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la quinta resort & club in la quinta, california

by Sally Bernstein

This circa 1926 Waldorf Astoria Collection property is located in Southern California’s famed Coachella Valley in La Quinta, California. La Quinta, situated just 19 miles from downtown Palm Springs, is one of the many small enclaves in and around the area. But once you are at the La Quinta Resort, you won’t want to leave. This desert-inspired oasis has it all!

Think 45 acres with 41 swimming pools and 53 hot spas, championship-caliber golf and tennis facilities, award-winning dining, expansive women and men’s spa and fitness facilities, a variety of boutiques and shops in the two-story Plaza area, and some of the region’s top indoor and outdoor meeting spaces.

You’ll also find the grounds are covered by beds of colorful flowers; fragrant orange, lemon, tangerine, tangelo and grapefruit trees; cypress trees and cacti; sparkling pools and waterfalls; and picturesque courtyards, all framed by towering palms.

Guests to this hacienda-style hotel are housed in a variety of accommodations that are located throughout the 45 acres. The resort has 796 guestrooms and villas situated in charming whitewashed Spanish-style casitas with views of the gardens or mountains. Guestrooms, most clustered around swimming pools, average 462 square feet in size and include 562 casitas, 24 suites and 210 spa villas. Nearly 100 spa villa studio guestrooms can be transformed into three-bedroom suites, while the resort’s traditional suites may feature hospitality kitchens, conference tables accommodating up to 14 people, DVD players and stereo equipment, and dual wood-burning fireplaces for bathroom/bedrooms and living rooms. Eight suites also showcase private spas; and five luxury suites – among them the lavish 4,500-square-foot Hacienda Grande with its own carport, and the iconic 1,200-square-foot Eisenhower Suite that Ike himself frequented on a regular basis – include both a private pool and spa. Another highlight is the glamorous, art-deco-style Arzner Suite, named after Hollywood’s first female film director, Dorothy Arzner.

Guestrooms are all equipped with top-quality amenities such as: Interiors featuring early California-style décor; Flat-screen televisions in most rooms; High speed Internet access; Private patios with garden, mountain or pool views in most rooms; Fireplaces in most rooms; Luxurious bathrooms with oversized tubs, separate showers, double sink vanities, top-quality bath amenities and lighted make-up mirrors; Plush terry bathrobes in most rooms; Refreshment center, wet bars in suites; Two telephones with dual lines/data port; In-room safes; and Coffee maker, iron, and hairdryer.

The resort has eight dining venues for all occasions, three of which are on site.  The others are off site at the various golf courses.

Morgan’s in the desert
Spearheaded by celebrated chef and restaurateur Jimmy Schmidt, Morgan’s in the desert is La Quinta Resort’s popular signature dining venue and showcases contemporary American cuisine inspired by the bounty of the Coachella Valley. Chef Schmidt sources the very best local products and focuses on traditional cooking methods – open grilling, slow roasting, braising, pickling and curing – to offer deliciously simple, rustic and healthful farm-to-table dishes.  The restaurant has a comfortable feel, with a piano in the bar area as you enter.  Outside seating is also available.  Think hand cut pastas, prime beef, crusted Colorado lamb, and fresh seafood, to mention only a few of the dining choices.

A casual all-day venue reminiscent of the classic American grill, TWENTY6 is a modern bistro featuring updated versions of traditional dishes prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Bar Twenty6 is a lively spot where locals and visitors mingle and enjoy small bites, signature drinks, and California wines by the glass and draft beer.

Adobe Grill
Mariachi music and colorful surroundings set the mood for an authentic experience in refined, regional Mexican cuisine. Located on the upper level of the colorful Plaza, Adobe Grill features white painted walls, traditional ironwork and colorful artworks, and is known throughout the Valley for its signature margaritas served in oversized, hand-blown glassware from Guadalajara.

What could be more relaxing on vacation than treating yourself to a spa treatment?  I chose a 50-minute custom massage and thoroughly enjoyed it. The 23,000- square-foot Spa La Quinta has 38 treatment rooms, including indoor and outdoor massage, facial and wet treatment rooms. Also featured in this state-of-the-art facility are seven private whirlpool baths, two steam rooms, two inhalation rooms, four signature open air La Quinta Celestial Showers, men’s and women’s treatment wings with locker rooms, women's hair salon and an adjacent 4,000-square-foot fitness center and movement studio – equipped with Life Cycle, Life Step, Life Stride and Paramount ETX equipment. The central Sanctuary Courtyard offers a tranquil place to unwind before or after a treatment and features an outdoor wading fountain, a fireplace and a cooling mist system.

La Quinta also offers “KIDSPA”, for ages 8 to 17, who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Programming includes sports massages, wraps made with local herbs, facials and an array of spa packages offering a combination of therapies.

A world-renowned golf destination, La Quinta Resort & Club offers a diverse line-up of golf options, with 90 holes at the resort and nearby PGA WEST – a spectacular master-planned country club community on 2,200 acres and the site of numerous important tournaments. Resort guests have full access to five challenging golf courses where golf greats such as Lee Trevino and David Duval have tested their talents – including the dramatic Pete Dye-designed La Quinta Resort Mountain™ and Pete Dye Dunes™ courses, the highly rated TPC Stadium Golf® Course at PGA WEST, Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST and the Greg Norman Course.

And tennis is not an after thought here.  There are 23 courts with two different surfaces (hard and clay) and a top-notch USPTA-certified staff. With a sunken center court designed for tournament play; La Quinta Resort is consistently ranked among the “Top 20 Tennis Resorts” by Tennis Magazine.

Over the years, luminaries to visit La Quinta Resort have included film legends such as Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Katherine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Shirley Temple. Now you too can add your name to this list!


La Quinta Resort & Club
49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, CA 92253
Phone: (760) 564-4111
Phone: (800) 598-3828
Fax: (760) 564-7625



Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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