It is hard to know where to start with this sprawling property about as far from Palm Springs as you can get while still being in the area. The resort is divided into several different sections and is simply beautiful everywhere you go. While they do have valet parking at the main reception area and will take you to your casita via golf cart, you can self park for free near your casita.
While the exact age of each section/building varies, everything is pretty old but well maintained. But because this is an outdoor resort where every room opens outside and is Spanish style, it doesn't feel quite as grand and luxurious as most Waldorf Astoria properties - it is still very nice but luxurious in a different, more relaxed, and charming way.
Each group of casitas is clustered around a pool - each is a little different - size of pool, whether or not chairs are padded, hot tub too, etc. There is also an adults only pool and a main pool with bar, towel service, etc. But it isn't that large and is noisy with lots of kids and families. The casita pools vary in how busy they are, but it isn't hard to find one that suits your mood.
Before you decide on a casita, take a look at the map and determine what you will want to do during your stay. But remember that while the property looks enormous on the map, it is all very walkable if you find yourself needing to frequent somewhere not near your casita.
If you can secure a starlight casita, you won't be sorry - large, private patio with fireplace in addition to your nice room that also has a fireplace. Just remember that some of the patios are more private than others - you may have neighbors who share your stairwell and can see onto your patio as they walk up. The patio was very large and had a nice big comfy couch and dining table.
The bathroom had a tub and shower.
If you are looking for a relaxing place to get away, then La Quinta is a great choice.