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Caliente Tropics, Palm Springs, CA (hotel)
martiki
Official Mixologist

Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 3058
From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2003-11-18 2:58 pm   Permalink

Found this little gem recently....






 
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TikiSteve
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Nov 23, 2003
Posts: 20
From: Santa Maria, CA
Posted: 2003-11-25 7:59 pm   Permalink

Hi Casey,

Thanks for all the info on Caliente Tropics; would love to read more!

I was in PS earlier this month and, while I didn't stay there, I really enjoyed the place. Tikis and torches abound; beautiful pool and spa. But the best of all was the Reef bar.

I was in town two nights and I ended up there for both of them! John and Dave, I beleave, (It's hard to remember after a few Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiians!)were very friendly bartenders. John, especially, was very knowledgeble about your remodel and the Tiki Oasis weekends held there. He kept the conversation and drinks flowing and the time just flew by! Your clientel were very friendly as well and a good time was had by all. I can't wait to come back next year and stay at CT this time!

Mahalo,

TikiSteve


 
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JohnnyRottenTiki
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jul 22, 2003
Posts: 27
From: Not of this planet. :P Los Angeles.
Posted: 2004-01-09 7:50 pm   Permalink

Hey Martiki??

How do you insert pics onto a post reply??

Thanks,

John


 
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tikiyaki
Grand Member (7 years)  

Joined: May 18, 2004
Posts: 2708
From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2004-07-26 11:32 am   Permalink

I know this place is well known to Tiki Centralites - (Hell, they have a TC Logo with Pics from the big Luau a few months back) - but I stumbled across this place online Friday , and decided to drive down fom LA on Saturday with my Wahine for an overnighter to check the place out.
I must say, it's REALLY great ! The decor is top notch (Bamboo Ben, Tiki Farm, Oceanic Arts) and the rooms were really nice, the Pool was VERY relaxing, and the Reef tiki bar was great. At $88 a night, it's a great Polynesian getaway for Southern Californians.
I've never been to Palm Springs before, and other than the oppresing heat, it's a great place with tons of amazing Mid Century Modern homes to drive around and check out.

Anyone not in SoCal, want a great tiki vacation, check this place out (if you haven't already)!


 
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Satan's Sin
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 13, 2004
Posts: 729
From: Imperial Beach, CA
Posted: 2004-07-26 1:19 pm   Permalink

Funny you should mention it! I was steered to its website after visiting my friends over at Lotta' Livin' and here it is:

http://www.calientetropics.com/

Gotta go there soon!
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lilytiki
Member

Joined: Jan 28, 2005
Posts: 1
From: SF Valley
Posted: 2005-01-28 7:36 pm   Permalink

Hey Casey, did part 3 of the story ever happen? I would be most interested. We stayed there last weekend and love the place and the people. In addition to Casey, Jeff and Annie the bartenders were fantastic. Personable, helpful with our party and boy they can make good drinks! I can't imagine, even from the stories how the place looked before the remodeling but I'm sure glad you did it. We will be back...

 
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ted tiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 11, 2004
Posts: 195
From: minneapolis
Posted: 2005-01-29 09:01 am   Permalink

I'm still bitter that the place sold out for the next Tiki Oasis before I tried to book a room. The wife and I had great times the last two years at the Tiki Oasis and feel it is the coolest hotel we have ever stayed in--including all over Europe.

 
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CaseyJPS
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 14, 2003
Posts: 184
From: Palm Springs
Posted: 2005-03-29 9:05 pm   Permalink

Aloha!

It's been a long time since I picked-up this ball, continuing some of the stories. We will pick it up again, soon (very soon).

Mahalo


 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7454
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2005-04-03 10:22 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-03-29 21:05, CaseyJPS wrote:
Aloha!

It's been a long time since I picked-up this ball, continuing some of the stories. We will pick it up again, soon (very soon).

Mahalo



Three cheers to my good friend!


 
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TikiMike
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Dec 07, 2005
Posts: 38
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2006-07-19 7:11 pm   Permalink

Hey all.. my wife and I were just passing through Palm Springs a few weeks ago and snapped some pics of the Caliente Tropics. Just some general shots of the grounds and architecture. Enjoy...

















 
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Ojaitimo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 04, 2006
Posts: 1317
Posted: 2006-11-28 12:56 pm   Permalink

We stayed for three nights recently and enjoyed it very much. The staff were friendly and when we were checkin out, I showed the manager Caliente in BOT. He was so pleased that he gave us 20% off the bill.





















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PremEx
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 23, 2006
Posts: 290
From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2006-11-28 2:44 pm   Permalink

Great photos! Thanks!

We stayed there right at the peak of Summer of 2004. H. O. T...Hot! But we loved it. Loved the tiki. Loved the landscaping and grounds. Loved the staff. Loved the retro feel. Loved the pool. Loved the Reef bar. Had a good lunch at the restaurant. Man was it HOT!

Love all the custom designed room amenities like the pens and notepads and shampoo bottles and such. Nice little touches and attention to detail...like the private label water bottles. And you needed water because it was HOT!

Next time...we may not visit at such a HOT time of the year! And I'll be sure to introduce myself to you...Casey.

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Tiki-Kate
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2006-11-28 2:58 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-11-28 14:44, PremEx wrote:

Love all the custom designed room amenities like the pens and notepads and shampoo bottles and such. Nice little touches and attention to detail...like the private label water bottles. And you needed water because it was HOT!

And next time...we may not visit at such a HOT time of the year! And I'll be sure to introduce myself to you...Casey.



Sorry PremEx.

The amenities are gone and so is Casey.

www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=14333&forum=1&start=0&hilite=caliente%20casey
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mike-stobbe
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Joined: Aug 14, 2006
Posts: 112
From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-11-28 3:16 pm   Permalink

We stayed a few months ago and loved it . We plan on going back again this year for our wedding anniversary on the weekend of the 15th in december . Look for the group of tattooed losers in the bar knocking back Mai Tais . That will be us .

 
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PremEx
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 23, 2006
Posts: 290
From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2006-11-28 4:09 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-11-28 14:58, Tiki-Kate wrote:
Sorry PremEx.

The amenities are gone and so is Casey.

www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=14333&forum=1&start=0&hilite=caliente%20casey



Wow! Thanks for the link and "education." I just spent about 15 minutes reading that thread. Sounds like some very sad events went on there after our stay.

At least I got to see it at its peak and in all its glory during the "Casey Years." So I'm thankful for that.

I did a "Search" on it and it does look like some TCers are still frequenting the place for get togethers. I'm wondering what the current outlook and opinions about the Tropics and Reef Bar are? Does the place have any spirit left? Did it make any sort of comeback? Are the drinks still any good?

I know that mike-stobbe and Ojaitimo's post of today indicated they enjoyed their recent stay there, but there aren't a whole lot of specifics. I'm just a bit confused about these changes Casey vs. After Casey and wanna know if its still worth staying there any longer.

Thanks.

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