BirdRock1 on Trip Advisor
17 years ago
06/12/2004, 01:33 AM
Tiki, which was part of the mid-century Modern movement is alive and well at the Calente Tropics. And so is good customer service.
This place almost had a date with the wrecking ball a few years ago, but thankfully the owners have made this place into a labor of love, and we the better for it.
I specifically picked this place because of it beckoning from another era. I was not disappointed.
I had never been to Palm Springs before and this place definitely added to the experience of this wonderful trip. I didn't want to leave!!
I was greated by a helpful and friendly staff at the charming front desk, full of the tiki motiff, including coconut scented candles and small fountains.
My hotel room was the cleanest hotel room I've ever been in. The owners have really made an effort of bringing the Tiki feeling to the rooms.
I was in a King Deluxe. It had a two seater couch (very comfortable) and a small refrigerator. The bathroom had only a shower stall, no tub, which was not a big deal to me. I think the bigger rooms have tub.
The grounds are wonderful!!! There are authentic, large Tikis everywhere! A large, grassy area near the pool is beautifully landscaped and has 8-10 connected grass huts, wonderful for some peace and quiet and shade.
The pool is one of the largest hotel pools in Palm Springs and is very well designed. There is also neat jacuzzi that is clover shaped adjacent. The gas Tiki torches around the pool at night are a nice touch. There is even a shuffle board court!
Then there is the absolutely charming Reef Bar. The management has Polynesian music piping out onto the bar patio for a good portion of the day, which is a nice touch. The bar is only open during the weekends for drinks. Hopefully the market will allow the management to open it more often.
And a complimentary copy of the Los Angeles Times will great you at your doorstep every morning. This is a big deal to me, since I've stayed at Ritz-Carltons and it is sometimes takes an Act of God to get a morning paper. The C. Tropics has it taken care of.
A terrific continental breakfast is offered daily in the Reef Bar. Fresh fruit, regular and flavored coffee, tea, cereals, pastries are all offered until 10 a.m. The meal will leave you satisfied and refreshed.
You may also schedule a massage on site. Plan ahead if you want to do this. They were pretty booked.
I found the desk and housekeeping staff friendly and helpful and the management will work with you regarding rates. All of the staff were well groomed and well dressed.
Parking was never a problem, since this is a "motor motel" and orientated around the auto.
I did not have a chance to eat at the onsite restaurant, which serves Mexican food. I did see a lot of hotel guests doing take out and taking it back to their rooms.
For those who want a sprawling, fru-fru resort, this is not your place. The hotel was build in 1963, and has had it's mid-century charm restored. It reminds me of places I stayed at when I was growing up, that's one of the reasons why I picked it.
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.
One example of this was one morning at breakfast some gentleman got on his cell phone then put it on speaker phone! When he got "The Look" from about 20 people who were about to toss their muffins at him, he ended the call.
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.