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Embarc Palm Desert
Ranked #7 of 22 Hotels in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Wisconsin
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68 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

After spending 5 nights at the Intrawest, I wish we had scheduled more. Hiking trails surround the grounds. It's adjacent to the Desert Willows golf course. Though not a golfer, it's worth visiting the lobby there merely to drool over the Chihuly piece hanging from the ceiling. The pools and hot tubs are fine and close to each unit. Grills are also nearby for those who like to cook out. We saved a lot by preparing breakfast, snacks, and a few other meals in our kitchen.

We booked a 2 bedroom but ended up with a one bedroom and an adjoining studio. So, we had extra kitchen areas and an extra patio with fireplace. It was spacious, beautifully decorated, and completely furnished. The only suggestions I would make are: 1) raise the microwave/convection oven to the top of the counter or mounted on the wall. In order to open and use it, one has to bend down or kneel on the floor...kind of inconvenient. 2) Have a washer and dryer in the unit rather than at the end of the building. I like tossing dirty clothes in and running a load when it's full. 3) Zumba and Yoga are offered although both are an additional cost. Other places I've stayed included them at no extra charge.

The staff was above and beyond helpful. I mistakenly left my computer's charging cord at home. Tawnie, at the main desk, graciously brought hers from her house to let me use during my entire stay. The Wednesday wine, cheese, fruit, and cracker social was a fun way to meet others staying at Club Intrawest. The staff mingled, took photos, and graciously served us.

There are signs all over asking all to abstain from feeding the ducks. We saw no ducks, but many, many bunnies, road runners, and ravens!

Ralph's is a grocery store within walking distance and carries most everything you'll need. Be sure to request a discount card. The savings really add up with it.

The serenity of this place and the friendliness of the staff and other guests makes me wish for a return visit.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Meredith, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

What a great time-share exchange! The facilities were great, the units spacious and beautifully decorated and furnished. The landscaping is outstanding, full of wildlife. We had a daily visitor, a road runner. All the staff was most helpful and friendly. The only critical remark we could make
is the microwave being installed underneath the kitchen countertop. A tough task for us seniors to get down on our knees and program it. Despite the heatwave of 109 degrees, we did never sweat. The pools are cool, well maintained. Love to go back anytime again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

My wife and I just had another great 5night stay here in late Sept. We had a grand time as usual. That was expected, as Club Intrawest does maintain its HIGH STANDARD - our unit was maticulously maintainted; the upkeep of the premises was supurb! All the staff was friendly and helpful. They gave us good recommendations on local events and great directions!

Ours is a 1-bedroom unit upstairs (16-2), which has a large open terrace with a fireplace, facing the family pool below. The living quarter comes with a huge, nicely furnished living room, very bright with large windows; a well-equipped kitchennette with all the essentials, plus a separate good size ice maker unit! The bedroom has a large shower stall, plus another spacious, attached private shower stall next to the terrace as well! There's TV in the living room and bedroom, of course. The one in the living room is too small, however. The sinks and appliances are a bit dated, but clean and well maintainted. On the ground floor, each building has a laundary room, free. even stocked with free detergents!
- I'd give it the 5th Star, after the appliances are updated.

The Club House is huge, luxurious, and welcoming! It houses the adult pool and a Fitness Room, a small, classy movie room and an arcade! Right next to the Club House is another building for the SPA! The golf course is of championship caliber. Besides golf, there is also a tennis facility.

- A supermarket is conveniently located only 0.25 mi away. My wife took advantage of it and put our kitchen to good use a couple evenings!

SOME FUN STUFF TO DO AROUND TOWN:
- In addition to many fun stuff to do on the premises, there are tons of others to do outside!

- Almost everywhere in town is only 15-30min drive away. We visited the charming Old Town in La Quinta; had fun in the Farmer's Market and Art Fair (Thu/Sat evenings only) in Palm Desert downtown, where we were awed by the 26ft towering sculpture of "Forever Marilyn"; enjoyed shopping and movies in Westfeld Mall...happy hours everywhere including Mamma Gina on El Paseo...!

- To top it off, we spent a glorious day hiking in the magnificent Joshua Tree National Park (60+min drive to the "Yacca Valley" Entrance)

BTW:
- We are Intrawest Club members, and have visited its properties in various locations including Canada and Mexico, this one in Palm Desert meets Intrawest's high standards, and does have its own unique, desert charm. We like coming here to enjoy the summer and autumn!
- Non members can also make reservations, of course. Do try to make yours EARLY, very early!

Peterskis, Oct 2012
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Room Tip: Get a room on the 2nd floor with a terrace facing the golf course! Stay away from FAMILY pools to av...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

I stayed here in August 2012. It was very hot, but the pools are kept nice and cold. The rooms are spacious and include everything you need while on vacation. I was impressed by the friendly staff. The resort is very close to groceries, and I even managed to walk there in the 40 degree heat. The resort also looks onto an amazing public golf course. I highly recommend staying here if you have the chance.

