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“Coachella Captains love the Inn!!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Chateau at Lake La Quinta
3.5 of 5 Inn   |   78 - 120 Caleo Bay, La Quinta, CA 92253 (Formerly Lake La Quinta Inn)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 La Quinta B&B and Inns
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“Coachella Captains love the Inn!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2005

Having travelled six thousand or so miles from London, we were even happier than most guests arriving at Lake la Quinta Inn. Our reason for the trip was to attend the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, and we'd chosen the Inn, in part, for its close proximity (4 miles) from the site. Also taken by how lovely and tranquil it looked, and the fact that it only had 13 suites! As soon as we arrived Julia Miscowicz (Innkeeper) and her fantastic team had us relaxed and welcomed. The photos on the website really do not do the place justice; it is quite sublime! We were in Captain's Quarters but saw many of the other accomodation - the standard of design and luxury fittings and furnishings were consistently excellent in each.
The festival exceeded all our expectations, but so did Lake La Quinta Inn. The perfect end to a full day of grooving in the desert heat, was to return to the peace and comfort of our suite, but also the Inn in general, which felt like our own private country club - spa, pool, stars....just bliss!
I must say that, while the actual place is stunning, what really makes your stay pleasurable is the genuine care and attention shown by Julia, and Mary Lou, and Casey, and all the other people working to make sure you enjoy yourself. They really do go that extra mile, and make it all seem to effortless - the mark of true professionals!
Apparently this place is currently on the market; if I could I'd snap it up myself - but I would seriously advise the current (or future) owner to maintain that team...."If it ain't broke.....give it a raise!!" The Inn would suffer without that expertly easy personal touch.
Anyway, we're already booked for next year's Coachella. If anyone reading this even tries to book Captain's Quarters, y'all better be prepared to fight for it!
Much love and gratitude to Julia, and special wishes to our adopted American mom, Mary Lou...enjoy a long and happy retirement babe - you deserve it and we adore you!
David & Darren
Brixton
South London xxx

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2005

My wife and I happened upon the wonderful Lake La Quinta Inn by accident, as we had signed up for a golf clinic at PGA West and the La Quinta resort was full, we where recommended to the Inn and we were not sorry.
The Welcome reception after checking in was warm and friendly with good wine and tasty appetizers, we also met some of the other interesting guests and the Innkeeper Julia steered us in the right direction for dinner. Breakfasts where prompt and delicious and upon returning from a great day out on the course we were greeted with another round of treats and spent a quet evening relaxiing on our balcony overlooking the lake in a snug welcoming room called "Tally Ho".Our second day was open to explore and Julia was very knowledgeble of the area and all it has to offer and great dinner reservations once again including a complimentry dessert.We did not want to leave our little sanctuary, we truly enjoyed our stay and the friendly hospitality we recieved

Mr & Mrs Grace
PA

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2005

We stayed at this romantic hideaway during the spring 2005. The Tuscan suite was the ultimate in luxury, complete with beautiful lake view, steam shower, in room jacuzzi tub and all the amenities one would expect in a larger hotel. The English innkeeper Julia was friendly and very knowledgeable about the best restaurants and activities in the area. She made us feel right at home during our time at the inn. Breakfast in the morning and the wine and appetizer hour in the late afternoon allowed us to get to know our fellow guests and we made some new firends. The massages we had from Sherri Lynn were outstanding . All in all this is a wonderful getaway location. Thank you for your hospitality.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2005

We stayed for two weeks at Lake La Quinta Inn in 2004 and returned to stay for four and a half weeks this past winter. The Inn has a most friendly,warm and gracious environment. The rooms are beautifully decorated and appointed. The staff are all wonderful. Julia the innkeeper is surrounded by the loveliest women who are entirely accomodating. Julia calls them "her girls". When we left we felt as if we were saying good-bye to favorite relatives.
I would highly reccomend this Inn. We are Inn travelers and have been to Inns all over the world including Relaid CHatteau Inns. This Inn has the flavor of one of the Relais Chateaus but is more afforable and friendlier.

Barbara and Robert COvell

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2005

Lake La Quinta Inn is very nice, but their idea of customer service is very poor. It would be wise to remember that this Inn is more of a Bed & Breakfast. The location is very good, their spot of the "Lake" is nice, and the rooms very comfortable.

