JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

74-855 Country Club Drive | Palm Desert, CA 92260 [See Map]
#7 in Best Palm Springs Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1281 reviews
Property Type Resort hotel with 884 rooms, 8 floors
Primary View(s) Neighborhood, Lake
Style Traditional, Rustic
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

You wouldn't know that you're in the middle of the desert at this resplendent resort. Lakes, pools and verdant golf greens surround the hotel. And you won't be hoping for an oasis to appear over the horizon — guests of the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California, have access to a Starbucks, a Japanese steakhouse and four other eateries. Visitors love hitting balls on the two 18-hole golf courses and on the tennis courts, and for a more relaxing day, the resort boasts multiple pools, a whirlpool and a spa. Guest rooms here take their inspiration from the desert, with decor comprising warm red and brown hues, but those who hang their hats here are hardly roughing it. Each room comes a private balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. Although this oasis is costly, JW Marriott frequenters happily fork over the cash for the luxuries they so relish (and perhaps save some with their Marriott Rewards points).

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Critic Reviews


“Despite the business vibe, this resort offers many family activities, such as hiking and tennis lessons for kids, a massive pool area, and boat rides that depart from the lobby.”

Travel + Leisure

“A cool, contemporary golf and tennis retreat near Joshua Tree National Park.”


“How you soak up the striking desert views is up to you: you can enjoy Pacific swordfish alfresco at Fisherman's Landing, book an early morning tee time to watch the sun rise over the greens or take a gondola ride around the waters with swans and flamingos at your side.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1281 guests have reviewed the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 1281 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The JW Marriott Desert Springs is located in the heart of Palm Desert on 450 acres of tranquil and secluded land. World-class shops and restaurants can be found just a few miles away at El Paseo Shopping District. The hotel is surrounded by golf courses in every direction, making it a popular destination for golf enthusiasts of all ages.

  • Daily $28 resort fee includes self-parking, fitness center access, miniature golf and in-room Wi-Fi
  • San Jacinto mountains are 5 miles west; Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5 miles south
  • Joshua Tree National Park about 40 miles east
  • Palm Springs International Airport about 12 miles northwest

  • 24-hour valet parking ($27)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

The sleek guest rooms at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort offer a cool respite from the desert heat with crisp linens, breezy balconies and chic natural finishes. Traditional in design, accommodations are decorated in earth tones of deep red and brown with wooden furnishings. Amenities include pillow-top mattresses with down comforters, marble bathrooms, 37-inch flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. All rooms boast balconies with views of the resort or surrounding mountain areas.

  • Daily $30 resort fee includes Wi-Fi access, self-parking and fitness and spa use

Standard room size:

390 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


The resort offers a wide variety of restaurants. Fine dining options include the Rockwood Grill, which serves American classics, and the Mikado Japanese Steakhouse. For casual dining, guests can head to the Oasis Poolside Bar & Grille or the Lobby Sushi Bar. Fisherman's Landing Bar & Grill is the place to go for seafood of all kinds, from fish and chips to fish tacos.

  • Starbucks on-site
  • Continental and breakfast buffet available for extra fees
  • Room service hours are 6 a.m. to midnight

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Buffet, Asian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort has four pools — three pools accessible to all resort guests, and one pool exclusively for spa and fitness center guests.

  • All four pools are outdoors, heated and provide towels
  • The pool at the spa is a saltwater pool and can also be used for swimming laps
  • The Oasis Café is located at the main pool area and serves lunch daily

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The spa at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort features 48 treatment rooms, a salon, a bistro, a saltwater pool and a retail shop. The spa incorporates ancient healing methods into treatments and uses ingredients from locally grown produce.

  • VIP suites and Hammam wet room (reminiscent of a traditional Turkish bath) available

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort offers a wealth of activities and amenities for children. Pack n' plays are available for use in guest rooms, and a supervised Kids Klub for children ages 4 to 12 is offered for an additional fee. Kid-friendly recreational activities include sports courts and lawn games, such as badminton and mini-golf.

  • Kids Klub offers three two-hour sessions throughout the day; cost is $25 for the first child and $15 for any additional siblings
  • Children's menu available at The Rockwood Grill

  • Kids club ($15 to $25)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


There is no shortage of recreational opportunities at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort. In addition to two fitness centers, the JW Marriott also has two 18-hole golf courses, multiple sports courts, including volleyball, and jogging trails.

  • Tennis lessons and clinics available for an extra fee
  • Group fitness classes are available to resort guests for $10 and include a variety of yoga, Pilates and spinning classes

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis (with fee)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort is well-known for its capacity to host corporate events and large groups. The resort has more than 210,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, including the divisible 24,816-square-foot Desert Ballroom. There are also 33 conference rooms and five director suites for small meetings.

  • Audiovisual support services available
  • The largest event space can hold up to 3,050 people

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available



The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort boasts two 18-hole golf courses: Desert Springs Golf Club and Shadow Ridge Golf Club. Both courses are designed to put novice players at ease, providing unique challenges for advanced players and grant players of all abilities a serene setting in which to practice their golf game.

  • Golf bag storage and access to the putting green and mini-golf included in the resort fee
  • Mini-golf course also on-site
  • Golf instruction courses available

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort can accommodate large weddings with its ballroom space and can help plan celebrations of all types, including ethnic and military weddings. A variety of group spaces and wedding locations abound, from a dock on the hotel's indoor gondola river to a rooftop patio with 360-degree views of the surrounding mountain range.

  • Reservation specialists can create a custom website for event

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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74-855 Country Club Drive | Palm Desert, CA 92260 [See Full Map]