Omni Rancho Las Palmas Review

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1973 Family Reviews
41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage CA 92270
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Editor’s Review of Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Palm Springs and the surrounding desert cities offer a good many resorts, and many tend to fall under two different umbrellas: hip places popular with adults, and fun spots popular with families. Omni Rancho Las Palmas is a very polished, expansive property that falls into the latter category.

Originally Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, the resort was acquired by Omni Resorts & Hotels in 2013, and received renovations to its 444 rooms and 22 luxury suites.

While there are guests sans children and adult groups, a comparison of the resort's Splashtopia water park area followed by a glimpse of the onsite adults-only pool will tell you that families, far and away, comprise the majority population at this Rancho Mirage
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Most kids do flips when they see what's to be had just steps from their room. Splashtopia features waterslides and a "lazy river" with a current that carries floaters along, again and again. The sizeable Splash Pool is abuzz with activity plus movies alongside it in the summertime. Even the onsite golf course and spa keep the kid-kind in mind in their services.

But adults will be comfortable, too. The waterslides and lazy river keep many of us big-kids-at-heart smiling and relaxed. The onsite and nearby dining options are good, and, well, for those of us who can work in time to indulge, there's a spa, a golf course and tennis courts.

The resort has changed much since 1951, when the property served guests as the Desert Air Hotel. It wasn't until the mid-1970s that the resort and the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club opened, with -- in true Palm Springs style -- celebrities such as Cary Grant, Roy Rogers and Bob Hope in attendance at the groundbreaking. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Water park and pool
  • Comfortable family rooms
  • Live music evenings
Family Interests
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
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It's all about location here -- that is the main factor that distinguishes blocks of rooms from one another and affects the rate you'll pay. If you leave it to your kid(s) to choose, you will no doubt end up in a poolside room, which surrounds Splashtopia. We stayed in one of these ground-floor units, just several steps from the lazy river, and it was fun to be able to exit our French door, walk through a nearby gate, and plunge straight onto an inner tube. The disadvantage is that your patio won't feel anything close to private during the day. But since Splashtopia closes at 6 p.m., your evening is bound to be quieter (though the main pool area doesn't close until later in the night).

The Lakeview Rooms offer views of the pleasant 5th and 6th fairways at the property's center. The Plaza rooms, because of their close proximity to the adult-only Tranquility Pool and the resort spa, are probably the ones that families with rowdy members might want to avoid. The Vista rooms, on the northern and eastern edges of the property, are the least expensive rooms, followed by the Plaza, Lakeview and then Poolside rooms.

If you're going to go with a Poolside room, I'd try to avoid the 2600 block of rooms, which is smack-dab in front of the Splash Pool and could, especially in summer and during spring break, be potentially the noisiest block.

All standard rooms are basically similar inside and equipped with one king bed or two double beds. Rooms with a king bed also have a pullout sofa, making it possible to sleep four people. Or, if you also request a rollaway bed ($35 per night and only available for king-bed rooms), you could fit five people. Pack-n'-Plays are available at no charge, and there are a limited number of connecting rooms (call in your reservation for connecting rooms). Ground-floor units open onto a patio and second-floor rooms have a balcony.

Inside your room, you'll find a phone with voicemail, high-speed Internet access (included in the $32 resort fee, which also includes self parking), a large flat-screen TV with cable/satellite, bathrobes, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, mini-fridge, and an in-room safe. The spacious bathrooms include a tub with shower, a vanity table and Spa Las Palmas bath products.

We found our room very comfortable, and were pleased with everything, all in all. Our one unvoiced complaint was the readily available in-room snacks like cookies and gummy bears within reaching distance for my small child, who understood the appeal of these items yet not the hefty price tag the consumption of such items would bring.

Besides the standard rooms, a variety of suites are available, ranging in size from 848 to 1,616 square feet. With separate living room and dining areas, the suite options can be nice for families.


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