411 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA | Directions 9226433.801226 -116.542953
This Place is Dangerous, and left un-attended at night! Beware! – The Caliente Tropics Resort FAILS to let it's guests know that there is NOT someone on the property OR available to attend to emergencies after a certain hour.
I locked myself out of my room at 5:30AM as I was going back to get my final luggage for the car, and there was NO ONE on duty to help me at all! The office was completely dark and locked, and the sign on the door said to use the courtesy phone to the right, to call for assistance after hours. I was connected to an answering service, and after being placed on hold for what seemed like an eternity, I was informed that the On-Call personnel could not be reached! I was told that they would keep trying to reach somebody. Meanwhile, it was about 43 degrees outside and I was freezing. I wound up calling the police who showed up only to tell me that I needed to contact the hotel people. (Duh!)
The morning clerk FINALLY showed up and apologized for the inconvenience. I was comped for my last night stay for my trouble BEGRUDGINGLY by the Regional Manager, who was smug and arrogant on the phone to me, and tried to make it seem like the whole thing was MY fault.
Folks, DON'T waste your time with this place. It is DANGEROUS! especially if you have young children, or an expensive car, as this is a trap for any suspicious character, burglar, vandal, car t h e i f, or homeless person who happens to get the urge to make a move. There will be NO ONE will on site to offer you any assistance. Stay at the Marriott or the Wyndham or any REPUTABLE place that can at least offer security. (Heck, the TRAVELODGE is right next door, and they had someone there 24/7. CALIENTE TROPICS = LOSERS!
A moderately-priced classic that showcases the fun Palm Springs cheekiness of days gone by. – The Scene
Featuring tiki gods and Polynesian artifacts, this historic hotel runs the risk of being kitsch. Somehow, though, it's not. It's a classic example of a 1960's Polynesian-style motor hotel; its pool (which has been fully renovated) was once frequented by Elvis and Nancy Sinatra, and its lounge attracted members of the Rat Pack.
Opened in 1964 by Ken Kimes (his wife and son were reputed to be a notorious con team), the hotel was headed for ruin when it was "rescued" at the turn of the millennium. It reopened in 2001 after a multi-million dollar renovation and now attracts a cool clientele who can appreciate the authenticity that lingers in this boutique setting. Dining is offered in La Casita, and extended Continental breakfast includes treats such as Tazo teas. Massages are offered at tropics Retreat spa. The entire property (indoors and out) is non-smoking.
Adorable Pool, Nice Rooms, Really Cheap – This is one of the best motel values, bar none. Lovely, nicely furnished rooms, good air-conditioning, charming pool/spa area. It's close enough to downtown, yet in a quiet area. Rooms are fairly quiet, too, though it might be I lacked neighbors, since I went at the height of the hot summer, and the place was not full. The front desk is friendly. The continental breakfast is just packaged pastry, juice, and coffee, but you can serve yourself and get all you want. And it's included in the price. Nice outdoor seating area, too. This is where I will stay if I go to Palm Springs again, I'm not even interested in going anywhere else.
Unique, fun and excellent value for the money – The Caliente is so much more enjoyable than the typical chain hotel, and it's a bargain for what you get. The rooms are very pleasant----there's a Tiki theme without at all being tacky. There are great touches like a Polynesian-style blanket and mirror, a '50s style ice bucket, a cool nightstand etc. The toiletries are Givenchy, and even the carpeting is stylish. The pool is one of the few hotel pools I've been at that is big enough to do laps in, and the jacuzzi at night, with tiki torches burning nearby, is awesome. And the staff is helpful and nice (and the lobby smells like coconut!). Overall, this is a much nicer place than hotels at twice the price.
This Place is Terrific! – The room was great and grounds are terrific, espcially the pool.
The continental breakfast was very good and you get a paper at your door step every morning.
I loved the Reef Bar!!!
The staff is well groomed and friendly.
Having an onsite massage services is a nice touch.
Parking was never a problem, since this is a "motor motel" and orientated around the auto.
Another observation, the clientle was interesting to observe. It was a very mixed crowd, old and young, straight and gay. There were a few families with children. People were very quiet, but friendly. People staying here wanted quiet and simplicity of a bygone era.
There still needs to be some tweaking done with the hotel, it is a work in progress. I'm sure that the within a few years this place will be humming along like a finely tuned machine.
Tropical Paradise! – I loved my stay at the Caliente Tropics.
A Tiki/Hawaiian theme was incorporated in every aspect of the motel, from the tropical room decor, to the beautifully crafted tikis throughout the grounds. It was a treat to tour the grounds for these unique treasures.
My room was clean, the mattress comfortable, and the custom embroidered pool towels were a nice touch. I enjoyed the cucumber melon body soap. It was a far cry from your typical chain's harsh deodorant soap.
It was great to receive complimentary daily non-alcoholic beverages, newspaper and continental breakfast.
The staff was courteous, fast and friendly.
The patio and bar was truly a site to behold. It was wonderful to relax in the patio area, take in the atmosphere, while enjoying a delicious exotic drink from the bar.
The Caliente Tropics was truly a tropical paradise. I plan on visiting again and again.
Great Time at the Caliente Tropics – I recently stayed at the Caliente Tropics Resort and had a wonderful time immersing myself in American Polynesia circa the early 1960s. The rooms and the service were absolute first-rate. My room was spacious and comfortable and the tiki-polynesia theme ran throughout every detail - from the tikis on the shampoo and lotion bottles, to the embroidered tikis on the oversized pool towels, to the . The complimentary pool-side breakfast was delicious
My stay at the Tropics – My stay at the Caliente Tropics was one that I will remember for a long time to come. The rooms are very spacious & the decor and archetecture is themed from a Tropical/Polynisian yesteryear. The A/C works great after spending time in the boiling sun. The pool is huge and always kept top notch. The resturant and the "Reef" bar are perfect. The showers and Cable T.V. work beautifully, and everything seemed so homey. The Hotel staff were all very freindly and were willing to help us with our credit card problem. I just recently found out it is a historical site too!! I really couldn't find anything wrong with my stay at the tropics and would take staying there over any other resort in Palm Springs at 1/2 the price.
Palm Springs "Hot" spot – Truely a oasis in the desert. Very nice, upgraded rooms and amenities. Wonderful tropical
atmosphere of the grounds and the new "Reef" lounge is great. A must see & stay in PS
tropical paradise – The Caliente Tropics is amazing! My husband and I wanted to elope, some place quiet and beautiful and we found the Tropics, an affordable hideaway! The rooms are spacious, the beds and linens, first class! But the BEST thing about the tropics, is the decor and the friendly service. The staff is always ready to make your stay special. we returned for our one year anniversary, and treated ourselves to massages, on site, in the luxurious tropics spa. Heaven! It's like a little bit of the islands, tucked away in Palm Springs! Thanks to the Tropics staff for getting our marriage off to a good start!
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