My home for the next few days is JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa at Palm Desert and while I expected it to be just another Marriott property as I drove in to park, I soon found out this one had its own charm. The lobby is simply majestic, I have actually never been inside a cruise ship proper but this lobby reminded me of one from a movie. Right off the bat, the gondolas and water pool inside the building caught my attention!
Another surprise was the giant gingerbread house in one corner of the lobby. (I think I experienced a sugar high just walking by it every day). The cinnamon fragrance certainly draws you close but the amount of work this must have taken is something I cannot begin to imagine. I also like when a hotel has a Starbucks on the property, because, if you know me, my hot chocolate addiction rules.
And when you step to that lower level to the gondolas, you will see some exotic birds in a cage. Yes, this property has a few feathery friends on the premises. Sometimes you will see them up front at the entrance welcoming or bidding farewell, and other times taking a walk around the lobby with one of the staff members. Swing by their cages to learn their names and breeds.
Options to dine here include Mikado - the Japanese teppanyaki style restaurant where I had dinner the first night at Palm Desert. The chefs have a few tricks up their sleeve as they perform and prepare dinner tableside. My recommendations include the zentini to start your evening and the green tea ice cream to end. If you walk to the restaurant, you will notice this property also has a little shopping area on-site AND a Harley Davidson office as well where you can, if you know how to ride one of their bikes of course, actually rent a bike from them to head out for the day! They have five other restaurants so you could totally just stay onsite and dine here every day.
JW Marriott Palm Desert is located at 74-855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260.