa from June 2nd - June 9th. We exchanged a week from our home resort - Rancho Banderas north of Puerta Vallarta.
We loved it. It was hot (105) most every day, but we stayed near the pool most of the time when we weren't out sight seeing, shopping or playing golf.
Service was excellent. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The concierge got me some cheap green fees ($35 each, cart included) at the public course right across the street (Indian Canyons), which was beautiful and first class. Played there twice and the heat never bothered us (get an early tee time).
The pool at the resort is huge, and has a great water slide. Pool side bar with drink specials and good food. High speed wireless internet service was available, so I could keep up with email from work early in the morning while wife and son were still sleeping. Decent work out room and half basketball court.
Lots of things to do in and around Palm Springs. We took the tram 10,000 feet up to San Jacinto State Park for a hike. The temp was 40 degress lower up there. Some cool restaurants downtown where you can eat outdoors in the evening without getting hot due to the misters. Every Thursday night there is a street festival downtown.
When it all was over we didn't want to go home. Could have stayed there another week and not have gotten bored.
Better than Reviews
We enjoyed our stay at the Palm Canyon Resort with our 2 young children, ages 3 & 5. Based on reviews, I had set my expectations very low. However, the room was clean and large (2 bed / 2 bath through Interval). Nothing spectacular, but very nice and functional. Beds were very comfy too. We own at the Westin where we would expect granite & marble. Pool, with slides & bar, was great for kids & adults. Although the pool was used by many people, we did not think it was over-crowded. In fact, on the weekends the staff opened only 1 entrance / exit to the pool to make sure the attendees were staying at the resort.
Nice getaway for the weekend
We stayed at the Palm Canyon resort for the weekend consisting of 4 adults and a toddler. The weather in November was wonderful. The resort is older, but seemed to have been remodeled and clean. It didn't seem terribly busy, but the resort was sold out. The resort is not too far from downtown palm springs, but you'll need a car. There are restaurants, shopping, and gambling within a couple of miles of this resort.
We stayed in a 3 bedroom (2 BR 1 BA + 1 BR 1 BA) which gave us 2 bathrooms. It worked out great! The grandparents had their own room and they basically visited through the side door into our 2 BR villa. The layout was great and really accomodated all of us, including our little toddler who loves to run all over the place. Tons of space for him to roam! Both bedrooms had DVD/VCR machine in them.
We used the room service for breakfast which worked wonderfully. Tons of food at good prices (call early). We ordered dinner too (thai salad and pizza were good), delivery was quick & friendly. This really worked out as to my son doesn't like to sit long in restaurants. We also used the concierge (Kevin?) for other restaurants in the area and we turned out loving the restaurants (Cedar Inn?).
Maintenance and housekeeping responded to our needs within minutes of calling and the front desk called to make sure our needs were met! That was nice. The pool was busy, but there was always a place to sit. The pool seemed clean and the slides were busy with kids.
Check in/out was a breeze.
There were only a few things that we noticed, but it didn't really bother us:
1. If you drive an SUV (which we do), do NOT attempt to use the underground parking. It only can fit anything under 6 feet. We saw a Land Rover hit the bar! Ouch!
2. Our A/C sounded like a washing machine at times. I was just happy it worked and we only stayed 2 nights, so i didn't complain.
3. Our jacuzzi tub, one of the jets came off. still worked, but again. I only stayed 2 nights.
4. You can hear little footsteps upstairs. Not too bad..
I would stay at this resort again at this time (November) if I bring kid(s). I would get the layout of 3BR & 2BA if you have 4 people or more. If you are a couple, I suggest staying somewhere else unless you don't mind kids. This is more a family oriented place, which worked out great for us.
Site of First Community Church Historical Marker
This is the site of the first community church in Palm Springs Welwood Murray donated the land in 1906 and the little church stood as a landmark in the village until 1934. The existing Carnell Building designed by Harold Williams was completed in 1938, Julia Carnell owner of National Cash Register, financed both this building and the development of La Plaza.
HSPB-11. The plaque sponsored by the McCallum Desert Foundation.
196 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, Ca.
Nothing like the previous bad reviews
We arrived on November 5th as a family of 5 in a 2 bedroom in the Oasis building. Check in was a breeze and we were overwhelmed by the friendliness of the staff. The room was clean, not overly decorated or fancy, but certainly more than ample. The beds (I believe relatively new) were very comfortable, the carpet was clean, and the hallways were recently redone. My kids favorite part was the pool. The waterslides can entertain them for hours, and the pool was anything but crowded (quiet time of the year).
We horseback rode (1 mile from resort), went on the tram (10 minute drive) and had some delicious food (Recommendations : More Than A Mouthful Cafe, Blue Cayote, Wasabi, and Fisherman's Bar and Grill.)
As a Marriott owner, it is fair to say it is not a five star resort. The underground parking is horrible (try to get a spot outside!!!!!), and 1 bathroom for a 2 bedroom becomes a little tricky.
