We just returned home from four nights at Rancho Las Palmas. We had a great package rate called "Stay Four." You pay for three nights and the fourth night is free. We were in the desert two years ago for a wedding and were disappointed with the place we stayed, a poorly run vacation club. This time we wanted a full-scale resort and overall we were very pleased with Rancho Las Palmas. A former Marriott, the sprawling property sits on 30 acres and has a 27-hole golf course on site.
The rooms were spacious and well appointed (but I would have loved shower gel instead of bar soap). Each building has its own parking so we drove directly to our rooms (we were traveling with another couple) and handled our own luggage. We were in Buidling 6 which was ideally located near the main building, restaurants and the resort's tranquility pool.
Before leaving home I actually received a call from someone at the hotel who informed me that the main family pool had sprung a leak and would not be operational during our stay. With apologies for the inconvenience were offered a full refund without penalty if we chose to go elsewhere. The phone call and offer were very much appreciated, but since we weren't traveling with young children we weren't planning on spending any time at the family pool, which has a lazy river and water slides. However, because of the family's pool closure, children were welcome at the resort's tranquility pool, normally reserved for adults.
Regarding the resort's restaurants, with so many good local eateries we never tried BluEmber for dinner, but we dined on their patio every day for lunch. Lunch, normally ho-hum, was excellent. The flat bread pizzas were delicious as were the Baja shrimp salad, the chopped salad and the chicken soup. At this time of year there is a limited amount of warm sunshine hours, so lunch on the patio in full sun was a treat. There are, of course, umbrellas for anyone wanting shade.
We played two nine-hole rounds of golf at the resort, but with myriad choices for golf in the desert I would recommend opting for other courses in the area.
We did encounter one problem with our room but it was resolved to our satisfaction. One morning we noticed tiny ants creeping all along the granite on the bathroom sink. Someone from housekeeping came to inspect and suggested we change rooms rather that stay in a room that had to be sprayed with chemicals. Not terribly convenient but we agreed it was the best course of action. The hotel took off a generous amount from our bill to compensate.
All in all we would stay at Rancho Las Palmas again if we return to the Rancho Mirage area. Its architecture is pleasing, the room sizes generous, and the food at lunch outstanding. It's also conveniently located for area restaurants and golf courses. A good find in the desert!
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