Chase Jarvis: ROOM WITH(OUT) A VIEW_2

If it seems like I just posted a Chase Jarvis: ROOM WITH(OUT) A VIEW, you’re right – but that was a whole week ago. New hotel room for me the last few days… And recall, that’s the gist of this series: to share with you my life spent largely on the road. New city, new hotel, new comrades, new adventures, new pictures to take. But there’s fun built in here too for those looking for it. To refresh you, the plan for each RWAV goes like this:

1) I post a snapshot I’ve taken from the window of whatever random hotel/motel/cabin/tent I’m staying at during my travels.

2) From that snapshot, YOU to identify where it might have been take by posting a quick answer in the comments section below. You might know the place or have gathered some hint from some online discussion somewhere where I accidentally coughed it up or planted a clue, etc. And in addition to your best guess at the location, if you’re interested, I’d like you to consider posting your URL along with your answer if you have a blog or a site or whatever (see #4).

3) After some random length of time determined by my schedule, I’ll reveal the location of the RWAV photo in a follow-up post and I’ll also post a handful of usually-these-never-see-the-light-of-day images: some gritty point-and-shoot snapshots from the same trip aimed at sharing the flavor of time on the road.

4) From the list of those who guessed the location correctly in the comments section I’ll select a few of YOUR url links (I can’t post ‘em all, but you’ll be in a lottery for posting) to share with the community in a new post, perhaps sending a few thousand friends your way (see last time’s RWAV_1: REVEALED: Paris).

The last one of these was a really good time – many got into it…65 great comments/guesses, and some very accurate – in a matter of less than 24 hours. Winners got some combo of url props, a deluge of traffic, or the odd hipster t-shirt.

Now, having reminded you of the program (this will be the last time), I’m indeed on the road again (only 72 hours btwn trips). It’s time now to guess my location in the shot above – general guesses could get you in the winner’s circle, but the more specific the better. For those of you who chided me for making the last one too easy? (even though many of your guesses were sooo vague…) This one, not so much. Good luck.

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61 Responses to Chase Jarvis: ROOM WITH(OUT) A VIEW_2

  1. Angel H January 13, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

    Viceroy hotel, Palm Springs CA. :-)

  2. Adam Kaplan January 13, 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    Santa Monica, CA

  3. Anonymous January 13, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    I’m going with Corsica, based on some online hints and a good gut, having been there before. Those yellow chairs are NOT usa. I also know that plenty of photoshoots happen there… gaining popularity.;=173988

    -TK (and as far as url, my site is under construction – grrr….)

  4. Anonymous January 13, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    Two SoCal’s posted in 8 minutes? Paris to Cali in “72 hours” as CJ said? That would be a haul, especially with a stop in hometown Seaettle – unlikely.

    Corsica or Canairy Islands.

    -PhoebeT (Austin TX)

  5. Andrew January 13, 2008 at 9:21 pm #

    My american geography isnt great but i would guess somewhere in navada or colorado?

  6. Anonymous January 13, 2008 at 9:29 pm #

    The mountain in the background is unmistakably Palm Springs area.

  7. > January 13, 2008 at 9:45 pm #

    A Google image search of luxury hotels in Palm Springs (;=10&um;=1&hl;=en&rls;*&start;=18&sa;=N&ndsp;=18) yields an image with the same characteristic pattern on the awning and a very similar mountain scape backdrop at the Viceroy Hotel (image links to…


  8. > January 13, 2008 at 9:45 pm #

    A Google image search of luxury hotels in Palm Springs (;=10&um;=1&hl;=en&rls;*&start;=18&sa;=N&ndsp;=18) yields an image with the same characteristic pattern on the awning and a very similar mountain scape backdrop at the Viceroy Hotel (image links to…


  9. Josh McCulloch January 13, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    Though I have never been there, my first instinct was Palm Springs, mostly because of the, uh, Palms… right.

    So I googled “Chase Jarvis” and “Palm Springs”, and it took me back to Chase’s blog page, where he had mentioned Palm Springs in his previous RWAV post. At first I thought he wouldn’t be so obvious and try and trick us, but I think it is Palm Springs.

    The hotel picture I eventually came across was the Quality Inn Palm Springs, but I’m Pretty Sure Chase rolls in nicer style than QI… although it beats the back of my Toyota Pickup, which is where I stay when I’m on the road. Chase, I’m working on my portfolio so I can get some big jobs!

    Cheers, Josh
    Josh McCulloch Photography

  10. Ben January 13, 2008 at 10:31 pm #


    Somewhere where it at least gets cold enough at night to justify a gas heater…

  11. Josh McCulloch January 13, 2008 at 10:34 pm #

    Update to my post:

    Definitely the Pool at the Viceroy looking Northwest, and definitely in another league from the Quality Inn Palm Springs.

    Enjoy the sunshine Chase.

    Cheers, Josh
    Josh McCulloch Photography

  12. dovlove January 13, 2008 at 10:38 pm #

    Viceroy Hotel, Palm Springs. Looking Nwest. Shot at about 8:45am? “Premium Studio” room. Room #23?Probably on a golf photo shoot?
    Why didn’t you call me? lol …I’m around the corner!
    Would of liked to say hello!


