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Who: 2 adults and 2 kids (ages 7 and 9)
When: August 2013
Where: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells (California)
Hotel Status at Time of Stay: Hyatt Diamond
We had the pleasure of spending two nights at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells in California (near Palm Springs) with the kids. We had been traveling by plane, train, and car for weeks by the time we got to the resort. We had been hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, visiting many of our nation’s wonderful National Parks, and we were ready to just chill out for a couple of days. This hotel fit that bill perfectly. We spent 2 days and nights there without leaving, and were recharged enough to continue on our journey.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells with Kids – Hotel Review
What we liked:
- The Pools – This resort has seven pools! If you have kids, then I almost don’t have to say anything else and this review can end here. My kids can swim all.day.long. There are times when we have to force them out of the pool because they are starting to turn into waterlogged freaks. They loved bopping around from pool to pool at this hotel. Although each of the pools is not that different from one another, the novelty factor helped make a day at the pool feel special. And it was over 100 degrees, so the pool situation was even more welcome to us road-weary travelers.
The view of the pools and grounds from our balcony
- The Kids Club – We have stayed at several Hyatt hotels that have offered kids clubs (aka Camp Hyatt). We tend to use them, even though they are not cheap, on longer vacations (more than 2 weeks) when it’s just the four of us. It gives us some much needed adult time, and the kids love having the interaction with people besides their parents. The kids went to Camp Hyatt at this resort for a little while (at their request), and we relaxed at the adults-only pool (one of the 7 pools). They liked it so much that they begged to go back. So we let them spend a couple of hours there in the evening while we listened to a band in the hotel lounge and had an adult beverage.
- Hyatt Diamond experience – Because of our Hyatt Diamond status (you can read more about what that means here), we were given an upgrade to a beautiful, large suite. It had 2 bathrooms, a bedroom, and a separate living area with a huge sofa (pull-out sleeper too). The balcony was enormous and well furnished. Because we were there in the off-season (it’s HOT in August!), the Regency Club lounge was not open. Instead we were given a free full buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant each day. The food was wonderful. We were also given a bottle of wine and some snacks in the room.
- The Grounds and Hotel – Everything was spotless and well-maintained. The hotel looked and felt updated. Even in the sweltering heat, the hotel ground looked beautiful. Our suite was clean and looked fresh and new.
View from the entrance to the suite
We experienced no issues while we were at the hotel, so I cannot even make a section for things that we disliked. It was so hot that enjoying things like the huge balcony was difficult, but that has nothing to do with the hotel itself. The rates were low because of it. We booked using American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts (which we were able to access because of our Amex Platinum card), which gave us access to great rates plus some extras like a $100 resort credit.
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