On this spur of the moment trip, we stayed for 1 night. I've stayed at this motel many times over the years, including a couple of times since they switched over to their current Best Western affilia... more
On this spur of the moment trip, we stayed for 1 night. I've stayed at this motel many times over the years, including a couple of times since they switched over to their current Best Western affiliation. The motel is nice, and offers a relaxing pool (which I think is offered out to the local community for water aerobics classes?). It is a HUGE stretch to call this a "premier collection" property, and the motel's current high rates and resort fees are an insult, especially to those of us who have visited this motel for years. If this property wants to be compared to the "premier collection" standard, I'd have to give it 1 star. However, it does compare favorably against a typical Best Western, so I'll give it 3 stars.
The rooms are comfortable, though the bathrooms in particular are basic, dated and in need of updating (not many "premier resorts" feature fiberglass-style tub enclosures). The furniture, while comfortable, would be well-suited to a college dorm. The toiletries that are offered are certainly not "resort-worthy" -- management should consider offering larger bars of soap and separate shampoo and conditioner, rather than "conditioning shampoo". It's laughable to ask the front desk clerk what's included in the resort fee and to be told that it includes things like internet, the pool, and the exercise room -- all of which would be offered at no additional charge at any Best Western or other budget motel.
So... for the past few years, I've really been in a quandary. I like this motel as a mid-scale motel in a remote desert town. It is NOT a fancy resort, and it always leaves me with a bad impression when I see the new higher rates and ridiculous "resort fee". Perhaps the owners should take a trip over to Palm Springs to see what a "premier resort" looks like, and maybe then they can market this property as what it is -- an above average motel in a humble, modest town. less