Rated 4 out of 5 by Kevin456 Beautiful facility - terrible wifi
Beautiful setting, beautiful rooms, great staff. Two problems: one minor, one major.
The minor problem is the lack of any lower cost options for a quick meal. All the restaurants are relatively pricey espcially if all you want is a light lunch or dinner.
The MAJOR problem is the totally unreliable, unstable and often unuseable internet. I spent 30 minutes on the phone with their provider's tech support who couldn't find a way to boost the signal to the point I could reliably receive email much less get any work done. For this reason alone I would not return to the property unless I wanted to be completely cut off from the world.
October 14, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Somer25 Thought I was getting more with the Westin brand
I have to start by saying the grounds at the Westin Mission Hills were well kept. However, the rooms and some of the staff need improvement. Our initial room had a stale, musty odor. When we called to have it freshened up, housekeeping sent a housekeeper with a broken can of air freshner, she sprayed 3 sprays and left. We walked into our bath room only to find the bathtub had been tarnished by what I guess is hard water over the years and was browning. We were given another room but when we got into that one there were no towels and it took 30 minutes just to get clean towels. There was a NYE party that night that no one on the staff could tell us the details about and sent my wife and I on a wild goose chase to find out how to get tickets. The one bright spot of the stay was a waiter named Manny at the Pzimini restauant. He added a personal touch to his service and he was the one that locked down the details and tickets for us to the NYE party. Manny dserves the recognition
January 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bob2013 Housekeeping problems
The property is attractive; the staff is friendly and helpful. Housekeeping was abysmal.
April 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Josh Great manager and staff
Overall a beautiful and relaxing experience. We was staying here for Coachella.
April 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by DeJuanDeJuan Your answer to a quick weekend getaway
My review for this property is long overdue, but I still get excited when talking about my stay. My fiance and I went to the Westin for a turn-around romantic getaway after Valentine's Day. The staff was very friendly and attentive when we called upon them. We were upgraded to a room facing the golf course without hassle and thoroughly enjoyed our room.
We did not get in the pool/jacuzzi, but checked out the spa facilities. My fiance was in awe with how well the spa staff treated her and made her feel welcome.
My parents ordered us some strawberries and champagne, and when we returned from the spa, there they were sitting on the table with a handwritten note from my parents written by the coincerige. Such a nice touch! The staff was also great at recommending places to eat (not so much at giving directions though). I could have used my iPhone for that; so I'll take some of the blame.
Lastly, the only downside to this resort is the size of the property - it is huge! It took us a while to walk from our room to the spa and back. If you're lucky, you can catch a golf cart back to your room. But nonetheless, we still enjoyed ourselves.
WE WILL DEFINITELY STAY THERE AGAIN THIS YEAR! AND SO SHOULD YOU! :-)
June 4, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by MonkeyBay Our experience at Westin in Rancho Mirage, CA,
After staying at Westin in Bellevue, WA, and Fort Lauderdale FL this year, we decided to stay at Westin again. The stay at the Rancho Mirage, CA, location was an unforgettable bad experience with Westin (one of the finest hotels).
The first room was next to a generator room, we immediately returned to the front desk for room change because we did not want to hear the loud noise and to look at the rusty door from the room. The staff told us "Sir, this is what you paid for a 'Traditional room'. Needless to say we were very disappointed with his comments and customer services. After a lengthy discussion, he was reluctant to move us to another traditional room. The outside of the 2nd room was better, but yet this room needs immediate renovation work. Paints on the doors are peeling, bathroom floor is dirty, phone did not work, 3 light bulbs disappeared, and in Day 1 of our stay TV did not work and no water bottles provided. It was because the room was dark, surely the cleaning crews should have noticed the light bulbs problem and should have put new ones on. A message to us is that ‘They probably do not care’.
This year, we stayed at Westin for a total of 2 weeks. We will look beyond Westin when we are looking for a stay for our vacation and business travels.
