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Deciding on a resort...help!

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Deciding on a resort...help!

Hi, I've been on tripadvisor for days now and cannot decide which property to reserve. We are 35 yr. old couple (no kids) traveling in Aug for the first time in the Palm Desert area. Hyatt Indian Wells came highly recommended, however some low reviews are creating doubt in my selection.

Here's what we are looking for:

Large resort

Adult pool, with a bar and with a nice vibe (not looking for a bagatelle in the day, nor pin-drop silence)

Good food on site (we are definitely foodies!)

Nicely appointed rooms (trendy, and luxurious)

Spa and Fitness center are a must

Some of the other options we are looking at are:

Westin, JW Marriott, Parker Palms...

Any feedback would be appreciated :)

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11. Re: Deciding on a resort...help!

I love Marriott's Shadow Ridge. The "quiet pool" is rather small, but I kind of like it like that. There is another pool with a bar, but it's larger and not as quiet. I'm going there next week, for my 3rd time. I stayed at the other Marriott resort, too, Desert Springs. Nice, but I wasn't as impressed as I was with Shadow Ridge. They are expanding, though, so ask about any construction before booking.

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12. Re: Deciding on a resort...help!

I like the Shadow Ridge too, but from OP's description the Hyatt sounds like a better fit. They wanted more on-site amenities and restaurants.

A lot of the complainers have valid points, none of the resort hotels are really a 5 star experience and the nickel and diming tends to get old (which is why I like Shadow Ridge). If all the resort fees and add-ons were eliminated, I prefer the Hyatt out of all the big resort hotels (and for the most part their staff is the best-trained and friendliest, but you can always have the bad one-of).

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