Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa Review: Fun in the Sun

October 7, 2019 in Hotel Reviews, Hyatt, Travel - 11 Comments
palm tree lined front of hotel

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A stay at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is a must when in town for Coachella, the BNP Paribas Open (formerly the Indian Wells Masters), or relaxing in the sun.

The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa offers a serene retreat for couples looking for a getaway, families, girls’ trips, or golf vacations.

The hotel is a quick 30-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs. Making it an ideal staycation destination for Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego residents.

Last month Jeff and I spent four nights in Palm Springs, two of those we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells in a one bedroom villa with spa tub.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa Review: Fun in the Sun

palm tree lined front of hotel

Located in Indian Wells, the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has 452 rooms, 40 villas, 26 penthouse suites, 9 suites, and 3 presidential villas on 45 acres. All rooms include a balcony or patio, TVs, laptop-sized safe, and refrigerator.

Guests used to be able to pay to upgrade to Regency Club rooms that included access to a lounge with snacks and free drinks. But the hotel no longer offers a Regency Club because it has been permanently closed. 

Free Wi-Fi is available in all guestrooms and public spaces.

 

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells is a nonsmoking destination resort with something for everyone. From outdoor activities like seven swimming pools, a 36-hole golf course, three tennis courts, jogging paths, and bike trails. They offer a resort concierge to help plan events and a golf concierge to book tee times.

 

tennis court
One of three tennis courts

 

Two computers and a printer are located near the concierge desk to print boarding passes.

Pet Friendly

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells is a pet-friendly hotel for pets weighing 75 pounds or less. If bringing two pets, their combined weight can’t exceed 100 pounds.

The hotel charges a flat rate pet-fee of $150 per stay for up to 6 nights. Each 6-night stay costs an extra $150.

Pets aren’t allowed in restaurants, spa, or the pool area.

Pro-tip: There are a limited number of pet-friendly villas. Pets are not allowed in Penthouse Suites.

Parking

The hotel offers self and valet parking for the same price. Rates vary depending on the season: $23.50 from October through May and $15.50 for June through September.

Globalists staying on free night awards get free parking.

Pro-tip: Valet parking is a better value. Your car gets parked in a covered garage. It’s a long walk to self-parking.

Resort Fee

The resort fee is $30 a day and includes:

  • Access to 24-hour fitness center
  • Local & 800 calls and incoming and outgoing faxes
  • Golf bag valet and storage
  • Bike and helmet rental
  • Use of the putting green, fooz ball, table tennis, corn hole, and badminton
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Daily newspaper at the front desk
  • Transportation to Indian Wells Golf Resort

Globalists don’t pay the resort fee.

Pro-tip: The hotel is under renovation through December 2019. They are adding a five-story tower with two 30-foot water slides, a lazy river, and upgrades to the pool and Cabanas.

Getting to the Hotel

Getting to the hotel from the Palm Springs Airport is easy. The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is 30 to 40 minutes from the airport depending on traffic. Bus, taxis, Uber, Lyft and all the major rental car companies such as Enterprise and Hertz are available.

Jeff and I drove to Palm Springs from San Diego so we didn’t need to rent a car. Because we spent a lot of time in downtown Palm Springs we used Uber so we didn’t have to find parking nor drink and drive.

Pro-tip: The hotel is 1 1/2 hours from the Ontario Airport and 2 1/2 hours from Los Angeles International Airport.

Check-In

hotel lobby
lobby

We arrived at 11:29 am and were able to check-in. The far left counter serves World of Hyatt members.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells treats Globalists very well. They acknowledged my World of Hyatt Globalist status, gave us two drink coupons for the Agave Sunset lobby lounge, and a voucher for two items from the Citrus Marketplace & Cafe. 

I emailed the general manager before our arrival and confirmed a free upgrade to a one bedroom villa with spa tub.

Pro-tip:  Here’s how to get VIP treatment at hotels.

One Bedroom Villa With Spa Tub

The villas are on the far side of the resort overlooking the pool and golf course. The one bedroom villas are 1,100 square feet, two bedroom villas are 1,350 square feet, and the Presidential villas are 1,900 square feet.

