Opened in 1926 and now a member of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection, the desert's oldest resort is a lush green oasis set on 45 acres. Broad expanses of lawn separate the adobe casitas that house some historic rooms; other rooms, recently renovated, are in newer two-story units surrounding individual swimming pools and hot tubs amid brilliant gardens. Fireplaces, stocked refrigerators, and fruit-laden orange trees contribute to a luxurious ambience. A premium is placed on
privacy, which accounts for La Quinta's continuing popularity with Hollywood celebrities. The tennis stadium holds 23 courts.