December 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by peek good rooms but many minor problems
when i arrived i was assigned a handicapped room. i asked to be changed and was given one on the 2nd floor. we drove to the area of our room and carried our overnight cases to the bldg. i was told there was no elevator so we looked for the stairs . it took us about 5-10 minutes of wandering to find that they were on the outside of the bldg and not from the interior courtyard. small signage would have been much appreciated. when we arrived at our room the maid had just started cleaning it. after several minutes of standing outside our room i informed the front desk . they apologized profusely. shortly they called back and to make up they offered to comp breakfast for my wife and myself during our stay. the room was large as was the bathroom. the bed was very comfortable. the bathroom however had a bulb that took several minutes to reach its peak output . at first it was very dim. i'm sure this was for energy conservation but it was counterproductive as we left it on all night so as to be able to see . i would expect more from a luxury hotel. to take a shower it was necessary to figure out how to obtain hot water. there were no markings on the faucet . after a coulpe of minutes of experimentation i found out that it the handle was turned counterclockwise i would get hot water. the next morning we went to breakfast and gave the waiter the vouchers that we had received for the meal. he told us that they entitled us to the buffet but not the regular menu. the buffet was very average. the orange juice was from a carton, the bacon was very greasy and fatty . the eggs and scones were good but all the food was room temperature, not warm or hot. later that day we received a telephone message that the concierge had a package for us. the next morning we went to breakfast and again gave the waiter our vouchers. he told us that they were good for the buffet or the regular menu. we opted for the regular menu and again the meal was the same. the coffee however was fairly good. i was waiting for a refill of coffee and trying to signal a waiter without success. a lady from an adjacent table saw me and came over and brought a pot of coffee and lef t us the pot. i found out that she worked for the resort in sales .her name was teri? i appreciated that very much. additionally there was frequently heard banging of dishes which was quite loud.we went to check out but first stopped by the concierge desk to pick up the package that they had notified us of yesterday. the concierge stated that the contents were for use on the property, i.e. reduced spa rates, etc. as we were checking out we thanked her but had no use for it. finally , at checkout we were charged a resort fee. we had not been informed of same at checkin. i asked what the resort fee provided for us and was told room delivery of a daily newspaper weekdays(we were there on a weekend so that didn't apply) in room wifi ( i had my android phone so didn't need that ), free local calls (again i had my cell phone) and the best was free self parking. this is just another attempt of a major hotel chain to unbundle services to reach into the guests pocket. the property itself is beautiful but there are many small details that could be addressed and in particular the restaraunt needs some serious work.
March 14, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by M1974 Staff lacks training
Horrible experience from the day we checked in to the last day at breakfast. Front desk not very welcoming. Hotel was 100% committed but no excused to rush us as a cattle. Not welcoming at all. No one seemed willing to take the extra step listen to guest concerns, we were left to endure. Asked for the front office manager (not supervisor) to contact me twice never received a call back. The Italian restaurant was over priced and horrible food. The waiter apologized and comped our dinner that we did not eat, even-though we asked for not salt in our food it was PURE SALT.
It took me four visits to get 4pm check out. I had to bring my I-Pad to the front desk, so the staff stop lying to me about the availability. Asked the pool attended to help us with the umbrella that was broken. Told me he would try to contact engineering but would not promise any results. No one came to assist us. Twice my towels were removed from my pool chair by the pool attendant while i was in the water. Every Breakfast Arturo cooked our omelets with the incorrect ingredients even though it was written down. Arturo was nice though!!!!
As a Starwood Platinum would expect better service, at least from the front desk. The front office supervisors who sits opposite to front desks are worthless, Erik should be dismissed!!! Sad week at the Westin!!!!
