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La Quinta Resort & Club A Waldorf Astoria Resort

49499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, California
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4 Reviews for La Quinta Resort & Club - A Waldorf Astoria Resort

March 11 2015
1 family found this helpful
"Relaxing family getaway"

My three girls and I decided to escape the winter chill and head to La Quinta Resort and Club for a girls getaway (with grandma!) in the sun. La Quinta Resort and Club, located in the city of La Quinta adjacent to the Palm Springs area, nestled in the foothills of the stunning Santa Rosa Mountains, has been providing secluded getaways to celebrities and families seeking a quiet refuge since 1926. The manicured grounds, lush multicolored flora on backdrops of dark green grass, onsite dining, activities, and casita style lodging makes this resort a must-visit for families looking for a quiet, relaxing vacation getaway.

Situated on 45 acres, La Quinta Resort & Club boasts a variety of family style lodging options from standard casitas, deluxe and hideaway one-bedroom casitas, and large, multi-family style suites and villas. We had the pleasure of staying in the Arzner villa, a perfect match for our girls getaway. Dorothy Arzner was one of Hollywood's first female directors to hit the scene; she lived on the resort in the very villa we stayed in, and her spirit of female strength and opportunity filled the space that had been updated with modern amenities, plush bedding, and luxury touches while still utilizing an appropriate art deco style. (The resort was home to numerous celebrities throughout the Hollywood glamour era, including legendary writer and director Frank Capra.) The kitchen with full size refrigerator was a perk for family traveling and the two separate bedrooms with full sized bathrooms would have been the perfect setup for a multi-family getaway. The girls loved playing on the back patio with orange trees in bloom (even in November), and room service on this patio for breakfast in our soft robes was a requirement!

Steps outside our door was one of the resort's 41 pools. Yes, 41. With small enclaves of rooms grouped around individual pools, the resort, although sprawling, takes on a small-time feel. Most of the time, our family was the only family splashing in the pool and the late night dip into the spa was the perfect time for family giggles & life lessons. Motivated by the success and courage of Dorthy Arzner and the other notable celebs including Capra, Greta Garbo and plenty of other famous folk, I harnessed the creative energy of these greats and spent some quality time chatting with my girls about expectations of women, the roles they can play in society, and what their hopes and dreams are. Yes, they are all under 10 years old, but it is never too young to start dreaming!

If you are looking for a larger pool with typical resort amenities such as bar and restaurant service, the Main pool is the place to be. Consider renting a cabana for the day while you splash in the pool or the adjacent children's pool. Kids will love the splash pads and water features as well as the full sized playground located next to the pool. Mom and dad can enjoy one of the resort's specialty cocktails poolside and kids will love the "match point milkshakes" served onsite. The Main Pool is temperature regulated, meaning that it is actually cooled in the summer and heated in the winter months.

Note: The resort recently underwent a massive multi-million dollar renovation that stayed true to the history and Spanish-style inspiration that started the resort. Contemporary furnishings, gadget power stations, HDTVs, and fireplaces are now in every room.


Seven restaurants are located on property giving families plentiful dining opportunities without having to leave the resort. We had the pleasure of dining at TWENTY6 serving classic comfort food and Adobe Grill, the onsite Mexican food restaurant. You can read full reviews of both here. Quick grab and go bites are available at the Marketplace Cafe and Gift Shop, including pastries, coffee drinks, fruit and yogurt. We chose to enjoy breakfast in our villa (we couldn't resist!), which served up tasty omelets, potatoes, yogurts, waffles, espresso drinks, and kid's entrees at very fair prices.

Golf and tennis players are in paradise at La Quinta Resort & Club. Situated by the famed PGA West golf courses, and adjacent to two Pete Dye courses, lessons and rounds are available for families of all ages and skill levels. Tennis players of all ages can enjoy the program at the resort, one of the top rated in the world. The former site of the BNP Paribas Open, the sunken court, plentiful practice courts, and tennis pros who teach even the youngest of guests (and supply the equipment), the resort is ideal for a family looking to start, or already interested in, the sport of tennis.

Other great outdoor sporting activities on property include numerous hiking and biking trails (rentals are available onsite) taking you to vistas, waterfalls, streams, and unique rock formations. For some indoor rec, enjoy the state-of-the-art fitness center.

The resort also boasts a world-class spa and treatment center. Kids age 10-17 can enjoy the Junior spa with services tailored to their ages and stages.

Palm Springs may be known for its shopping, but La Quinta Resort Plaza boasts its own unique variety of shops for both practical and novelty shopping fun. Upscale clothing is offered at Audrey's & Greta's, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Bahamas boasts their own stores, a spa shop, Marketplace Gift Shop with a variety of goods and sundries, a kids clothing store, and Lollipops, an old-time candy shoppe to satisfy your sweet tooth, are all onsite. Seasonal fudge-making takes place onsite at Lollipops for kids to take part in. Tennis and golf pro shops are also onsite.

