We spent three nights in Casa Rosita, one of the 'self catering' units available through Desert Lily. A great location very near the Joshua Tree Welcome Center and the West enterance of the Joshua Tree National Park. This is why we picked Desert Lily and we were not disappointed. Some of the best hiking in the park was minutes away.
Our stand alone house/Casa had a full kitchen a dining room/area, a living room and a bedroom and a full bath. It was a bit cool and windy during our stay but there is a nice outside patio and a fireplace on the patio affording lovely views of the valley into the town of Joshua Tree. The place has a remote feel as it is up the hill and down some windy gravel roads.
This was billed as a 'self catering' unit. We checked in at the main house (the traditional B& B). We were presented with a bottle of wine. We were on our own for our stay. The place did have sufficient toilet paper, some paper towels and dish soap. We could have used extra garbage bags. I don't know if they have a mechanism to replace towels or linens or tidy up if you are there more than three days.
Though there is a full kitchen we elected to bring in take out and wine back to the house and we dined in. We didn't want to try the windy road at night after wine with dinner. We especially enjoyed the nearby Thai restaurant take out. Order mild or medium and get hot sauce on the side! Some previous guests had left condiments and odds and ends in the 'fridge. I think those should be tossed. No clue how long they have been there. Even were we cooking I wouldn't have used them.
Furnishings and decorations in the house were a bit ecletic and a little shabby. The carpets could use replacing. My husband said it looked like a " '60's-Dragnet-hippies-lair". Beads, feathers, pillows and a lava lamp (which sadly didn't work) did give it that feel. The bed in the middle of the living room with a gazillion pillows (which faced the tv and the slider leading to the patio and the view down into the valley) seemed over the top until we lay on it to watch the tube and the views as the sun set. Not something I'm going to copy at home but it was comfy for our visit.
As we noted it was cool for our visit and they did have some space heaters and blankets which were adequate for us. Didn't notice if there is any AC for warm weather.
We would definately stay here again for the lovely views, the quiet setting and the proximity to the Joshua Tree National Park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An intimate Bed and Breakfast and Desert Vacation Rental Retreat in the Joshua Tree Highlands. Two artist-embellished guest rooms with private baths and individual entryways from the covered patio, each with a private sitting room / library set away from the B&B Adobe into the desert landscape. Three-course gourmet breakfast served on the patio or in the newly remodeled great room of the main residence, where freshly baked cookies can always be found. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Desert Lily Hotel Joshua Tree