Rated 4 out of 5 by Rumbda 4-Day Getaway
We took a 4-day Explorer Package offered through our vacation ownership and had a wonderful time. The restaurant at the hotel has REALLY stepped up its game. The service was great and the dinner food and wine were actually reasonably priced for a hotel restaurant. My husband and I shared our plates and the staff was kind enough to split our meals for us without making us feel like we were asking too much!
The resort golf course was in beautiful shape and the greens were perfectly manicured. Great job!
The resort itself could use some sprucing up. It is showing its age. There were some flaws and signs of wear in our room. Torn carpet, chipped furniture and bathroom fixtures. Some of the common areas could use upgrading and maintenance.
Also, the spa area could use some upgrading. The robes and amenities are showing their age. The water fountain with the fruit enhancements in the women's locker room was pretty horrible in appearance and I would not drink from it. The whirlpool area could use some new cushions on the chairs-they have been the same for years!
We have been vacation owners for almost 10 years at this resort and we enjoy it every time we come out to the desert. Please keep up the great work in the main restaurant! You are doing wonderful things there.
My suggestions for improvement would be the things listed above. Please do not let this beautiful place go downhill. I am proud to be an owner here and would hate to see my investment diminish.
February 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by notrealhappy Needs updating and cleaned
The housekeeping is poor. It is hit-or-miss as to whether you get your coffee service refreshed or your towels replaced.
MOLD in shower.
Common areas (hallways in buildings) were dirty, and many had strange purple/black spills that looked like something leaked while going through there.
Room service breakfast was cold.
Service in bar was slow.
I used the spa, and the facial was nice. Went to the spa pool, and it needs some upkeep. There were tiles missing from the decorative tile line around the pool.
February 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Orlando Great amenities, customer service was very poor
I am a long time Starwood member and truly enjoy the hotel chain that they've developed; particularly the service that guest are afforded. Unfortunately at Mission Hills, the check in staff were unaccommodating and difficult to deal with in meeting my original reservation needs. The room I asked for was not available and they refused to move me during my stay as well.
Additionally, the group I was with rented a large suite for 5 nights that was very expensive. During our stay, Security came to our room 4 times to tell us that we were too loud; 2 of the 4 times were during DAYLIGHT hours. Seriously???!!!! That is ridiculous.
We spent thousands of dollars at the resort and were not treated with a level of service I've come to love from Starwood. Frankly, I will not return to this property again.
February 21, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by UnhappyGuest27 Improve Staff at Westin Mission Hills
Staff doesn't get things right - apparently doesn't listen. Plus, Overcharge on bill for beer (I don't drink beer) and tried to use link to corect - link doesn't work. Remove second charge for beer immediaely. I will not spend any more time on this.
February 13, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Kim217 No star, if I could
I have stayed at many SPG properties, this is the first time I ever been so disappointed. I regret on choosing this property for rewarded vacation for my family and would give NO Star, if I could.
Below is not all, but some of major Issues I had during my stay over last Christmas holiday in Westin Mission Hills property.
1. Check-In: Took us about half an hour to do simple, standard check.
Front desk assigned us a room three times then repeatedly says, “Sorry, room is actually NOT READY and it’s still being clean.” On fourth time, she called housekeeping to ask if room was ready and she was on hold for quiet few minutes. If I was doing early check in, I understand. However, I did check in around 3:30PM which is resort standard. After long flight and drive, all of us were too tired to tolerate this situation.
2. Room Assignment: Not to mention, I was clearly pregnant (6months at the time), my family had two golf bags and few luggages. Since we knew there was no elevator on the property, I asked to be on the first floor. After being re-assigned four times, because of above ‘we thought the room was ready but it is not,’ we ended up on the 2nd floor. Three days of golf trip ended up carrying bags up and down which was very inconvenience.
3. Cleanness of room: Bed sheet had a stain; coffee machine was filled with used coffee and water. Toilet paper was cut loosely, made me wonder if they ever change the bed sheet or just tucked in old one.
4. House keeping: First day on round of golf, when we came back to room almost at 3PM, room was not made.
I called Housekeeping and they said the standard time to clean a room is until 5PM. How could it be?
I NEVER had these issues at any hotel or resort I ever stayed.
5. Customer Service: Since we share a room among three of us, which Westin property do charge extra for, I asked for extra soup on the way out for the dinner. Of course when we came back after two hours, it was still not in the room. I had to call again, took about 45min to receive a soap.
