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"For a stay on a budget, this hotel is great. I read the reviews after I payed online so I was a little scared; however, once we arrived I was relieve ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 05 Jan 2020

Hotel Description

Motel near Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium in Palm Springs

City center stay

With a stay at this Tahquitz River Estates motel, you'll be within half a mile (1 km) of Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium and 2 miles (3 km) of Palm Springs Art Museum. Also, Palm Springs Convention Center is within 2 miles (3 km) and Indian Canyon is within 6 miles (10 km).

Outdoor pool

This motel features an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Business travelers can take advantage of the free WiFi in public areas. Free self parking, laundry facilities, and free newspapers are also on offer.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 50 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Coffee/tea makers, free local calls, and hair dryers are also available.

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$61* Per night/room Mar 1 - Mar 2

Deluxe Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Desert Lodge ratings based on 16 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
1.8 out of 5 2.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 2.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 1.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Desert Lodge

Everyone (14)
1 out of 5
No baseboards, no hot water, window broken, rundown exterior.

Posted by , from Ione on Feb 12, 2020

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5 out of 5
For a stay on a budget, this hotel is great. I read the reviews after I payed online so I was a little scared; however, once we arrived I was relieved to see the hotel was not bad. They are remodeling so our room was a remodeled room. We originally planned to stay 3 days, but stayed an extra day. The room was clean, the beds were comfy, and the staff was friendly. It was close to everything we were visiting. Would stay here again.

Posted by , from Downey on Jan 5, 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 6, 2020 by Desert Lodge

Thanks for giving us a try. We are so happy that you liked our property. We will be working on improving our property. Come check us out :)

2 out of 5
Rooms need update. 1st room neither the a/c or refrigerator worked. Carpet is worn and a/c very noisy in 2nd room.

Posted by on May 1, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

May 6, 2019 by Harry,manager

Thanks for the review we will work more hard to fix the issues you experienced, we would like to see you again so we can get you to upgraded room.

1 out of 5
If you're expecting hanging out at the pool, chilling in the sun, ordering a cocktail, maybe a little privacy off to the side, this is not the place for you. There is only a small, see-through metal fence and it doesn't look like this great picture. This is totally a no frills hotel. Our bathroom window on the first floor was on an alley so we asked them to put a sick in the window. The keying system is still keys. Our room smelt a little like a gym. We spent as little time in the room and the property as possible because it just wan't comfortable. The beds aren't great, either. The 2 towels (no extras) were so thin and tiny they stretch the definition of a towel. We got 1 bar of soap, and no shampoos. I understand the new owners just took over so it may be better in the future.

Posted by , from Alexandria, VA on Mar 31, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 31, 2019 by Harry,manager

Sorry to know about your experienced at the lodge we will work more hard to fix the issues you had.Thanks for letting us know.

1 out of 5
We arrived in our room at the Desert Lodge only to find a very ragged room. The carpet was ripped in several places. The place smelled royally bad. There was a door leading who knows where with no lock on it. The bathroom window had no lock on it and we were on the first floor so anyone could have broken in. The staff was friendly but they need to upgrade their rooms for health and safety. We stayed at a Motel 6 and it was a billion times better. We were offered no refund for an insanely unlivable room. There is NOTHING right or just about that.

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018

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1 out of 5
Very bad. Terrible. We stayed only 1 night but had very bad experience. The shower was in very bad condition no fan, broken floor. Never been in this kind of hotel, if you can call it...

Posted by on May 28, 2018

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1 out of 5


This hotel clearly has seen better days. The walls barely hold up. It sounds like your neighbor is taking a shower in your room. Water never gets warm. Wifi doesn't work. One of my windows was broken. The air conditioner is held in with masking tape and sounds like a lawn mower. The chair was completely 'sat through'. Half the hotel is filled with locals who reside there. The paint is falling off the building. The place is completely overpriced and reminded me of experiences in Nepal and Laos! The hotel is close to a hiking trail, but otherwise it is a mille walk to get to town. Unless you want to pay lots of money for a terrible night, do yourself a favor and bring a tent!

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018

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2 out of 5

over priced by 2 twice

Cons: cleanness mattress need replaced
Over priced old facility not very clean all the ice macines were broken

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Feb 14, 2018 by Harry,manager

Sorry to know that you had a problem with the room if you would let us know in the office we would tried to update your room & the ice machine parts have been ordered should get it shortly, sorry again but we would like to have you as our guest again & will try to get you extra 25% off on your next visit.

2 out of 5

This hotel fit the purpose

The hotel is equipped with a very friendly staff, however, is you are expecting deluxe accommodations you need to look elsewhere. I can only imagine that this hotel was average at best when it was built 50 or 60 years ago. The floors are dirty as is the shower. And I pretty much slept on top of the covers the whole time out of shear fear. Because I was out of the room the majority time it was bearable but if you're coming out here for leisure do yourself a favor and spend a few more dollars for something nicer. If you're on a tight budget...stay home...or go camping.

Posted by , from CA on Mar 16, 2017

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2 out of 5

Not for me

I should have checked the star rating. My fault. The staff wss friendly. But omg was the place run down. It looked like people that needed to live by the week or month, possibly off the streets, stayed there. The doors were very damaged on some rooms. The carpet wss filthy. The window was cracked.The room reeked of smoke. The heater was a little portable plug in unit, though it did work well. I stayed there mostly for the price, but if I had it to do over, I'd spend an extra $10 for something much nicer.

Posted by , from Yucca Valley on Jan 3, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 8, 2016 by Desert Lodge

Thank you for your comments regarding your stay at Desert Lodge. We welcome all comments so we can address all areas or concerns for improvements. We take pride in our establishment and are very disappointed when we fall short in your expectations. Desert Lodge is in the process of room renovations which we are hoping to have completed for 2016. Once completed, this will improve on the room conditions. Again, we do apologize for not meeting your expectations and we do hope that you will have an opportunity to stay at Desert Lodge in the future. Thank you.

Property Features

Desert Lodge offers its guests an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Public spaces have free WiFi. The business-friendly Desert Lodge also features barbecue grills, a picnic area, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Free self parking is available.

  • 50 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Front-desk safe
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Free parking nearby


  • Airport: Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.) (5.9 km / 3.7 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Desert Lodge offers 50 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. 32-inch flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM


  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 25 per pet, per night, plus a deposit of USD 150 per stay
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 50 lbs)
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmationService animals are exempt from fees.


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Safety features at this property include a smoke detector.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector in each accommodation.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No elevators
  • Debit cards


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet deposit: USD 150 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 25 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Desert Lodge
  • Desert Lodge Motel
  • Desert Lodge Motel Palm Springs
  • Desert Lodge Palm Springs
  • Desert Hotel Palm Springs
  • Desert Lodge Motel
  • Desert Lodge Palm Springs
  • Desert Lodge Motel Palm Springs

You should know

  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.