Hyatt Palm Springs: Ideal for a girlfriend getaway, but it does get hot
By Kathy Chin Leong
My suite, Room 617a, has a door bell. How sweet is that? The Hyatt Palm Springs, just ten minutes (or less) from the easy-to-maneuver Palm Springs International Airport, is a sweet home-away-from-home with all the amenities you need for a "down time" vacation. I consider it an ideal girlfriend getaway. Fly from the Bay Area for less than $300, rent a car, and bring the girls to the Hyatt Palm Springs to kick off their sneakers for a weekend away from the stresses of carpools, homework duties, and meal planning.
Down here in P.S., it's quite a shopping town with traditional stores, great outlets, boutiques and mid-century modern home design stores galore. And foodwise, it's killer. Eateries run the gamut from independent coffee haunts to the fancy dining at The Parker Hotel with $1,000 Sevruga caviar on the lunch menu.
The hotel is set up in a perfect corner location, square in the heart of downtown, and hooking distance to stores and restaurants. (You can also borrow a bicycle from the hotel to wheel around). The property is only blocks from the design district which is graced with artistic window displays. From the hotel, it takes about 30 minutes to drive to the two discount destinations, Desert Hills Premium Outlet and Cabazon Outlets, which offer some excellent deals off retail prices. Certain stores such as the Skagen Watch and the Brighton outlet represent the only discount outlet from those brands. Study the mall directory in advance, people, and stock up on birthday, housewarming, and baby gifts when you arrive.
The town is also home to day spas, so you can make it a full weekend of facials and massages. Also accessible are hiking trails, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and scads of golf courses if you and the gal pals are so inclined.
The hotel itself is a huge multi-story edifice with 197 suites, including five executive suites and four VIP suites with over 1,000 square feet. This Hyatt is the only all-suite hotel in the area, and is very proud of that fact! The hotel recently was refreshed with lighting, paint, and furniture additions to the pool area and lobby, so everything looks spanking new when you enter.
My room was very spacious and featured a living room with flat-screen TV, dining room, bar sink and refrigerator, and separate bedroom and bathroom. The bedroom had yet another TV. Hues of gray, orange, and brown interplayed well on the interiors. The sand colored tile floors kept the floor nice and cool, especially needed in sizzling Palm Springs. (As a side note, while I was melting in the autumn sun in October at 95 degrees, the girl at the frozen yogurt shop called the weather "refreshing.")
My balcony from the bedroom and the dining room was a relaxing feature,and I had a stunning view of the mountains and the swimming pool.
Speaking of pool, this revitalized area is gorgeous with lush plantings, cabanas, rows of pumpkin orange pool lounges, and huge round orange cushions about three feet high and six-feet wide resembling giant hockey pucks where bikini-ed ladies were sunning (burning?) themselves. At night people were huddled around the firepits and submerged themselves gleefully in the hot tub. The Hyatt is really a welcoming spot for friends to hang out. The vast entryway of the hotel features many cozy niches with cushioned seating alcoves.
Do note that there's a daily valet parking charge of $25 per day, and also a one-time $15 resort charge for Internet, the gym, and daily bottled waters. Other details: the hotel restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The bar specializes in retro cocktails and a wide wine assortment.
A current Bed and Brekfast package offers a suite and breakfast for two for a stay from now until Dec. 31, 2014 starting at $149 per night.
Bottom Line: Easy to find, easy to reach from airport, affordable with luxury and spaciousness. And yes, you can also bring the husband and the kids too.
Palm Springs Hyatt
285 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs 92262
Rates: $119 and up.