Room Tip: 1 bedroom with terrace is lovely and has an outdoor shower. Stay in complex 16 or 18 if you can.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Club Intrawest is nice, clean and a comfortable place to stay.Pool,Jacussi and Barbecue area more private. I stayed in a two bedroom property with my children for two weeks, most of the staff are friendly and helpful 1or 2 of the staff needed more training to handle situations.Its about 30mins drive from designer outlet,if you're bargain hunter welcome home you can save between 40%-50%. Disney,Seaworld,Universal Studio,Hollywood,Beverly hills are miles away about 2hrs drive on a good run, it can take up to 4hrs in traffic.There is no attraction near this property they are miles away but its a home for golfers and a good museum is nearby.EL-Paseo is also a nice shopping area if you like highend designers. You have the Westfield Mall and nice restaurant like Red Lobster and many more.I-Hop for pancake treat is also nearby.Its more of a relaxed place, ideal for honeymoon or if you just want to chill out from work.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We went to the desert in AUGUST and knew it was going to be hot but it was beyond our wildest expectations. There were 11 of us in two 2-bedrooms and we had a FANTASTIC time. The resort was good and it was our second time there. One thing that is important is that there is only one 2-bdrm suite per building so our party was a considerable distance away from each other. Normally, it wouldn't matter but with temperatures topping 110 .. it sort of did! LOL! Anyway, it was fantastic with the only exception being the coffee makers.... three mornings and three unsuccessful attempts. LOL. small complaint but good filterless coffee makers are available at Costo for under $40 and this would be a good upgrade.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

if you like seclusion, Club Intrawest Palm Desert is your choice. I stayed in an upstairs 1 bedroom and it was perfect for me, my boyfriend, and a friend who stayed in the living room. We stayed in room 25-2 and had a terrace that over looked the adult pool and golf course. The view was beautiful, but not breathtaking.

The room was above average, but nothing to brag about. You get a huge terrace with a fireplace, a living room, a full kitchen with small fridge and freezer, a good size bathroom, and a small bedroom. There was no tub in the bathroom, but there was an additonal shower outdoors that connects to the bedroom. We took advantage of this a few times, and it was amazing, until the bugs started to freak us out. I guess they were attracted to the water. When my friend checked in, there was no DVD player and the cable did not work, but was fixed right away when he called to report the issue. My friend slept on the sofa bed, which he said was fine, but he likes hard/firm surfaces. For more comfort, I would suggest an air matress. It was a bit small for him and he's 5'11". There is no oven in the kitchen, instead, you get a microwave that does convection cooking. We used it a few times for forzen pizza. It cooked the pizza like an oven, but seemed dry.

We went August 15-19, and it was hot as well as humid. There was a monsoon passing by during our stay and it even rained one night. However, it did pass after a couple of days and then there was beautful sunshine. Althought it was still hot, it wasn't uncomfortable heat. My friend described it as "vacation" heat. We walked around the resort 1 day and it was a pain in the heat. It's better to drive around. The air conditoner in the room is a bit confusing. It was preset to a program that made it 74 degrees at certain times throughout the day. If you don't change the program, or the tempertature manually, it will be above 74 in your room all the time. During mid day, even if you set the temperture lower, the temp will stay around 73-74 in our room. It was pefect at night. Guess it was too hot during the day to cool off the room like we wanted..

We used the gym once, and it was nice. The movie theater was BIG, but we didn't get a chance to watch anything on it. However, they were offering 2 shows on Saturday night. The game room was nice and all games were free. We saw tons of wildlife during our stay, including an owl perched on top of the parking lot. There were also roadrunners and bunnies.

If you want to party, this place may not be for you. During our stay, the resort was very quiet and when my friend and I went for a swim in the adult pool, it felt like we were the only ones talking. But if you DO want to party, right accross the street is the Desert Springs Marriott and that place looks like a New York/LA resort with an awesome pool with bar, numerous stores, a beatiful lobby with bar as well as birds. I think I may try that place next time to compare.

Overall, if you want a quiet, relaxing, private getaway with your significant other, this place will meet your needs. If you're looking to party and absorb the engery of the people around you who want to do the same, you will hate this place.

PS - every thursday night, there is a street fair in downtown palm springs. You should definitely check this out!

Room Tip: Request to be by the adult pool. The bigger adult pool is all the way in the back.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Embarc Palm Desert
Address: 1 Willow Rdg, Palm Desert, CA 92260-0619 (Formerly Club Intrawest - Palm Desert)
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Desert
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm Desert
#5 Family Hotel in Palm Desert
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Embarc Palm Desert 4.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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