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“Old School Cool” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   49499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, CA 92253   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in La Quinta
Southern california
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Old School Cool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have stayed at La Quinta numerous times over the past 10+ years and since they just did some renovations and we checked them out it's time for a review! La Quinta is very large with over 20 pools. Buildings are grouped around the pools with around 20 rooms sharing a pool/jacuzzi. With this set up it's always possible to get a chair and an umbrella, sometimes if a large group is at a certain pool you may want to go to the next pool over which is no big deal. Poolside rooms are literally steps from the pool. Others may be on the back of the building and some parts of the hotel have larger fenced pools and grass between the building and the pool. Personally, the poolside Casita is the way to go if you're going to hang by the pool. There is also a large main pool. It can be VERY crowded during holiday weeks and especially spring break. The kids love it though and there is no bar or restaurant at the smaller pools. You can have your own cooler and order room service though and that's what we do!

The rooms have recently been upgraded. This basically means new carpet and drapes, new bedding. Bathrooms are the same but they were already cool with the old mexican style tile that you see throughout the resort. Some buildings have two floors and if you are down stairs from someone active you can definitely hear it! The rooms are comfortable, fairly large and attractive. Bathrooms are large, nice towels, etc. Pool towels are pretty skimpy to be honest.

The resort itself is all Santa Barbara style and very well done. Be prepared to walk, it's quite spread out, our kids usually bring a razor or skateboard and so does everyone else. It is a very family friendly resort so there are frequently large family and friend groups with kids, etc. so while it is basically quiet, there is a fair amount of activity. It is a great place for an event with a large group as you can get your rooms around the same pool and have it to yourself, make your own drinks and even have a meal as there are outdoor tables at most of the pool areas.

The area near the front entrance is where the restaurants, shops, etc. are located and it's always pretty hopping around there. In the evenings the terrace serves margaritas and other drinks, frequently has a live band and people up and dancing. Morgan's restaurant has a patio with a fireplace and a very beautiful interior. The food there is fantastic, pretty pricey however. The mexican restaurant is also tasty and fun. I have only eaten breakfast at the third restaurant (can't recall the name) but it's a great breakfast too and there is also a coffee shop with pastries, bagels, and the usual basics.

I did not visit the gym on my last visit so it may be remodeled. Previously it was large, had a lot of bikes, treadmills and cardio equipment but was cramped and not always adequately air conditioned but otherwise perfectly usable, at least for me.

One downside of La Quinta Resort is that it is a bit away from some of the popular restaurants, the Riverwalk, etc. You need to drive to go pretty much anywhere off property. We usually come out for one to three days and mostly stay at the resort. All in all, it's my favorite of the Palm Desert properties though I have not been to the new Ritz.

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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amarillo, Texas, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband surprised me with a quick getaway this past weekend. It was very last minute so we did not schedule many activities. We ended up focusing the majority of our free time towards the spa. Friday evening we started with a Desert Duo massage. The spa stays open until 8 pm so it was very easy to schedule an appointment after our arrival that day. The facilities are very nice. Our favorite part was a lounge area outdoors by a fire. The next day we were back at the spa for a mani/pedi. Once again the facilities are very nice, the staff is wonderful, and I cannot say enough about the ease with scheduling!!

The resort itself is breathtaking. There are miles of sidewalk to walk, pools in every courtyard area. If you are one to look for a private pool all to yourself this is your place. We also visited the gym facilities. I don't believe my review could every do justice to the beauty of this resort. During our stay we also visited all three of the restaurants. The food was wonderful at each of them! I would suggest making reservations for dinner!!

I look forward to coming back to the La Quinta resort again soon!!

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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moorpark,ca
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is the greatest. The restaurants are amazing, no need to leave the resort. The rooms have the greatest, updates decor. Comfy beds, clean as can be. Even though you are in the desrt, NO BUGS!

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This a awesome getaway location. Close enough to drive but far enough to feel like you're away from the city. Great views, tons of pools, kid friendly. No problem getting a late check out. Staff was super friendly. Will be coming back soon.

  • Stayed January 2015
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jkriske, Manager at La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Dear evelyna z,
Thank you for taking a moment to share your review of La Quinta Resort with the TripAdvisor community. We appreciate the opportunity to have served you, and look forward to your next visit when you are ready for another desert escape!
Sincerely,
Jay Kriske
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great lessons with Tom Gorman! Helpful tips and strategies for improved competitive play! I will definitely repeat this experience yearly! Very family oriented facility... plenty of pools, tennis courts, basketball, golf... you name it, this resort has it.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jkriske, Manager at La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Dear matrendays,
Thank you for taking the time to let us and the TripAdvisor community know how much you enjoyed playing tennis with Tom Gorman at La Quinta Resort. Voted one of the top tennis resorts in the world, La Quinta Resort Tennis Club attracts players of every level, from the beginner to the professional. We look forward to your next visit.
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Pepperell. MA
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed for 5 nights at a sales kickoff in January 2015. Check-in was painless and easy, and the resort is laid out in multiple groups of 3-4 room sections, all arrayed around pools. The rooms were well laid-out, though the bathrooms were vintage (tiled baths and floors). My room had a gas fireplace which was nice on the cool winter nights in the desert. All of the staff were friendly and accommodating. As I was there for a business event, our meals were catered and were good. We did have a couple of breakfast/lunch meals before the event started. Prices were about what you'd expect at a resort (bagel was $4.23). Margaritas at the second-story bar were excellent.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jkriske, Manager at La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Dear WinterVacationer,
I'm pleased you received wonderful, prompt service during your stay at La Quinta Resort, and that you were able to relax and enjoy your sales kick-off. Thank you for taking a moment to share this experience with us and the TripAdvisor community. We look forward to your next visit.
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love this hotel but I was here for a work conference and the wifi needs upgrading badly. If you are there for vacation, forget the wifi but since I wasn't that was the most frustrating. The surroundings are beautiful, service is good and I enjoyed their restaurants. The rooms are a good size and very clean. Love the spanish style it's very elegant and great area for taking a walk or jog.

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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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jkriske, Manager at La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Dear GirlGabe,
Thank you for taking a moment to share your thoughts on La Quinta Resort. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed your guest casita, and our beautiful grounds as well. And it's always wonderful to hear that our team members provided you with True Waldorf Service. We'll be looking forward to your next stay with us.
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Address: 49499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, CA 92253
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > La Quinta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in La Quinta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 796
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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