Guide to Meeting & Event Planning in Greater Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs

Learn why you should host your next meeting, event or conference in Greater Palm Springs, Calif.

Why Greater Palm Springs for Your Next Meeting or Event?

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Taxes: Sales tax, 7.25%-9.25%; room tax, 10%-16.95% (varies by city and hotel)

Convention Center: Palm Springs Convention Center; exhibit space, 112,561 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 18; (760) 322-8402

CVB: Visit Greater Palm Springs, (760) 770-9000 or (800) 967-3767

Greater Palm Springs offers a variety of options for groups looking to work and play in its nine distinct resort cities: Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Coachella. All offer a wide range of guest accommodations, meeting spaces, venues and attractions. With 300-plus days of sunshine per year, the destination makes a perfect setting for outdoor events and  activities. For the latest information on local efforts to assist gatherings amid the ups and downs of the pandemic, go to “Add Safer Meetings to the Agenda.”

The new “Meeting Oasis” program from Visit Greater Palm Springs provides awards of up to $10 per room night that planners can apply to a facility rental, F&B or other meetings-related fees, for meetings contracted by Dec 31, 2021, and taking place in June, July or August of 2022 and 2023. The award is based on 80-percent pickup of paid and used rooms at a participating hotel or resort; contact the CVB for more information

Only in Greater Palm Springs

With near-perfect weather and natural desert beauty in all directions, the Greater Palm Springs area beckons to outdoor enthusiasts. A hike through Murray Canyon presents an ideal mix of easy-to-moderate terrain and breathtaking scenery. At the end of the trail lies the crystal-clear Seven Sisters Waterfall.

Transportation in & Around the Area

Palm Springs International Airport, 2.5 miles to downtown Palm Springs. Transfer cost by taxi, about $15; Uber and Lyft service is available.

The airport now offers 32 nonstop flights from 11 carriers, including the recent addition of Southwest Airlines, which provides new nonstop service to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. The facility is undergoing a $31 million renovation that includes a spruced-up ticket lobby and a new outbound baggage system.

Meeting & Event Venues

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 • The 398-room Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs capped off its recent rebrand and renovation with the opening of the JWB Grill, the namesake eatery of James (Jimmy) William Buffett and the resort’s signature restaurant. The property, minutes from downtown Palm Springs, also features the 10,000-square-foot St. Somewhere Spa with more than 18 treatment rooms, and two pools with cabanas styled as tiki huts. More than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space includes three ballrooms.

• June 2021 saw groundbreaking ceremonies for the new $250 million Coachella Valley Arena, an 11,000-seat sports and entertainment venue expected to be fully operational by 2023. The arena will accommodate concerts, conventions, exhibitions, large meetings, international events and awards shows.
 
• The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is undergoing a renovation of all 512 guest rooms, which will sport new carpets, furniture and more upon completion this summer. The resort has more than 130,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, including a 17,326-square-foot grand ballroom.

 • The 884-room JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa has opened a new JW Entertainment Zone, where guests can play new and classic arcade games for prizes. The property’s Spa at Deserts Springs underwent a recent renovation, while guest rooms received new furnishings, carpet, expanded bathrooms and more. 
 
• New water attractions have opened at the 530-room Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, allowing guests to enjoy a 450-foot lazy river, two 30-foot waterslides and seven new pools. Four dining outlets includes the Agave Sunset Bar & Lounge, while 88,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space are centered around the on-site Indian Wells Conference Center.
 
• Slated to open in 2022, the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza will include an art gallery celebrating the history and culture of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, along with a still-to-be determined amount of event space. The venue’s planned luxury Spa at Sec-he, complete with tranquil gardens, will incorporate the ancient healing waters of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring.

More Meeting and Event Venues

• La Quinta recently welcomed the new SilverRock Event Site, which has 14 acres of walking paths, an event lawn, water features and a sustainable event building for groups of up to 60. The site also includes a  stream with a lake, a stage area and space for future art installations.
 
