Came here twice for breakfast as our hotel gave us breakfast coupons for this place (2 eggs any style, choice of toast, choice of potatoes, coffee or tea). First day I chose over easy eggs, house potatoes, sourdough, coffee. Solid, but leaned more carb heavy. Second day, the waitress remembered that I had coffee the day before (and that I liked whole milk with it) and that the others had iced tea! Great memory! Same lady served us so we felt at home again. This time I got the scrambled eggs, the hash browns (I liked this better than the house potatoes actually), biscuit, and coffee. I added a side of gravy for an extra $.50 for my biscuit (best decision ever), and a side of sausages for a couple extra bucks for more protein. Great breakfast, great service. What else do I have to complain about?
I love the idea of being left alone to camp and hike and whatnot once you're in. Sure there are guided tours but most people come here to do their own thing.
This time, we didn't camp over night but we came here near sundown, drove to Keys View to see the amazing view, drove around to some camp sites and checked out the actual campers, went out to dinner nearby, and came back at 10pm to see the meteor showers. There is absolutely no light pollution once you're in the park so it's so clear to look up at the sky. Unfortunately it was pretty cloudy and all the campsites were taken so it became a bit uncomfortable craning our necks from inside the car (we were completely unprepared to star gaze as we found out about the meteor shower on our way over here from our hotel and didn't plan on staying until sundown).
The campers who were staying overnight looked cozy with their bonfires and blankets. I vowed to my friends that we needed to come back to redo a camping trip.
Some of the animals that come out at night are pretty spooky. On our drive back out the park we saw a coyote, a shit ton of mice/rats, and some other furry friends.
I feel like this place is one of those gems where each time you go back, you'd be able to discover new and interesting trails/hikes/experiences.
Thai Food in the desert? If you're craving Thai Food this place hit the spot. I am too spoiled having eaten through Thai Town in LA to give this place more than 3 stars but I love that I was able to get my thai fix in while I was in Joshua Tree, and it's so close to the national park as well, so we came here for dinner and went back to star gaze.
My only real gripe was that they didn't offer dessert before bringing the check. I was ready to order dessert to keep my spiced up mouth at bay but the check was brought instead and at that point it was too much of a hassle to redo the check for dessert.
2.5 stars, rounded up.
While I appreciate that I got to come here for free to use their spa because the hotel we were staying at was going through renovations, the environment is less than ideal for people who want a relaxing atmosphere.
It was Memorial Day Weekend so perhaps that explains the clusterfuck. Just think screaming kids from toddlers to teens, gross patrons (a tween got into the pool holding a cup of what looked like a milkshake with a mound of whipped cream on top, a pedo looking hairy man was "playing" with his nieces - he was pinching them underwater and swimming away), no shade to escape the scorching sun, and generally rude kids who would canon ball into the pool, thereby splashing everyone who were sunbathing close to the pools.
There are so many pools - I wish that they could designate some pools to be kids only and others as adults only. This would separate all the annoying crap and some people may be able to enjoy themselves without getting splashed or irritated by the constant screaming.
Date Shakes. And the best place to bump into people. Seriously! After an AMAZING weekend in Joshua Tree and Palm Springs, we drove her to get date shakes and stock up on some nuts, fruits, date sugar before heading over to the outlets, then home. We bumped into so many people we knew from our different walks of life - the gist is that all great minds think alike. Don't think about leaving Palm Springs/Joshua Tree without stopping by here to get a date shake!
Date shake: A vanilla milk shake with grounded dates for added sweetness. A bit too sweet for me after a while but no one else in the group thought so.
They've been there for over 30 years and it is a popular stop on the way back home. They also have Mead (honey wine).
Not just a froyo place. You can get acai and pitaya bowls as well as frozen bananas!! While everyone got their yogurt bowls I got a pitaya bowl and a frozen banana and then just added it together to take it with me to the theaters. Best decision ever.
I love this theater! I came here to see a friend's movie premiere and the seating was ample, the architecture was interesting, there is a restaurant/cafe upstairs, and another cafe where you can buy alcohol to bring into the theater. I even brought in a giant frozen yogurt concoction with a frozen banana sticking out of it and the staff were so nice to let me bring it in. I love the indie feel of the theater and love that they support such great artists.
