HotelTonight – Palm Springs Hotels Made Easy

I was surprised to find out that our convention this year was in Palm Springs. I had never been there before, but I heard it was nice. I didn’t think I’d get to see it much while I was there, either, as I’d be buried in work. I was stunned when I found out at an early breakfast, though, that my work was finished and that I’d have 24 hours to myself. I already had a rental car so I was taken care of in that regard. The only potential problem was that I would have to find my own lodging, and that can be a problem. Finding a hotel anywhere at the last minute can be stressful, time-consuming and ultimately expensive. I grabbed my phone to see what I could find.

I opened the HotelTonight app that my friend has suggested. There were several choices that were easy to navigate, and within a couple of minutes I had picked out my place and booked it. I was shocked at how easy it was to get my ideal hotel on such short notice. Now all I had to do was grab my things, jump in my car and head over to my new hotel. When I got there, I asked the staff what I should see if I wanted to understand life in Palm Springs as a local. They gave me some really good information and I was off into my interesting day in the desert.

Downtown Palm Springs

Most people think of Palm Springs as a retirement community. While a lot of retired people live here, it’s anything but that in terms of atmosphere. Downtown Palm Springs is a happening place. There are seniors here but there are also a lot of young people. There is a wide range of restaurants and plenty of options for nightlife. Since it was still morning I decided on window shopping, and I saw a lot of things that I thought of returning later to grab some gifts for my family and friends.

Cathedral City

I started my non-Palm Springs portion of the day in Cathedral City, and it was clear right away that this was not a touristy part of town. That was a good thing as far as I was concerned. A lot of families lived here and in nice homes as well. I walked through an art gallery, which was lovely, and decided to keep walking outside for a bit. I found a hiking trail that kept taking me up, up and up some more. Before I knew it, I was looking at the entire Coachella Valley from above. It was quite a sight and I snapped a few photos and came down to sea level.

Palm Desert

Who knew that Palm Desert would present me with even more options for doing things outside? I didn’t, but was glad to check some of these things out. I started at a place called the Living Desert & Zoo, and before I knew it I was on a camel. I moved on to the Palms to Pines Byway, and all of a sudden I was driving through mountains high above the city. I came back down once again and decided that all of that activity meant it was time for lunch. I went for Mexican food, based on a suggestion from the hotel staff. It was the real deal – delicious, hot and satisfying. I was full, happy and ready to keep rolling through my day.

Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage is another place where there is a nice mix of retirees and younger families. After that enormous lunch, I decided to walk around a bit and perhaps find some gifts along the lines of what I had seen earlier. I found a beautiful mall that had everything I needed, so I filled a bag or two and put them in my car. I kept walking through a very nice park and took in the scene of many of those families spending time together outside. This was a nice part of town to say the least.

La Quinta

La Quinta is on the eastern end of the Coachella Valley, and this seemed to be one of those bedroom communities until I looked a little closer. There was more great hiking, but I had walked enough today. Instead, I found a little spot known as Old Town, and this was a place that looked the part with its beautiful buildings and overall feel. It was nearing dinnertime and I was somehow hungry again. I took the advice of a person I spoke to earlier and went to a local steakhouse. People like their steaks in this part of the world. I enjoyed a beautiful cut of meat and all of the appropriate side dishes. I was truly in heaven.

HotelTonight – Palm Springs Hotels in Minutes

As I drove back to my hotel in Palm Springs, I realized that it had been quite a memorable day. I was all set to fly home the next morning, but not before a restful night of sleep in my very nice hotel. Thanks to HotelTonight, I was able to find a room with only a few clicks on my phone. That was an important part of this day, as spending hours searching for Palm Springs hotels is not my idea of fun. I will make sure to work with HotelTonight on my future travel.

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