More about Palm Springs Rendezvous
Loved it - Kitchy Relaxation
My Mom and I stayed here for only one night because we were going to the outlets for a day of shopping, but it was such a cute and tranquil place, we know that we'll be back for a longer visit! From the outside, it doesn't look like much, but the rooms and pool area are decorated very cute. If you can appreciate cute, but simple, you'll like it. Kids under 14 are not allowed which makes for a peaceful time around the pool. The turf around the pool is all brand new electric blue and fits in perfectly with the '50's theme of the place. Near all the hot spots too. I plan on taking my husband for a nice weekend. We loved it and will definitely return.
Loved this place!
When my boyfriend and I decided last minute to take a weekend trip to Palm Springs for our anniversary, there weren't many hotels in the area with available rooms left. After checking TripAdvisor, I picked the hotel that had the highest rating with a vacant spot--the Ballantines Hotel. I can't tell you how glad I am that I waited until the last minute and randomly fell upon this hotel.
After sitting in four hours of Friday rush hour traffic from L.A., we were pretty exhausted when we finally arrived in Palm Springs. We stepped into the lobby of the Ballantines Hotel and received a warm greeting from Bobbie, one of the incredibly friendly and welcoming members of the staff. She gave us a tour of the hotel and showed us to our room. From the moment we stepped out of the lobby into the pool area it was as if we had just travelled back in time. Every last detail, from the architecture right down to the plastic flamingos and lava lamp sitting on the bar was perfectly retro. Our room was beautifully decorated and outfitted with a large bed, an old fashioned looking radio with a CD player, a television--even two chairs upholstered with a crazy vintage 50s print.
The following morning we awoke and stepped outside to claim a sunny spot beside the pool. There was old music playing softly and (to our surprise) no one else in sight! Throughout the entire weekend we saw maybe four or five people (at most) sitting around the pool--which was so nice. I'm used to staying at huge resorts with pool areas that are packed with loud, oboxious people and children running around. The Ballantines Hotel was so quiet and low-key--perfect for a romantic getaway.
We had a great weekend staying at the Ballantines Hotel and when we return to Palm Springs we will most definitely stay there again. Everything was perfectly quirky and fun and the staff made us feel very much at home. If you are looking for a big name hotel with a gigantic pool and all the other bells and whistles, this isn't the place for you. But if you want to spend the weekend at a hotel with loads of personality and a staff full of warm, helpful people, look no further.
My husband and I just returned from spending a week in Palm Springs at Ballantines Hotel in Palm Springs. We enjoyed "The Coolest Place to Stay"... The hotel was build in the 30's and restored in the 90's and is a boutique hotel with only 13 rooms. The pool and spa is surrounded with blue indoor outdoor carpet. The music piped around the pool dates from the 50s. It was relaxing. No children under 14 or pets allowed.
Each room or suite is unique and decorated in a particular theme from "Pretty in Pink" (think Marilyn Monroe), Audrey Hepburn, Hawaiian Surf, French 50's, Movie Men, Movie Women, to name a few. We chose the Hawaiian Surf.
They serve a complimentary continental breakfast from 8-10am and complimentary wine and softdrinks from 5-6pm. Watch out for their trademark "Ballantini's"!
The staff is fabulous. We can't say enough about them. Friendly and courteous. If you are looking for a party atmosphere don't come here. If you are looking for a relaxing, intimate place to clear your head, this is it. There are plenty of things to do, eat and see in Palm Springs. We look forward to returning.
Clean Unique Boutique at a Reasonable Price
My girlfriend and I traveled to Palm Springs, CA on a last minute trip to see the Pacific Life Pro Tennis Tournament in Indian Wells, CA.
We were presently surprised to find this reasonably priced, gem of a boutique hotel. I encourage you to visit their website to see pictures of their various 1950's style themed rooms.
The staff (Betty you are wonderful) were most friendly and helpful. Our themed room was very clean, comfortable and lovingly restored. Two small bags of Hershey kisses were left on our pillows and two botles of cold water awaited us in our mini-fridge. These were welcomed and unexpected treats after a very long day of travel from Philadelphia.
The pool and jacuzzi area was spotless. The water was clean and did NOT have a strong chlorine odor. Betty at the front desk attributed it to the pool service the property uses which does an excellent job.
A complimentary continental breakfast was much appreciated and included; fresh fruit, cereal, orange juice, coffee, coffee cake, yogurt, bagels and muffins, cream cheese and jam. We ate at a leisurly pace in a comfortable retro style lounge area which included various reading materials, local guides, puzzles and board games.
