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, Indio, 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.”

In addition, meeting professionals can enjoy off-peak perks like a rebate that can be used toward facility rental, food and beverage, audiovisual expenses and more via Visit Greater Palm Springs’ Meeting Oasis incentive. The meeting or event must be contracted by Dec. 31, 2022, and take place in June, July or August 2023, 2024 or 2025.

 

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 more than 30 nonstop flights from 13 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 66-room Paloma Resort, a full-service property in Cathedral City that began as a date grove in the 1930s and then became a beauty resort founded by the Elizabeth Arden Corp., has debuted. The Paloma offers an outdoor pool and garden, a restaurant and lounge, spa services, and event facilities for small to midsize corporate and social events.

• Visit Greater Palm Springs has launched the new digital Wellness Pass as a guide to some of the destination’s best facilities for fostering well-being, including spas, and often featuring special deals ranging from discounts on fitness classes to complimentary spa treatments and add-ons. Participating spas and wellness facilities include the new Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort, the newly renovated Well Spa at Miramonte Resort and the Agua Caliente Casino Spa Rancho Mirage.

• Opening in late 2022 in Palm Springs is the Spa at Sec-he, which aims to be one of the most luxurious hot-springs spas in the U.S. The waters will be sourced directly from the underground Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring. The facility will be a part of the new Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza, which will feature gardens, an oasis trail, a plaza for gatherings and myriad other spaces for meetings, private events and team building.

• In Downtown Palm Springs, the Thompson Palm Springs will join Hyatt’s luxury lifestyle portfolio upon completion in late 2022. The property will have 164 guest rooms and suites with panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains, along with two outdoor pools, gardens, lounge areas, and meeting space for small and large groups.

• 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.

• On 43 acres near Palm Desert, the new 11,000-capacity Acrisure Arena is nearing completion, readying for an opening in late 2022. Designed for hockey and live concerts, the facility will have all the amenities of a modern music and sports venue, plus meeting and exhibit space.
 
• 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. The  resort's new 1,100-square-foot Hollywood Terrace Suite can host private events and parties. The suite has a customizable bar, full-sized refrigerator and an 800-square-foot private outdoor lounge that offers panoramic views of the property set against a desert backdrop of mountains and palm trees. The resort offers 88,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space 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

• In downtown Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Convention Center can accommodate groups of up to 12,000 people in a variety of settings, including a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, with additional meeting space available at the attached 410-room Renaissance Hotel. A new video presents the facility in all its glory.

• At the northeast end of the Coachella Valley, Metate Ranch can host groups of up to 500 attendees within 800 acres that offer  pristine desert landscapes, including palm oases, narrow-slot canyons and more. Corporate gatherings, open-air concerts, Jeep tours, hiking and team-building programs are just some of the activities that can be arranged. 

• There’s more than the sport of kings to enjoy at the Empire Polo Club. The Indio venue also serves as a premier event facility, drawing clients such as the Coachella Music & Arts Festival and the Kennel Club of Palm Springs Dog Show year after year. The club can handle groups of all sizes, from intimate rose-garden cocktails for 15 VIPs to gatherings for up to 90,000 people on the expansive grass polo fields. Indoor galas can be held in elegant spaces found at the Forum and the Hacienda del Toro.

• 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.

• For some fun nightlife in South Palm Springs, take the group to the Palm Canyon Roadhouse, a wood-paneled local hangout and longtime favorite offering pub grub, cocktails, beer and live music with a distinct nod toward country and western.
 
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