The Borrego Home to Hollywood Stars...

The old Hoberg Resort


The Palms at Indian Head. Photo  by Roland Pozo

2220 Hoberg Road
PO Box 525
Borrego Springs, CA  92004 
760.767.7788      800.519.2624 
www.thepalmsatindianhead.com

The property was mentioned in Sunset Magazine (March 2006) and Variety Magazine (April 21, 2006).  David Leibert & Cynthia Wood, owners.

Rates are lowest, of course, in summer and highest in the spring.  Intermediate rates are set each for winter and fall. 

Ten rooms, all on the second floor plus two more poolside.  The ones poolside have fireplaces.  Air conditioners have a mighty task in summer and are not quite up to the challenge.  The property is nestled up against the mountains, just east of Palm Canyon Campground & Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  The pool is very large, with two underwater viewing windows.  The pool is said to be one of the largest privately-owned pools in California and is Olympic-sized [42' X 109'].

Actually, the resort is at the base of Indian Head Mountain [the original Cahuilla name translates as "Rain-in-the-Face"].

Located on 240 acres, the resort was designed in 1957-8 in the California Modern Style with Mondrian influences.  Road-runners and bunnies abound on the grounds during the day and owls and other birds of prey circle the trees at night.

The predecessor resort, the Hoberg Desert Resort, was built in 1946-7.  Hoberg had a companion resort, Hoberg's in the Pines 100 miles north of San Francisco (Lake County).  Since each resort was seasonal [but different seasons], the plan was to shift employees back and forth between the properties to allow a single staff to run both properties.  (The plan failed.)

The grand opening was New Year's Day 1948.  Andy Devine (Roy Rogers sidekick "Jingles"), Lon Chaney, Jr., Marilyn Monroe and others stayed here.  The property had its own landing strip.  The place burned to the ground in 1958 due to a hot water heater explosion.

The resort was re-built the same year and included 56 bungalows -- and over the next twenty years saw service as a resort, nudist retreat, and detention facility before closing in 1978.  Then the property sat vacant for 15 years and deteriorated.  Renovations began in 1993 and the bungalows were demolished (due to fire hazard).

Hoberg ResortThis bed and breakfast, at the site of the old Hoberg Resort, has undergone major renovation. It is located at the base of Indian Head Mountain and the entrance to Anza Borrego State Park, within hiking distance to Palm Canyon and the park headquarters. The many date, California fan, and Mexican fan palms around the grounds lend atmosphere to the place and are the reason for the current name of the lodge.

The Hoberg Resort was the first major lodge in Borrego Springs and attracted the Hollywood movie crowd of the 1940s and 1950s. The lodge burned in 1958 and was immediately rebuilt in an art-deco style to reflect the glamour of Hollywood. The lodge changed hands frequently, fell into disrepair, and the outlying bungalows on the property were destroyed. In 1993, the current owners, Cynthia and David Wood, took on the project of restoring the facility to its original splendor.

coyote.pngThey now have 10 restored rooms in the main lodge; all have private baths with tub and shower combos. They have hand-crafted, southwest-style king and queen-sized lodge-pole beds, some with four-posters and some canopied, all with down comforters. Rooms have stereo televisions, sofa chairs, and nice extra touches. The entire lodge is non-smoking. Breakfast is served in the sun room, which has a new stone fireplace, or on the patio, with a breath-taking view of the Borrego Valley. Or, if you're into cocooning for the weekend, you can have breakfast in bed.

The pool is their current project and, when it opens, prices at the lodge will increase. You can enjoy casual dining at the Krazy Coyote Saloon and Grille, a cup of coffee at the Roadrunner Espresso Bar, or more formal dining at The Palms Restaurant--all on-site. The Palms is constantly changing for the better. Stay here and see what fun new changes the owners have made.

REMNANTS OF 1956 HOBERG RESORT FIRE, 50 YEARS LATER
 
 
PALMS AT INDIANHEAD RESORT (restored portion of old Hoberg Resort)

Economy room

View room

Poolside room

Bed in poolside room

One of many Tumbleweeds antiques
View from poolside room
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http://www.californiamudholes.com/BorregoSprings.html
http://www.avoidingregret.com/2008/09/just-deserts.html
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