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Palm Springs help please!

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by DK528, Nov 3, 2013.

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  1. DK528

    DK528 Low-Roller

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    Hi all, hoping you can give me some suggestions! I'm planning a vacation in January during the week of January 12th.

    I'll be starting in Fort Lauderdale for a friend's bachelorette party the weekend of the 10th and want to include Las Vegas as part of the vacation. But don't know if I want to spend 6-7 days in Vegas on this trip.

    So I'm currently considering going to Palm Springs for 3-4 nights and then Vegas for 3-4 nights. Couple of questions about Palms Springs for those who have been:

    1) Would you recommend staying close to the city/town center?

    2) Any hotels (either big ones or small boutique hotels) that you recommend? Was considering a Hyatt (to get the Mlife points) or Starwood hotel or the Colony Palm Springs.

    3) Worth it to visit any casinos in the area?

    4) Thinking about driving from Palm Springs to Vegas instead of flying. Is it an interesting drive?

    Any other tips, etc. would be much appreciated! Thanks much.
     
  2. sindustry

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    Stay within or close to the resorts. Other than those areas, Palms Springs is kind of a dump. There are many casinos in the area...Morongo is the bigget casino within a short drive (15 mins or so). There is also a big "designer" outlet mall next to Morongo called, Cabazon. Personally, my favorite casino in that area is Aqua Caliente, but I usually go to Morongo since it is closer and more gaming options. Aqua Caliente is much smaller, but has a more relaxing atmosphere. Your other choices are Fantasy Springs, Spotlight 29, Spa, and a few others that are escaping my mind at the moment. I'm a little more than an hour west of Palm Springs and I make the drive to Vegas often. It's roughly a 4 hour drive for me...maybe a little more from Palm Springs. I actually prefer to fly now, as it gives me more time to gamble...lol...not to mention I am not as exhausted after driving for hours.
     
  3. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    Palm Springs is awesome. Now where to stay within the valley is a larger matter. (Valley? Quickly, most of what the world calls Palm Springs is the Coachella Valley, which runs along for about 45 miles. Palm Springs is the historic and cultural center, but in recent decades most of the new development has happened elsewhere, in other cities in the valley.)

    The heart of Palm Springs proper is Palm Canyon Drive, and if you want to be able to easily walk to a ton of bars and restaurants and shops, then stay somewhere down near the "village," aka the core of downtown. If you want more of a destination resort experience, some options are the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage and the grande dame, La Quinta Resort in La Quinta. I can rattle off another half dozen of such options if interested. Gobs of options in Palm Springs, from cool throwback mid-century mod resorts to villas to boutiques and a few brand resorts.

    There are several tribal casino-hotel resorts, including Spa in downtown Palm Springs. Sister property Agua Caliente is off by itself by I-10. There's also Fantasy Springs in Indio (and non-hotel Spotlight 29) and Casino Morongo west in Cabazon. I'd stay most anywhere other than one of these since you have Vegas on your menu.

    If you like the desert, drive. But don't take the roundabout interstate route. Head up through the heart of the desert. Adds a few minutes but you'll transit some of the most spectacular Mojave scenery that way. If you choose this option let me know and I'll give you exact routing.

    There is SO much to do in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. If you'd like me to round up some links or email pdfs of some of the desert articles I've written I'd be happy to. Just drop me a note. And if you have specific questions just fire away.

    This weekend a new piece came out in which I track 26 things to see/do in the desert, from A to Z. You can see it in the digital archive at southlandgolfmagazine.com. There's also a feature in that same issue where I touch upon sights (and golf) in each of the valley's main cities. It's not the easiest platform to negotiate but it works.

    P.S. If long-time board member Mesa Mike is still around, hit him up for some suggestions. They've made a number of getaway jaunts to the valley.
     
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  4. DK528

    DK528 Low-Roller

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    Sindustry, thanks for the casino recommendations!

    Ken2V, wow, thanks! This is great so far! I'm just at the beginning stages of planning but you've pretty much convinced me that I should do 2 4-night stays rather than a long 6-7 night stay in Vegas with possibly some nights at a non-casino hotel. I will do some more research and will PM you with more specific questions soon.
     
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