Garden and water feature at Desert Princess Palm Springs

Royalty in the Desert

Doubletree Golf Resort Palm Springs receives $12 million renovation with families in mind

Karen Graninger Hotels & Resorts

Garden and water feature at Desert Princess Palm Springs
The far reaching views of the mountains, golf course, and palms are unique based on the DoubleTree Golf Resort's Cathedral City location.

A recent $12 million renovation to DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort in Cathedral City is quickly apparent.

Gone are the dark carpets, colors, and boxiness of the 1980s era.

In its place is a clean, modern feel that captures the desert light and views. All of the guest rooms have been overhauled and offer earth tones with double vanities in the bathrooms.

“We get constant compliments about all our bathrooms having double vanities,” says Robert Hatfield, director of sales and marketing. “When families come, and you’re here several days to a week, it makes such a huge difference to have.”

The sleek, new Presidential Suite.

The showpiece at the DoubleTree Golf Resort is The Mira Bar with its two-story stack of lighted liquor bottles. New lounge chairs and fire pit by the pool give splashes of color backlit by Palm Springs’ only resort with a 27-hole golf course.

Operated by the Desert Princess Country Club, the golf courses and spa are just a short walk from the DoubleTree Golf Resort convention wing. Among the spa packages is the Ladies Choice, which starts with champagne and chocolates followed by a Swedish massage and a facial or a wrap.

“The DoubleTree Golf Resort is set up to cater to families and business conventions,” says Hatfield. “We have the most unique and gorgeous views of Mt. San Jacinto. We have beautiful space to roam. Golf, tennis, spa, pool. In time, we’re planning to have life-sized board games on the green, just beyond the pool.”

The hotel has plenty to do on property for families looking for a Palm Springs getaway, and sits within easy driving distance of several other family attractions. Wet ‘N Wild Water Park in Palm Springs lets you combat the heat with water slides, speed slides, or the lazy river. A Wave Loch Flowrunner was added recently. Make sure to check out their summer “Dive In” movies through July.

The Mira Bar and its surrounding seats and chairs provide a stylish, meeting area for the resort.

Boomers Family Fun Center is only 10 minutes away. Enjoy mini golf, bumper boats, go-karts, a climbing wall and a video arcade. Take advantage of summer promotions like Fantastic Fridays where unlimited play wristbands are $15 each.

The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is a 12-minute drive featuring more than 80 “hands on” exhibits. Summer activities like Flinging Fun and Art Adventures will enrapture the little ones.

Palm Desert’s famous Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is also nearby. Enjoy giraffes, cheetahs, and other desert dwellers amid the zoo’s extensive indigenous cactus gardens. The Summer Chill Tour Package offers great deals on behind the scenes tours with the animals.

Another deal to think about. Buy a combo Living Desert/Wet N’ Wild ticket and receive a discount, but you must be a member of either park to qualify… Buy tickets at either venue.

VIDEO: Take a tour of the resort and hear abut its family-friendly amenities.


The Doubletree by Hilton Golf Resort
67967 Vista Chino, Cathedral City

Wet ‘N Wild
1500 S. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs,

67700 E Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
71701 Gerald Ford Drive, Rancho Mirage

The Living Desert
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert

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