Other amenities or highlights: comfortable bed, in-room safe, in-room therapeutic massages are available, cable TV, CD clock radio, no children under the age of 14, no pets allowed, in-room bath robes, in-room pool towels, safe neigborhood, single story hotel with a clean common courtyard covered in bright blue astro turf, enjoyable music piped into the courtyard was gently playing in the background.
Overall it was a relaxing and enjoyable stay. We hope to visit again in the future. Thanks again Betty!
Fun Vacation, Great Ambience
I stayed in the "Rebel Studio" in the Ballantine motel in Palm Springs recently. I had a great time. The pool and lounge were fun, desk staff was very pleasant, and the room, dedicated to James Dean, was great. My only regret was that the desk staff left early the night before and I couldn't reach them to see if I could stay an extra night. I would love to go back and stay longer.
if you go there in summer
I stayed at the Rebel Studio.
The deco concept was clever, but not worth the money you pay.
Especially if you go there in summer, be ready to stay up all night:
The air conditioner is really noisy.
We love the hotel!!!
Our 1st time staying at the Ballantine's Hotel was May 2006, and we stayed in the Palm springs suite ( beautiful room) and then the 2nd time was in August 2006 and we stayed int he French 50s, that room wasnt as invting and I got a creepy feeling like it was haunted, but it was nice, then we just recently got back from Ballantine's again this month and stayed in the Fairbanks Jr room and that room was really nice too! We were there to celebrate my husbands birthday and we met some of the other guests that saturday and hung out and had drinks in the pool with them. We always stay 2 nights! I love this hotel, I love the staff all of them are very Friendly! I cant wait to come back and see what room we will stay in next, our goal is to stay in a new room each time!
If anyone else has any info on the history of this hotel I would love to hear or read about it, I believe it may be haunted but with some friendly spirits:)
Lovely place in 50s style
This place has been used for several photo shoots for fashion magazines, and rightly so – one was taking place while we were there. It's a fantastic place, all in 50s style. Each room is completely different, and most of them face the pool. It's pretty small, they only have 14 rooms. We stayed in the "Douglas Fairbanks, Jr." room which was great. Very stylish furniture, clean, comfortable bed and even the TVs are painted in the main color of the room. The property has a wireless internet connection.
Bobbie, the woman at the desk, was very friendly and helpful. She made us (strong!) and delicious martinis in the afternoons and we enjoyed hanging out at the pool in the center of the property. There's also a jacuzzi.
We stayed for two nights, on the second night we were the only guests, so Bobbie showed us all of the other rooms, most of which looked fantastic! The best rooms in our opinion were "Hawaiian Surf" and the "Pretty in Pink Suite" (you really have to like pink if you stay there!) while "Jasper Johns" and "The Rebel Studio" couldn't compare to the rest of the rooms. Bobbie told us that often the whole property is rented out for events like parties or weddings. We're sure that it's a perfect location for these kinds of events.
The breakfast was served in the lounge and consisted of cereal, bagels, fruit, coffee and juice. It was fine.
Loved the Ballantines
If you visit Palm Springs, stay here! The different themed rooms are a great idea (we had a tour of all of them!) and a must if you love the 50s! We stayed in the Musicals Room - very spacious and so clean. There's lots of little details ... even a Frank Sinatra CD in a retro looking CD player in the room. The breakfast was very nice (fruit salad, muffins, bagels, cereals, coffee, tea, juice) and the staff were very friendly and helpful and keen to give us one of their famous cocktails by the pool in the afternoon. The hotel is just a couple minutes drive away from the centre and within walking distance to various restaurants. I'd definitely stay here again - love it!!
The best of both worlds - B&B and hotel
Staying at the Ballatine is like staying with friends. It's a small hotel - only 14 rooms - that surrounds a lovely courtyard with heated pool and hot tub. It has the feel of a Bed and Breakfast with drinks being served by the pool at 5:00 and breakfast in the morning. The view from your lounge chair is spectucular. In the evening, you can see the lights of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway as it goes up and down the mountain. I never saw the bicycles and forgot to ask, but downtown is certainly close enough to bike or even walk if you're feeling industrious. Barbara took such good care of me, I felt like we'd known each other forever. Be sure to check out all the rooms - they have such fun themes. The 50's music is a nice touch as you spend time in the sun.
While I was there, they were in the process of changing over to the Rendezvous. It was fun to see the improvements - jacuzzis and new floors - and I can't wait to visit again. The owners were very nice and visible, making sure your vacation is going smoothly. We stayed in the movie women room which I really liked. It was roomy and comfortable for a week's stay. With the new renovations, I think this will be the place to go in Palm Springs especially for a romantic retreat.
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