La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
What We Love
- The 23,000-square-foot spa with every treatment imaginable
- Seven excellent on-site restaurants
- 41 swimming pools and 53 hot tubs
What To Know
- There’s a resort fee
- The resort is spread out and not great for those with mobility issues
- Best for couples and groups of friends, not so much for families
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set against the Santa Rosa Mountains, this resort started life in 1926 as a playground for Tinsel Town’s top talent, and today guests still feel like stars at this sprawling resort featuring some 796 elegantly appointed adobe casitas, suites and villas. Manicured lawns separate the casitas while other rooms, decorated in early-California style with wrought iron, tile, and dark woods, are in newer two-story units surrounding individual swimming pools and hot tubs amid lush gardens. In addition to an award-winning spa, there’s a world-class tennis club, five championship golf courses, and seven gourmet restaurants, including flagship Morgan’s in the Desert where three-time James Beard award-winning chef Jimmy Schmidt cooks up farm-fresh American cuisine.
In the Area
Duffers will do a double take when they see the awesome selection of golf courses here. It starts with Resort Mountain Course set against soaring peaks and desert sands. For a taste of the game’s Scottish roots, tee off at the Pete Dye-designed Resort Dunes Course. Another Pete Dye design, the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West is one of the toughest in California with unique undulations, cavernous bunkers and an island par 3 to remember. Fans of the Golden Bear will love the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course where long hitters have room to roam but elevated greens require precision iron play. For Palm Springs golf from a down under perspective, check out the Greg Norman Course, which features an abundance of sand, sage, wildflowers, nine lakes and perfect panoramic views from the tee boxes and greens.
How to Get There
while the resort is old we stayed in one of the original villas that had an adobe exterior. it was charming and clean. the property is close to town for restaurants, although the onsite restaurants were very good.service was excellent and the golf package was outstanding.
First impressions of this site were strong. Staff were exceptionally courteous and the property is gorgeous. For dinner we ate at the adobe grill, a restaurant on the property. The service was great again but the food itself was fairly underwhelming and extremely overpriced. Further, there were. Lot of flies in the restaurant, while this is somewhat beyonf their control, more fans would help with this issue.
Breakfast the following morning at the marketplace was utterly disastrous. Clearly understaffed, it took roughly 40 minutes for my daughters bagel with cheese and bacon to emerge, only for the order to be wrong and clearly someone else's food. Clear process issues to blame here, they werent taking names with orders nor was there an order number system. They seemed to rely on luck in getting the right food to the right customers, since it all came out in white bags that were unmarked. The ordering process at the marketplace needs serious revisiting. The pools are great, but the staff were not quite up to keeping the towel station stocked, and they often ran out by the afternoon.
For the price and name of a Waldorf we just felt that the dining and small details did not amount to a true Waldorf experience.
One important caveat: service at the main pool was immaculate, the issues sprung up at restaurants and the casita pools.
This is a great getaway for some R&R or a luv weekend.If you want to show that special someone how much you love them then this is the spot.Warning the summers are very hot but the pools are very cool and the suites are outstanding with private pools for six suites each.The on site restaurants are also outstanding.This is a must do.
The rooms are nice, clean and comfortable. The staff was friendly. The ammenities make travel more convenient. The gym is a not large, but typical for this kind of hotel. The price was an excellent value. I would highly reccomend.
Our second visit during the height of summer to this wonderful desert oasis. The heat is not for the faint hearted with a top of 123f (50.5c) on one day!
We are a family of 5 with 3 late teenage daughters so room fit is important. This visit we chose a Spa King Suite connecting to a Queen Spa room. The floor space was vast with a living room and full kitchen, our own laundry too. 3 outdoor seating areas and an indoor dining area as well.
The staff at La Quinta are so helpful as well as being local which is nice. The resort has everything you need so you must force yourself to explore the Coachella Valley, once you do there is so much to see and do.
From extraordinary mid-century architecture to Elvis and Pricilla’s Honeymoon house, golf and stunning scenery. There truly is something for everyone.
Golfer note PGA West Stadium is the best known but I believe the Mountain course along with the Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman lay outs offer far more for visitors, they are just as challenging for low markers but more playable form the front tees if required.
During the summer La Quinta offers great value for those looking get a taste Hollywood glamour from a bygone era.