The Ingleside Inn has been accommodating guests seeking the desert sun and fun of Palm Springs California since 1975. The Inn offers a variety of rooms, from the very basic like mine, to villa suites.
Celebrities have been visiting this classic Palm Springs property for decades enjoying the pool and the historic Melvyn's restaurant and Casablanca Lounge. For more visit the Inns website.
A nice fruit, cheese and snack place was waiting for me on my arrival. As was soda, juice, and water in the small refrigerator hidden away in the closet. My room at the Ingleside Inn was #142, it must be one of the smallest at the Inn and tucked into a corner of the court yard near the lobby.
The Inn's "Fact Sheet" says the property has 30 Suites, Mini-Suites, and Villas. I find it hard to believe that any of those descriptions would apply to my room. One small window was all my little room had to offer. With such limited natural light it forced me to turn on the rooms lights which quickly heated up the room. Requiring the wall air conditioner to be turned on, which was extremely noisy but quickly cooled off the room but with a roar!
A small bathroom with nice shower includes a basic set of amenities. Everything about this room said Home Depot. The floor tiles and fixtures didn't have any kind of style that would relate to this historic Inn's heritage or it's luxury reputation.
The large pool and jacuzzi is surrounded by lots of grass and space to relax. Refreshments, Ping Pong and backgammon are also near the pool. A pool attendant is available. Inn staff can assist in making arrangements for golf, spa and other local attractions.
Melvyn's is a historic restaurant and it's Casablanca Lounge are located on the property and has been attracting locals for years. Entertainment and dancing nightly starting a 8pm. Sunday Jam Sessions are 3:30 - 7:30.
Two books written by the Ingleside Inns owner, Mel Haber, are available in your room for your reading pleasure. They include many short stores about Mel and Palm Springs. The Inn is just a block away from the main street, Palm Canyon Drive. A Rite Aid drug store is nearby and much of Palm Springs shopping, dinning and entertainment is within easy walking distance.
I had the opportunity to step into another room at the Inn for a few minutes. Click on images above to see larger photos. This was much nicer than my little room, and I'm sure it would come with a larger price tag. But you can see how the Owners skimped on the remodeling of my room.
I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of character / style found in my room, but the rest of the Ingleside Inns amenities made up for that. Especially the pool with the expanse of lawn surrounding it. A little listening in on conversations around the pool revealed that the Inns guests include many regulars who return on a regular basis. I can see why. It has everything a classic desert getaway requires.