Holiday Inn Express in the Heart of the Palm Springs Valley
I stopped by the Holiday Inn Express on Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage the other day to say “hey” to my friend Peter Morales, the hotel’s general manager. I don’t see Peter anywhere near enough, and his charm and wit are always entertaining. Sadly we barely got a chance to chat as he was busy as could be helping to check guests in and out of this very popular place to stay.
I often send him out of town business friends, as well as families who come to visit the desert. The prices can’t be beat, and the accommodations are wonderfully comfortable, with rooms that are tastefully decorated and come complete with free Wi-Fi, free local phone calls, a microwave, refrigerator, fully stocked baths, and of course a great bed with ample plush pillows. The fitness and business centers, and heated pool and spa, are also major draws. Of course, breakfast is available and always free. Their pancake machine is still a major hit with both adults and kids—all of whom love watching tasty pancakes miraculously appear at the push of a button.
The Holiday Inn Express name and reputation are a given, but Peter tells me that the thing that keeps his customers coming back is location, location, location. Whether you’re a business person who needs to trek to both ends of the valley, a family that wants to take in the sights from Forever Marilyn and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to The Living Desert and the Salton Sea, or a visitor who is coming specifically for the Palm Springs International Film Festival or Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals, you can’t beat Holiday Inn Express’ placement right smack dab in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley.
And lest anyone forget, the hotel sits in the midst of Rancho Mirage’s famous Restaurant Row, with choices that range from Applebee’s (which also provides room service to guests), Johnny Rockets, and The Old Spaghetti Factory to Wally’s, Catalan, Roy’s, and the many restaurants at The River.
Next time, I’ll have to give Peter a little more notice and take him out to lunch at one of those great eateries. He definitely deserves a little break!