Sometimes you need some R&R. I’m known to have a strict schedule when I travel but this time around my schedule was to relax. By recommendation, I ended up here at the La Quinta Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
If you’re not familiar with La Quinta, it’s about 20-30 minutes further from Palm Springs (if you’re driving from Los Angeles, that is). I didn’t think it through that it’s summer and it would be upwards of 115 degrees in the desert – not that smart on my part. Of course I went anyway, I figured I would be in the pool or in the air conditioned casita 99% of the time.
I was blown away once I got to the property. The iconic entrance with what seems like endless palm trees, beautifully trimmed. The property has over 800 rooms, 21 swimming pools and I believe 20 or so tennis courts. Mind, blown.
All the rooms are casitas; adorable desert-style ‘houses’. Depending on the room you book, you may be lucky to have your own hot tub and/or pool in the back! Unfortunately I’m not quite high-roller so I settled for a normal room – which turns out was more than enough. The casita we were in was on the first floor, facing the pool. Large room, extra large bathroom, fireplace (in the winter maybe?) and very strong A/C (yeeess!).
During the day, the heat was ridiculous. If you walked barefoot on the concrete, your feet would burn off – not kidding. I was very sweaty, to put it nicely. I had to wait until it got later to venture through the gorgeous property. They have cactus gardens everywhere, water fountains, desert flowers, just beautiful.
For dinner, we went to Morgan’s, a restaurant in the hotel. It serves California Cuisine, which basically means they have everything. Morgan’s is a high-end-ish restaurant, the average main dish at around $45 without sides. Delicious food, amazing service.
Breakfast was had at their brunch restaurant. Unfortunately the restaurant only seats around 100 people even though they have 800 rooms so the wait was 30 minutes+. The hunger was too much and we risked sitting outside for a shorter wait. Big mistake. It was so miserably hot I don’t even remember what I ate.
The next morning, breakfast was room service. Best idea I’ve had all weekend.
If you’re looking to have an upscale R&R vacation or staycation for those in SoCal, I highly recommend visiting. It’s much more quiet and civilized than the Palm Springs vibe. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Palm Springs too but it’s just different.
I’ll definitely be going back, hopefully when it’s a little cooler!
If the pool nearest to your room is busy, go to another one – there’s 21 of them after all!