April 13, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by FOB1 Poorly managed
Numerous roaches and spider webs on the exterior of the buildings along with cracked sidewalks were the first indication of poor maintenance. Black mold in the bathroom and chipped calking didn't help improve our impression of a "resort" that either does not hire enough people or has stopped investing in upkeep. The worn, dirty, and threadbare sofas and chairs in the rooms and public area are depressing. At "Pinzmini" the main dinning area, the portions are skimpy and over-priced. A chicken sandwich got lost on a large white plate with 8, yes 8 tiny picked veggies. The worst impression was the last impression. I inquired about the special promotion package offered of 3 nights and 4 days for $395. I can only assume that the Concierge earns a commission each time a guest enrolls. It is the first time anyone on the staff lied to me. When I was handed the form I was repeatedly told what a great deal it was. She briefly touched on that there would be a short introductory meeting. When I read the fine print, and I do mean fine since it was printed in 6pt type and light grey ink, making it difficult to read without glasses, I saw that everyone had to attend a 90 minute meeting, make a minimum of $75,000 a year, and own a home. Why the subterfuge? The only nice thing about our stay was the service staff. The waiters were great and so was the front desk.
May 13, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by expectedquality Not really quality
Upon arriving, our room had cob webs, the light above the desk table was broken,the stopper in one of the sinks was broken and no tissues in room. Then, went looking for ice-one machine per building-and the one in our building was broken. When I tried to tell a maintenance worker, he didn't speak English! My Spanish was I guess good enough to get through, as he pointed to the next building, and after searching the whole first floor there, I found it. The small ice bucket was only big enough for about 3 or 4 glasses worth and I didn't want to get out in the cold again for another search, so didn't have ice.
There was no room service menus in the room and only one restaurant (Italian) and a bar in the hotel-took a shuttle over to the Westin Villas for a sandwich the first day, then had to go looking for a restaurant on Christmas eve. Everything closed but found a hamburger restaurant a couple of miles away.
I decided to try the Spa. The people were quality, -very nice and friendly-but not the facility. As with the rooms, they needed better planning and updating Both the men and women used the same "quiet room" . It was located in the hallway anyone using the hot tub facilities outside had to walk through. The quiet room obviously wasn't quiet. The locker rooms were old looking and I didn't want to take a shower there.-went back to the room.
All in all the stay was a disappointing experience
December 27, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by KBob Great Time and helpful staff
I am a Platinum SPG, and stayed there for a night with my 7 year old daughter after taking her to the BNP paribas tennis open. After a full day of watching tennins, we were exhausted and settled into our comfortable room. My daughter had a great time at the pool and made friends with many kids at the family friendly resort.
When we checked out, we realised she had left a book from her school libraryin the room. I called back the next day and a day later, they called me back and mailed the book back. My daughter was very happy and so am I. Good Serivce everyone and especailly the gentleman at lost and found who noted down the title and hunted it down!
April 7, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by AgentMoby Unacceptable Service.
Most disappointing Westin I have been too. But first let me say that I have read the 5 and 4 star reviews here and I agree that this place probably provides great experiences at some point but In my opinion, in order to truly be a 5 Star Resort you need to be 5 Stars all the time.
We pulled up to the valet and found it abandoned - it was like a ghost town. We figured someone would show up eventually and so we unpacked the car...after 5 minutes I decided to go and let them know and check-in. I was offered apologies and they sent someone out.
The nice girl at the front desk did provide complimentary champagne and chocolate strawberries for our anniversary. I figured at this point that I could let the ghost town valet first impression go.
When we returned to the Valet, they didn't offer to valet our car and take us to our room - he just asked if I wanted directions? I thought it was odd but we again settled and drove to the room.
And then we got lost because the nice girl at the front gave us terrible directions! Why would we want to park in a lot that has a pool between our car and our room? Long walk with luggage? 100 degrees? No?
Room was on the golf course and as expected for Westin. Good sized too with a love seat, coffee table and reading area.
We became optimistic again and decided to eat at Pinzimini, the hotel's italian restaurant.
