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The Saguaro Hotel Review, Palm Springs Wild Flowers in Bloom

Friday May 24, 2013 at 6:06 AM | 2 Comments

Saguaro Palm Springs exterior

The Saguaro Palm Springs hotel review

A trip to Palm Springs, California is all about enjoying the desert landscape, as well as pool time, cocktail time, dinner time and spa time. At least those are my Palm Springs vacation priorities.  At the Saguaro hotel in Palm Springs, from the hotel lobby, to the pool deck and patio, wild flowers bloom year round. In fact, 56 shades of wild flower colors can be found in the vibrant splashes of paint throughout the Saguaro Palm Springs.


Coachella Valley found in Saguaro Palm Springs

In my travels to Palm Springs, I have found this sun-drenched Southern California city similar to the phoenix rising from the ashes of its predecessor. In this case, the Saguaro Palm Springs hotel was formerly home to a Holiday Inn. Fortunately for us, the bon vivant hotel company, Joie de Vivre, took over this 245 room property and fanned some hot coals back to life.  From the Olympic-sized swimming pool to the croquet area and outdoor patio, the Saguaro is about bringing the outside in. You’ll see what I mean when you check in at the flower-powered front entrance, or pick up a ping pong paddle to smash a few balls across the table in the open lobby.


Saguaro Croquet

Outdoor fun at Saquaro Palm Springs in California

Outdoor fun at Saguaro Palm Springs

In addition to the outdoor heated pool that showcases the San Jacinto Mountains, the Saguaro offers two outdoor hot tubs and poolside bar and food service served Monday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until sunset.  From the comments on my Twitter feed, the Saguaro is the place to hang out, kick back and enjoy Palm Springs. There is a fitness center onsite, but I’d rather be enjoying the Saguaro Spa.


Rooms at the Saguaro Palm Springs

Saguaro PS king room

Saguaro King overlooking the pool

My room, #368, with a king bed and over-looking the swimming pool, was nothing short of colorful. From the neon green front door to the green headboard, the room pops with the colors of a Mojave wildflower.  A little bird told me that the second and third floor rooms were nicer than the first floor; all rooms have sitting areas and work stations.  Nearly every room has a balcony or patio, and all hotel rooms include 32″ tv, iPod docking station, in room safe, robes, Lather brand shower gel, mint thyme shampoo, bamboo lemongrass body wash and lavender lime moisturizer.

Easily accessible from every room, the heated pool and hot tubs are surrounded by cabanas and a fire pit.

$149 + tax + $18 nightly resort fee FYI, June 1- September is considered low season for the best rates.  AAA rates are available, as well.


Saguaro Palm Springs patio

The Saguaro Palm Springs offers outdoor dining

Saguaro Palm Springs dining

Restaurants: El Jefe and Tinto (Basque regional cuisine of Northern Spain and Southern France) Iron Chef Jose Garces offers pintxos, similar to tapas and California and Basque wines.

Complimentary shuttle on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to downtown Palm Springs (155 South Palm Canyon Drive)


Need to know:

There is an $18. daily resort fee that covers secure hotel self parking, wi-fi, daily yoga & complimentary local transportation.

Check in: 4:00 p.m.

Check out: 12:00 p.m


Saguaro PS pool

The pool at Saguaro Palm Springs, California

Insider tips

The Saguaro Palm Springs is pet-friendly, we’re talking no pet fee!  Now that’s a tail-wagging deal. For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow theSaguaroPS on Twitter.

If You Go:

The Saguaro (760) 323-1711 or (877) 808-2439

1800 East Palm Canyon

Palm Springs, CA 92264

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of The Saguaro, Palm Springs Visitors Bureau and Palm Springs Restaurant Week.

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Dining in Palm Springs, Restaurant Week Preview

Monday May 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM | 0 Comments

Tamarind Shrimp

Tamarind shrimp from Citron at The Viceroy, Palm Springs

When I learned that I would be invited to preview some menu items for Palm Springs Restaurant Week  (May 31 – June 16, 2013) my mouth started watering like Pavlov’s dog experiment, only no one had to ring the bell for me to salivate! You see, I remembered my last visit to Palm Spring, California in the fall.  This was my first time to visit this desert community and I didn’t really know what to expect.  There are so many things to see and do in Palm Springs, California and the restaurant scene is really heating up (pun intended.)


Value dining in Palm Springs

Now in its sixth year, Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week is a chance for locals and visitors alike to sample signature dishes, meet restaurant owners and chefs, visit Palm Springs attractions and save money. How’s that for value dining? And the savings aren’t limited to Palm Springs; over 100 restaurants, hotels and attractions from the entire Coachella Valley participate in Restaurant Week. During this 10 day time frame, foodies and frugal travelers visit their favorite restaurants, hotels or spas.