Each villa has a private patio with seating, jacuzzi or pool, and butler service. One and two bedroom villas also have a BBQ.

Want to be closer to the Oasis adult pool? Ask for Villas 601 to 604.

The hotel gave us villa 605. The last time I stayed here, four years ago, I had villa 715. Because of the construction several of the 700 villas are not being assigned. 

Pro-tip: There’s a free to use washer and dryer in the ice room of each group of villas (villa pod). During our stay, there was a huge bottle of All laundry detergent, possibly leftover from another guest.

This is a great benefit for families, if you’re staying for a week, or visiting during the summer.

Living Room

villa living room with couch, chair, TV, fireplace

The living room had a large sectional sofa, chair, glass coffee table, gas fireplace, TV, wet bar, Keurig machine, microwave, and a set of dishes, glassware, and silverware.

A glass-topped desk faced the TV. While I didn’t do any work on this trip I appreciate how convenient it is to watch TV and work at the same time. 🙂

On the floor next to the desk, a wicker basket held four beach towels.

Dining Room

cans of sparkling water, dates, granola bars
VIP goodies

In the dining room there was a four-seater glass dining table with a bounty of local goodies:

  • two cans of lime sparkling water
  • two cans of grapefruit sparkling water
  • a bag of toffee popcorn
  • two bottles of honey
  • a bag of dates
  • two Nature Valley granola bars
  • a bath bomb
beverage fridge stocked with water, sodas, juices, ice tea, and beer
Enough beverages for a party

A sideboard contained a stocked beverage refrigerator and another set of dishes.

dining area

The hotel decorated with a “happy birthday” banner and balloons.

hyatt champagne
Canvas: Hyatt branded champagned created in partnership with Mondavi

Later that night they delivered a bottle of champagne, a charcuterie plate, and a chocolate birthday cake.

salami, cheese, nuts
tasty charcuterie plate

 

chocolate raspberry cake
chocolate birthday cake

OMG, it was the BEST chocolate cake EVER! Light, flavorful, and so moist! 

Closet

closet with iron, ironing board, and two white robes
fluffy robes

The closet was in the hallway across from the bathroom and before the bedroom. An iron, ironing board, two robes, and luggage rack were on the left.

closet with safe, extra pillow and blanket
safe

A safe, hairdryer and extra pillow and blanket were on the right. But there weren’t any slippers. 🙁

Bathroom

bathroom with two round mirrors and oblong countertop sinks
soothing spa-styled bathroom

A HUGE spa-styled bathroom with large dual sinks set atop a marble countertop stocked with Pharmacopia toiletries and a lighted double face makeup mirror.

Pharmacopia toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap
Pharmacopia toiletries

The teal blue walls had a soothing, calming effect ensuring a relaxing bath in the giant soaker tub with roman tub faucet and hand shower. The teak bathtub caddy had a loofah and bath salts.

shower with body jets and multiple shower heads

A separate shower with rain can, body jets, and handheld shower faucet makes for a long luxurious shower.

The toilet is in a separate room

Pro-tip: Aside from the towel rack on the shower door, the only other towel hook is on the wall by the tub in a hard to reach spot.

Bedroom

hotel bed
The bedroom is spacious with room to walk around both sides of the bed.

I loved the Hyatt Grand bed with a pillow-top mattress, a key component in getting a great night’s sleep.

Near the window, there was a chaise lounge facing the TV. Which can also double as a toddler bed.

There’s a door that leads to the outside patio. This is a great feature when traveling with family or young children. It lets you enjoy time outside without having to go through the living room and waking anyone sleeping on the sofa bed.

Spa Tub

private spa tub and two lounge chairs

Our villa had a private spa tub and two lounge chairs. We loved being able to enjoy the spa anytime we wanted.

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There was also an umbrella-covered patio table and a BBQ.

backyard villa
view of the backyard

Pro-tip: The hotel cleans the spas and pools (for villas with private pool) Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8 am to 11:30 am. If you plan to sleep in, you can contact the front desk and make arrangements for another time.

