May042008

This Desert Life – Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Indian Wells, California

Hyatt Grand Champions and Renaissance Esmeralda share same road entrance off Highway 111, Indian Wells, California

Lobby of Hyatt Grand Champions, Indian WellsHyatt Grand Champions Resort – Indian Wells, California

This hotel is located about 16 miles east of the Palm Springs Hyatt Regency Suites. The property shares the same road entrance with the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort which is to the east of the Hyatt Grand Champions.

The property borders a golf course and the rooms surround several pools. My first reaction to this resort was the proximity of the car park to some of the rooms. The same drawback exists here as at the Westin Mission Hills. There is a good probability your $300/night room window view will look out onto someone’s car in the parking lot. And unlike the Westin Mission Hills, there may not even be a bush between your patio and the car headlights of someone parking.


The Hyatt Grand Champions resort view from my car.

Avoid rooms facing car park at Hyatt Grand Champions, Indian Wells

My words of advice are to pay more if you need to and get an interior pool facing room or golf course view.


The terrace outside the lobby faces the golf course.

The parking lot facing rooms was the only major complaint I had with my tour of this resort hotel. The pool area had the most palm shade of any of the pool areas I saw in the valley hotels. I imagine the air temperature around these pools must be cooler than most of the area resorts during the 110 degree days of summer.


Hyatt Grand Champions Adults pool area

Hyatt Grand Champions large whirlpool

Hyatt Grand Champions kids pool area


Palm grove fountains between pools, adjacent to kids pool slide


Golf course view rooms have a variety of patio/balcony styles.

5th floor Regency Club rooms could be booked for $75/night more than lowest available rate rooms for a two-night stay May 21-23, 2008.

There are a couple of restaurants located in the hotel. All other food options require a drive out of the resort to nearby shopping centers in the surrounding neighborhoods of Indian Wells.TripAdvisor Reviews Hyatt Grand Champions ranked #2 of 5 hotels in Indian Wells (Renaissance Esmeralda ranks #1).

TripAdvisor Average Price $294/night.

Hyatt.com rates for May 21-23 AAA rates. Standard rooms are a large 550 sq. ft.

$159.20 for mountain/garden view (I’m thinking parking lot view).

$194.20 AAA rate for pool/golf course view (better safe than sorry) or

$234.20 for Regency Club (the breakfast and evening hors d’oevres probably make this the best value. Lounge is reserved for adults or children 16 and up after 5:00pm)

$439/night Penthouse Suite

A resort fee of $19.67/night is added to the room rate. 9.5% hotel tax.

Hyatt Gold Passport Category 3 Hotel – 12,000 points for free night

Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Indian Wells, California homepage

AAA rated 4-diamond hotel

Hyatt Gold Passport Bonus Offer for Hyatt Grand Champions is 2,000 points/stay for Sunday-Thursday night stays through August 31, 2008.

There is also a Hyatt Gold Passport Exclusive Offer for 5,000 points bonus offer for a 3-night stay.

Offer Code = GRCH5K

Offer valid May 1, 2008 to August 31, 2008, at Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa. Three night minimum length of stay required.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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