Everything about El Cid was perfect for our family. We were able to have privacy in the individual bungalows and gather together in the main unit's large living area with a well-equipped kitchen. The proximity to downtown made it easy to walk to the many local shops and restaurants and access to nearby hiking trails was a definite plus. The pool area was very inviting and in full sun most of the day. We also enjoyed gathering around the fire pit in the evening.
Our extended family of 14 have rented many vacation properties over the years and this by far was exactly as described and was definitely one of our favorites. We hope to come back again soon.
Family with older children
| stayed in 12/2017
I have rented quite a few places in Palm Springs and this has hands down been my favorite. It worked especially well for our large group (12 people for a family Thanksgiving gathering). Beautiful grounds, a lovely pool, well decorated and comfortable interiors. The main house was big enough to accommodate us all for meals and social time in the kitchen and living area and then each of the bungalows allowed us our private time (with TV, couch and small kitchen). The kids never wanted to get out of the pool; the chandelier-lit cabanas were beautiful, the fire pit was perfect for chilly evenings and we loved eating and having drinks at the outdoor table near the pool. The house was well stocked - pots & pans for cooking, bbq, plates and glasses and towels for the pool. Jessica and Tim were super delightful to work with! Can't say enough about the great time we had - except wish I could have stayed longer. We'll be back!
| stayed in 11/2017
This is a wonderful property for any large group. Our family of 8 adults and 4 children had a great time here. The main rooms are spacious for group meals and gatherings and the separate attached bungalows offer privacy when needed. All bedrooms are very spacious and the kitchen well-appointed and well-stocked with everything we needed. We appreciated the quality of bedding, towels and bathroom amenities. The pool area is terrific and we made good use of the fire pit. It's in a convenient location and being able to walk to town is a plus.
Family with young children
| stayed in 11/2017
This home/compound/property was so perfect for my bachelorette party. It feels like a home but everyone had their separate spaces. The boho décor is really fun and unique. We took advantage of some of the services that the home offered ala cart, morning yoga, breakfast chef, massages for my girls. Great location, close to restaurants and shops. I would highly recommend this vaca home for any occasion. Thank you Jessica and Tim, it was great meeting you! Memories were made!
Was lucky enough to stay a week in this hotel and couldn't have had a better stay. Tim and Jessica really put their heart and decorative skills out there to ensure comfort and a community that is welcoming and chic! Will definitely be asking for another week away again soon! Thanks again!
| stayed in 1/2017
When our group began discussing the plan to converge in Palm Springs for a week this winter, everyone agreed that finding a house large enough to accommodate all of us would be optimal. I found a few properties in my initial search with the capacity for 15+ people, but each of them had drawbacks (e.g. aesthetics, location, amenities). It was only after I modified the dates of our stay that I discovered El Cid. Everything about it seemed perfectly suited to our individual and collective requirements. The self-contained bungalows would be ideal for the couples with children, and the spacious common area could easily accommodate everyone for meals, movies etc. Within minutes of booking the property, Jessica contacted me to introduce herself and ask about any particular needs we might have. When I mentioned that our group included young children, she offered to provide highchairs, cribs, toys, and costumes. Upon arrival we were met by the manager, Tigg, who gave us a thorough orientation. Everything about the property was as described in the listing. Furthermore, it was very clean, the beds were comfortable, and the pool was heated to a consistent 85 degrees! We all spent a fantastic week swimming, gathering around the outdoor fire pit, cooking and dining together. I can recommend El Cid to any group looking for the perfect balance of conviviality and seclusion in a stylishly curated private retreat.
| stayed in 1/2017
Myself and 10+ teammates came into town for a softball tournament and stayed at this location. This house is AMAZING. Everything was clean and worked, the location is fantastic, and we had an absolute wonderful stay. There was plenty of room for us all. Everyone from our team absolutely loved it. Another team who made the trip from our home state came by to visit us as well. You could see the jealousy in their eyes when they walked thru our gate. lol. Several of them mentioned how much nicer our house was than theirs. I plan on coming to stay here again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice house in the area. it was definitely worth it. A big thanks to the owners for greeting us when we arrived and working with us so much. It did not go unappreciated.
| stayed in 11/2016
To celebrate my 40th a group of friends and I headed to Palm Springs. We had booked a home for a previous event with Jessica and Tim and when I mentioned we were coming back they had this home available for our group of 14 people. It's a jaw-dropper! Pulling up, the entrance is so cool, we thought we had the wrong address and had arrived to a boutique hotel. We were completely blown away by the HUGE pool, cabanas (with chandeliers-fancy!) and all of the individual bedroom units. The units are laid out in a horse shoe shape and all but one face an interior courtyard with an awesome fire pit and fountain. Everyone has their own kitchenette and bathroom.There is a main unit with two bedrooms and a full kitchen where the group gathered to cook/eat/watch football. No details were overlooked when they decorated this place. Each unit is incredibly well laid out, from the furniture, to the bedding (best sheets ever) to the gorgeously tiled bathrooms. Jessica took some of the awesome photos you see hanging up around the property. You really feel like you're in your own mini boho-chic estate. Everything you need is there - linens, a stocked pantry, bbq, hammock, huge outdoor dining table (canopied, this is great to get some shade during the day) private entrance to each unit, I could go on and on! I almost hate giving this review because I want to be available every time we are in town. There was not one thing they missed out on with this property. Our group would absolutely stay here again.
| stayed in 10/2016
I booked El CID to take my salon team for a couple of days of team building and R&R. Every interaction with the owners Jessica and Tim was quick and easy and the house was even better in person! When we arrived Tim was there to greet us and show us around the property. He even had the outdoor speakers playing by the pool and showed us how to sync our phones to play our music! My team was blown away by the space each room had and the resort like pool. The main house kitchen was pretty well stocked and we cooked a few meals in... Breakfast in the dining tent was a highlight and so was a morning yoga session with an instructor that Jessica recommended. We will be back as soon as possible!!!
I was so stressed because I wanted to plan the perfect bachelorette party for my best friend. We wanted a huge space where we never had to leave and we found it at El Cid! The grounds are completely gated and walled for privacy. The place is HUGE and allowed for us all to have our own beds and bathrooms as well as tons of space to hang as a group. The outside pool area with bar and cabanas are incredible. It’s nicer than any hotel I’ve every stayed in and the price was so much less than if we stayed at a resort. The owners referred us to a great yoga instructor who came to the property for private sessions. We also had a chef come and cook a few nights. The hotel is so close to downtown Palm Springs so we never had to drive! We Ubered from the airport and walked once we got to the hotel. We couldn’t have had a better time. Thanks Tim and Jessica!
| stayed in 10/2016