La Quinta, Palm Springs
At a Glance
Ideal winter sunshine destination or highlight of a summer road-trip
Suits both couples and families due to the private nature of casitas and swimming pools
Home to PGA WEST, the 2,000 acre golf community in La Quinta
Desert adventures from Joshua Tree National Park to off-roading on the San Andreas Fault
Perfect stopping off point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas or longer winter retreat
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Palm Springs weather is best in the winter. Summers can be extraordinarily hot, temperatures may easily climb above 100ºF/38ºC from mid-April through mid-October. As a green oasis, its easy to forget that La Quinta is a desert resort. High season for the resort is during our winter months from November to March when weather is cooler. During the summer months it is hot in the desert but staying at La Quinta becomes incredibly good value and there are plenty of pools to cool down in after a day exploring. Guests visiting Palm Springs on a road-trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles welcome a stop at beautiful La Quinta, and it makes the perfect base for exploring Joshua Tree National Park and for geological jeep-tours of the San Andreas Fault.
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La Quinta is an elegant desert retreat nestled in the Santa Rosa Mountains. Private casitas and forty-one swimming pools offer pure relaxation but for those in search of activity can play golf, hike or take a jeep tour of Joshua Tree National Park.
This lush green oasis is the desert's oldest resort and is now a member of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection. Framed by the Santa Rosa Mountains, decades of Hollywood stars have stayed at La Quinta since it opened as a Hollywood playground in 1926. Over the years they have enjoyed the privacy of the adobe casitas and beautiful gardens. Broad expanses of lawns separate the original one-story casitas, and other rooms, decorated in early-California style are styled with dark woods and Spanish tiles, are newer two-story units. Fireplaces, stocked refrigerators, and fruit-laden orange trees contribute to a luxurious ambience.
A premium is placed on privacy, which accounts for La Quinta's continuing popularity with Hollywood celebrities. The tennis stadium holds 23 courts and there are an astonishing 41 pools on-property. With multiple dining options, from Morgan's fine dining to the adobe Mexican grill serving up over 100 tequilas. Live entertainment on the weekends and a good sized spa there’s no reason to get in your car until it’s time to go home.
Accommodation at La Quinta is in the form of clusters of white-washed casitas dotted around the resort. There are a range of casitas available to suit your preferences from classic casitas to three-bedroom spa Villas with kitchens. Over half of the casitas have charming fireplaces, they are all very spacious and have views of the gardens, mountains or pools. Some have their own private pools or hot spas. With 41 swimming pools dotted around the gardens, guests are never short of somewhere tranquil to cool off on a hot summer's day.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at La Quinta. There is a range of accommodation to suit families of different sizes and there is a whole host of activities for children to enjoy onsite to include swimming, tennis, a movie theater and biking. A babysitting service is available upon request.
There are four dining options to choose from at La Quinta. Morgan's in the Desert has a strong focus on using locally sourced ingredients to create authentic dishes and is consistently rated one of the best in the valley. Twenty 6 is a contemporary American restaurant and has a relaxed atmosphere. Adobe Grill is a Mexican style restaurant and is renowned for its award-wining tamales and margaritas. Ernie's is a classic pub serving an impressive wine list and selection of beers to compliment gastronomic food.
Spa La Quinta uses some of the world's best beauty products and latest technologies to lead you on a journey of relaxation. With a wide range of beauty treatments and massages on offer you will feel the wonderful results of rejuvenation and calmness.
During your stay at La Quinta you can make the most of the resort's amenities. There are 41 pools on site for you to relax in, five golf courses to choose from, 23 tennis courts to play on. You can also take part in the guided history walking tour, rent some bikes to explore the area or go running on the trails.
Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of the San Jacinto Mountain range and get the big picture of the Coachella Valley. The mountain air is cooler, and hiking the alpine trails makes for a fun day out. Explore back country desert in a four-wheel-drive vehicle and explore the San Andreas Fault. Have a desert adventure at Joshua Tree National Park - go alone or take a guided tour for a fascinating insight into the flora and fauna, and indigenous and pioneer history of the region.
A mecca for players of all skill levels, Palm Springs is known as The Western Home of Golf in America, due to its challenging, award-winning course designs and inspiring scenery. Guests at La Quinta have access to five courses, which have hosted many notable tournaments. The resort is also home to the Jim McLean Golf School, one of the top golf schools in America. Its top position in the golf school industry has been recognized by Golf Digest, U.S.News and World Report, CNN and Travel & Leisure Magazine.
Georgina Robertson (Staff)
Although this is a large resort, dont let this put you off, with the numerous pools there is always one close by and with the resort being spread over 45 acres it doesnt ever feel too busy or overwhelming. This is a great family option in Palm Springs.
Anna Northeast (Staff)
Arriving into La Quinta was a little like suddenly being transported back across the Atlantic and into one of the white washed villages you find perching on the side of a hill in Southern Spain. With pretty gardens, adorned with heavily laden orange trees, terracotta roofed buildings peaking out above them, this really is a little slice of Spain. La Quinta seems to sprawl, on a huge plot it has no less than 43 swimming pools, each one surrounded by guest rooms and suites ensuring that no one is ever too far away from a refreshing dip, vital during the hot desert summer months. Some of the pools are quiet, some more family orientated but the beauty is that if one is a little too quiet or a little too loud, you're never more than a short stroll from another one. I can see why guests come to La Quinta and never leave during their stay, everything is here. Children can grab bikes and head off on adventures safely within the resort confines, parents can relax by the pool or enjoying a game of tennis (there is great tennis history here) and the hotel has some very good exclusive rights to local championship golf courses as well.
Basically the feel here is laid back and vacation style. A bit of down time in a beautiful location where everything is on hand. It did remind me a little of Spanish vacation villages from when I was younger, where you have everything close by and there's never any need to go very far. As a relaxed stop at the end of a trip or even in the middle to recharge the batteries, I think it works beautifully. It's not over sophisticated, just relaxed and laid back but with the good service you would expect.
Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour
The whimsical Joshua Tree National Park sits at the convergence of the Colorado and Movaje Deserts. Rock climbers know JT as the best place to climb, and hikers seek out shady, desert fan palm oases. Visit Hidden Valley, Desert Queen Ranch and Keys View.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Take the scenic cable car up the Chino Canyon to the cooler peaks of the San Jacinto Mountain Range. Admire beautiful views of Palm Springs below, walk the nature trails surrounded by towering palm trees and visit the natural history museum.
San Andreas Fault Jeep Adventure
This awe-inspiring journey in a classic Big Red Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8's) takes you deep into the heart of the San Andreas Fault on a three hour adventure.
Location & directions
La Quinta, Palm Springs
La Quinta is located in the desert at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the Coachella Valley. La Quinta is a 1-hour drive from Joshua Tree National Park, with its stunning desert landscapes.