|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
The Desert Palace is an amazing 4,300 sq. ft. 5 bedroom 4.5 bath home with a gorgeous view! Nestled in the hills of Western Hills Estates, this home welcomes you to its grand entry way with celestial ceilings, handpicked marble, travertine and tile throughout. The Desert Palace is the perfect vacation property to vacation style and enjoy absolute privacy. The property features 2 Master bedrooms, 8 person outdoor Jacuzzi, a pool table, blackjack/roulette table, one indoor Jacuzzi, sunbathing, 3 queen bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and many other features.
The beautiful kitchen has top of the line appliances with granite countertops.
The living space is adorned with leather couches, marble fixtures, and beautiful stonework. You will feel right at home.
The Desert Palace elicits a sense of luxury not found anywhere else.
We were looking for a secluded place to get the guys together for a fun weekend and this place fit the bill. The weather was beautiful in late February. There was a cool desert iguana on the rocks by the grill.
The good points are a big, well stocked kitchen with a big fridge, plenty of dining and TV/movie watching seating for a group of up to 12 people, lots of extra floor space and closets for extra people to sleep in, great views, secluded area, hot tub, and cool rocks to hang out on for sunset.
The bad points included a leaking sink in the hall bath (Danny says he's going to get it fixed ASAP), some stains on the sofas and rugs, a bunch of broken vertical blinds stored in some closets, and being within the view of the security cameras in all of the outside areas.
I'll also have to admit, throughout our stay, I was concerned about the stern warnings in the rental contract about the many ways to lose your $750 security deposit. Rules include a maximum of 8 cars parked in the driveway, maximum of 12 guests ($29 per night for each additional), in after 4 pm, out by 11 am, take your trash with you, and no fire pits. Scanning the reviews, I can't see anyone complaining about their deposit being kept unfairly, and Danny refunded my deposit relatively quickly (2 weeks) after our stay. He also refunded the extra money we paid for additional guests beyond 12 when a couple of friends had to cancel.
Things that could be improved about the place include better instructions for the operation of the surround sound system (we could only get the rear speakers working), it would be great if there were curtains you could close in front of the big windows so you can see the TV in the daytime or just block the sun that comes through very intensely, and the place needs a deep cleaning (windows, carpets, furniture).
To get the most out of your trip, I would recommend bringing your own large trash can, recycling bin, and some heavy contractor bags as you'll need to pack out your trash. I wasn't sure the landfill in Landers was open on Sunday, so we brought trash home to throw away. Bring your own paper towels, extra TP, and some basic cleaning supplies.
The Desert Palace was the perfect spot for a larger get together. The owner/manager, Danny, was very professional and easy to deal with and the location was beyond our expectations. It really is located in a very special spot among the unique rocks of the Joshua Tree region. The only small "critique" I might have is that the house was a little dirty upon initial arrival, but what can you expect from a place that is literally in the middle of the desert dirt. We quickly forgot about that anyways and simply had a good time! We would definitely come back again!
Nice property. The surrounding rocks and location gave us the "wow factor". Stayed here and another property in the area that the owner owned. Very relaxing and stress free experience.
Can I just say, WOW! This property was absolutely gorgeous! We wanted to stay in a place that was close enough to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs for much needed hiking and relaxing. This house and its location were perfect. Nothing beats sitting in the Jacuzzi in the backyard, surrounded by the massive boulders and amazing pink sunsets after a long day of trails and photography.
To be honest, I was a bit hesitant to rent after I read the one star review, but let me reassure you that there was NO evidence at all of what the reviewer stated. The property was in perfect shape and we had no problems at all. Danny was more than helpful in every aspect, answering all of our questions and concerns and even hooked us up with an awesome taxi service to bring us to Palm Springs for the late nights of gambling and bars. We are already planning our next trip later this summer! Just a tip, go midweek and the rates are lower. This home is now our official desert getaway.
Well I would have to say the home is in a beautiful property. We stayed there over Christmas and had MANY problems, as in, dingy sheets, stained pillows and towels, bath tub jets DID not work on ANY of the tubs, a couple beds had 2x4 pieces of wood instead of box springs, no clean sponge, no access to a broom or vacuum, no dish washer detergent, carpet was dirty, coffee left in coffee maker, and on top of all that a pipe burst inside the wall in the downstairs bathroom , flooding the floors. Oh and those amazing windows to overlook the incredible view, filthy dirty.
When you spend THOUSANDS of DOLLARS, you at least expect it to be clean!!! We complained in an email, ( which is the ONLY way to contact anybody, even for the emergency flood, which they did respond quickly too... after they finally believed that towels wouldn't solver the problem) listing these problems with NO ATTEMPT to make it right... oh wait, he did add a 2x4 in a bed, which just made a different sink hole in the mattress.
The sheets on that bed, were worn and pilled with other people's hair in it. We rewashed the sheets thinking they weren't washed, they most likely were, they were just OLDER than anything I would ever keep in my house.
No mattress pads on any bed, and no towel bars or hooks in most of the bathrooms.
So very very disappointing, will be much less likely to rent a " home away" again.
Lovely home in a very remote setting. Closely follow the listed instructions to reach the house, because the default google maps directions will send you through an impassable dirt road.
The house capaciously fit 9 people with no problems. The grill and hot tub were lovely, although the hot tub was a tad over-chlorinated. The house itself, and its setting, closely resembles the falling-apart spec house in arrested development, which was charming and shabby-chic for a weekend but I wouldn't want to live there.
Having to schlep our trash at the end of the weekend was a huge pain. The dump is about 20 minutes away, you have to get out of the car to have it weighed and paid, and you end up with your elbows in garbage at the dump. I would have been happy to pay an additional $20 a day garbage fee to just leave our trash in a bag at checkout.
I'm of the mind to give the stay a two-star deduction for that very unpleasant hour. However, our host very graciously helped us into the apartment at our arrival Friday night, letting us know the alarm may have been enabled, actively communicating with us as we drove out to the house, and being on the line when we opened the door with the code to deactivate the alarm. This was between 8 and 11pm on Friday, so I was very impressed by the host's sedulousness. So, on net, five stars minus two for trash plus one for the host = four stars.
|Refundable damage deposit||$750|
*Holiday periods are subject to elevated demand pricing.
*The cleaning fee is $250
*A refundable $750 security deposit is required to reserve this property.
*Pet Fee $200