I found this place on yelp while we were roaming around downtown Palm Springs looking for a place to eat. The pictures looked good so we stopped by here. Our party of four ordered a jalapeño burger, a portobello burger, a turkey burger, and the bleu cheese burger. Everyone was happy with their choices and we all agreed that it tasted really light for a hamburger. The shoestring sweet potato fries were great - not heavy and soggy with oil like some other places. We ordered an extra order of hand dipped onion rings and shared it just to try it out. Very tasty indeed. The staff working there were really friendly, and I loved that this little old lady came in and got her regular burger that she gets all the time. She kept raving on and on about how she loves her burgers and she seemed to know everyone's names.
There is a back room that opens up at night and they have music playing as well. We went in for lunch but I can see us coming back one day for dinner if we are back in the area.
Free parking in their lot and also in the lot next door on the weekends.
I'm giving this place 4 stars for my experience. I'm not saving it's a 4 star hotel.
It's actually more like a boutique resort if I had to classify it, or an upgraded motel.
I had very low expectations when booking because the online ratings were crap (on yelp, booking.com, etc). The prices were super low, too and it was more important for our group to save money since we didn't plan on spending too much time in the hotel rooms.
When we arrived, we saw that the pool and jacuzzi were not closed off. I wondered if it was actually open for us but it did look a bit dirty. When we checked in (we got in around lunch time and check-in wasn't until 3pm), the manager Steve told us that if we waited a bit, he might be able to let us into our rooms. Score! He also mentioned that the pools are technically open but the pool guy has to clean it first before anyone could go in (dust storm the night before). I had initially booked a single king room but when he saw that we were checking in with a pair of friends, he said he could upgrade us to a bigger room with two queens that would be closer to our friends for no extra charge. Yes please! He gave us 2 free breakfast coupons (1 coupon per day per person) for Sidewinder Grill (a few blocks driving) that included 2 eggs any style, potatoes or hash brown, choice of toast, and choice of coffee, or tea. He also told us that if we wanted to go to a spa, we were comped at the Desert Hot Springs down the block from the hotel since the hotel pool/jacuzzi may not open in time.
Once we got the keys, we went inside to find a very mod room, super spacious, with green walls and pink accents. There were two neat queen sized beds, a cute vanity sporting Philosophy Amenities (!!!!) and a cute retro kitchenette with fridge, stove, sink, and a few utensils/cups/silverware. It was seriously so cute and beyond what I had imagined from the photos and reviews online.
There is a binder that says that if you take anything with you, they'd charge your credit card. I asked Steve for clarification and he said that the amenities and water bottles were for us to take for free but that some guests take lamps, flower pots, robes (they'll have them soon), and other things that shouldn't be taken out.
The first day we drove out to Joshua Tree so we only came back home to crash. The second day, though, we started the day with a breakfast at Sidewinder Grill (pretty decent breakfast - I got 2 eggs over easy, house potatoes, sourdough bread, coffee) and decided to do a spa day. The pool and jacuzzi looked pretty clean at the hotel but we thought we'd give this other place a try first. We walked over to the Desert Hot Springs a couple blocks from Vista Ventana, got the $10 waived, and entered... a nightmare. A clusterfuck of toddlers, kids, and unattractive orange people. We took a dip into the largest pool but we kept getting splashed by the demon children and had to witness pedo-looking hairy men "play" with their nieces in the water. Needless to say, this was NOT the relaxing environment we were expecting so we decided to go back to Vista Ventana to enjoy the spotless pool and jacuzzi to ourselves.
When we got back, some guests were already enjoying the jacuzzi so we started with the cold pool and then moved on to the jacuzzi once it freed up. We sunbathed and lounged around. THIS was relaxing. Afterwards, we hit the town (Palm Springs this time) and came home to crash. The showers were splendid. A reviewer said the water is tepid at best? Actually the water temperature and pressure was amazing. It beats what we have at home and it felt so refreshing. We got more Philosophy replenishments and my hair never smelled so good.
Next day, the morning was full of new guests enjoying the pool and jacuzzi. We had a short chat with Steve before checking out, and then we drove to get breakfast.
Breakfast was scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuit (added gravy for $.50), and a side of sausage (couple extra bucks), coffee at Sidewinder Cafe. Solid.
I think we got lucky that we stayed here right when the pool/jacuzzi opened, at such a great price (on Memorial Day Weekend no less). Steve showed us where the new on-site spa area was going to be (they'd have vichy massages), and all his plans to continue renovating the property.
Once everything is done, I think it will be truly a 5 star experience. Can't wait to go back!
365 days to write 100 reviews. I can do this in my sleep!
*disclaimer: I got to 90 but took a 3 week trip to Asia at the end of 2013, beginning of 2013. The ten reviews dated 2014 were from places I visited in 2013.
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