In comparison to similar type of Westin property such as Westin Golf & Spa resort in Scottsdale which I stayed just few months prior, this property is not even close to meet half of their customer service and room standard.
It’s a shame for such a beautiful property.
If my family ever go back to play golf in Mission Hill, which is excellent course, we will probably stay in different property. I will not recommend this property to family and friends.
January 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EllieD007 Excellent stay
I have always been pleased with the service I receive from Westin Hotels & Resorts. On this occasion however, the professionalism, friendliness and attentiveness exceeded my expectations.
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the hotel and the lady who greeted us arranged for a bottle of champagne to be delivered to our room whilst we were at dinner in the restaurant. It certainly made us feel incredibly special.
January 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by LeeArizona Surprised at changes since our last visit
We have been guests at this Westin many times over the past 20 years. It had always been pleasurable. This visit was a great disappointment.
The new Italian restaurant serves us mediocre meals in a noisy setting. After one meal we did not return. The Bell staff was less than useful. The concierge was not helpful.
In contrast, the staff at both golf courses served us in excellent fashion.
January 8, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by dhs1953 Not a recommended propertry
I booked a group with 30+ rooms. Almost everyone had to wait for their room to be ready to check-in. The service was terrible and the meeting planning left a lot to be desired. The events did come off better than expected based on the service we had received in the bar and restaurant.
I somewhat expected an upgrade as a Platinum member but I was mistaken. I was told, "Not at that room rate".
January 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by BizTraveller23 Not to the standards I have grown to expect
I have stayed in more than a dozen Westin properties over the last year and been pleased by each and every one until this hotel. This one was not a good experience. Our rooms were not only poorly cleaned each day, we didn't even get towels two days in a row, let alone clean glasses, new coffee, bath mats, etc. In addition, the on-premises restaurant is just bad. I am highly tolerant of mediocre food (as I am on the road 60% of the time) but PIzzamini was bland, over priced and full of servers that were rude and slow. I never complain but just had to at this hotel; it does not meet Westin standards.
January 6, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Sour4 When is a Suite not Sweet?
Our experience at Rancho Mirage should be a warning to anyone with a family who thinks they are getting a suite to sleep 4 people. We had confirmation and an expectation that we would have more than a sleeper sofa for our young adult children. All suites at Rancho Mirage have one bed and a sleeper sofa. While spacious the suites are very dated. This is a second class Westin. SPG members beware!
January 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SMF426 If we only had towels
We had a two bedroom suite which was lovely. Yet we never had enough towels and on one day had none called the desk and 40 minutes and three calls later they arrived . It is that little detail and things similar that mar the wonderful facility. The staff try hard and the breakfast buffet was wonderful ; yet the poolside menu is very limited and when to for a week you may have one sale choice and a few other items. Note the food is reasonable and the facility just great. But the details from housekeeping are important to those of us that stay here.
I like the property have stayed before and Bruno at the desk and his staff work hard to satisfy needs. I will come back but the overall service needs to be improved as noted.
January 2, 2014
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 1 out of 5 by babe60 unable to find parking
room 602 was across from the hotel cleaning staff supplies. you can hear their walkie talkies. they made noise when they would bring out supplies with their carts. we were near the back of a restaurant you can hear the staff talking and preparing to deliver food. this lasted beyond after 10pm
January 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by angry77 not happy
I lost my necklace after taking a facial with
mindy it was a very costly and sentimental
piece a sapphire and diamond seahorse
I asked to see mindy who did my facial
but they said I could not go into the room to
look or see her. They said she was with
another client I went back and then they
said she was at lunch. She never came
out or called to say she was sorry
she insisted I take it off when I told her
I never do that and she put it back on me
obviously not too carefully because when
went back to my room and looked in the
mirror it was gone I went and searched
with others and told the lost and found
and the front desk. In addition there
was a cockaroach in the waiting room
of the spa and the phone in our room
never worked despite numerous calls
to them on my cell about ti not working.
I will never stay there again. Maxine Landis
December 30, 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 4 out of 5 by JackHog Wonderful Experience w/ only a very few glitches
Heather at check-in was very nice and professional.
The Restaurant staff was superb - very attentive and personable. The three breakfasts were perfect.
We did not play golf but the golf course is beautifully kept.
Housekeeping made three blunders that directly affected our overall rating:
1) Slice of pizza and a pear in refrigerator when we first got in the room.
