Palm Springs in One Day


My traveling companions who are all seniors, include my husband, two sisters and brother-in-law. We like taking short trips spontaneously or whenever opportunity arises. It’s easy for us to take trips on short notice as three of us are already retired The one sister, who still works has her day offs on weekend and my brother-in-law’s days off are Sundays and Mondays.

On this trip, we spent first our morning soaking in mineral pools at Mineral Springs in Desert Hot Springs. Then we drove 20 minutes to Palm Springs to stay overnight at Hyatt Palm Springs hotel, an all suites hotel.  It worked out perfectly, for I was able to use my about to expire Hyatt award certificate (one free night stay) at any of their properties category 1 – 4. I booked and paid for a second room for they allow only maximum four people per suite. Initially, we contemplated going on May 25th but room rates are doubled due to Memorial weekend so we switched our trip to May 18th. As a Platinum Hyatt Gold Passport member, I got an Elite rate (20% off) the regular rate, resort fee of $15.00 was waived and free wifi. They only have valet parking, so I grudgingly paid $25.00.  There is free parking on the back of the hotel if you go around the construction area and don’t mind lugging your luggage several hundreds yard away.

Entrance of Hyatt Palm Springs Hotel

Entrance of Hyatt Palm Springs Hotel

Hyatt Palm Spring is on N. Palm Canyon Avenue and walking distance to many eateries, shops and art galleries.  The hotel also provides free shuttle to and from Palm Springs airport, as well as surrounding areas.

I booked our rooms online at Hyatt website and requested our two rooms to be closed or at least be on the same floor. Upon confirmation, I was given an option to update for a pool view or a cabana suite for extra fees which I declined. Surprised but very happy, we were given connecting rooms that were both deluxe with pool view (my free night was only for standard room). Our suites are spacious with living room and a sofa bed, equipped with two TV’s (one in the LR and the other in the bedroom). There’s coffee maker, refrigerator, safe deposit and free two  bottled water. Only thing missing was a microwave. I also appreciate the big writing-table and plenty of easily accessible electrical plugs.

Our suite which connects to my sister's by opening a door

Our suite which connects to my sister’s by opening a door

The second suite occupied by these three.

The second suite occupied by these three.

It was too hot to go outside so we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in our rooms. The guys took naps, while us three sisters spent time learning from my sis Belle how to use and navigate Facebook. When we got bored, we stared at our feet deciding which one has the best/worst looking and/or best color nail polish?

Our "Happy Feet"

Our “Happy Feet”

We thoroughly enjoyed the views of the mountains and swimming pool from our balcony, and grateful for the free upgrade.

Great view from our balcony.

Great view from our balcony.

Enjoying  breathtaking views as we woke up this morning.

Enjoying breathtaking views as we woke up this morning.

Where to relax while enjoying the sun

Where to relax while enjoying the sun

Pool view from our room.

Pool view from our room.

The morning of our departure we decided to soak and enjoy the spa before we checked out.at 11:00AM.

Enjoying the spa before we check out from our hotel this morning.

Enjoying the spa before we check out from our hotel this morning.

Hyatt Palm Springs offers spacious, modern and beautiful areas to hang out for a drink or chat, with plenty of seating to accommodate big groups.

Place to hang out, have a drink or just to chat.

Place to hang out, have a drink or just to chat.

My sister's outfit contrasting nicely with the orange silk drapes.

My sister’s outfit contrasting nicely with the orange silk draperies.

A comfortable place to hang out while killing time before going to dinner.

A comfortable place to hang out while killing time before going to dinner.

There’s also the Hoodoo Patio Restaurant & Bar that offer small bites and drinks, a cozy place to hang out at night when temperature cools down. Unfortunately, we did not have the chance.

Another place to hang out while staying at Hyatt Palm Springs.

Another place to hang out while staying at Hyatt Palm Springs.

After dinner, we had fun walking the streets of Palm Canyon for some exercise and shopping. Excited and thrilled to find two bargain stores where everything is $16.00. For sure we were NOT empty-handed when we walked out these stores. Coffee break for my brother-in-law, and ice cream stop for my hubby and everyone was happy! The mango and guava sherbet was a perfect ending for our evening, or so we thought….