I like the menu - plenty of new things to try. My wife had a salad and I had the Prix Fixe with Bruschetta, a lovely pizza with a sunny side egg and prosciutto! And then topped of with tira misu. Service was good but I did notice it was slow and the servers would congregate in a group in the middle of the restaurant and I thought it unprofessional and tacky. Food was good and our server was great but I don't get the idea that anyone takes there job seriously here so far.
I golf the next morning and you have to play here! I will write a separate review on the course in detail but I enjoyed it - definitely the highlight of my stay.
After I golfed my wife and I retreated to the Pool for the day and ordered some food and drinks. My wife modified her order slightly and the server wrote down and said no problem - yah right. It was exactly like the menu and as if the chef couldn't read. So I ate my meal and my wife watched until our server had it fixed.
The first time someone here went out of their way to course correct here was Ryan our server. He offered a free drink for the inconvenience and was especially attentive and thankful for our patience. Great job Ryan - we appreciated your hard work.
Now the prices are crazy at the pool and not Ryan's fault - we spent like $100!!! For two entrees a few cocktails and a bucket of beer...
We woke up the next morning after a great night at El Paseo and walked for coffee at the market they have on site - cool little place with reasonable prices. Upon returning, our room keys didn't work so we walked back to the front desk- mildly irritated. The girl working the desk was oblivious and unapologetic for our inconvenience and got us new keys.
We got back to the room and STILL the keys didn't work...so I called from my cellphone and let the front desk know. They said they would send someone right away (that means 20 minutes and two phone calls BTW). My second phone call at the 12 minute mark was not so nice but the girl on the other end was not either as all she had to say was "i have ready sent someone sir".
Security shows up with their master key - assuming that we are incompetent and doesn't bring any equipment. He also asked us if we left the slider unlocked - further proof he thinks we are stupid. We would have opened the door ourselves Einstein...
So the battery was dead on our door lock and I have received no call from anyone who gives a damn if we are upset or not after we made it clear we weren't.
You should be ashamed Westin Mission Hills. I spent nearly a thousand dollars here and I got a motel quality experience.
So glad we are leaving - keep your 3 pm check out and get me outta' here
September 15, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Michelle12 Staff at Italian Resteraunt
The wait staff at the new Italian resteraunt was exceptional!
Sadly, the food at this resteraunt was VERY disappointing. We had 10 people and a very high bill. None of the adults enjoyed our expensive meals. The pork chop had no flavor and was way over cooked. The sea food pasta was also disappointing; not enough high quality seafood for the high price. The bread however was delicious.
The workers at the Villa Pools were very friendly and helpful!
We were VERY VERY VERY disappointed that the main pool water slides were not available to use. We came to your hotel to use that pool near the arcade, so that the kids could go to and from the arcade and pool.
March 20, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Teavelforfun Had better Westin experience
Beautiful common areas but the room could use an update. Bathroom was great though. HATE resort fees; if i'm at a resort, why do i have to pay an extra fee? Front desk did not explain what the resort fee cover. Found out from other reviewers that I could have used the spa facility. No wifi signal in my room. IT guy could not figure it out even though he tried several things. No phone signal either. Maid woke us up at 8am! Seriously!?! Who wants to wake up at 8am while on vacation? Told her we have 4pm checkout. She came back at 3pm and said we had to vacate the room because someone else was checking in to it.
October 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Aulfat Great view
This hotel has a great view and walking area. Staff is very friendly and he
December 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by AllieD Excellent doesn't even begin to describe it!
My husband and I stayed here for a few days after our wedding. Check-in was a breeze with beyond courteous staff. Room was clean and was even ready for us a little early. Room service came within the time they told us and everything was delicious. Only negative is when we called for some extra towels it took an abnormally long time to get them. Two hours after calling my husband had to go to the front desk and again request the towels. They said they would have some sent right over to our room but even that took another hour. But all in all that's a small issue compared to all the positives this resort has.
And on a side note, the restaurants on site are delicious!