Oasis Pool

hotel pool
Oasis adult pool

The Oasis Pool (adult pool) and spa are open from 8 am to 10 pm. The pool isn’t very deep but the water is cold and refreshing on a hot day.

pool chair with numbered flag
Pool chairs have flags so servers can find you faster

Padded pool loungers surrounding the pool are on a first-come, first-served basis. Attached to each is a numbered flag so servers can bring back your bar order from the Oasis Bar. The Oasis bar is between the Main Pool and the Oasis Pool. Bartenders are friendly, fast and efficient.

padded lounge chairs and table in pool cabana
Cabana for two

The Oasis Pool has 16 cabanas for rent. Cabanas accommodate two people, are set back from the pool and include three reserved areas, six bottles of water and a fruit plate. They cost $220 a day and are worth every penny, especially during peak season.

TV, fridge in cabana
A cabana has everything you need

Inside there are two padded loungers, a fridge, TV, ceiling fan, towels, and curtains for privacy.

outside of pool cabana
Sit outside under misters in your private cabana

Two webbed pool chairs sit outside the entrance so you can people-watch in the shade under misters. Tired of sitting inside the cabana or in the shade? Soak up the sun on two pool chair loungers and an umbrella.

view from inside pool cabana
Relaxing in the cabana while people watching

The hotel gave us a free cabana and LOVED every minute! As Jeff put it, “This feels like a vacation.” 

wings and tater tots
Spicy wings and crispy tater tots

It was so nice to relax, watch TV, pop in the pool when it got to hot and call to order drinks and food from the Roadrunner Cafe.

girl wearing sunglasses sipping chocolate drink
Nothing beats a frozen mudslide

We’ll definitely book a cabana the next time we stay at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

Pro-tip: Cabana 8 and Cabana 9 are the best cabanas. They’re located at the entrance of the pool, near the speakers, and are the farthest from the bar.

Main Pool

hotel pool
main pool

The main pool is large, family-friendly, and also offer cabana rentals.

hotel pools
more main pools

 

pool cabana
cabana at main pool

Pro-tip: Bikes are located in the rack inside the main pool area.

Fitness Center (Stayfit Gym)

fitness equipment

The Fitness Center (Stayfit Gym) is well equipped with exercise equipment and open 24 hours.

Pro-tip: Every morning the Indian Wells Fire Department uses the gym for their PT (physical training). So don’t be alarmed if you see the fire truck and ambulance outside the gym.

Aqua Serena Spa and Salon

spa reflection pool
Co-ed reflection pool

The Agua Serena Spa offers treatments, relaxation rooms with healthy snacks, eucalyptus steam rooms, dry saunas, jacuzzis and outdoor showers.

spa jacuzzi
jacuzzi

Hours are Sunday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, and Friday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm, subject to seasonality.

Food

Lantana

restaurant seating

If your room includes breakfast or if you’re a Globalist, you can order from the menu or choose the buffet at Lantana.

menu
Lantana breakfast menu

 

hotel breakfast buffet
buffet

The buffet includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fresh fruits, pastries, yogurt, oatmeal, and cereals.

omelet and hashbrown
Build your own omelet with hash browns

Both mornings Jeff ordered a build your own omelet with hash browns.

belgian waffle
Belgian waffle with local date cream

The first morning, I got the Belgian waffle with fresh berries and local date cream.

hash browns
Best hash browns!

I also ordered a side of hash browns and strawberry and banana smoothie. They were the best hash browns! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

eggs, bacon, and hash browns
bacon and eggs

Our last morning I ordered the two cage-free eggs over medium with bacon and side of hashbrowns.

Lantana is open daily for breakfast from 6:30 am to 11:30 am and dinner from 5:30 pm to 10 pm.

Pro-tip: Lantana is under renovation through November 23, 2019.

Agave Sunset 

hotel bar
Agave Sunset lobby bar

 

seating at bar
bar table seating

We used our two free drink coupons at the Agave Sunset bar and lounge.

colorful bar drinks
Photo courtesy: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells

Citrus Marketplace & Cafe

The Citrus Marketplace & Cafe located in Hyatt Regency Indian Wells lobby offers Starbucks coffee, snacks, resort branded items, and other convenient items.

Johnnie Walker black label
33 ounce bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label

As a Globalist the hotel gave us a voucher for any two items with an orange sticker like date nectar, treats, and Johnnie Walker Black Label and Chivas Regal.

