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.
• 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.
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.
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.
• 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.
Ice cold pints from the new La Quinta Brewing Co.
are now being served by restaurants around the Greater Palm Springs area. For a more immersive experience, the microbrewery offers tours and tastings in its taproom daily. The space can be rented for groups of up to 30 people.
Meeting Hotels: Among the many meeting properties in Greater Palm Springs are the 538-room Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa; 476-room Riviera Resort & Spa; 410-room Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel; 257-room Hilton Palm Springs; 260-room Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage; and the 230-room Spa Resort Casino.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.
Convention Center: Palm Springs Convention Center; exhibit space, 112,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 18. (760) 325-6611
Airport Transit: Palm Springs International Airport, two miles from the city's downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, about $10
Taxes: Room tax for convention hotels, 13.5%; room tax for other hotels, 11.5%. Properties with more than 50 rooms add an additional county business improvement district (BID) tax of 2% and tourism marketing district (TMD) tax of 1%. Rooms are not subject to sales tax.
Group Venue: Groups can engage in a friendly game of golf-cart polo at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Skilled players drive the carts while attendees ride shotgun and use polo mallets to hit balls around the field. After the match, participants can celebrate in the venue's 48,000-square-foot Forum, a tented event space. Other function spaces at the Empire include a 16,000-square-foot Hacienda and a 5,000-square-foot rose garden showcasing some 7,000 specimens. (760) 342-2762
Contact: Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, (760) 770-900