I stayed with a group of friends at this hotel at the end of September. We were all VERY pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and affordable it was. The resort appears to be fairly new, modern, well maintained, nicely appointed, with a helpful staff. The rooms are not your typical hotel rooms, nor are the bathrooms. Bathrooms are huge, modern, include double sinks, glass-door shower stalls, huge soaking tub, flat-panel TVs, and a separate room for the toilet. The beds are very comfortable with fluffy duvets on them and a bench at the foot of the bed. Overall a wonderful room.
The pool area was also very nice. We rented a cabana on a Sunday and were shocked to find out they were a mere $95 for the entire day, until 10:00pm, including bottled waters. The nice lounge chairs are found at the cabanas--the ones with cushions. The rest of the pool area has the typical plastic loungers. The pool is very large and has an adjacent huge hottub.
Once again we were all pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food throughout the hotel. We ate at the steak house and it was wonderful. Definitely steak-house prices there but not outrageous. We ended up eating most of our breakfasts, some lunches, and a few pre-dinner snacks at the casual restaurant in the lobby called Waterscafe. Even our orders at the pool came from the cafe. The food was actually really good. We must have ordered the lettuce wraps several times during our stay! Had a $10 steak sandwich for lunch one day and was surprised to see that it was an actual tender slab of steak in it, rather than shaved beef. Prices there were very reasonable. My breakfast each morning cost me around $11 including gratuity. I usually ordered French Toast and bacon or one of their egg platters, and they ran around $8-$9.
The casino is fun and always tempting to walk through to the parking garage. Lots of open slots and tables. My only complaint as a roulette player is that there was only one table and it was not traditional roulette. You spun a wheel with cards on it. Different but still fun.
Even the gift shop in the lobby had some great finds at affordable prices. I found myself in there quite a bit. Lots of fun jewelry for around $10 and fashionable and fun handbags for $10-$40. The same goes for the shop at the Spa. Bought some cute things in there. Oh, and I have to remember to add that 4 of us had massages at the spa and all came out and commented on those massages being the best we've ever had. I just wish the spa had been open later. The only time we could fit our treatments in was at 6:00pm and the spa closed at 7:00pm so we couldn't enjoy much of the space.
To name a couple of negatives... the lobby/registration area is right across from the casino so it was super smokey--if you are not a smoker as many of us were not, it was unpleasant to stand there too long. If you are not a fan of taking elevators as I am, you will be disappointed to find out that the stairs are not accessible to guests. I purposely stay on lower floors so I can take the stairs. When I asked where they were, I was told that a security guard would have to escort me to them because they are through the kitchen and another "back of the house" area. Odd. I have never run into that before. Parking was tough to find on the Sat night we were there. Had to park all the way at the top of the garage.
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- Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage, CA - California Desert