by Michael C. Lowe | March 01, 2015
Why Here?
With dramatic desert landscapes, boutique shopping and idyllic resorts, California's Greater Palm Springs blends business and pleasure in high style. Several upscale hotels are among the destination's newest offerings, keeping the area fresh and exciting for both new and returning visitors.

New Venues
The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club is one part luxe day club, one part trendy nightspot. The venue features an outdoor pool area, an indoor bar and dance floor, and an on-site restaurant.

The Palm Springs Art Museum opened its Architecture and Design Center last November. The 7,500-square-foot pavilion features floor-to-ceiling windows facing the San Jacinto Mountains.

Glow Here
Spanish Colonial architecture and views of the Santa Rosa Mountains beckon guests to the Spa at La Quinta Resort. Try the new HydraFacial treatment, a non-invasive skin resurfacing and rejuvenation system.

Serve's Up
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden has completed an $11 million expansion that includes a new stadium (capacity: 8,000 people), three new restaurants and the new 18,000-square-foot Tennis Garden Village.
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The recently opened Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, marked the first domestic U.S. debut for a Ritz-Carlton property in four years. The hotel, which sits on a 650-foot bluff overlooking Greater Palm Springs, has 260 guest rooms, a 25,000-square-foot spa with 14 treatment rooms, a fitness center, nearly 16,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 15,000 square feet of outdoor function space, including two event lawns.

The La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, debuted a multimillion-dollar renovation of its custom-designed suites. New amenities include updated patio furniture and renovated decks, HDTVs and charging stations. The iconic 1926 property has 620 casitas and suites, 98 villas and 190,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space.

The Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa has renovated its pool area, which now sports a new deck, patio, cabanas and furniture. Last year, the 538-room property revamped its Emerald Ballroom, which now can host up to 1,992 people, and opened its newly updated Sirocco Pizza Company, serving brick-oven pizza. The hotel offers 100,000 square feet of function space for meetings.

The Hilton Palm Springs in downtown has completed an extensive revamp of its 257 guest rooms and 33,000 square feet of meeting space. In addition, the project added a high-tech executive boardroom. Also on-site are a full-service spa, several dining options and a fitness center.

The Dolce Hotel Palm Springs will debut later this year behind the Palm Springs Convention Center, offering 200 guest rooms and approximately 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel will include a rooftop terrace, two restaurants, a spa and fitness center, a recording studio and a screening room.

The 155-room Hotel Palomar Palm Springs is set to open in 2016 with 24,000 square feet of function space. Guests at the Kimpton Hotels property also will enjoy a rooftop bar, a pool and a chef-driven destination restaurant.

The Triada Palm Springs, part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott, is now open on the site of the former Spanish Inn. The upscale boutique property in downtown Palm Springs has 56 guest rooms, a restaurant and lounge, a fitness center and a swimming pool.