Phil had a business conference here, I signed on for the trip. The resort is nice, from a resort POV. Very welcoming lobby, which makes itself central (we ate there once & enjoyed watching a B-ball game on a Sat afternoon with other people, it was fun). The grounds are gorgeous.
We waited an hour for our room; we checked in at Noon, so were not surprised. I heard the dreaded "But it's a nice room" euphamism that below reviews will mention. To my delighted surprise, ours, at least, was a very nice room. We overlooked the pools & golf course with mountain views. Spectacular. The bed was very nice. The sitting area nice. The baths were recently redone, but, as usual, I have issues... Wasted space on a soaking tub (not jacuzzi - even then, do peole ever use them?) By doing this, the stand-alone shower was very, very, very cramped & obviously male-designed. Could not shave my legs without turning off the water. Phil, who is 6'4", just by washing his hair had water overflowing the shower door, made a mess every time. Kudos - huge vanity, enough room+ for a lady's needs
Lakeview Restaurant A+ buffet breakfast ($22.95 reasonable once you compare to the ala carte prices for anything) with the best omlette, literally, I have ever had. Room service was prompt & tempertature appropriate (we had 1 dinner & 1 breakfast, both nicely done, pizza blah but OK). Sushi bar in the Lobby is fantastic, but it closes at 9 pm???!!! Don't they realize that East Cost clientele are off their clocks & eat late anyway?
Resort fee of $20/day was worth it if you have a car ($11/day ala carte, recommended) & either want to work out ($15 ala carte) or use Internet ($10 ala carte). Request a room closer to parking to avoid earlier-reported complaints (there are other elevators, don't listen to the desk suggestions, you'll find them). Personally, I don't have kids, but believe that the lawn fee should be waived or included in this fee - the whole point of a resort is for kids to feel welcome, it shouldn't cost extra for lawn games. I also, personally, have BIG issues with fitness center fees (shouldn't we be ENCOURAGING people to work out???!) Also, you will see the resort touting its "walking trail" - it is a sidewalk along busy streets that border the outside of the resort. It is a nice walk of ~3.5 miles & fine but not a "trail" - for anyone with knee issues, there is grass to walk on for ~80% of the walk; but you are walking along with traffic, it is deceiving the way they promote it.
I had my hair cut by Mala @ The Spa, she was great.
Other things: ABSOLUTLEY rent a car at the airport. We didn't at first, we got all the way out the Desert & realized we would miss out on the whole PS experience & just be stuck at a resort. $60 cab to PS proper or the rental agency at the resort charged $57/day. YET, we contacted an agency at the airport & got a rate of $14/day!!!!!!!! Absolutely worth it.
HATED Saturday here. We had been there Wed-Fri & loved the lux of the resort. Then, Sat am all H*ll breaks loose with weekenders - horrible attitudes, "reserved" chairs (towels @ 7 am, but don't show til Noon, actually witnessed a fight for an umbrella - dusgusting). There should be signs like "Reserved" & "Available" on chairs that flip - so staff that sees 12 chairs in a line unused for 3 hours could allow them to be be "Available" instead of letting people who want to be out enjoying the pool have to sit 6-chairs back at 9 am to acommodate the bacherlotte parties who can't wake themselves up until Noon but had a friend reserve chairs... Bitter? Yes, a bit, thanks, but something just didn't ring right. & the anomosity it created (seriously, 1 fight, & lots of people chatting about past problems, it just seemed so neg.) it ended out stay on a neg note.
Thursday evenings is a family-oriented street fair in PS downtown. Enzo's in downtown is exceptional for a nice, nice meaning not cheap but not dressy, dinner ($100/ 2 with 2 cocktails each, split app, split salad, 2 entrees) excellent al dente pasta, reasonable $, wonderful bartender & hostess. Also, highly recommend the PS Tram up to the mountains, what an incrediable experience & a quick nice 2-mile walk. THAT was a huge highlight of our trip. Azul seems to be a Thursday G-nite, good cokctails, nice people. Blue Coyote, despite what I read, was really excellent, amazingly authentic, awesome salsa, great service.
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- Escape to your go-to desert playground at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. From the moment you approach the palm-lined path leading to our resort in Palm Desert, California, the excitement begins. Our hotel near Palm Springs has it all, including an active lobby complete with gondolas and meandering waterways, six restaurants serving everything from fresh sushi to locally sourced culinary delights, two championship golf courses, and spacious guest rooms. After an exhilarating day of playing and exploring, you may recharge at Spa Desert Springs, or soak up the sun at any of our four pools with gorgeous views of the nearby mountains. Adding to your options are an onsite fitness center, extensive tennis center and volleyball courts, and a nearby jogging path. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa also features 210,000 square feet of dazzling event space for weddings and conferences. Play in style, experience our resort today! ... more less
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