February 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jgiamanco Love this resort
This is one of our favorite places to stay! A high quality resort that is family friendly. The pool and game staff made our stay very enjoyable. Jose Luis, luis, and the other restaurant staff made us feel like we were the only guests, or at least their favorites! Our only problem was housekeeping. I am not sure if they were short staff due to occupancy rate or if it was caused by our own crazy schedule but our room was not cleaned at all one day and I had to call twice to get it cleaned another day. Then housekeeping knocked on our door when we had the do not disturb sign out, to check our mini bar??? Overall we loved the staff and cant wait to get back there as soon as possible!
July 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by CBLAW Wonderful staff
Every staff member we encountered was engaging and friendly. Ricardo, Jorge, Manny, Cameron, Cecilia everyone. Bravo.
December 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Diamondboy27 Great Resort With Great Golf
Rooms were spacious and very nice, had a balcony and was able to walk right out to the water feature outside my room. Golf was great, the best i have ever seen that course look!
December 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adele13 This resort truly feels like a resort.
We love the grounds and the fact that everything is tied together with the walkway. Grandchildren love bike riding and we are encouraged to get out and walk. Swimming/ slides are always fun... although we would like to see more monitoring of children who run, pull on volleyball net, abuse pool table, etc.
Tennis courts are nicely maintained, but we do resent having to pay $20 to use them ! Patio at the Vista restaurant makes an ideal breakfast and service was outstanding. Holiday tree lighting ceremony was delightful ! All in all, we love Westin at RM and will return next year.
November 27, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Bob2013 Housekeeping needs improvement
MapQuest doesn't know where you are.
Upon arrival in my room, the toilet was "running". A simple "jiggle" of the flush-handle fixed the problem but why?
The power supply to the in-room table was unplugged leaving no power to the table or the WIFI router. I had to find the power supply, plug it in -- not my job.
The coffee machine cord would not reach any power point or power supply from its position. I had to move it into the bathroom in order to brew a cup of coffee.
The room seems a bit run-down with furniture scratches, carpet stains and a roughed in panel in the bathroom.
April 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JMTraveler Great location, great layout, watch for peak periods
We decided to stay at the Westin Mission Hills for several reasons: close to Los Angeles area (home), great property layout (plenty of walking paths) and because of all the Westin brand stands for. The room was good, super clean and the restaurant, bar and cleaning staff were awesome. So awesome that we stayed an extra night.
Watch for peak periods (the weekend we stayed was full). We had a full size, upgrade, but when when I changed to come a day later, we lost both. Calling reservations during peak periods resulted in a 20-30 minute wait time.
Overall, a good experience.
March 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by DaveInCT Nice Getaway
This is a review from a stay a few years ago, but I've had relatives stay here more recently who tell me not much has changed. Take it with a (stale?) grain of salt, though.
Stayed 2 nights on a long weekend with Gold status (before Plat). We were upgraded to a golf course view room, very nice. Not sure what they give Plats here.
Hotel has absolutely beautiful grounds. Great for walking around. Excellent pool, though we were disappointed that our then almost 4 year old was not allowed to use the water slide, even with me holding him. Kids Club was OK, but they do not take drop-offs, so of limited utility. Resorts really need to take drop-offs if they want their kids club to mean anything to parents looking for a bit of a break. This, I believe, is a Westin-wide thing, not unique to this property.
Those things aside, it's definitely a kid-friendly resort. Each restaurant we went to was great with the kid, never a sideways glance, even at the "nice" place for dinner one night.
A bit far from Palm Springs proper.
Resort fee is outrageous, but it is what it is.
January 11, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vanguy Building 11
The entrance way to room 1123 on the ground floor is directly off the grounds through a hallway which, during the day, is unlit. The vestibule to 1123 and adjoining 1125 is like walking in to a cave during the day. I would suggest entrances to rooms with that design should have movement sensor lights installed.
