Smith & Firestone redesigns La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

La Quinta Resort & Club, which first opened in 1926, announced a multi-million dollar restoration eyed to revive the resort with a new look in line with the property's history and desert surroundings. The resort-wide renovation encompasses upgrades of all guest casitas by fall 2014, followed by a redesign of the villas, main lobby, public spaces and a re-imagined pool experience. The project will also infuse the resort's 45 acres with additional bougainvillea plants, roses and citrus trees.

Drawing inspiration from the resort's desert environs, Los Angeles-based firm Smith & Firestone created a residential-style design for the resort's guestrooms and luxury suites. Set in an earthen palette of ivory, terracotta and chocolate, guestrooms have custom tile work and wrought iron elements, new furniture and carpet, and two-toned blocked drapery panels. Upon completion, citrus-hued pillows and throws will adorn Wing-back style headboards and contemporary Victorian chairs, while upgraded lighting and blue-sky accessories will be used in each bathroom.

New amenities include 42- to 47-inch flat-screen high-definition televisions, mini refrigerators, Keurig coffee makers, charging stations with dual USB ports, upgraded fireplaces and photography inspired by the history of the resort and its surroundings.


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Starlight Casita patios, popular for their mountain views, will debut new fire features and patio furniture. The custom-designed resort suites will include new landscaping, updated patio furniture and renovated decks hugging the private pools and spas.

The resort's 41 pools - including the main pool, an adult pool and a collection of intimate pools and hot spas clustered around the casitas - will receive fresh new decking, new shade structures and water temperature regulators.

La Quinta Resort & Club is a desert destination in the greater Palm Springs area, offering 620 casitas and suites and 98 villas; the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta; 41 swimming pools and 53 hot spas; 23 tennis courts; and, for dining, Morgan's in the desert, TWENTY6, Adobe Grill and Ernie's at PGA WEST.