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Embarc Palm Desert
Ranked #7 of 22 Hotels in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
La Mesa, California, United States
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“We LOVE it here.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

First of all, it is gorgeous. It's a desert setting with desert plants, flowers, trees, rocks and bunny rabbits running around. The golf course surrounds the complex and the mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to the vistas. It's quiet and elegant. The pools, though not large, are plentiful with jacuzzis at every pool site. There's a small theater where they show movies for free a couple times a day. The shopping and restaurants abound within a short drive.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Wisconsin
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68 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank chnich
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Meredith, NH
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17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rebsamen
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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135 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Peterskis3
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Victoria, Canada
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102 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Einsteincat
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London
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank tbabsLondon
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British Columbia, Canada
Level Contributor
124 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank tooareist
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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Embarc Palm Desert 4.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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