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JW Marriott Desert Springs Completes $71M Reno


By Anne Dimon

Main pool at the JW Marriott Desert Springs resort.

Five years and about $71-million later, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, in the Palm Springs area, is nearing completion on an extensive renovation.

The latest stage of the project included new tees, greens and bunkers for two Ted Robinson golf courses, and the refurbishment of 884 guestrooms and suites, now boasting carved teakwood headboards.

On the f&b side, three new restaurants and lounges were added, bringing the number of on-site outlets to seven.

A two-hour drive from LAX airport, and just one-hour from Ontario International Airport (ONT), the property, says KC Kinsey, director of sale and marketing, “is the largest resort convention space in the Palm Springs area, accommodating up to 2,000 attendees.”

One novel amenity is the gondola that ferries guests across the man-made lake to guestrooms and restaurants.

In the works is the convention-centre upgrade, which includes the 3,000-sq.-ft. ballroom and 10 breakout rooms.

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