Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection
What We Love
- Venetian-style terraces
- More intimate than nearby sprawling resorts
- Seasonal farm-to-table cuisine at Grove Artisan Kitchen
- Access to top golf courses; the resort can arrange tee times
What To Know
- Located in Indian Wells, but it's 15 minutes from downtown Palm Springs
- Family-friendly, so expect some children
- A $30 (plus tax) resort fee per night will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Indian Wells and the Santa Rosa range are the backdrop for this 11-acre Mediterranean-inspired resort. Tiles coat the rooftops of the villas, which are laced in hot pink and red bougainvillea, while palm trees run along the edge of the neighboring golf course and pool like a line of tropical exclamation points. At the center of the resort is the Well Spa, which is surrounded by lush herb and citrus gardens. The building, with its simple stone and wood construction, looks as if it were dropped here straight from Tuscany.
Bed & Bath
Woven amid olive trees and lush gardens, the 215 guestrooms, suites and villas have Venetian-style terraces and patios looking out over the grounds, golf course and mountains. Earth tones, with rich chocolates and warm honey accents inspired by the desert make for a relaxing setting. Big marble bathrooms have double vanities and are stocked with Destination Earth and Gilchrist & Soames products.
It’s all about health at this sun-kissed wellness retreat. The spa offers a wide array of treatments like the Pelle D’Oro (Skin of Gold) — an exfoliation with grape seeds and sun-kissed olive oil. The Mediterranean fare served at Grove Artisan Kitchen focuses on seasonal, local ingredients that are at once indulgent and tasty. French doors open onto a dining courtyard with a gurgling stone fountain. To work off the calories, there’s yoga, morning walks through the 11 acres of olive trees and rose gardens, or hydro yo chi, an integration of yoga and tai chi practiced in the warm spa pool.
How to Get There
We spent several nights at the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa.
When we arrived, there were two people at the front desk, both failed to acknowledge us. One was on the phone and the other was looking busy at his station. Finally, the person on the phone made eye contact but never smiled or acted friendly. It was a very cut and dried check in. She rushed through instructions on how to drive to the building where our room was located. She neglected to tell us that we were on the second floor and that there was an elevator. Since we were unaware that there was an elevator (at opposite end of the building) we lugged our suitcases up the flight of stairs.
Our room was very large and it had a nice veranda with two chairs and a table that overlooked a fire pit with a seating area. However, the room did look dated and in need of refurbishment.
The bathroom had some issues. One issue concerned the tub/shower toggle switch which was broken. After engineering fixed the switch, I noticed a small pool of water next to the tub which had not been mopped up. I used clean tissues to wipe up the water on the floor. I had thought the bathroom floor was clean but after wiping the floor the tissue had gotten dirty. The fact that the bathroom floor was not properly cleaned was extremely disappointing.
The comforter on the bed was not visible as it was between two crisp, clean white sheets. However, when straightening the covers in the morning, I noticed that the comforter was stained. There was also a stain on the carpet. Between the bathroom floor, the comforter and the rug stain, I did not feel I was in a place that cared about true cleanliness, health and safety.
Considering this hotel is advertised as one of Hilton’s Curio Collection, I was surprised that there was no concierge.
Another thing I expected was to have robes in the room. There were none. When we inquired as to why no robes, they told us we can request them, which we did. About 45 minutes to an hour after we requested them, they were finally delivered.
There was no ice bucket in my room. Fortunately, I had a zip loc baggie that I used to haul ice.
On the positive side, the hotel has several fire pits around the property and we enjoyed sitting by the fire pit in the evening. The property has two pools and provides nice lounge chairs and towels. Some water toys, like tubes and balls, were provided. The water was a perfect temperature.
My wife and I celebrate our anniversaries in the desert. This year we chose to stay at Miramonte. This property is part of Hilton's Curio Collection so our expectations were high. This resort needs renovating. There was no concierge and robes had to be requested rather than hanging in the closet. Our room was spacious but several items need some TLC. The nicest amenities on the property were the fire rings which were scattered throughout. They were a nice way to end each day. However, overall, it was a disappointing 3 nights and we won't return. We will also be wary of other Curio Collection hotels in the future.
Due to the conditions, I feel the price of our stay was excessive. Hilton can do better.
Original room was bug infested and had hairs and dirty footprints in the tub. Stairwell next to room was very noisy and caused vibrations. Room was outdated, certainly not what a 4-5 star hotel should be offering.