La Quinta Resort & Club, the original hideaway Palm Springs hotel, has been around since 1926. The resort is set amid 45 lushly manicured acres at the foot of the soaring Santa Rosa Mountains. They also have a spa, which savors creations of top chefs, all sourced fresh from local producers. I’ll do a separate write-up which will appear in our Spas & Retreats section.
I have stayed here a few times over the years although it has changed names and its culture a bit since I was there a few years in a row for a conference that is now held in Scottsdale. I got upgraded to a cute corner unit which had the largest backyard area of the “units” in its category, complete with lawn chairs and a table for entertaining should I so be inclined. Note: they did not know I was planning to do a review/write-up in advance which often times hotels and resorts do. In other words, I paid and was not hosted.
In each ‘quad’ or area, you can walk to a pool and hot tub area within a couple of minutes, so even if you’re lazy and in the mood just to veg, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to pamper your body. There are also several golf carts which can transfer you from one complex area to another, or up to the reception where they have 3 restaurants to choose from for evening dining or after hours drinks.
A view across the rooftops into the palm trees and mountains.
A few shots below to give you a flavor of the property:
Below find a little history on the resort itself:
In the early 1920s San Francisco businessman Walter H. Morgan was drawn to a place in the California desert that dwellers in these lands had long referred to as the Land of Eternal Sun. In his mind’s eye, he envisioned a tranquil retreat that captured the essence of quiet hacienda-style living. Purchasing 1,400 acres from the native Cahuilla Indians, he enlisted the renowned architect Gordon Kaufman, along with scores of artisan craftsmen to make his dream a reality. From more than 100,000 hand-formed adobe bricks and 60,000 locally fired roof tiles, a small grouping of quaint casitas and a cozy dining room sprung up. And Morgan called it La Quinta.
Photo credits: shots of La Quinta Resort from their site, view of pool long shot (last one) is from theroamingboomers.com.