Even surprised my brother in law whom we often call Mr G has a toy store.

Even surprised my brother in law whom we often call Mr G has a toy store.

Enjoying our mango & guava sherbet.

Enjoying our mango & guava sherbet.

Until we returned to our room and found a pleasant surprise from Danielle and Courtney from the front desk: a bottle of wine and tray with crackers, assorted cheese and grapes.  We must be very special, or was it to make up for not being able to grant my early check in request at 1:00PM? Their regular check in is at 4:00PM, checkout at 11:00AM.

A pleasant surprise.

A pleasant surprise.

Where we ate while in Palm Springs. With so many restaurants to choose from, it was daunting task to decide where to go.  Thanks to Yelp reviews, I selected places which turned out to be winners and would not hesitate to recommend. Without a doubt , you must try one of the thirty variety of sandwiches .offered at Sandwich SpotWent here for lunch while waiting for our room to be ready. We ordered no.5 Dinah, no.12 Bareessentials and no.19 Frederer’s. Their sandwich costs $7.99 (regardless of which one you order) with three choices of bread, but highly recommend to go for the Dutch bread. For $1.00 more you get a refillable drinks and a bag of chips .Their sandwiches are to die for, and simply the best I’ve ever tasted.

The place is tiny and have very limited seating, so you may have to order to go and devour your sandwich elsewhere.

Eat your heart out, these are the best sandwiches in Palm Springs.

Eat your heart out, these are the best sandwiches in Palm Springs.

For dinner we chose Rick’s Desert Grill  for a taste of Cuban cuisine. Have you ever heard of bottomless soup? Well, those with hearty appetite can enjoy as much soup as you for they offer unlimited refill of your favorite soup. We were given three choices and selected asparagus soup; tasty and lighter being not overwhelmed with heavy cream. The restaurant opens at 3:00PM and Happy Hours from 3:00PM until 7:00PM, serves dinner until 10:00PM; and arrived in time to order from their Happy Hour menu. Intrigued by appetizer called  testones, a trio of plantain served with picadillo, carne asada, & beef, ordered two of those and from their regular menu, two orders of  Lechon Carne Asada served with fried yucca, Caribbean rice mixed with black beans and fried banana. With one beer and 2 Mojitos, our total bill with tip came to $80.00.  Our dishes were OK, and liked the “testones” more than the Lechon Asada, which we found a bit salty. We wished there were some veggies served with our dishes, as they were all carbo and lots of meat.

Outside Rick's restaurant waiting for shuttle pick up from Hyatt.

Outside Rick’s restaurant waiting for shuttle pick up from Hyatt.

Lechon Carne Asada, one of popular dishes at Rick's.

Lechon Carne Asada, one of popular dishes at Rick’s.

We wanted to have lunch in Palm Springs before we head home. We just ate for breakfast our left over sandwiches so Sandwich Spot was out of the question. Unsure where to go I suggested Trio, our other option for dinner had we not gone to Rick’s.  Driving north on Palm Canyon drive we spotted a big crowd waiting at Cheeky’s and quickly changed our mind. The place opens only until 2:00pm and very popular among locals and visitors for its breakfast and lunch. We ordered hamburger made from grass-fed beef, served with brioche  and sweet potato fries which scored high on our palate. The two salads, nicoise and peach, were very good. However, a thumbs down for their lamb sandwich as the meat was a little tough and chewy. I definitely will come back and try their breakfast next time.

Palm Springs is a nice day trip from Los Angeles, or even better staying for one night especially when they have the VillageFest, the Thursday night street fair featuring arts, crafts, food, and entertainment. We enjoyed and highly recommend staying at Hyatt Palm Springs. Its location is convenient, good amenities, friendly service and pleasant surprises! Combining a visit to one of the mineral pools and spa in Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs make for a great escape.

Pls. read my blogs on Miracle Springs for photos and details of our day use of mineral pools in Desert Hot Springs.

 

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