Live music and entertainment is offered Wednesday-Sunday nights on the Plaza. Kids can get into the spirit of holidays at the resort where they offer a variety of nightly opportunities. Summertime at La Quinta Resort is chock-full of entertainment options for kids including Dive-In movies, crafts, activities, and silly fun. Parents hoping to get an evening or afternoon away can enroll kids in their onsite kid's club program in conjunction with the YMCA. Offered seasonally and on weekends, the program keeps little ones entertained and educated about the desert environment while mom and dad steal away.

The La Quinta Resort, steeped in history, beauty and Hollywood charm is the perfect getaway, not just for celebrities, but for the next-generation movers and shakers coming up in your family.

Disclosure: My family was hosted at the resort to review the upgraded amenities on property. All opinions are my own.

June 05 2012
1 family found this helpful
"Desert perfection, especially if your family loves golf, tennis, and swimming!"

La Quinta is everything I want out of a desert resort. Aesthetically, the property is stunning with low profile Spanish-style buildings framing garden-and- pool-filled courtyards and dramatic seismically created mountains looming overhead. The opportunities for recreation are plentiful, the restaurants are top notch, and the pet and kid friendly atmosphere makes me feel at home.

Tip: Bring your kid's bikes or scooters because the property is large and there are plenty of other kids riding around. Why not join in on the fun?


My family stayed in a casita with adjoining rooms; one with a king bed and another with two queens. The rooms were spacious and the décor reflected the desert surroundings without being over the top. Our room features a fireplace (most rooms do), free internet, a large bathroom with great spa products, and a fridge stocked with honor bar items (dislike). Our building was single story, as are most on the property, and it was nice to sit on the patio in front of our room while watching the kids play in the courtyard.  While the resort does have 796 guest rooms, the courtyard configuration makes it feel many times smaller. Most courtyards on the property have a pool, ours included. As a matter of fact there are 41 swimming pools and 53 spas on the property! That must be some sort of record.  We found the courtyard pool to be ideal when we were short on time or just wanted some quiet because most of the time, the pool was empty.


The resort does have a main pool and recreation area which features a large pool and spa, cabanaas, shallow wading pool, splash fountain, playground, and food service. There is also a nearby game room with foosball, pinball, arcade games, ping pong, and pool.  Yes, your kids will want to spend all day here and never want to leave.  Actually, you will want to spend all day here and never want leave as well!

If you do leave the pool area it may be to play tennis (tennis in BIG at la Quinta), golf (golf is just as BIG at La Quinta. World famous PGA West is onsite), or enjoy some time at the full service spa. My son participate in the new Little Links program which allows children ages 6-14 to play a shortened nine hole version of the La Quinta Mountain Course with a parent in the afternoon (after 2PM during the winter and after 3PM with the Daylight Savings time change). My son had the time of his life playing on a beautifully manicured “big kid” course with his dad and us parents appreciated that this program was free for resort guests.  It is recommended that families rent a golf cart, especially since those long walks while lugging a golf bag can be hard on little legs and backs, but the $17.50 charge for a couple hours a parent/child bonding on the course is a tremendous bargain.


La Quinta works with the YMCA to provide kids club fun on weekends, holidays, and busy weeks during the summer. My kids loved their time in this YMCA camp where they made crafts, played on the playground, ate lunch, and got to pick up a sweet treat from the property’s Sweet Shop, Lollipop.  There are evening programs so that parents can enjoy a nice dinner or daytime programs which are ideal for parents who want to golf, play tennis, enjoy the spa or just enjoy some time alone.


There are eight different places to dine between the golf courses and resort options and my family was lucky enough to give two of these spots a try. The first one is TWENTY6 which is located in the plaza and has a fun throwback vibe and serves great American comfort food with a twist including pork chop tv dinners, mini grilled cheese with tomato soup shooters, and pink cauliflower. The kids menu is a little pricey at $8 but options are varied and include pizza, pasta, grilled chicken, hot dogs, and chicken fingers. In the winter there is a gourmet hot chocolate menu which as you can imagine, was quite popular with the entire family.  

Also in the plaza, is Adobo Grill which serves Oaxacan Mexican food in a fun atmosphere. The food was good but the margaritas were better! Mommy and Daddy will appreciate the “Master Tequilero” who has 100 varieties of tequila to sample (but not all at once!). The kids menu is $8.50 and is limited to a cheese quesadilla, chicken fingers, a bean and cheese burrito, and chicken taco. Families with two or more kids that want something that isn't so basic may be better off ordering from the adult menu and splitting a plate.A smaller version of the menu and full drink selection can be enjoyed out on the hill which features seating, Mariachi music and beautiful views. This is where my daughter and I chose to hang out while the boys were cleaning up after golf. I could have spent all even there.

