OK--need some suggestions from my Palm Springs folks here on TA! I'll be visiting Palm Springs for a convention from Sept 27-30th, 2007. Have never been there. Hotel rates (they claim they are special rates but seem pricey to me range from $102 for the Courtyard Marriott to $163 at the Wyndham Palm Springs). Is this a good deal? I'm a middle age lady, traveling alone, at my own expense, and don't really want to spend that much money. Need to be near the Convention Center. Any suggestions on inexpensive (but clean and safe) places to stay? Also, do I need to rent a car? I will be in meetings for some days, other days optional tours to San Diego are offered, as well as desert tours so I thought I would take in those. But will I need wheels to go and do other things? Any suggestions on things to see and do there? Maybe I will spend a few extra days. I love history, historical sites and all desert things in general. Recommendations for inexpensive but good comfort food?
Is it best to fly into Palm Springs airport or is there another airport that would be just as accessible? I'll be flying in from the East Coast. I welcome all suggestions!