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“Amazing location and vibe, but nickled and dimed”
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Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, California

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santjordi
San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
321 reviews
100 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
“Amazing location and vibe, but nickled and dimed”
Reviewed 12 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015
9
people found this review helpful

Let's get the basics out of the way
Amazing mid-century vibe
Quiet, clean, out of the way
Beautiful furnishings and great little sundeck area.
Well landscaped
fun retreat
Cute and VERY functional kitchen
We never knew there were other guests except their cars were out front.

The negatives:
If you are there for just two nights (the minimum) do not expect room cleaning service. This was not made clear in advance. Even if it had been, for the price they charge it is not acceptable. (A theme that you can see through out my critique)
You are allotted one Kuerig pod per person per night. Extra pods are $3 each. Seriously? I understand someone must have cleaned out a room of the Keurig pods, but one cup? In LA area?
The breakfast for two mornings for two people was two Biscotti and two packs of instant oatmeal. That is total, not per day. A packet of oatmeal makes for a fine breakfast, but one Biscotti?

There is one set of mini bottles of very pleasant cosmetic products for the two days. If two people are washing their hair twice, there isn't enough shampoo. With no room cleaning, it doesn't get replenished.

We were a bother and sister traveling and they were going to provide us with an inflatable mattress as there is only one bed. To receive an email the morning of check in that the mattress was punctured and one of us would have to sleep n the sofa doesn't seem like a good solution. There is a Target and a Bed Bath and Beyond. Solve it. If you don't solve it, offer a reduction.

The sofa, while cool looking does not make a comfortable bed. As it turned out I had an inflatable queen-sized mattress in my car. We asked for an extra set of sheets, but were told a queen would not fit in. It would have if we moved the furniture. One sheet, is not enough for a sofa. Please provide two sheets, even if it is for the sofa and not an air mattress

Materials state that there is limited WiFi and we encourage you to unplug. Nice attempt to make lemonaid out of lemons. In room 4, there is no WiFi. Spend the money for a signal booster (if there even is a signal, if not get WiFi)

Check in time is stated as 2. We received an email saying 3, they were allowing previous guests to stay until noon. We had an afternoon wedding to attend, and were eventually told the room could be made ready at two (we received this at 1 pm). We arrived to an un-air conditioned room. The materials in the room ask you to turn off the A/C and call an hour ahead for caretaker to turn the A/C on. Clearly that hadn't been done for us, as the room was really hot

On the whole this is a really cool property and was wonderful to spend time in the Lautner structure. The Steel Beams and concrete walls were wonderful to watch in the changing light. The cactus garden is super cool This would be a great retreat, but given the money, this whole experience be handled a lot better

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Family
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Jim K
Athens, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Lost on the Unsophisticated”
Reviewed 29 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013
3
people found this review helpful

If you're looking for crash pad for the night, this isn't for you.
If you have the ability to appreciate an architectural wonder that has been marvelously restored with elegance and an acute eye for period aesthetic, then this place is a "must".
Nights here aren't a stay - they're an experience, with no detail missed. The rooms are oases of privacy, but built in such a way that you feel a part of the open desert landscape.
I was lucky enough to see three of the four units, and stayed in Unit 1, which was my favorite of them all.
The grounds are equally fantastic and private and inviting all at the same time. There is no doubt that I will stay here again.

Travelling group: Couples
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CT A
Los Angeles, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Just Amazing”
Reviewed 15 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Love this place love everything such a great getaway,I live in Ojai which. Is a slice of paradise itself and now this is the only place I could think of to come for more paradise,the design and attention to detail is spot on

Travelling group: Couples
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gvaguy
Bangkok, Thailand
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“No place else like it”
Reviewed 25 October 2012 for a stay in October 2012
4
people found this review helpful

What an awesome place. The architecture is amazing, the decor is super fabulous, and the overall feel of the place is entirely unique, as there is no place like it. We stayed in room 1 on the end, but also saw room 3 which was also great, and where the only other guests were staying and who we ended up hanging out with for dinner and drinks (anybody who stays here has to seek it out, so I imagine the guests are consistently interesting, as well, also a plus). I should also mention that the bed is very comfy with frette sheets, the setting is very quiet, and the caretaker is friendly. We grilled out and then hung out at the fire pit under the stars which was a nice way to spend the evening. I would also recommend watching the Lautner documentary they provide in the rooms, if you haven't seen it already.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Friends
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swiftlysa...
Phoenix, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Fantastic Stay at Hotel Lautner”
Reviewed 10 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012
5
people found this review helpful

We stayed one night at the Hotel Lautner and loved it! It is truly an architectural gem! The owners did a fantastic job on the renovation both inside and out. We stayed in room 3. The attention to detail and the furniture is amazing. It really feels as if we went back in time but with today's modern conveniences.

Everything is top notch and very clean. Sleeping in the room was like being in a terrarium as the windows are so large and you have a large private lit view of plants and cacti. I just loved relaxing and looking outside at the plants or sunning on the private deck. The sun coming in the morning was amazing.

Tracy, the owner, is very professional and was very responsive when making reservations.

This is a very private place in a residential neighborhood so if you are looking for a quiet getaway with a fantastic history or are fan of Lautner and FLW, you will love this place. We can't wait to come back with some friends and book all 4 rooms as it would be such a great place for a friends getaway. Also, when you are in town definitely book a spa appointment at Two Bunch Palms and visit Cabot's Pueblo. Desert Hot Springs tends to be overlooked compared to the other desert towns so don't miss out when you stay at the Hotel

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Couples
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