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La Quinta Resort – Before and now

There are plenty of spectacular resorts in the desert city of La Quinta in the Coachella Valley, but one stands out in particular because of its rich history. It’s also a prime examples of some of the best La Quinta, CA real estate.

La Quinta

La Quinta Resort & Club was originally designed by Gordon Kaufman and built by Walter Morgan. It first opened in 1926 as a luxury desert getaway hotel. La Quinta Resort immediately became one of the top must-go-to destinations in the area. It was especially famous among Hollywood elites right from the start.

LA QUINTA RESORT BEFORE

In its early days, La Quinta was THE hotspot for top Hollywood celebrities like Greta Garbo, Shirley Temple, and Clarke Gable, among many others. Famed director Frank Capra who directed “It’s a Wonderful Life” called La Quinta Resort his “Shang-ri La.” Even the US President Dwight D. Eisenhower frequently stayed at the resort.

At the time, it had 20 guest casitas which were a series of adobe bungalows, three courtyards, and an open-air glassed dining room in its sprawling 45-acre property. La Quinta Resort also opened a nine-hole golf course, which was open to the public for a fee.

In 1945, a private airstrip was installed in the property to be used by illustrious guests, such as the Hollywood elites. In 1980, the resort named two of its rooms after their favorite frequent guests, the Frank Capra Bouquet Room and the Eisenhower Suite. By 1986, the resort started hosting major golf tournaments. 

In 1998, the resort opened Spa La Quinta, which offered 37 treatment rooms. The addition of the spa also expanded the property by 23,000 square feet more. With these improvements, La Quinta Resort had approximately as many as 800 guest rooms. 

LA QUINTA RESORT NOW

Today, The La Quinta Resort & Club remains one of the most popular destinations in the area. Many of the original rooms had been preserved, adding to the rich history of the establishment.

The series of casitas that were in the original property structure is now joined by several other structures, such as king haciendas, deluxe suites and villas. Features include private pools, secluded patios, fire pits, and more.

The resort also now features tennis courts and pickle-ball courts, which can also be used for classes. There are four restaurants, which include casual but stylish casual restaurants and also Morgan’s in the Desert, which provides the finest of fine dining experiences. 

La Quinta Resort has moved with the times and is able to offer every luxury and convenience, but it has also managed to retain its traditional charm. The place has character. 

It continues to impress with its many awards and recognitions as one of the best hotels in the country. At one point, it was named as North America’s Golf Resort of the Year.

LA QUINTA RESORT PROPERTIES

There are some great opportunities in La Quinta with many condos and luxury homes for sale. For the best chance of landing your dream place, work with a real estate professional who knows the La Quinta real estate market intimately. 

ABOUT KATHLEEN GALIGHER

Kathleen O’Keefe Galigher is the real estate professional you should turn to. Apart from serving the entire La Quinta area, she also serves other communities such as Indian Wells.

Let Kathleeen Galigher help you find the perfect La Quinta property for you and your family. Get in touch with her at 760.567.7822 or send an email here.