Our family has been visiting La Quinta for over two decades, and I imagine we’ll be returning for at least two decades more. Long a desert hideaway for Hollywood’s biggest stars and a host of U.S. presidents, La Quinta has managed to retain that old Hollywood magic, while keeping pace with today’s high standards of luxury.
While La Quinta’s rooms – or casitas – are comfortable, they’re not extraordinary and some of the furniture is dated. But we don’t come to La Quinta to sit in a hotel room! What makes La Quinta so special is its spectacular Coachella Valley setting, beautifully manicured grounds, attention to service, and understated southwestern elegance. I never get tired of photographing the white-washed casitas draped with vibrant bougainvillea and trimmed with cheerful blue shutters. Our kids have endless fun riding their scooters around the resort’s 41 different pools (yes, they actually counted them!) and at least as many hot tubs. Then there are the margaritas and guacamole – expensive, but well worth the splurge and best enjoyed on the central patio while listening to the popular mariachi band on a warm weekend night as the sun falls behind the surrounding Santa Rosa hills.
Because La Quinta is so spread out and rooms are arranged in different sections, you’ll want to do some research ahead of time to determine the best location and type of accommodation to book. There are casitas that open out onto quiet, semi-private pools; exclusive suites for the ultimate retreat; and villas with full kitchens that are great for big families or groups. If you love tennis, you might consider staying in the newer section close to La Quinta’s world-class courts (and the spa!) Some of the casitas date back to the resort’s early days, including one in which Frank Capra wrote some of his greatest screenplays, including “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Of La Quinta’s three main restaurants, we’ve been to two – the Adobe Grill and 26. As one would expect at a resort of this caliber, there are no bargain meals, but the ambience is (almost) worth the bill. If you stay in a villa with a kitchen, you can always eat some meals in – there are plenty of supermarkets close by, including a relatively new Trader Joes. Though we never left the resort on our last trip, we usually venture into nearby Palm Desert for dinner at least once.
Finally, I should add that La Quinta is a great place for the pooch. We have yet to bring ours, but the resort is amazingly dog friendly (they have in-room massage services for dogs!) Next time, our dog will definitely be part of this family tradition.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST® is a world-renowned Southern California desert retreat featuring 796 elegantly appointed casitas, suites and villas; the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta® with 41 pools and 53 hot spas; 41 tennis courts; over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet facilities; and exceptional cuisine at Morgan’s in the desert, TWENTY6 and Adobe Grill. Known as The Western Home of Golf in America® and named ”North America’s Golf Resort of the Year,” it is home to five award-winning golf courses and four private courses – designed by legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Tom Weiskopf. Golf instruction is offered at the PGA WEST Golf Academy. ... more less
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