Citrus is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm.

Pro-tip: They will be undergoing a renovation soon and adding a larger coffee area.

Use Points or Pay Cash

A free night at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa costs 20,000 points. Hyatt points are easy to earn with cards like the World of Hyatt card, Chase Sapphire Preferred, and Ink Business Preferred.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
44-600 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA
760-776-1234

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Things to Do & See Nearby

The closest things to do and see near the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is the Living Desert. The Palm Springs Air Museum is about 30 minutes away and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is 41 minutes away.

 

Conclusion

The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is a great choice for families, couples, girls’ trips, or golf vacations who want a destination resort with more amenities than the Parker Palm Springs

Globalists get special perks like free drinks, treats, and free upgrades. 

Be sure to book a cabana, they’re worth the price to guarantee a spot at the pool.

It’s a short drive to downtown Palm Springs so you can shop and dine at restaurants like Eight4Nine and Mr. Lyons Steakhouse or pick up a Monster Shake.

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  • Danik December 16, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Now this is type of hotel. Not only does the bed looks comfortable and the living room cosy but for me what sells it is the gym (yes, I love a good workout whilst on the road) and the pool which looks totally lush. Can also see myself in the bar in the evening as well which looks like it has plenty to offer. Have to admit, I never stayed in a Hyatt before so I should one day, it’s about time I ticked them off my list.

  • Anda December 16, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    What a coincidence, we’ve been in Coachella last week! We travel to the Palm Springs area quite often. It’s very close to Los Angeles, where we live and we like it there. We didn’t stay at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, but after reading your review I think we should have. It looks like an oasis in the middle of the desert: comfortable, chick and well appointed. Thanks for recommending it. Maybe next time we’ll stay there.

  • Ami Bhat December 16, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    What a way to celebrate a birthday and the resort did make it special with all that decoration and surprise. I like the room that you stayed in – quite plush and comfortable. The resort facilities definitely spoil you – like you said, something for everyone.

  • Yukti Agrawal December 17, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I would love to stay at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa as it offers a serene retreat for couples, relaxed getaway for my family. It is so great to relax, watch TV, plunge into the pool when it got to hot and call to order drinks and food from the Roadrunner Cafe, just as you did. Cabana for two looks very cozy and romantic hide out for couples. Thanks for sharing a great resort which would really spoil me.

  • Lisa December 17, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Reading this has given me serious summer vibes! I’ve not actually stayed at a Hyatt Regency despite being a frequent traveler. I like the look of your 1-bedroom villa, but I too am intrigued to see the cabanas too. The oasis pool looks heavenly as does the breakfast food items!

  • Pashmina Binwani December 18, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Wow what a fancy and luxurious stay. For a moment I thought it was in India but didn’t know it was in LA! Everything about this post from the pool, to the sun, bedroom and food screams like a perfect stop for a staycation. Thank you for sharing your experience!

    • Debra Schroeder December 24, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      Hi Pashmina,

      It was and a great staycation. We’re looking forward to going back again.

  • sherianne December 18, 2019 at 6:17 am

    I love Palm Springs weekends and a one bedroom villa with spa tub sounds soooo much better than Best Western! Hyatt Regency Indian Wells sounds like it has everything I would want in a resort. I love that they decorated, provided champagne and a cake for your husband’s birthday. I also love that there was a bag of dates – dates are a must eat in the area. Mudslides, wings, tator tots and a fan next to the pool? Cabana rental sounds amazing! Great tip to use the valet parking vs self-parking.

    • Debra Schroeder December 24, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      Hi Sherianne,

      For sure. Not that there’s anything wrong with the Best Western… Hope you get a chance to stay there.

  • Paula December 18, 2019 at 7:18 am

    This place looks beautiful! I loved reading this because we are quite often in the area. My husband has family close by and we will drive down there again for Christmas. We usually like to stay one or two extra nights somewhere after we visit them (and stay at their house) just to have mini vacay. This time we will be going to Queen Mary. Maybe next time we will look into staying in this place. Thanks for introducing it to me.

    • Debra Schroeder December 24, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Paula,

      Glad the post helped. You’ll love the hotel. It’s a great staycation.

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