November 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by amanda4882 Comfortable/Affordable/Caring Staff
Upon our arrival, my girlfriend and I checked in, went to our room, and found the room to be unclean. Looked as if the bed had just been slept in. So we called front desk and went back and we got another room. Turns out the bed just didn't get made all the way after cleaning. Whew! Not even 30 seconds of entering our room, 2 staff came in and gave us coronas on ice, chips, salsa and guacamole. Now I thought that was great customer service. We all make mistakes, but it's about how you handle it and rebound from it that really matters. They turned an small inconvenience into something special for my friend in me. I can't wait to go back. Also, the restaurants and amenities are amazing!!! The adult pool is where it's at. However, they do have kiddie pools w/ slides. Will come back.
September 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by DeeJay59 Great Golf Getaway
I really enjoy coming to the Westin Mission Hills for it's golf courses. The summer golf packages are a very good deal. Usually I sign up for the unlimited golf and play more than 18 holes each day. This time we did the play after 10:00 AM deal, which is a little less expensive. The only drawback is the checkout time for the last day. It conflicts with playing after 10AM. If you can't get a late checkout, you either have to curtail the last round of golf, or find another way to clean up after finishing your round of golf. The hotel's suggestion? Pay to use the clubhouse shower. I also recommend asking the hotel/golf pro shop, what the conditions are on the courses ,(driving range open, greens sanded, etc). It might make a difference as to which day you play which course.
August 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Vinay29 Westin Mission Hills and Pinzimini Made Our Day!
This place deserves a 5 star. I don't know why folks are giving it lower ratings. During the recent Thaksgiving break, we visited Palm Springs and stayed at Westin Mission Hills. We ate breakfast and dinner at Pinzimini. Our experience was amazing. Entire staff of Pinzimini were very courteous. The food was very delicious too. We were concerned that they didn't have any vegetarian entree items on the menu for dinner. It was a special dinner since two of us in the party had our birthdays (my self and my friend's wife) and all four of us were vegetarians. I approached the host and she introduced me to the chef (Shawn). He assured that he will prepare a multi -course vegetarian Italian dinner for us. He in deed kept his promise. He went out of his way to prepare the best Italian dinners we ever had in the continental US! Our server Ryan was extremely friendly and very helpful. Both Westin and Pinzimini staff made my birthday very special.
I also noticed that Westin mission hills and Pinzimini staff were very accommodating with babies and kids. It looked like everyone was having a good time. I certainly recommend this restaurant and hotel to anyone and especially to ones with kids.
Here is what we ate and liked very much.
Breakfast: Orange granola pancake (YUM!!), Oatmeal and Blueberry protein shake.
Dinner: Antipasti Misto, Cured Olives, Asparagus and special bruschetta, Minestrone soup, Fried Zucchini, Pasta with creamy pesto and steamed fresh vegetables, Cappuccino Tiramisu and plum cake for dessert!
The portions were just right for us and price was comparable to similar high-end restaurants. We would definitely go back here!
December 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Harry1411 labor day family getaway
My family and I had a wonderful time at this resort during our stay, staff are very friendly and very professional. Everything went well for us but I lost my bracelet at the resort at the Villa pool with the slide. Contacted security, he told us nothing was turned in. Hoping that some one will turn it in to lost and found because that was a father's day gift from my kids. I will definitely recommend my friends and family to stay at this resort because it's very family friendly atmosphere.
September 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by omglal The Westin Experience
My partner and I came to have some R & R for a few days and we were pleased with the facility and staff. However the front desk staff could use a little more training. We really appreciated the manager of housekeeping as she went over and above her duties. We were impressed by the facilities and kid friendliness and looking forward to coming back and bring our families.
October 28, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by don1030 Needs upgrading
Recently attended a 3 day conference here and was somewhat disappointed. Service was outstanding; however, the golf course and 2 of the restaurants were shut down for work. My room was in need of some upgrading, carpet was soiled, TV was outdated with analog and spotty reception, toilet did not flush property, etc. Additionally, I was not impressed with the quality of food, whether for room service or during the conference in meetings. There are other property/resorts in Palm Springs that I would recommend.
October 9, 2012