The lobby of this luxury resort was breathtaking. It had an enormous seven story atrium with a dramatic circular wood staircase that descended toward a wall of glass overlooking the terrace and outdoor pools. It was visually stunning but the monumental scale of the space and the lack of ornamentation made the atmosphere feel somber and somewhat sterile. The exterior was much more inviting with lush landscaping, two meticulously maintained 18 hole golf courses, a terrace with cozy sitting areas and fire pits. The pool complex had two small jetted hot pools and three swimming pools: a shallow children's pool, one with a sandy beach entrance, and one with a cascading wall of water.
Rooms were located off of a maze like system of hallways with floor to ceiling windows framing gorgeous views at each turn. We had a south facing room with a private balcony and a spectacular view of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The room was clean and spacious with several nice touches like plantation shutters over the sliding glass doors, a closet with two sided access, and striking bathroom wallpaper covered with photographs of mid century modern buildings. Two minor annoyances with the room: the fitted sheet slipped off the bed during the night which caused the pad to wrinkle up and expose the mattress which was not only uncomfortable but unsanitary. There was a minibar in the room but no refrigerator. There was a sign on the minibar warning guests not to place personal items in it. The sign indicated that the resort had a few refrigerators available and to call the front desk to have one delivered. We were only there for two nights so we didn't think it was worth the trouble.
All in all, our stay was a mixed bag. It was a pleasant place to spend a few days, but once was enough.
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Esmeralda Hotel Indian Wells
- Renaissance Esmeralda Resort And Spa
- Renaissance Indian Wells
- Indian Wells Renaissance