The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort
What We Love
- Super-speedy room service
- Well-edited design
- Free in-room WiFi
- Monochromatic interiors electrified with fuchsia and orange accents
What To Know
- Check schedule for conferences and festivals, as the hotel is home to wild gatherings from time to time
- Newly remodeled, midcentury-inspired Chiki Bar is heaven for sunbathers and tiki enthusiasts
- Property is dog-friendly
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1959, this vast resort retains its opulent, Old Hollywood glamour. There’s nothing understated about the elegance here; it’s all about over-the-top, luxurious details with a brassy Las Vegas feel. Pull into the driveway (with the top down, of course) and you’ll be greeted by massive mirrored pillars and giant windows that look into the neon-orange-lit lobby. Don’t waste any time before heading down to the pools, which are flanked by bikini-clad guests, firepits, palm trees and sweeping views of the mountains in the background. Relax in a private cabana and you’ll understand why the Rat Pack kept coming back. While the common areas around the resort may be all outsize ornamentation, mirrored surfaces, and bigger-than-life baubles, guest rooms are delightfully understated. Midcentury lamps, plush pillow-top beds, and marble bathrooms provide a relaxing retreat from the lively scene outside. After shooting some pool in the hotel’s huge lobby area, book a treatment at SpaTerre, where an appointment in one of the new treatment rooms grants you access to the 11,000-square-foot spa, with its free-form pools, private steam rooms, and plunge pools. Then book dinner at Circa 59, where you’ll find contemporary American classics made with local Coachella Valley produce.
In the Area
Start the morning with a hike up to Tahquitz Canyon or the Seven Sisters Waterfall at Indian Canyons. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, go to local favorite Cheeky’s for brunch; you’ll find banging breakfast items alongside some of the best Bloody Marys around. After you’ve fueled up, take a design and architecture tour with Palm Springs Modern Tours; you’ll see masterpieces by Albert Frey, Richard Neutra and John Lautner. If you’re looking for a date while you’re in the desert…head out to Shields Date Garden, where you can cool off with one of their famous date shakes while gazing out at the trees.
How to Get There
Family stayed over the weekend and were unanimous that we would return. Very large property, nice pool area, great location. Food was decent to good. Watch the $5.00 service charge on all food service so you don't tip twice like I did. Don't get a room by the pool unless your ok with loud thumping music all day.
This is an economical, well-aged hotel with many attractions but you must keep in mind that it is just that. The Tributes in the hotel are to the many stars like Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant who frequented the hotel in the early years. Features and artwork are throughout the hotel. Upon check-in, we were upgraded to a suite and it was quite large. It was not until we returned to the room after dinner that we noticed all of the deficiencies. The room was very dusty and obviously had not been used in a long time and was in need of a good thorough cleaning. Upon crawling into bed we noticed that the King sized bed was broken on half and made you roll down and out so we slept on half of the bed. In the morning we complained at the front desk and they did move us to a much better room and gave us a discount on the first night. It is a large but very dated hotel. The pool is wonderful and lots of fun in the area. The restaurant served us great food at both breakfasts and lunches. The snacks poolside were also very tasty. We visited the lobby bar one night and enjoyed the drinks and camaraderie of other guests. We spent four nights there and would stay again, but would request a newly redecorated room upon arrival.
The Pros: location, pool, bar, service, restaurant, staff, up-graded areas and rooms.
Cons: The older rooms, aged carpets and furniture.
Stayed here with colleagues for a two-day business meeting, and overall, our stay went well. The service couldn’t be friendlier. We’re working with the hotel on hosting our upcoming conference, and they’ve been great to work with. There are a few areas that I think could see some improvement, but overall, we’re pretty happy with the hotel.
+ Staff are super friendly and helpful
+ The pool(s) and fire pits are relaxing and accessible
+ Having many smaller buildings clustered together gives the resort a more relaxed feel for a bigger hotel
+ Conference center is easily accessed from all the buildings
+ Food was tasty.
Could be improved stuff
- As many have mentioned, some rooms have been updated, some are in need of it. I presume the hotel is working on this.
- Sure would be nice if they turned down the music around the pool in the afternoons
- Breakfast service was very friendly, and very very very slow (not the waitstaff’s fault, from what I could tell, but a slow kitchen)
Other things to note
- there is a free trolley service that runs on Thurs-Fri-Sat to take you to downtown PS.
- there are also bikes to borrow from the front desk
Although there was a water main break while we were there, I think the hotel handled it as best they could. We were having our meeting in the conference center, and they promptly gave us a key for a nearby vacant room for the day so we could go to the restroom. They also delivered hand sanitizer to our meeting since we couldn’t wash hands in the building. It wasn’t the hotel’s fault that the water main broke, and I do have sympathy for those who lost water in their rooms.
Overall, I liked the Riviera, and will stay there again. We’ll have our upcoming conference there, so we’ll have a chance to try it again.