Casa de los Desperados

11940 Whitewater Canyon Rd , Whitewater, CA 92282 USA (Show map)


A Desert Paradise! Welcome to the Casa de los Desperados Bed & Breakfast, operated by a critically renowned chef,and his loveable dogs Gianni and Piero. Located in the heart of the "Sand to Snow National Monument" the Casa de los Desperados will transport you to a world of warmth, relaxation and delicious food in an unspoiled, completely natural canyon setting just across a country road from the historic Whitewater River. Whether you are seeking a peaceful retreat, a romantic getaway, or want a base from which to explore the natural wonders of the Coachella Valley, you will find what you are looking for at Casa de los Desperados. We are surrounded by hiking trails and share our beautiful canyon with the Friends of the Desert Mountains Education Center where you can learn about the history and geography of our special location. The staff there is always happy to recommend hikes and activities. Please "bear" in mind (no pun intended!)this is a true unspoiled desert location with wild animals and irregular terrain. There is nothing else like this in the area that is also so close to Palm Springs. An elegant retreat! Look for us on Airbnb and Facebook under Casa de los Desperados for tons of pictures and of course, Trip Advisor, who has awarded us 5 Stars for 6 years running plus an award of excellence. Call us at 760 325 7990 for reservations. You will have the experience of a lifetime. PS... Don't forget to inquire about mid-week and seasonal special pricing!



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Great Getaway and Great company

5 on June 11, 2017

My hubby and I spent the Memorial Weekend here and had such a wonderful experience. Stayed in the master bedroom with the private jacuzzi and loved it. Wayne and Michael were awesome hosts and their dogs Gianni and Piero were too! Breakfast and dinner was delicious. Perfect getaway and we will definitely be back.

NEVER disappoints!

5 on May 05, 2017

We wrote a review in 2013, our first time there and it has gotten better! . This will be our 5th time visiting and they never disappoint. We love the expected and anticipated but then we are pleasantly surprised with just a little something new that makes it even more awesome. Wayne and Michael love what they do and it shows. Our favorite place!

Peaceful respite in a stressed-out, turbulent world

5 on March 19, 2015

Wayne is an award-winning chef with very successful restaurants in Manhattan and Key West and Michael is a delightful co-host for this outstanding bed and breakfast set against a breath-taking expanse on the edge of a preserve in North Palm Springs. We stayed there during the BNP Paribas two-week tennis extravaganza and it could not have been a better choice. Every detail was meticulously attended to while we were treated to amazing cuisine, sparkling table conversation (co-hosts and fellow guests) and magnificently-beautiful desert/mountain vistas within short distance to numerous activities (hiking, biking, etc.) as well as the closeby entertainment, shopping, spa and dining options only Palm Springs can provide. A wonderful five-star experience in every possible way..

Palm Spring serendipity

4.8 on November 28, 2013

If you are tired of over-priced cliche hotel chains or outdated motels then Casa de los Desperados is the perfect answer when visiting Palm Springs. Or maybe you just want a place where the world passes by while you read or walk or soak in a hot tub enjoying the quiet stillness of the desert; and when you are ready for food and conversation Wayne and Michael will entertain you with a gormet version of both. It was one of the best B&B experiences we've had in decades of traveling - warm, natural ,and welcoming. David and Julie

Can't wait to come back!

5 on April 03, 2013

We spent a wonderful week at Casa and cannot wait to go back.! A short drive from Palm Springs we walked in the door  and the rest of the world disappeared.    Although we had planned  on several outings in the area we were so comfortable in the lodge we hardly left.  We could not say enough about our hosts.  The breakfasts were simple gourmet if there is such a thing. Delicious, fresh with beautiful presentations.  The lodge is decorated with a classy warmth that says welcome  and sit a spell. .  Wayne and Michael were great hosts and we fell in love with their helpers, Gianni and Piero, the resident canines.  We can't wait to go back!  Bob and Michele, West Chester, Pa.


5 on March 29, 2013

My husband and I had an amazing time. Casa de ls Desperados was serene and just breathtaking. We had delicious food, enjoyed the company of Wayne and Michael over dinner, went on a nature walk with Pierro and Lola, and gazed at the stars and majestic view from the hot tub. This was our first bed and breakfast and probably the only one we'll cone back to...thanks Wayne and Michael!

A desert spot to discover!

5 on December 26, 2012

Imagine: You arrive at this desert spot + everything just “fits together” in a meant-to-be kind of way. And if you time it right, you can join the hosts for dinner. Don’t even think of missing this opportunity, if it’s offered as an add-on! Just maybe the hosts are Travel “Whisperers” --- they’ll make your stay comfortable with great food, accommodations and many of those little things that you didn’t even know you wanted/needed. My back-story is that we stayed at Casa de los Desperados and we loved it so much that we decided to move to Palm Springs. Just a warning……(just saying…!)

like a man in the desert.....

5 on October 21, 2012

i traveled on a winding road managing to find an airstream and an adobe tucked away, a desert paradise awaited. if you are one to hike outdoors, gaze at stars, and eat eat eat eat you must stay here. the company, the hospitality, the sights, the weather, the food- AMAZING. thank you wayne and michael, i hope to return one day soon!

It was worth the wait!

4.4 on October 08, 2012

We used to stay at the casa when it was in downtown Palm Springs and loved it. Now they have finally re-opened at their new location, we were lucky to be among the first guests to experience the incredible new location! They have a huge hot tub for relaxing under the stars and the lodge is really beautiful and full of real antiques. The food as before, is outstanding. We always have dinner with them at least once when stay there. The preparation is exquisite and the complimentary wine is poured freely! You will be happy to hike off the extra pounds from the killer breakfast! Bob and Judy


5 on December 24, 2009

My wife set me up here based on positive reviews she found and I can heartily endorse them all. The owners are professional, thorough, friendly, helpful and maintain a clean, attractive inn with delicious food. All this for a very reasonable price and you've got a real winner.

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Rooms & Rates

King Room

KIng bed, private bath, large patio , private Jacuzzi

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $160 - $225

Queen Room #2

Queen Bed , Private Patio

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $180

Queen Room #3

Queen Room #3

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $180


Restored 1963 Airstream Tradewind. King bed, fridge, small bathroom ensuite. Has use of Lodge sitting room. Full breakfast daily. Use of giant spa behind Lodge.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $160 - $180

Silver Streak Rocket!

A restored 1958 Silver Streak, sister to Airstream. Sitting area with fridge and wet bar, queen bed , a trip back in time!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $160 - $180

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Location Type

Nature Preserve, Airport, Countryside, Desert, Mountains


Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs) 10 miles

Directions to property:

2.5 mi. east of Whitewater exit from Interstate 10

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, The best hiking in the west!, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Ranch

On-site amenities

Board games, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Parking, Radio, Washer/dryer, Wet bar , Gourmet candle-lit dinners by arrangement., Very rural. Spotty internet.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Hiking and Bird Watching, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: Flexible
  • Check Out:: 12 noon
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Rough terrain. Peaceful adult atmosphere
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Gianni loves people but only some other dogs and no kitties!
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some holidays and weekends
  • Accepted payments Other, Personal checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: At least 48 hours in advance please. We are very small.
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Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Cooking, fine wine, architecture, travel, history, spirituality.

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  • Time Served: 8:30
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Boxed Lunch only

Signature Dish

Tachino Saltimbocca
Tender turkey cutlets topped with fresh sage, prociutto and melted Fontina cheese in a white wine sauce.

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