Fodor's Expert Review The Hacienda at Warm Sands
586 S Warm Sands Dr., Palm Springs, California 92264, United States See on Map
Aiming for an upscale experience, the concierge service at male-only, clothing-optional The Hacienda is impressive. If you wish to impress a certain special travel companion, or just love knowing a certain brand of wine or type of flower bouquet will be waiting in your room, their staff enjoys creative requests and providing personal service. Guests may even check-in to find a pillow embroidered with their first name has been placed on the bed.
Truly a boutique experience, the hotel has only 10 rooms, almost all of them suites. Rooms have Wi-Fi and offer a romantic coziness. The exotic mix of decor includes French doors and hand-crafted Indonesian teak headboards. All rooms offer patio access; Deluxe type suites include kitchens.
Each bathroom is a little different, though all have spacious vanities and showers. In the Patio room and Deluxe suites, for example, the Spanish-tile counters, floors, and showers add warmth against the white and chrome fixtures, while the Junior Suite has a basin sink resting atop a charming antique cabinet.
Guests enter the gated grounds through a large wooden door, under a pergola, and walk through gardens, past the pools, and a fountain before entering the building. As with most Palm Springs hotels, the flow between indoor and outdoor is effortless, so a breezy seating area that’s technically indoors is just feet away from the outdoor fountain with an open cutout separating the two.
There’s no on-site spa, but in-room massages in a variety of styles (Swedish, deep-tissue, sports) can be arranged with hotel staff.
Served daily is an extensive continental breakfast of fresh fruits, juices,
European-styled pastries, bagels and cream cheese, cereals, eggs, cheese
and ham and fresh-brewed coffee. Included in the room rates is a catered
restaurant-prepared lunch with a broad selection of freshly prepared salads,
wraps and sandwiches, each with interesting sides, and an accompanying
beverage (fresh-brewed iced tea, lemonade or wine). Lunch is served on
china plates either poolside or in-suite.
YOU SHOULD KNOW No restaurant here, but suites can be stocked with snacks and foods, as well as a limited assortment of alcoholic beverages.
Parking is free and The Hacienda is just four minutes drive (or about a 20-minute walk) from the restaurants, shops, and bars of downtown Palm Springs, including a cluster of gay bars and clubs on Arenas Rd.
For a taste of old Palm Springs, pay a visit to Melvyn’s Restaurant & Lounge (4-minute drive), a collared-shirt-required restaurant and piano bar. High brow hot dogs and sausages can be found at Frankinbun (4-minute drive), while Watercress Vietnamese Bistro (6-minute drive) dishes up Vietnamese and Thai dinners popular with locals.
It wouldn’t be Palm Springs without tiki bars or without gay bars and Toucan’s Tiki (9-minute drive) is both a gay bar and a tiki-themed bar. For a night at the club, Hunter’s Nightclub (4-minute drive) has a DJ and different theme nights (like drag bingo or Underwear Wednesdays). The RetroRoom Lounge (6-minute drive) has karaoke every night, but check out happy hour for a charming cocktail in a place that adores old Hollywood style.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The room-to-pool ratio is a big win, as is the fact that most rooms are suites, many with kitchens. In terms of gay, nude resorts, The Hacienda is located in the Warm Sands enclave, surrounded by other gay-friendly, clothing-optional hotels, many of which host mixers depending on the night, the season, or the property. For the introverted or folks who want a quieter experience, The Hacienda is more intimate than many other Warm Sands properties. And their desire to develop relationships to create returning clientele is evident in both the concierge service and personal details.