An Enchanting Desert Hideaway: The Villa Royale

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By Kaitey Marie

Have you ever found yourself scrolling through last minute hotel deals for a “stay-cation” or a quick weekend getaway in the desert? With all of the new hipster hotels and resorts to choose from—I’ll save you some time and tedious yelping. As a native of Palm Springs, I have stayed nearly everywhere in the Coachella Valley—however, my new favorite go-to for a romantic and relaxing escape is most definitely the Villa Royale Inn. This hidden gem is located in the heart of Palm Springs, quaintly nestled beneath gorgeous purple mountains and towering lush palm trees. The boutique bed and breakfast has a rich history since 1947, and currently hosts thirty-one unique rooms sprawling over three acres of an ancient Tuscan-inspired estate. Each room reflects the style of a different European region, and some guest rooms even come equipped with private patios, fireplaces and kitchens. Sneak off for a dip in one of their two heated pools or take a short stroll through a beautiful rose garden to their secluded jacuzzi under the desert stars. In the morning you will find fresh coffee waiting for you in the poolside lanai and in the afternoon fresh lemonade and cookies to snack on.

The Villa Royale is also home to the award-winning Europa Restaurant, featuring continental cuisine and exquisite dishes inspired by the flavors of France, Italy, Spain and Greece as well as an impressive variety of imported and domestic wines. Forget about stale blueberry muffins and a single serving of Fruit Loops—Europa restaurant hosts a delicious made-to-order complimentary breakfast daily for resort guests and has received a 4-Diamond Rating by AAA for ten consecutive years.

In addition to the beautiful property, eclectic and enchanting accommodations, the one aspect that sets the Villa Royale apart the most, in my opinion, is the exceptional customer service. How many times have you excitedly arrived at a hotel only to be greeted by a smug old man who could care less that it’s your honeymoon or birthday weekend? The moment you walk past the peaceful trickling fountain and blooming bougainvillea into the Villa Royale lobby, you are immediately greeted with a friendly smile and instantly made to feel at home. You may likely have the pleasure of meeting Jack Pedota of the front desk, who’s been at the Villa Royale for seven years and considers it his “dream job.” Jack will go out of his way to make sure you have the most relaxing and wonderful vacation during your stay, which truly makes all the difference.

The Villa Royale Inn undoubtedly continues to uphold its “tradition of tranquility” and is ideal for those who “value their privacy as highly as their fun.” To temporarily escape your hectic work life and be whisked away to a Mediterranean paradise in classic Palm Springs, you can make a reservation at: (760) 327-2314 or email for more information at: info@villaroyale.com.

kkalisva@uci.edu

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