JW Marriott in Palm Desert

After a few days rest from Las Vegas it was time to head out to Palm Desert for a client meeting.  From Orange County it’s less than a two hour drive to Palm Springs and Palm Desert. You know you’re getting close when the horizon becomes filled with the famous desert windmills. It’s spectacular and I wish I had photos, but tossing around a camera at 80 miles per hour isn’t recommended.

I was initially booked for two nights at the JW Marriott in Palm Desert but wasn’t sure I was going to stay both nights. I was tired and I wanted to simply be home. Then I walked into the hotel and totally changed my mind!

From the outside front, the hotel looks like a typical desert resort. Low buildings spread out from the central lobby yet don’t quite hint at the delights inside and beyond. Nestled between the front wings and the main entrance though were small man made streams, palm trees, ducks and little putting greens.

Upon entering the lobby you are greeted with a soaring atrium, indoor/outdoor fish pond (complete with boat dock), beautiful flower arrangements and a wonderful lobby bar with numerous sitting areas and squishy chairs. All this backed by a glass wall featuring views of the pools, golf course and mountains.

The lobby became a wonderful place to relax at the end of the day with a glass of wine. The staff was extremely attentive and helped make dinner reservations for us as well.  All in all, five star service in the lobby.

My room was on the top (8th) floor in the center of the property with clear views of the back property and mountains. I was so floored by the great view I never managed to get good photos of the room!  Needless to say, it was very nicely appointed. The only complaint on the room was the water pressure in the shower was nearly enough to remove paint!

And yes, as this is the second week of February, that’s snow on the mountains!

I’d have to say, I enjoyed every moment at this property and wouldn’t hesitate to return. Only wish I could have stayed longer and enjoyed the property more!

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