Just returned from a one night stay at the Esmeralda Resort. Let me get this out of the way first...yes, there were kids and families everywhere. If you're looking for a place to ponder your existence on Earth go someplace else. This is not the place for you. However, if you're planning on bringing your kids and, or extended families, then it might be an option. My wife and I chose to leave our kids behind and make a romantic weekend out of it. First of all.... the resort is huge and requires quite a bit of walking to get around. The pool scene was a maze of kids and flotation devices. The pool itself is fairly large and had a waterfall device that all the kids went crazy about. We commented that our kids would have liked it as well. One thing I did notice was the GREEN ALGAE in several spots of the pool. Some better scrubbing and or chlorine may be needed with all the guests. Are you listening, HOTEL MANAGEMENT. Our room was clean and spacious. The bed was comfortable, and this is coming from someone with a chronic bad back. The bathroom was also good size and clean. We had some drinks at the pool and as usual, they were 10 bucks a pop. However, what were you expecting...$3 pina coladas?...not gonna happen. For dinner, we drove a few miles down highway 111 and ate at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Excellent meal. Highly recommended. As for the resort food, the only thing we had was a burger by the pool. It was good and arrived hot. The poolside service was very good. Our drinks and food arrived pretty quickly. Parking at the resort filled up quickly and we ended up valet parking at night. It cost 22 bucks. Our room cost 160.00 a night, certainly not outrageous for a resort like this. Then again, it is low season. If you like the heat, come on down. All in all, it is a nice resort. If you're thinking about heading to the desert with family and kids, the Esmeralda should be at the top of your list. However, If you want to meditate, find a Joshua Tree and lay down.
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- Renaissance Esmeralda Hotel Indian Wells
- Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa California Desert
- Indian Wells Renaissance