Experience the best of Palm Springs at Mel House, a spacious, four-bedroom villa in the centrally located, El Mirador neighborhood. While just blocks from downtown, fences and tall hedges surrounding the property offer maximum privacy, creating the impression of secluded desert retreat.
Mel House’s exterior recently underwent a complete update, creating a true entertainer’s delight. Enjoy vast stretches of verdant lawn surrounding the front garden and Pebble Tec pool. Bask in the California sun, alternating your gaze between the sparkling water and the lofty San Jacinto Mountains. Seek shelter under the the pergola, where a built-in misting system provides relief from the sun and the newly installed outdoor kitchen, with barbecue, provides relief from hunger. Ease into the bubbling hot tub on those cool desert nights and feel your worries melt away.
An open plan accentuates the spaciousness of the villa, while raftered ceilings, warm colors and an array of pop art add to its contemporary charm. Create culinary magic on modern appliances in the gourmet kitchen while fellow guests mix cocktails at the wet bar. Take dinner to new heights around the elevated dining table with the mountains visible through French doors. Retire to the central living room and savor an apéritif around a roaring fire. A wraparound sofa beckons you into the media room where you can enjoy movies on a state-of-the-art home theater system.
Mel House’s four bedrooms are individually styled with vibrant, yet subtle colors and elegant furnishings. All rooms have well-appointed en-suite bathrooms, featuring premium fixtures and fittings. Three of the bedrooms, including the large Master suite, are found in the main house, while the fourth room is in a casita off the pool. All rooms are air conditioned and open directly out to the terrace, while the casita room has its own living room.
From your location in El Mirador, you can spend quiet mornings strolling the Movie Colony and Ruth Hardy Park neighborhoods, where the classic mid-century modern and Spanish dwellings were once home to Hollywood’s elite. Walk or drive to Palm Canyon Drive, where you’ll find upscale shops, restaurants, galleries and nightlife. There’s no better way to soak in vistas of the Coachella Valley than by teeing off at one of the area’s 80 golf courses. Hikers will discover trails of all levels in the surrounding national parks.
Left on 08/10/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | SteveReviewed Aug 10, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
We come to Palm Springs probably once a year and have always stayed in hotels. This time are party was bigger and we fancied a change. Very glad we did as it certainly was an excelent villa with everthing you could possibly think off and more besides! We arrived on a sunday evening and your the concierge had already been to the property and met us there as we arrived. Really couldnt fault it at all. - Steve L., ,
Left on 05/05/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | LisaReviewed May 5, 2013Stayed May 2013
Although the house and property were very nice, I wish I could say it was a perfect weekend. We arrived in the late evening. It had been a very warm day and we had expected the house to be cool when we arrived - but it was obvious the a/c in the house had only been on for a short time. It took quite a few hrs to cool. We found the pool and jacuzzi too cold and dirty to swim in that night...so our first night was a total loss. We were very disappointed. Unfortunately, we also found that the a/c in one of the bedrooms wasn't working properly so one of our guests had a tough time trying to sleep all weekend. We arrived to dead flowers in a vase in the front hallway and very little toilet paper and cleaning supplies, and the kitchen stove didn't work well. We were given supplies the next day, but it's not the way a luxury retreat should be presented to a client. I'd expect the onsite mgr would see that all of these issues where handled BEFORE clients arrive at a property. - Lisa H., ,
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in November 2012 | Alan .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Nov 2012
We had a terrific time at the Mel House. There were four couples and we all felt we had privacy as well as lots of space to share. The house and grounds were immaculate and the art work and furnishings top quality. Our concierge, Paul gave us some great suggestions including the Escena Country Club for Happy Hour and the Kaiser Grill for dinner before the PS Follies. We all enjoyed our tour of the \'Elvis Presley Honeymoon house\' lead by Priscilla look alike Darling Presley. - Alan J., California, USA
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in July 2012 | Kim .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Jul 2012
We loved this vacation. It was different from what we are use to. Never rented a house so, was a bit nervous. But, surprisingly very happy with the ammenities and the lovely house. It was clean and ready for a family vacation. We loved the Mel House! First time we brought our dog, which was great. Really loved cooking in this house and loved the separate, bedroom off the backyard for the brother n law. Would love to visit this home again. Close to golfing for my husband. He golfed at 3 different courses. - Kim D., ,
“Gorgeous house and very friendly management group”
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in June 2012 | Cary .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Jun 2012
Everything was great about the house and had all of the extras that we needed. Washer did not work and did not realize it until our last day there before we left. Other than that everything we needed and more was provided. - Cary J., California, USA
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in February 2012 | Lori .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Feb 2012
We stayed at Mel house for my husbands 50th birthday. It was the perfect place to spend time with friends and relax! We appreciated that each of the 4 bedrooms had its own ensuite bathroom (no sharing required) and the layout of the rooms gave each couple complete privacy! It was so nice being able to wander out to the kitchen in the morning, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the sunshine by the salt water pool! So much space to stretch out and it\'s within walking distance of palm canyon drive (about a mile or so). - Lori C., California, USA
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