  13. Black English January 13, 2008 at 10:42 pm #

    Palm Springs,Ca. Based on the shadows your are also facing South West in the afternoon. Probably around 4:45pm.

  14. Adam Kaplan January 13, 2008 at 10:48 pm #

    Revising my earlier guess, obviously Palm Springs, Viceroy hotel, say here?

    33°48’56.64″N 116°33’14.35″W

    looking NorthWest

  15. James Duncan Davidson January 13, 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    My own gut said “Palm Springs” as soon as I saw the photos. And, I think Anne’s got it after checking out the Viceroy’s website photos.

    Washing off Jet Lag with a dip in that pool… Oh yah.


  16. Major Tom January 13, 2008 at 11:12 pm #

    Well I was going to say Palm Springs even before going to the comments and seeing that I’m now merely jumping on the bandwagon. Major props to those who got it down to the hotel level!
    Hi Chase, hope it’s a fun trip.

  17. Jay McLaughlin January 13, 2008 at 11:22 pm #

    Damn you guys work fast!

    I only just woke up! hahahaha

    Now I gotta step my game up to get in the winners circle!

    Google Map

    hmmmmm, no that won’t work…. anyone can just type the address into google maps

    How about the un-edited version of the shot?

  18. Kalmár Nagy András January 13, 2008 at 11:45 pm #

    This link should be showing the window from where you took this:

    Off the hotel’s website :D

  19. Jay McLaughlin January 14, 2008 at 12:59 am #

    I can see Chase getting hotel sponsorship deals soon!

  20. Anonymous January 14, 2008 at 1:20 am #

    I’d recognize Palm Springs anywhere. You’re camera says you took the picture at 9:43AM, so I figure you’re looking north-west. At first I thought you might have been staying at La Quinta Spa & Resort, but the cushions on the lounge chairs don’t match the photos on their website… but do match the cushions pictured on the Viceroy website. You’re standing at the south-east corner of the central pool. The food at the bar is great, and the bartenders make a great caipirinha.


  21. brian faini January 14, 2008 at 4:08 am #

    That e-mail was no help that is definitely no in or around the NY area! I’m a bit disappointed.

    Im kinda late.
    Other seem to say palm springs.

    I would have guessed a far off land had it not been for the mountain. It is a little too familiar. Maybe it is part of Joshua Tree Nat’l Park??

    So I will say southern Calif. and agree with the palm springs area.

  22. A Pixel January 14, 2008 at 5:35 am #

    Well, after studying the photo with some flickr help. I’m going to agree with Angel H. and say the Viceroy Hotel, Palm Springs CA.

    The mountains and palm trees were a big clue to me thinking Palm Springs, but I wanted to see if I could figure out where. My little clue to that conclusion is the cabana with the shape and dark brown trim along the edge of the cover. Also the terracotta looking roofs with the stucco white walls. The Viceroy website helped too!

  23. red January 14, 2008 at 5:59 am #

    You people are way too fast. And too accurate. There’s little left to be guessed! :)

    Do I get a cookie if I’m right in saying you stayed in a Sovereign Villa? That would fit crew & photo gear, I think. And it could be right by that pool.

  24. harry January 14, 2008 at 6:12 am #

    The consensus seems to be Palm Springs but with a little detective work everyone could have found out that it’s a place called Nice Try Sucker

  25. GeoWulf January 14, 2008 at 7:42 am #

    I don’t know.. but it looks a lot like this place .

  26. Jeff January 14, 2008 at 8:06 am #

    For sure, Viceroy hotel, Palm Springs. My wife and I went there for an anniversary last year :)

    -Jeff, San Diego, CA (

  27. raineystudios January 14, 2008 at 8:17 am #

    Palm Springs.Viceroy
    The mountain is a dead giveaway

  28. Loren_Worthington January 14, 2008 at 8:27 am #

    The Palm Spring people seem pretty confident, but it looks like the Biltmore in central Phoenix as well. Perhaps Chase snuck in for the Rock-n-Roll marathon this weekend.

  29. MortonPhotographic January 14, 2008 at 8:38 am #

    First thing I thaught was Palm Springs, CA. Could be Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indio or some other small town on that area–they all kinda blend together.

    Looke alittle like the Indian Wells Contry Club–maybe a private home there?

  30. Remi January 14, 2008 at 9:23 am #

    I’ll go with Viceroy Hotel too (palm springs, CA)

    found this on their website :

    I still need to put my website online… will probably be

  31. n506 January 14, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    Thanks to Remi for the link, I’d say you were right where I’ve put the arrow here

  32. David January 14, 2008 at 11:42 am #

    Chase’s private island in the Adriatic.

  33. John Leonard Photography January 14, 2008 at 11:51 am #

    Most definitely the Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs CA. The Regency Courtyard.

    Virtual tour here:

    The terracotta roof tiles scream Southern California.

  34. Austin Joffe January 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    Chase, I am also going with Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs. Your shot closely matches others on google.

