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Embarc Palm Desert
Ranked #7 of 22 Hotels in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Charlotte, NC
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124 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Excellent accommodations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

This was my first Club Intrawest stay, and as a Hilton Grand Vacation owner, I wasn't sure what to expect from this affiliated resort. Trip Advisor reviews gave me confidence that it was a great place, and Trip Advisor got it right again! We stayed in a one-bedroom unit which had a fully furnished kitchen, a large bathroom, and a second shower which was outside. The beautiful patio overlooked the immaculate grounds and one of the many pools, and though we didn't use it, the fireplace was a nice addition! I would definitely ask for a second floor unit, as the unit below ours must've had pool traffic walking by their patio often. The pools are not large but never felt crowded and the adult pool was an especially nice place to relax in the sun. The location of the resort is excellent as well. There is a Ralph's grocery store in a shopping center just a stone's throw away. By stocking up there on breakfast and lunch food, we were able to splurge on fabulous dinners at Guillermo's, The Cork Tree, Adobe, La Quinta, and Ruth's Chris (see restaurant reviews elsewhere). We did not use the other resort facilities - workout room, movie room, etc because we were too busy enjoying the area! Although this was an adult only vacation, I would highly recommend this resort for families as well.

Room Tip: As for a second floor room overlooking the grounds or pool, not the parking lot!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vernon, B.C.
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120 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We are biased because we are members here at Club Intrawest. However, we have only stayed two other times and this place does not disappoint. It is clean, modern, comfy and cool. Everything about it from the pools to the facilities are first class. If you have a chance to stay here - do!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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New Jersey
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74 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This was the second trip to Club Intrawest and we enjoyed our stay. We really appreciate the chaise lounges which have comfortalbe cushions, as well as the small gym. The grounds are immaculate and 10% of your bill at the Cork Tree is a very nice perk. Last year we had a one bedroom condo on the first floor which was well equiped and featured a rain shower.

This year we requested a one bedroom as well, but we were told they only had two bedroom condo units. Since we enjoyed our stay last year my wife and I decided we would pay the extra fee for a two bedroom. When we arrived we were given a condo on the first floor that was exactly the same as the one bedroom we had the previous year. The only difference was they had opened the lock out door that separated the studio next door. Clearly we did not need the studio since there were only the two of us. We wondered why we were told there were only two bedroom condos left when clearly this was not the case. The resort could have easily closed the door and we would have had a one bedroom which is what we desired.

This certainly left us feeling the resort had not represented accurately the housing options.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Vigevano
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Mont Tremblant, Canada
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Weather was wonderful. The resort is amazing, on a beautiful golf course. Our unit overlooked the swimming pool. Great holiday. Lot's to see in the area as well, museums, take a ride out to the desert hills on a dune buggy, great golf, great shopping.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Karin b
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Harrow, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We are Club Intrawest members and this was our first trip to Palm Desert. The units are called "vacation homes" and that is truly what they are. We had a 2 bedroom home and it had lots of space: large master bedroom with king bed and ensuite bathroom with a huge shower; second bedroom had 2 twins and a bathroom with tub and another separate shower; nice open concept living room/kitchen with gas stovetop, microwave, fridge, freezer, ice maker, coffeemaker, blender and various kitchen utensils. We were in building #5 on the ground floor and the patio was right next to the adult pool which was very convenient. We were there early February and it was mostly an older crowd so there was very little noise.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped and everything is well maintained. The front desk staff were helpful in answering questions about directions and also made dinner reservations for us.
Overall, I would recommend Club Intrawest if you are looking for a condo type accomodation. There are no bars or restaurants on site but there is a very good grocery store nearby and lots of restaurants in the area of Palm Desert/Palm Springs.

Room Tip: Vacation homes near the adult pool may be quieter.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank wine_travels0690
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MA
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Just back from 4 nights here. After a day of activities, it felt like returning home. There's a supermarket down the street to supply the well equiped kitchen. Setting is beautiful with mountain views all around. Grounds and pool area are delightful. Even a nice walking path to the adjacent Mariott property. Location is perfect for all attractions. Can't miss here.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank mlip
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Waterdown, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Excellent grocery store within walking distance. Ask for a Canadian card at grocery store for added savings. Use website Standby Golf for the best golf deals. Played lots of courses but liked Indian Wells Celebrity Course the best. Get to the courses early as the range and practice area's are all included.

Room Tip: One side backs onto golf course the other side is desert. I preferred the desert side bottom floor...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Embarc Palm Desert
Address: 1 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (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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