La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
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Great Resort - Lackluster service
We stayed at La Quinta for 3 days at the end of a 2 ½ week long California driving tour. We'd booked it in the anticipation that it would be a wonderfully relaxing break at the end of a chain of budget hotels before we had to head back to work. We also booked a 2-day spa package. This turned the price of each night at La Quinta into the equivalent of 1 week's accommodation during the preceding weeks of our holiday so we were expecting a top-notch stay. Whilst the grounds are well laid out, the accommodation was very comfortable (starlight casita) and the air-conditioning worked a treat (cool and only a moderately noisy rumble from near the bathroom), we did have some niggles with service. The mini-bar was many times high-street prices (not unusual I guess, but it does make it seem like the hotel doesn't care), we never did see the bath-robes that we were promised, there was no bath/shower gel until we asked for it, and TV services were identical but more expensive than any other hotel we stayed in. The shower water pressure was poor, and there are noisy air-conditioning units sprinkled around the grounds of the unit we stayed in. The spa facilities were average with the only pool being the exceptionally hot outside Jacuzzi, there was very little shade in the outside seating area and I do not feel that the options/premium prices were at all well matched with what was available in other spas in the area. As said, we were pleased with the room and general ambiance (I guess the $60m update last year helped - although it's starting to look rather built-up in places with the extra 177 villas), but maybe our expectations were too high. I think that the La Quinta Resort has been trading much on its history, and fear that the 2004 takeover by CNL Hospitality, an Orlando-based real estate investment trust, may further erode that personal touch (staff I spoke to mentioned that as part of the deal all their vacation leave had been bought out). Hopefully not, but I will probably be looking for a smaller hotel next time I'm in the area.
Bigger isn't better
This was our second trip to La Quinta and had really looked forward to it. Quite a disappointment. It has expanded enormously at the expense of quality and service. While they have significantly expanded the number of guests, support services etc. have not grown with it.
Check-in/check out was painful due to long lines. Our older casita was very dark. What are they hiding? Self parking was next to impossible due to limited space. Food was OK but very pricey. The concierge was of no use.
One of our traveling companions was put into a room with only a murphy bed. The room was obviously part of suite that the hotel carved out as a separate room. Are they kidding?
The grounds and flowers are beautiful and they have a good fitness center.
La Quinta is probably a good place for a few day business meeting/conference but as a resort for a personal trip it has grown too large and unmanageable to be worth the money.
Not pleased at all
After readind reviews I thought this would be a very nice property, think again. There was cob webs in the room spiders, crickets and a big cockroach on the wall. The best thing about the hotel was breakfast at Morgans and the kiddie pool. The room was just average. I will think twice about going there again. This is totally not 4 to 5 star quality.
Not worth the money
We were in the Palm Springs area for 8 days, our 3rd trip to this destination. We split our stay with 4 days in downtown Palm Springs, 2 days in Palm Desert and 2 days at La Quinta. The grounds are pretty but huge. Everything is very expensive- the food, the spa services, the golf. You can get the exact same tee times for about 25-30% less by booking through a tee time service. The hotel actually charges you more being a guest and booking your tee times through the hotel. The pro shop could care less. I had a facial that was very nice but it cost $120. I could get the same facial at home with the same products for $75 and for about $90 at other spas in the area. The spa is not that nice with no outdoor pool, no plunge pool and only one steam room. We ate at the adobe grill. The food and service were good but dinner for 2 at a mexican restaurant should not cost $150. We had some problems getting a room at check in and then our room did not have working air conditioning. I had to call twice to have it fixed. We only had decaf coffee in the room and you are charged $15 a day for this coffee, a paper, the fitness center and a tip for the maids. The bathhroom was very nice but the water pressure in the shower was awful. My expectations are high for a hotel that is charging $350 per night and this hotel did not meet my expectations. If you do not care about cost and have not been anywhere else in the area, the resort is nice. I will not stay there again. I have decided to forget the big resotrs and try to find small quaint properties.
Wonderful grounds and rooms, bad food
We just returned from a nice week at The La Quinta Resort. The grounds were very nice and spread out with a great scent of fresh flowers and citrus trees. The room was well appointed - we loved the over sized bathroom with Mexican Tile and separate shower with seat! The Spanish style decor was very charming all around the resort. The restaurants were way over priced and the food was ordinary at best. We went to the breakfast buffet at Morgan's and there were flies and nats on the fresh fruit display. I would highly recommend staying at the resort if you are looking for relaxation or a place for a romantic stay. Just make sure you don't plan to eat at the resort!
A Slice of Heaven on the Desert
I have found the coolest place in the desert. I recenty stayed at the La Quinta. The hotel was sold out but the resort was quiet and peaceful. I was surprised by the fact that the hotel was so spread out but yet it felt like home. Flowers Flowers everywhere. I just loved the fact that I could pick and orange right off the tree from anywhere on the property. The rooms were very nice and quite comfortable. The little touches like the different nightly turndown favors was a real treat. The hotel pays attention to you and to the details of your experiance. I have booked a trip for this summer. I cant wait!!!
Nothing better than a weekend in La Quinta
La Quinta is a beautiful resort, and so refreshing! The grounds are wonderful, and we love the casita style rooms - you are not stuck in a big building! The individual settings, beautiful gardens, set along the amazing mountains is just so serene and peaceful. The spa is great, as is the gym and general fitness facilities. Adobe grill, the mexican restaurant, has a great band called "Inka Kings", and there is nothing better than sitting out front listening to them, eating some appetizers, and enjoying wonderful margharitas! We go a few times a year and love it!
Great place - But expensive
I stayed here for a conference and the place was great.
Clean rooms, wonderful history and charm.
Above all, the staff was very helpful and courteous.
The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating was of the price. I don't think it was the best value for the money. You could stay at other places and get the same wonderful amenities and treatment for a lower price.
If my company wasn't paying for it, I probably wouldn't stay there again. But then again, I'm pretty frugal (my wife says cheap).
If money is no object, you won't be disappointed. But be prepared to pay for everything that you get.
Best Holiday Ever!
Spent two weeks at La Quinta this summer. Had originally booked another resort in Palm Desert, however, only stayed 10 mins - long enough to check in and then out! La Quinta would have always been our original choice, however, the other place appeared a lot cheaper - although, when we got our bill at the end of the two weeks, I think it worked out cheaper!When we arrived at La Quinta, the whole atmpsphere was tranquil and transported us back in time when entering the reception area - large comfortable sofas, beautiful period furniture and very grand fires ( although not lit! ). The staff couldn't have been more welcoming and friendly. We booked a starlight casita ( if you can afford this one - go for it, as it has a very large private patio, just outside your bedroom door ), originally for 7 days, then 10 days and ultimately stayed 13 days!! The room was large and tastefully decorated - sympathetic to the desert surroundings, a large bathroom, fresh towels daily and the rooms were cleaned before 11am each day, so it was nice to get out early in the morning and return at lunchtime to a nice clean, cool room! Played tennis almost daily - which proved to be a very inexpensive experience, lazed around the large pool at the tennis club - often we were the only two people in it! I guess the advantage of going to La Quinta in August! The grounds were beautiful - reminiscent of a small Mexican town. All in all, the best holiday we've had and would certainly go back - probably next year and who knows, maybe for 3 weeks this time! It's certainly worth a visit - you won't be disappointed!
This is a class place with great facilities; including pools, restaurants, spa, meeting rooms and shops. It's a yearly (at least one) trip for us. Very expensive in the winter but affordable in the summer if you can stand the heat. An early round of golf, an afternoon of reading in one of their numerous pools, and a great dinner in the evening is hard to beat!!!
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