Fodor's Expert Review The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage

68900 Frank Sinatra Dr., Rancho Mirage, California 92270, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice

The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage is just down valley from Palm Springs and up valley from Indian Wells, where the annual March tennis tournament is a big annual draw. It’s also literally up a mountainside. As a result, guests will feel more isolated than at other nearby resorts, while still having the luxury of being in a highly accessible location. Speaking of luxury, this brand is known for their high-end offerings and this outpost is no exception. With two restaurants and a pool bar, a spa, and access to low-traffic hiking trails, guests can experience a mix of simple and guilty pleasures.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Ritz Carlton is an incredibly dog-friendly brand. All sizes and breeds are accepted at this location for a non-refundable deposit and a maximum of two dogs.


Most of the 244 large rooms have private patios or balconies. All rooms offer wonderful views of the surrounding landscape and vistas. Wi-Fi is free, and residential suites include gourmet kitchens with appliances by premier brands Wolf® and Viking®. Decor is sophisticated and classic.


With garden tubs for soaking and Asprey bath products, guests can relax, especially after a long day of hiking or tennis.


A blend of curated gardens and the natural surrounding desert beauty welcome guests to the resort. Upon entering, large windows continue to highlight the views, while seating placed around a fireplace invites a place to take a load off. The multi-colored brick accent wall behind the front desk mimics the colorscape of the surrounding nature.


The Ritz has two pools: one all ages and one for adults only. The all-ages pool offers both poolside bar and dining service. The Vista Pool provides a truly spectacular view of the surrounding Coachella Valley and San Jacinto Mountains.


With an emphasis on holistic treatments, the spa offers services like massage, facials, body wraps, and a special menu just for men. Relaxation spaces abound, including plunge pools and private terraces.


The rare desert resort without a golf course, guests have privileges at several clubs. That said, guests can book personal training or group classes for a fee, or use the abundance of equipment at the well-stocked fitness center.


In-room dining is 24 hours. Mod Café serves coffee and a select breakfast menu. The two restaurants offer different experiences, with the farm-to-table State Fare Bar + Kitchen open breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and The Edge Steakhouse only open for dinner service Wednesday through Sunday.


At the Air Pool Bar, guests can order lunch, like made-to-order sushi, from late morning through the afternoon. All-day beverage service is offered year-round. At State Fare, the cocktails are made from choice ingredients and small-batch spirits. For wine, visit The Edge Steakhouse.


Getting Around

A car is a definite to get to this slightly off-the-beaten path resort. Valet parking is available for $30 per night.


Descend down the bluff to find excellent dining options nearby, including the scrumptious tapas and Spanish wines at Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant (4-minute drive). Wally’s Desert Turtle (6-minute drive) offers cuisine from Western Europe in an elegant dining room. For an upscale English dining hall that will make you feel a bit like you’ve traveled to a grand countryside estate, visit the almost half-century-old Lord Fletcher’s (4-minute drive).


For the exact opposite experience of the Ritz, visit Red Barn (10-minute drive), a mostly locals dive bar with amazing live entertainment and classic drinking options. A taste of mid-century heyday can be found at Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club (4-minute drive).


The views and access to hiking are sublime and we love the combination of high-end luxury and good old fashioned natural wonder. Most guests are older, wealthier, or retired and enjoy experiencing a polished Palm Springs or desert adventure at a comfortable distance.


Family, New, Pet Friendly
228 rooms, 16 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service 24-hour
Gym, Pool
Valet Parking


Phones: 760-321–8282

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