Reader Beware! This is a very long review, but I refuse to cut it down because I truly believe that La Quinta is one of the very finest resorts in the entire U.S. and detailed explanation is required as to the numerous specifics that make it so very special and keep it my top choice amongst several truly fine desert resorts.
When I recently returned to one of my favorite resorts in the world, La Quinta Resort & Hotel in La Quinta, California [no, this is NOT the chain of motor-inns! Get that out of your mind] it took all of about one nano-second for my visual, auditory & olfactory senses to cause me to exclaim, after a 15-year absence: "Oh, my God! It's even better than I remembered!" This ultra-relaxing resort was always my favorite place to spend a long weekend when I would escape from my law & mediation practice in the world's largest & most stressful suburb, Los Angeles, where I lived for 25 years before moving back to the North Shore suburbs of Chicago.
La Quinta is not a huge & tall hotel, but instead it is a series of low [2-story] white stucco w/red tile-roofed buildings called casitas which, along with >40 swimming pools and >50 Jacuzzis tucked between the casitas, are spread over most of the resort's 42-acres of seemingly endless garden. As you sit by a pool or in a garden soaking up the quiet that is accompanied, as in a perfect harmony, by the chirping of happy birds, or walking along paths that are lined by citrus and other flowering trees whose relatively low branches provide wonderful shade canopies, you realize that the presence of all these trees makes the temperatures very comfortable, so that even on rather hot desert afternoons you can be outside without feeling oppressed by the heat, something that is rarely possible at any other desert resort. Just as impressive as all the trees are the perfectly- coiffed flowering hedges and more flower beds than you can imagine, each one bursting with colors that burst with brightness. You'll be asking your travelling companion, or yourself: " Is it just me, or are the colors here brighter than anywhere else?" The answer is: the colors are brighter because the desert air is so very clear!. And, as much as the beauty will enchant you, it all has a calming aspect that contributes to making this Xanadu the ultimate desert oasis. The almost 90 years of its existence has resulted in significant growth of the trees and flowering vines, the bushes and the perfectly-trimmed hedges, and thus one is always surrounded by a wide array of absolutely sublime beauty that goes far beyond the exotic beauty of the date palms and wide variety of cacti. The research I did confirmed what seems obvious, namely that the original design & construction was intended to blend with the desert, not to dominate it, and there are numerous colored tiles, tiled patios and terraces, and gurgling fountains that enhance the tranquility and the seamless partnership with the surrounding desert. Furthermore, while the newer resorts [mostly opened in the mid-late 1980s through the early 1990s during the building boom] are set in the midst of large expanses of open desert, La Quinta is tucked very close to the base of the gorgeous and stark Santa Rosa Mountains. As you sit or lay out at one of the endless swimming pools, or on your huge 2nd-story patio if you are staying in a starlight room [recommended, below] reveling in the silence, and you gaze at the mountains in the near distance, you will see that their colors are constantly changing as the sun moves through the sky, providing you with a show of natural beauty that you never had reason to previously contemplate but that, forever after, will always be a part of you.
Another significant advantage that La Quinta has over the other wonderful desert resorts [such as the Hyatt Grand Champions and the Marriott Desert Springs Resort ] is that those resorts have one very large pool with all the guests competing for a lounge chair that is in one row after another with virtually no space in between, as if you are on the deck of a crowded cruise ship. This is the desert, with endless space, so it seems wrong to be so squeezed when the entire purpose of being at the pool is to really relax. At La Quinta, although there is a main pool, there are so many smaller pools, each in its own private space surrounded by trees and flowers, that every time I have stayed there, my wife/girlfriend & I have enjoyed a pool all to ourselves: literally! NO other people! And we are always just 30-60 seconds away from our room. The pools are mostly standard rectangular shape and are tucked-in amongst and between the buildings, and each is surrounded by so many trees and lush flowers & flowering hedges that you will find yourself smiling endlessly. And each pool provides you with plenty of lounge chairs and also-for those like me who are Type "A" and seem to always be working-there are small tables with comfy chairs so you can sit and get a little work done in the most gorgeous & quiet office imaginable. All the pools are in the sun, but the sitting areas on the pool-decks have areas of sun and also shady areas, so if you do not want to be sunbathing as you sit or lay on a lounge, you can either sit or lay in shade that is at least 8-10 degrees cooler than just a few feet away in the sun. And, because the shade you seek at poolside is provided underneath mature trees with large spreading thick canopies of leafy branches, you will have that shade in that spot virtually all day. By contrast, when you are at the large, crowded swimming pool at a major resort, in addition to needing to get there by mid-morning or else risk not being able to get a chair, if you are wanting shade, I wish you luck, because even if you find a sliver it will be under a few swaying palm-fronds that, being 20-30 feet overhead, assure that the bit of shade is constantly moving with the sun's movement, so it is quite annoying when every ten minutes you must move your chair a few feet to keep in the shade. That is hardly consistent with a relaxing experience, but it is a reality that few people consider until they are sweating profusely. There is none of this silliness at La Quinta. Take your time enjoying a late breakfast, for you need not get to "the pool" quickly, or choose to confine your pool-time to the later afternoon if you like: you will always find a quiet pool with nothing but emptiness and ample chairs [with a real table at which you can spread-out your work] and loungers to greet you- and as much sun or shade as you could possibly desire. Furthermore, do not think that because you and your companion are sitting alone at a swimming pool means that you cannot get good service. Just dial on you cell and in a few minutes a super-friendly member of the staff will be by your side with a food & drink menu and you will get what you order in less time than you would have assumed, less than half the time it takes at the large resorts.
Speaking of food, I enjoy the dining experience at La Quinta more than at any of the other resorts. First, there are simply more choices, namely 4 choices for breakfast, 6 choices for lunch and 4 choices for dinner, and the quality is first-rate, with the presentation always impeccable. I've never had a meal that did not have us talking about how good it was. Several restaurants have terrace/patio dining that makes enjoying the evening air and aroma of the surrounding flowers a truly wonderful dining experience that you will always remember and long to enjoy again as soon as possible.
Finally, as discussed, below, another primary aspect that catapults La Quinta to the pinnacle of the Palm springs-area desert resorts is the wide variety of room choices, whether in terms of the class/size or room/suite and/or the location. I strongly recommend that, if this is to be your first visit [which means it will be your first of many visits] you talk to someone who has stayed there or, if that is not possible, review Trip Adviser's recommendations from multiple persons who have stayed there. either way, look at a map of the property and consult it as you review photos of the different rooms. When you are spending a lot of money, you should be getting a room that fits your desires. That this involves some time should be seen as a good thing, because most resorts only give you very few choices, so take advantage of the wide array of room/suite choices here by carefully selecting that which will most likely fit your desires.
I'm sorry this review has been so long. It was not planned to be, but I write from the heart and based upon my photographic memory, and this is such a wonderful resort that I could have described much more about what makes it the quintessential desert oasis experience. The beautiful natural setting and impeccable architecture & landscaping provide a perfect framework for a truly wonderful resort experience wherein your senses are at once soothed and brought to life. Oh, how I wish I was there right now with my wonderful fiancée!
- 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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