Our quest for the ultimate family-friendly luxury vacation home in Palm Springs started when we were vacationing with our group of friends a few years ago. We’ve rented numerous vacation homes, and have spent a considerable amount of time researching properties in the area to find the perfect luxury accommodations that fit our family, style and budget. I have made it my mission to find the most hip accommodations at the best price. In addition to the hip mid-century modern flair of Palm Springs homes, we love the privacy and convenience that a private property offers, and the ability to cook our own meals, do laundry and lounge by the pool at nap time are just some of the many benefits. Location and property amenities are also important, and it takes a lot more work to find home rentals that match the style and comfort you expect from a luxury hotel experience.
We used HomesRun and Beaumonde Villas on our last two trips because they simplify the process of finding a luxury home rental property that meets our budget and our expectations. They also have complimentary concierge services which makes traveling with kids very easy. If you are planning your trip to Palm Springs, here are a few great tips on Palm Springs home rentals from Reagan Richter at HomesRun:
Q. What is Homesrun and what do you offer your guests who stay at your properties?
Homes run is a property management company based in Palm Springs that oversees both luxury homes and more affordable homes with luxury amenities. Many of our homes also appear on our rental sites www.beaumondevillas.com (luxury homes) and www.realtyrentalspalmsprings.com (more affordable homes with luxury amenities). We offer wonderful rental properties that come with a complimentary concierge service that is un-paralleled. Our homes are appealing, well appointed, come with L’Occitane bath products, 400+ thread count sheets, and plush bath and pool towels. Our concierges can get you pre-arrival groceries, arrange a private chef, an in-house massage, make golf reservations — basically anything you will need to make your stay memorable and easy, all at no extra up charge. It’s a rather unique service, and most all of our guests repeat with us. That’s a great sign.
HipTravelMama tips: Homesrun also works directly with BabysAway and arranged to have cribs and highchairs ready when we arrived.
Q: What should families consider when evaluating a rental property in Palm Springs?
Modern properties are very popular here in Palm Springs. While mid century homes are a very nostalgic throw back to the “Rat Pack” vibe people are chasing, they may not be the best for children. Many of them have lots of sharp, unforgiving edges and concrete. Make sure that if you are looking for a modern design that it’s child-appropriate. The reservation agent you are speaking with should be able to steer you into homes that work for your needs.
HipTravelMama Tips: If you are sharing a house with another family, try to find a property that has two masters on opposite sides of the house – it helps give each family privacy and also cuts down on the noise for young sleepers.
Q: What are the advantages of renting a house v. staying in a hotel in Palm Springs?
Renting a home is the ultimate private playground. All of our homes have private yards with pools. It’s just so nice to be able to fully relax and enjoy quiet time with your family.
HipTravelMama Tips: Renting a home gives you a chance to relax, cook meals and lounge by the pool during nap time. If you are with another family or a large group, it also gives parents the opportunity to hang out all together after the kiddos bedtime vs. being stuck by yourself in a dark hotel room.
Q: Why should a family choose a property with a management company like Homesrun v. VRBO?
I think the biggest difference is that we are professionals. We can anticipate what guests will need or request during their stay. Our homes are very clean and well looked after, and we are here for you if you have difficulty with anything or need assistance. You don’t just find your keys in a lock box. You are met and greeted at the home when you arrive, given a tour, and have a point person in case you forget how to turn on the spa or work the cable box. You’ve got someone in town who is on your team, ready to help if you need. It’s a unique service, and it really sets us apart.
HipTravelMama Tips: Finding a good rental house can take a lot of time and research. Using a property management company can help you filter out properties that don’t meet your criteria and save you a bunch of time making sure you have all the extras you will need onsite.
Q: What are some of the properties that Homesrun manages in Palm Springs?
Homes Run manages a few very architecturally significant and historical homes. The Frank Sinatra Twin Palms Estate, Sand Acre, and The Russell Frey House to name a few. We also have great family homes like Lot 24, Martini Rose and Silver Orchid. All can be found on www.beaumondevillas.com.
Q: Is it standard to tip for house rental concierge services? If so, what percentage is standard?
I would say that if you use the Concierge, then yes. The amount people tip really varies on the services provided, so there really is no standard percentage.
Q: What are some of your insider tips for families traveling to Palm Springs?
Take advantage of the great things to do in the area! The Living Desert in Palm Desert is a great place to see all types of animals and kids really have a great time there. Riding the Tram up into the mountains is really great, especially in the summer when it’s sweltering on the valley floor. It’s at least 20 degrees cooler up there! And great views, hiking and dining. Makes a really fun day trip.
HipTravelMama Tips: For more insider tips on where to eat, shop and play in Palm Springs check out my recent post on Palm Springs with Kids. The Palm Springs Tourism website also has some great links to everything you want to know about where to stay, eat, dine, shop and play in Palm Springs.
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