Indian Wells Resort Hotel - Indian Wells, CA

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Desert Resort with Hollywood Pedigree

Founded in 1957 by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Indian Wells Resort Hotel attracted a roster of A-list guests from the get-go. Designed as an exclusive getaway, the resort gave celebrities a chance to golf, play tennis, and lounge poolside in the desert sun. You can follow in their footsteps today at the retro-chic hotel, which channels the glamour of Palm Springs’s midcentury heyday.

Though golf is not included with this Getaway, you can schedule tee times at Indian Wells Country Club’s private course, the original home of the PGA’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. In 1995, the tournament brought Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford to town for a legendary round of bipartisan golf. Resort guests enjoy preferred tee times at Indian Wells Golf Resort, which includes the Celebrity and Players courses (they feature majestic mountain views).

Pop into the onsite restaurant and lounge, Frank’s Place—named after Ol’ Blue Eyes himself—for a meal or included welcome drinks for two. Next to the outdoor pool, chefs craft sandwiches, salads, and tropical cocktails at the Palm Terrace, which overlooks the golf course’s 11th green.

All guest rooms come with private balconies offering views of the pool or the surrounding desert landscape. One-bedroom suites overlook the Santa Rosa Mountains and the country club. In the morning, head to Frank’s Place to dig into an included full breakfast for two.

Indian Wells, California: Desert City with Outdoor Recreation and Hollywood History

The temperate weather and tucked-away feel of Indian Wells—located 17 miles southeast of Palm Springs—attracted Hollywood royalty to the area in the 1950s and ’60s. President Dwight D. Eisenhower enjoyed the area so much that he made Indian Wells his winter home.

Though it experienced a lull at the turn of the century, the greater Palm Springs area has emerged once again as a vacation hot spot. The sun shines roughly 350 days a year here, so the abundant hiking trails and designer golf courses stay open all year. Luxury spas and boutique shops fill Palm Springs’s glitzy downtown area, which is surrounded by chic midcentury hotels and elaborate, Mediterranean-inspired villas.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a deluxe king room, deluxe king room with view, deluxe double room, deluxe double room with view, or one-bedroom suite
  • Welcome drinks for two
  • Daily full hot breakfast for two
  • Dates into September

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable
  • Additional fees: $28 nightly resort fee paid at check-in
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • Restaurants
  • Live entertainment
  • Outdoor pool
  • Golf courses available (for additional cost)
  • Two tennis courts
  • Fitness center
  • WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $28 nightly resort fee paid at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

Deluxe King Room or Deluxe King Room with View

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Deluxe Double Room or Deluxe Double Room with View

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Additional occupants above standard: may be added free of charge

One-Bedroom Suite

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Additional occupants above standard: may be added free of charge

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: daily continental breakfast for two; self and valet parking; WiFi; transportation to and from the Indians Wells golf courses; daily newspaper; and local/800 phone calls.
  • Parking: included in resort fee
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP; about 15 miles)
  • Cab fare: about $62 from PSP, including a 15% tip
  • Distance from Palm Springs: about 17 miles

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