As for service, there is none after 4 pm. If you want something, too bad. The receptionist acted rather peeved that our flight dictated that we would not arrive until after 6 pm, which meant she had to stay late. We purchased a package that included a massage. We could not get the time we wanted so they 'penciled' us in for another time. When we told them that we could not make that time, we were told we would be charged a cancellation fee. This happened on the same morning when the cook forgot to show up! Because breakfast is only served between 8:30 and 9:30 am, most guests show up around 8:15. Around 8:45 we were told that the cook didn't show and no one else could be contacted. In fact, no one else even had a key to the kitchen. No apologies, no coffee, only some scrambled eggs on dry English muffins around 9:15. The breakfasts on the other days were tasty, but servings were very small with no seconds. We spoke to other guests that had experienced other inconveniences.

Did we enjoy our stay? Yes. Would we return? Not unless we heard from others that the staff had suddenly decided to treat their guests as "guests" not as inconveniences.

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, Owner at The Chateau at Lake La Quinta, responded to this review, March 27, 2005
Lake La Quinta Inn prides itself on Customer Service. All of our staff goes above and beyond the call of duty for every one of our guests. From dinner reservations to doctors appointments no task is too great. We are personal assistants to our guests for their stay. So, I was very upset to read Mr. Elliotts comments. They do not reflect the level of service we provide at Lake La Quinta Inn. Please allow me to correct his negative remarks.
First, Lake La Quinta Inn IS a Bed and Breakfast and we proudly advertise that fact on our website lakelaquintainn.com. The Bed and Breakfast Journal voted us “#1 Bed and Breakfast on the West Coast.” At 4pm every evening we serve Wine and hors d’ oeuvres, chat with our guests, book dinner reservations etc until 6 pm. His statement of “no service after 4pm” is not correct. Most “Bed and Breakfasts” never have anyone stationed at the front desk at all, let alone after 6pm. We therefore offer better service than most of our competitors.
This guest booked and confirmed massages and then canceled at the last minute because he got box seats at a tennis tournament. All spa services have cancellation policies and we actually only charged this guest $50 as an accommodation.
Finally, due to illness our cook was absent one morning during their stay. However, fresh coffee was still brewed and in the dining room by 8:50 am and butter and jam were placed on all the tables for the English muffins. While we are not an all you can eat restaurant, we would gladly accommodate a guest’s request for additional servings.
In conclusion, this one unhappy guest is not an accurate reflection of our Inn.

G. Giovanni Giammarco

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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2004

From July 10th to the 14th I stayed in this beautiful Inn. I spent one night in the Marrakesh Room and 3 nights in the Captains Quarters. The Inn is so lovely and peaceful and once you walk inside you feel like you're worlds away from where you really are, smack dab in the middle of the desert! You could drive right by the place and never have a clue that you just passed a lake! I tried to reserve the Captains Quarters for the entire time but it was not available for the first night so that's why I spent the first night in the Marrakesh. I am glad that I did actually, because not only did I get to experience more of the place, but I learned that a jacuzzi is much more satisfying INSIDE your room when the temperature is 111 outside. The Capts Quarters had a private jacuzzi outside but it was always too hot to use it but the Marrakesh had one inside and it was delightful. I imagine that in the cooler weather the Capts Quarters jacuzzi would be great as well. The Capts Quarters also had a DVD player which was really nice and the view was exceptional! Whenever I tell people about a place I've stayed I try to tell them the good AND the bad but quite frankly there is nothing bad that I can say about Lake La Quinta Inn. I loved it!

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2004

The Lake La Quinta inn is a truly spectacular destination spot. Our room had an incredible view of the lake, yes a lake in the desert.
Jacuzzi tub and gourmet breakfast in the morning. We will be back .
definitely 4 star.

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Address: 78 - 120 Caleo Bay, La Quinta, CA 92253 (Formerly Lake La Quinta Inn)
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > La Quinta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in La Quinta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Chateau at Lake La Quinta 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The all-new Chateau at Lake La Quinta is one of California's most intimate boutique resorts. With 13 charming suites and casitas overlooking idyllic Lake La Quinta, The Chateau is a romantic adult sanctuary where you can get away from it all – and discover the magic all over again. With more than a half million dollars in resort renovations, including a remodeled lobby with bar, updated swimming pool, exquisite exterior stone work, a new lakeside entertaining area with a fire pit, pizza oven and a grand stone fireplace. The Chateau at Lake La Quinta now more than ever has everything you need to recharge and reconnect. Modeled on a French manor, The Chateau brings old world charm and service to the desert. No request is too big or detail too small. Want The Chateau all to yourself? The resort is available to buy out for corporate and special events, including weddings, reunions, golf outings and more. ... more   less 
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