2) On the second day of our stay a wet, dirty cleaning towel was left on top of our suitcase.
3) Several times during our stay there were full garbage bags left right outside of our door. We mentioned it to employees in golf carts and the bags were picked up, but a dirty coffee cup was left behind. It stayed there until I moved it near a garbage can.
December 21, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Wpbracco Disappointing Stay.
There was mold under the soapdish in the bathtub. Lights over the beds were not working upon check in. No desk chairs, on ly easy chairs in the room. Not enough electrical outlets near the desk or bed to accomodate electronics needs. No facecloths in the bathroom and very few towels. Stayed here many times in the past, but this stay was unacceptable.
December 18, 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 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 5 out of 5 by Hoots Love the dog friendly atmsophere
We have stayed at many SPG facilities but this one was the best for dog care and friendliness. We were not aware of this before. Thank you!
December 1, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by PeaceNluv Countertop full of black ants
Left several msgs and spoke with on duty mgr on 2 diff occasions on 2 different days re: countertops full of black ants. We were assured it will be taken care of this morning as the hotel is sold out and there is no other available room for us to move into. Came back to the room later and black ants are back again. Hopefully this room will be marked for maintenance after we leave so external terminators can inspect and fix this.
Very disappointed as a former platinum and current lifetime gold starwood member. We were not able to enjoy our stay.
November 30, 2013
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 5 out of 5 by Austin111 Comfortable hotel
The hotel staff was pleasant, great amenities and very comfortable.
November 12, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Fabfour Could have been better
Although this property has been amazing in the past, sadly I found that the cheerful, attentive front desk staff are gone. It is a shame.
November 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TrishJ Great For Families
We have stayed at both Palm Dessert villas and found Mission Hills to be the best choice for families. Easy proximity to the pools, hotel amenities right next door, and plenty of green space where the kids could run around.
November 6, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Stacey286 20 year Wedding Anniversary trip not perfect
We are regular guests of Westin properties but this was our first time to The Palm Desert Westin. I made every effort to ensure no mishaps during our trip by calling ahead and the week of arrival speaking to management about how I wanted this vacation to be as perfect as possible. The room upon arrival needed maintenance in several areas, dusty furniture,The closet door was off the track lying on the inside of the closet itself, the phone did not work properly, 2 lamps as well as our patio light were out, and we didn't have a full set of towels only bath towels were placed in our room. It clearly appeared to have not been inspected before appointing it to us. We moved rooms the following day. Not convenient but necessary.
I will say the management and service from the staff was on point when I brought our concerns to them, very apologetic and kind. Our disappointment was that we had stressed how special of a trip this was to us and to give us the initial room we were in showed that the facility wasn't trying to ensure the best experience possible for us. Our room for our 4 night stay was only serviced once by housekeeping. I had to run my own trash to the larger receptacle in our building and request fresh towels and coffee for our in room machine. The restaurant Pinzimini was excellent! Elizabeth our server was an absolute sweetheart and really made us feel special celebrating our wedding anniversay at their property. The food was truly very good as was the wine selection. We also enjoyed the Fireside Lounge.
Karen Settles at registration was also absolutely wonderful the morning we moved to the second room, She made sure to have it inspected prior to us relocating and sent up some healthy breakfast for us to enjoy after our workout as an apology.
I don't know that I would return to this specific Westin it seemed really hit and miss. I have stayed at other properties in which the accommodations and service are streamlined to ensure a consistently good experience of comfort and the amenities. I wish it had been a much more memorable trip for us with not so many bumps.
October 29, 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 5 out of 5 by Edythe SPECTACULAR RESORT AND SPA
THE STAFF, MEALS, ATMOSPHERE AND SERVICE IS "PLATINUM" CLASS. EVERYONE WANTS TO MAKE YOUR STAY MEMORABLE. SPECIAL THANKS TO ERIKA, HOUSEKEEPING IN BUILDING "400", ALSO ANGEL, THE WAITER, AND THE ENTIRE GOLF TEAM AT GARY PLAYER AND PETE DYE. THE MANAGEMENT TEAM CAN BE VERY PROUD OF THEIR ORGANIZATION. EDIE AND DAVID HILDRETH-CANADA
October 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by jeffreyb internet
your wi fi did not work on my devices nor the other room I had in use, your IT department tried send it was me not them. And not true I could go anywhere else in the valley and get service , this was disturbing because I was in and out on specific business and I needed to go else where to process information
October 17, 2013