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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Poppa-D says:

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

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)

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

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.

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

So close …

Alchemist says:

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

- Alex (I’m just one man).

Adam says:

What are you doing in Tucson Chase?

Gordon says:

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 ?

Rick says:

Come-on people…Palm Springs, hands down!

Magdelina says:

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

TSpringsteen says:

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

Adam Perry says:

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.


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.


sipperphoto says:

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


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?

Nicolas says:

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

Ryan says:

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.

VagabondJim says:

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

No more easy ones, please.

Matt Brandon says:

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

David says:

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 :(

Jacob says:

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.


Brittney says:

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

george says:

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

Austin Joffe says:

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

John Leonard Photography says:

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

Virtual tour here:

The terracotta roof tiles scream Southern California.

David says:

Chase’s private island in the Adriatic.

n506 says:

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

Remi says:

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

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?

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.

Palm Springs.Viceroy
The mountain is a dead giveaway

Jeff says:

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

-Jeff, San Diego, CA (

GeoWulf says:

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

harry says:

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

red says:

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.

A Pixel says:

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!

brian faini says:

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.

Anonymous says:

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.


I can see Chase getting hotel sponsorship deals soon!

Kalmár Nagy András says:

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

Off the hotel’s website :D

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?

Major Tom says:

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.

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.


Adam Kaplan says:

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

33°48’56.64″N 116°33’14.35″W

looking NorthWest

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

dovlove says:

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!


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

Ben says:


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

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

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…


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…


Anonymous says:

The mountain in the background is unmistakably Palm Springs area.

Andrew says:

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

Anonymous says:

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)

Anonymous says:

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….)

Angel H says:

Viceroy hotel, Palm Springs CA. :-)

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