Oh yes, there are some fun places to shop while staying at La Quinta. The same plaza where TWENTY6 and Adobe Grill reside is also home to a PGA West shop (perfect for buying Christmas gifts for the golf lovers on your list, a kids shop featuring adorable Quicksilver and Roxy clothes as well as toys, and cute little gift items, the candy shop (Lollipops), a resort gift shop, and the ever important coffee shop.


My biggest regret was not bringing ours dogs with us to La Quinta. This is a very dog friendly property and dog are everywhere. It is so fun to see all the different breeds and nice to feel like you can bring your entire family to the resort. La Quinta Resort charges a flat pet fee of $100 per room for the entire length of your stay making it cheaper than boarding your dogs.  An oversized pet bed, pet placemat, stainless steel pet bowls, travel tote bag full of organic treats and other goodies, and stainless steel pet tag are included. Dog grooming is available on demand and there is even an in-room canine massage available!


La Quinta is a fantastic resort which I highly recommend to families visiting the Southern California desert. It is truly a destination resort and an ideal place for Socal residents to visit on a weekend escape. While it is very hot in the summer, the pools and reduced rates make it a great getaway.  If your family loves golf or tennis, this resort needs to be on your must-visit list. My family will definitely be back!

Disclosure: My family received a complimentary stay at La Quinta Resort in order to complete this review as well as meals at Twenty6 and Adobe Grill. The food and hospitality were wonderful but all reviews reflect my honest opinions.

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December 23 2010
2 families found this helpful
"We Love La Quinta Resort!"

We just spent Easter Weekend at La Quinta Resort, a gorgeous casita-style property located in Southern California's Coachella Valley.  The rooms are great for families, even little ones (my son is 14 months).  We stayed in a Deluxe Casita with Private Patio, which was perfect because when my son napped, I could sun bathe on the patio.  Our room also had a beautiful enclosed yard, which was fun and safe for him to play in.  This property is perfect for kids -- they have 41 pools dotted throughout the property!  There is also a playground on property, tennis, kids camp, spa (for mom) and PGA West golf (for dad).  Staying at La Quinta feels like you are at a private estate.  It does not have a "hotel" feel at all and everything is a quick walk away ...
We will definitely make this our annual Easter trip.  The resort was loaded with families -- kids on Razor scooters and bikes, groups of families playing softball together, dancing to live music at the Plaza at night.  
If you are planning a trip to the Palm Springs area, this is the place to stay.  Your kids will thank you for it!

December 23 2010
0 families found this helpful
"Ideal resort for families"

La Quinta is the ideal resort for families, with something for everyone. Parents can enjoy golf, a full-service spa, and spacious casitas and grounds. Children will like Camp La Quinta from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. seven days a week.

Programs include nature walks, arts and crafts, and miniature golf. Evening programs are from 6:00 to 10:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday only, and the charge is $65 per program per child. Children four and older are welcome; those younger than four must be accompanied by a babysitter.

Up to two children stay free in a casita with parents.

updated: 03/11/15 by filmdncr

La Quinta Resort & Club A Waldorf Astoria Resort is located close to Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Other area points of interest include Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and El Dorado Polo Club.

Resort Features.
Dining options at La Quinta Resort & Club A Waldorf Astoria Resort include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, and a spa tub. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 4 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and limo/town car service. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. The property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Business services, wedding services, translation services, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and gift shops/newsstands.

796 air conditioned guestrooms at La Quinta Resort & Club A Waldorf Astoria Resort feature minibars and laptop compatible safes. Rooms are all accessible via exterior corridors. Beds come with premium bedding. Accommodations include refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers, makeup/shaving mirrors, designer toiletries, and bathrobes. Guestrooms offer desks and complimentary newspapers. Televisions have premium cable channels, video game consoles, and pay movies. Also included are windows that open and electronic check out. Guests may request a turndown service, microwaves, and in room massages. Housekeeping is available daily.

Notifications and Fees:

  • A resort fee is included in the total price displayed.

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.

  • Pet fee: USD 100 per room, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 35 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Property Information

Check-In: 4 PM
Check-Out: noon

Number of Rooms: 796
Number of Suites: 0
Non Smoking Rooms Available: yes
Pets: yes
Recreational Facilities:
Kiddie Pool
Fitness Facility
Indoor Play Area
Outdoor Play Area
Children Activity Programs

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