  35. george January 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    I thought Palm Springs immediately, but have never stayed at the Viceroy (prefer a little place that used to be known as “The Monkey Tree”)so am out of the running

  36. Brittney January 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    Oh, that’s clearly Chateau Marmont. I’m there ALL THE TIME.

  37. Jacob January 14, 2008 at 5:50 pm #

    Crap, and here I was going to say Palm Desert. Apparently I’m waaaay off (by 15 miles).

    Here’s to yellow lounge chairs, along with a link to my defunct website presence.


  38. David January 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm #

    I’ll go with Viceroy hotel, Palm Springs CA as well, I’m lazy and that picture Wideangle posted have a gazebo and mountain range that are perfect matches for your show Mr. Jarvis. I could look for another answer but why when I believe the right one as been posted….why fight the truth.

    Now of coarse since I agree with those who say Viceroy hotel, Palm Springs CA that means we will all be wrong lol

    >< please forgive crappy site :(

  39. Matt Brandon January 14, 2008 at 6:28 pm #

    After going to the Virtual Tour at I have to agree with the others; The Viceroy in Palm Springs. No doubt.

  40. VagabondJim January 14, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    Those palms, the mountains, the bright sunshine in January…add me to the Palm Springs crowd.

    No more easy ones, please.

  41. Ryan January 14, 2008 at 11:57 pm #

    Chase, I would love to follow the crowd on this one…but this time I going to bed and I am tired…Should I follow the crowd on this one or should I come pu with my own guess…My honest first guess just by looking at the photo was around Victorville area…just because I spent part of my christmas in that area…driving through…

    BUT, jumping on the bandwagon to feel more confident…I am going to with what adam said.

    “Palm Springs, Viceroy hotel, say here?

    33°48’56.64″N 116°33’14.35″W”

    looking NorthWest”

    On top of that you were looking at the white wall at the bottom right corner.

    Cheers Chase.

  42. Nicolas January 15, 2008 at 3:50 am #

    Hi Chase,
    I’m late this time. I hope the others found it. Looks like CA but I’ve no time to do research.

  43. David Edward Burridge January 15, 2008 at 8:30 am #

    Sounds like exact location has been pinpointed. So now lets see if we can guess where you’ll be shooting. Maybe some more work at the wind turbines, Joshua Tree NP, or the San Jacinto Mountains?

  44. sipperphoto January 15, 2008 at 2:06 pm #

    Oh yeah.. that’s the Viceroy in Palm Springs!


  45. ingalbraith January 15, 2008 at 8:41 pm #

    the palm desert

  46. nowmorethanever January 16, 2008 at 1:11 am #


    If you’re shooting at the Salton Sea, I’d love to help you out. I can be there in less than 3 hours. Though looking at your work, I’d guess your either shooting at a golf course or at one of the many wind farms in the area.


  47. Adam Perry January 16, 2008 at 6:29 am #

    It was taken at 9:43 in the morning. I know that. I also like how it says nice try sucker in the file name when I try to look at the metadata. Great touch.

  48. TSpringsteen January 16, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    View of the Regency Courtyard at the Viceroy Palm Springs. From either a Dorrington or Sovereign Villa. Second villa from the Southeast Corner of the property, the one with the big black chimney.

    And your name is on the Famous Past Guests list :)

    no URL

  49. Rick January 16, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    Come-on people…Palm Springs, hands down!

    • Magdelina June 24, 2011 at 3:23 am #

      Okay I’m cnovicned. Let’s put it to action.

  50. Gordon January 16, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    Okay, everyone seems to be going with the Viceroy hotel, Palm Springs CA, so add me to that list. it certainly looks like that area & hotel.

    9:43am. So, the question is, what was for breakfast ? How about the house roasted granola from the spa-light section ? Cappuccino and a fresh orange juice ?

  51. Adam January 16, 2008 at 4:51 pm #

    What are you doing in Tucson Chase?

  52. Alchemist January 16, 2008 at 6:27 pm #

    The Viceroy. Very Niiiizzze. You sure you’re not a pimp?

    - Alex (I’m just one man).

  53. - Ryan Flynn Photography - January 17, 2008 at 12:29 am #

    I got the Palm Springs part right, but the hotel part quite wrong :)

    So close …

  54. Emile Bremmer January 17, 2008 at 4:45 am #

    the remark about ‘new comrades’ makes me think Russia but they have no palmtrees (or sunshine for that matter) so I’m shooting for Cuba instead. I’m imagining a photoshoot with Fidel on a golfcourse? I could be wrong though as i’m not entirely sure Fidel plays golf.

  55. Thesis Design Lab, Inc January 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    The San Jacinto Mountains and the bright yellow lounges are a dead giveaway. One of my favorite places; The Viceroy in Palm Springs. Enjoy!

  56. thesisdesignlab January 17, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    The San Jacinto mountains and the canary yellow lounges give it away; One of my favorite places, the Viceroy in Palm Springs. (if you like P.S. you should give the Parker a shot sometime. Truly a photogenic joint)

  57. Poppa-D January 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    Lot’s of Palm Springs guesses. So not to just jump on the bandwagon, I am going to say Phoenix, AZ

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