JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
68900 Frank Sinatra Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
6th September 2016

Palm Springs, the famed resort town some two hours from Los Angeles, is rapidly becoming a year-round destination, and not just a winter sun retreat.

With a plethora of hotel options, only a few of them lay claim to being top luxury resorts.

I checked one of these, the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage. Read on for my, as always, painfully honest, review.

Location
The Ritz-Carlton is located atop a cliff in Rancho Mirage, one of the "desert cities". It's some 15-20 minutes by car to downtown Palm Springs, and the same distance to Palm Desert.

I will be honest: I don't love the location at all. It's simply too remote. While you, in all likelihood, would need a car anyway, regardless where you'll stay in the Palm Springs area, I did feel that the treks to town became slightly bothersome after the first couple of days.

All being said and done; the hilltop location makes for some pretty amazing views.
Who stays?
This is a family resort, primarily - and most of the guests were American. However, there were still quite a number of couples, both straight and gay.
Style and Character
The resort is quite tame in terms of d├ęcor and I do think it lacks a bit in the way of character. I was very surprised to hear that the hotel is only some two years old, as I thought it had a slightly "older" feel, particularly in the corridors and in the outdoor areas.

That is not to say that it wasn't nice - it was just slightly anonymous, although I did appreciate the use of dark wood and sandstone omnipresent in the hotel.
Service
The service is excellent, as to be expected from a Ritz-Carlton. Everybody was extremely professional; some of the service seemed to come straight from the heart - some of it coming straight out of the Ritz-Carlton manual.

A special mention goes to the concierge, Debra, who was astoundingly friendly, helpful - and, not least, genuine.
Rooms and Suites
This is quite a large resort; it's not quite "endless corridors", however, the spread out nature of the resort means that there is quite some walking to be done, regardless where your room or suite is.

The room has all the trimmings of a luxury hotel, so I won't dwell too much on it - however, suffice to say, the added bonus of a terrace and thereby very easy access to the adults pool, made it all the more sweeter...

Our Terrace Room was certainly one of the most desirable in the "rooms category"; as is the case with any of room type, these Terrace Rooms have ample space (42 sq.m.) and large bathrooms with wet rooms and separate WC.

I loved the wet room with its sunken tub. However, the best feature, without a doubt, is the insidiously comfortable bed.
Food and Drink
There are two main restaurants here at the Ritz; State Fare is the all day dining option (with a pretty great breakfast available). The other is The Edge Steakhouse. I did not try the latter.

We did, however, enjoy plenty of food and drink by the adults pool - all was great. It's also surprisingly good value for a luxury resort, I have to add.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The spa and gym are located in their own building; the facilities are great. The spa looked very luxurious (I didn't try). I was impressed with the large and well-equipped gym.

The pools - there are two - are slightly underwhelming for a resort property of this calibre; while they sport gorgeous views, they are not particularly wow-worthy in their own right.

One thing which could have taken this rating down: the WiFi is atrocious and completely unacceptable for a hotel of this status. The signal could not be held for more than some 20 seconds at a time in the room - and did not improve during the three-night stay.
Perceived Value
Amazing value for money - a luxury resort, very reasonably priced.
Verdict
Palm Springs is a quirky, sometimes quite stylish, and very well-priced resort town - and the Ritz matches this description perfectly.
Outstanding for families, this is not the place to go for a vibrant, nor stylish, pool scene.

While the location is slightly too removed from Palm Springs proper, the great service and comfort of the rooms make this Ritz Carlton a very well-priced luxury option in the desert.