• The Sonoran Palm Springs is a 38,000-square-foot outdoor event space in South Palm Springs that includes a pool, cabanas, a pool bar, fire pits and an expansive lawn. Guests enjoy monumental views of the San Jacinto Mountains and dramatic starlit evenings. The venue hosts private events, galas, film festivals and outdoor screenings, fashion shows, art and wine festivals, product and brand launches, conferences, conventions and more.
 
• In Indian Wells, the luxurious 215-room Miramonte Resort & Spa sits on 11 acres dotted with olive trees; citrus groves; and rose, herb and flower gardens, with the scenic Santa Rosa Mountains as a backdrop. The resort’s 18,000 square feet of meeting space accommodates up to 500 people, while the Well Spa is designed as a Tuscan villa with 13 treatment rooms, four outdoor cabanas with open-air showers, and two pools. The property currently is undergoing an $8 million renovation that will touch all guest rooms, food and beverage offerings, and outdoor spaces, with work set for completion in late 2021. 

• The 444-room Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage offers an ideal retreat for groups in the Coachella Valley. Amenities include five restaurants, 27 holes of championship golf, the 20,000-square foot Spa Las Palmas with 26 treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness center with Pelotons, a lazy river, a cliffside hot tub and more. For meetings, the resort has 37,000 square feet of indoor function space, including the 12,900-square-foot Las Palmas Ballroom. There is an additional 45,000 square feet of outdoor function space, which includes the 10,000-square-foot Starlight Terrace. All facilities follow CDC-certified enhanced cleaning procedures.

Things to Do in Greater Palm Springs

• If you want to fast-track your group to some exhilarating downtime, take them to the BMW Performance Center in Thermal, Calif., a half-hour outside of Palm Springs. Professional instructors take attendees out on a multi-configuration course with hairpin turns, high-speed straights and a 300-foot-long polished concrete skid pad.

• In Palm Desert, the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has officially opened its new Rhino Savanna attraction. On four acres just inside the Zoo’s main entrance, this colorful habitat is home to 12 African species, including two black rhinos, among the zoo’s largest animals. Panoramic look-out points abound, along with assorted residents such as waterbuck, springbok, two species of pelicans and a variety of other birds, plus fascinating subterranean creatures such as the naked mole-rat.

• The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway traverses along the stunning cliffs of Chino Canyon en route to Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During the ride, the tram cars rotate slowly to give visitors a spectacular view of the valley floor below. At the top are two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters and more than 50 miles of hiking trails.
 
• Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park, a stark wonderland of plants and animals that have made their home in a land dramatically sculptured by the elements over untold millennia. Visitors can hike, rent a bike, enjoy a picnic and take in the incredible scenery, awe-inspiring sunsets and sparkling night sky. 
 
• Culture beckons in all corners of Greater Palm Springs, and never more so than at the Palm Springs Art Museum right in the heart of town. Here visitors encounter the landscapes of Agnes Pelton, beautiful glassworks by David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard, the surreal majesty of the “American Roads” series of snapshots by visionary young photographers, and much more.
 
• For the golfers in the group, the Indian Canyons Golf Resort offers 36 holes in a beautifully landscaped course enjoyed by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason and former U.S. presidents. The layouts are set on 550 picture-postcard acres on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation.
 
Escape Room Palm Springs can accommodate up to 65 players at once in the largest such attraction in the Coachella Valley. Groups can choose from themes such as Bank Heist, Titanic, Locker Room, Jack the Ripper and Vampire’s Lair, for which teams have 60 minutes to search for clues and use the items they find to earn their escape.

Top Restaurants in Greater Palm Springs

  1. Citrus & Palm – American
  2. The Vue Grille & Bar – American
  3. Mastro's Steakhouse  – Steakhouse
  4. Joy Asian Cuisine – Asian
  5. Le Vallauris – French
  6. Il Corso– Italian
  7. Peaks Restaurant – American
  8. Adobe Grill – Mexican
  9. Babe's BBQ – Barbecue
  10. The Edge Steakhouse – Steakhouse