All in all, ignore the older reviews and come in with an open mind. Not 5 stars, but certainly a decent place to spend the week.
A little run down
We have stayed at this resort a number of times over the last 5 years and have noticed that the resort has deteriorated each year (carpets and kitchen cabinets look old and tired). This however does not take away from having a very enjoyable vacation. The resort is close (within easy driving distance) to downtown PS and shopping areas. I'll definately be going back. (stay away during late June thru August if 100F/38C and above temps scare you.)
Pleasantly pleased. Very friendly. Rooms OK.
We stayed here the last week in June 2006. It was about 110 degrees. We checked into our studio room very promtly. The front desk gentlemen was very nice. We headed into our room and we were pleased. I was a little nervous after some of the negative reveiews, but we got such a good deal, we just had to try it. The room was nice with a kichenette.
My only real complaint was the noise in the hallways. The doors have gaps at the bottom and jiggle every time someone slams a door. EVERYTIME someone speaks in the hallway you can hear there entire conversation.
We thought the amenties were great and didn't have any complaints.
Close to downtown and anything else you need.
One remark we should make is that if you have an SUV please do not use the underground parking. During our stay our A/C was wiped out because an SUV thought they could fit in the underground parking.............they were wrong.
Good but needs a few changes
Check in was a breeze and we were given a 1 br on the 3rd. floor in the Oasis bldg. overlooking the pool. The view was fantastic. The room was of good size, but would have felt a bit cramped if there would have been more than 2 of us in the room. It was clean and well served it's purpose.
The pool was AMAZING! A bit chilly (78), but once the sun really got to scorching in the afternoon, it felt great. The whirlpools were nice and the bar (Splash) served great drinks (a bit too expensive), but their food was really good and resonably priced. There were lots of lounge chairs all around the pool, but the umbrellas were a coveted item early on in the day! Arrive early and claim your spot if you really want one!
Our suggestions were the following: Service for 8 would be better for the plates/silverware so we were not washing dishs after every meal. A new mattress was needed in our room, as were new pillows. Covered bowls are needed for storage and a full size coffee pot would have been nice.
There's a large supermarket about 5 minutes from the resort, which was perfect for our needs.
Bring yourself an air mattress for the pool. We didn't know we could use them, and had to go out and purchase one. It was great!
We'd go back, but using the Interval system of scoring - I would not rate this hotel as a 5, but rather a 4.
We ate at Hibachi Steakhouse and it was great. Tai Smile was good. Went to the Thurs. night street fair but we were a bit disappointed. Forget about Pioneer town - it's closed right now. Idywille was a nice drive (unless you get car sick!).
Enjoy your time.
Decent resort at a decent price
We arrived at the hotel on Saturday, September 30. We booked at the last minute (day before) and as a result had to stay in a studio . Our studio was in the Palm building and was tiny! It had a little kitchenette and a table for 2. The couch and the bed were RIGHT next to each other, with a night stand wedged between the 2. We had a minifridge which was surprisingly able to hold a lot. The bathroom was a good size. It was large enough for a double sink. Rooms are equipped with a dvd/vcr combo. Unfortunately, I was unaware of that. Our floor had laundry facilities. The bed was comfy, but the pillows were so hard! I noticed a few random ants on the floor and a stream of them between the carpet and the wall, but they never bothered us until the next morning. My daughter had dropped a couple cookies on the floor and the ants came out with a vengence. Thank goodness this happened right before check out.
The pool is nice and geat for kids. It has a kiddie side that goes to 3 1/2 feet. They also have an adult slide and kiddie slide. There are also 2 spas. One was in a "cave" which was cool. The ground gets super slippery. I saw people who were walking, not running, slip. The pool bar had good drinks, but were a little priceier than they should have been. The bartenders weren't very friendly, the waitresses seemed nicer. The bar food, at least the appetizers, were okay. They too seemed overpriced.
Overall, I did enjoy my time at the resort. It is definitely not a luxury resort, but if you're mainly looking to hang by the pool it's a good deal. Also the close proximity to downtown is plus.
This one is on the walkway, so look down.
cement star of Bob Hope, Palm Springs, CA
Mesquite Golf and Country Club
View of Palm Springs from Mt. San Jacinto Park
I will be staying in Indio for a few days, but am looking for Internet Cafes that may be available in Indio or the Palm Springs area, so I may post to my online classes. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thank you and have a good day.
Re: Internet Cafes
You can check out www.cybercafes.com. They have listings worldwide.
Re: Internet Cafes
Try Peabody's in Palm Springs. It's the only place I know that has an internet cafe.
There also is the Starbuck's on Hwy 111 in La Quinta that has the "Hotspot" available, but I've never used it.
Check the hotel you are staying at, it might have wireless access. Most 3-star hotels have internet access now which might be worth it for one night if it's important.