Viceroy pool

Stay at the Viceroy Hotel and take a dip in the pool

Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Special prix fixe dinner menus are offered over the 10 days. All of the restaurants offer three-course dinners, offering several choices for each course. FYI, the $26 or $38 per person restaurant menu does not include  beverages, tax or gratuity.


Eat, see, stay in Palm Springs

If you like dining deals and hotel package offers, Restaurant Week offers value. During my Palm Springs visit, I stayed at The Saguaro. Condé Nast Traveler recently named The Saguaro one of the best new hotels of 2013. For my next trip, I’d stay at the Viceroy Hotel. In addition to California creations from Citron restaurant, this place has multiple swimming pools and looks like a private estate.


Soft shell crab BLT Jakes

Soft shell crab BLT from Jakes

One of my favorite restaurants was Tinto,  inside The Saguaro. Iron Chef Jose Garces offers up pintxos like the ones I discovered during my travels in northwestern Spain. We also traveled to Austria via Johannes Restaurant in Palm Springs and made it to Norma’s at The Park Palm Springs for decadent desserts.



Head out on the Palm Springs highway

Day two found us at King’s Highway at ACE Hotel for breakfast before a morning Red Jeep Tour to Indian Canyons with Desert Adventures. This tour was a Palm Springs highlight for me because our naturalist guide, Morgan Levine, brought Andreas Canyon to life with stories of the Aqua Caliente Cahuilla Indians. After our jeep tour we dined Al Fresco at Jakes. I ordered the soft shell crab BLT, but the show stopper at Jakes was the dessert – a chocolate peanut butter cupcake. Jakes has not one, but three pastry chefs. Dine here simply for the desserts!


Workshop Kitchen + Bar interior

Workshop Kitchen + Bar arrives on the Palm Springs restaurant scene

Cooking and cocktails in Palm Springs

My last day in Palm Springs included a cooking class with Chef Andrew Copley of Copley’s on Palm Canyon and small plates at Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Palm Springs latest newcomer to the restaurant scene.

Don’t miss the bar scene in Palm Springs. It seems that every restaurant we visited, from Citron to Melvyn’s, featured their own signature cocktail. With mint juleps to Au Pear cocktails, sangria, Pomegranate Martini’s at Copley’s and Mel-tini’s on the bar menu, I tried them all. Fabulous – but don’t forget a designated driver!


Pear Martini Johannes

Have an Au Pear martini at Johannes in Palm Springs

Palm Springs spa time

Last, but not least, what’s a visit to Palm Springs without a spa treatment? My time was too short at Riviera Spa Terre at the Riviera Palm Springs, but that just gives me another excuse for a return trip to Palm Springs. Won’t you join me?


For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow Palm Springs Restaurant Week and Palm Spring  on Twitter.


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I was a guest of Palm Springs Visitors Bureau and Palm Springs Restaurant Week.

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Pet-friendly Alcazar in Uptown Palm Springs, California hotel review

Friday November 16, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments

Alcazar, a newcomer boutique hotel in Palm Springs, doesn’t take itself too seriously. The door hang states, “I am/we are: at liquor store; tanning, enjoying mani pedi, at Birba (the family owned restaurant lounge neighbor); sexting or shagging in another room – come in now! For the “come in later” side, excuses are: “I am/we are: snoozing; blogging about Cheeky’s; getting busy; procrastinating; hung over or feeling anti-social.”

"Alcazar Poolside King Deluxe"

Alcazar Poolside King Deluxe

You get the vibe – Alcazar hotel is the place to hang your hat in the cheeky Uptown Palm Springs District, while still leaving money in your pocket to go out and play. Alcazar hotel opened in 2011, and each of the 34 rooms in this boutique hotel feature imported Italian linens and flat screen TV’s.

There are several options for hotel rooms, from the two queen beds and jacuzzi tub to the one king bed with its own patio and view of the San Jacinto mountains.

Tiny, enclosed patio, (smoker-friendly outside, $150 cleaning fee if you light up inside), dog-friendly $50 one-time pet fee,  complimentary Alcazar robes while you stay – $45 if you you’d like one for purchase.

"Alcazar Pool"

Alcazar Pool

Need to know:

There is a $7. daily resort fee that covers overnight hotel parking, wi-fi, daily coffee and pastries (from Cheeky’s) and bicycle rentals.

Check in: 3 p.m.

Check out: noon


Insider tips

The Alcazar is the ultimate fun triangle, as this compound features the hotel, Birba’s restaurant/lounge and Cheeky’s next door for excellent breakfast and lunch service in Palm Springs Uptown District.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and friend Alcazar  on Facebook.

If You Go:

Alcazar (760) 318-9850

401 E. Amado Road

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Alcazar Palm Springs.

"Alcazar Townie Bikes"

Alcazar Townie Bikes

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