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Palm Springs, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 81
Total Sleeping Rooms 14,868
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 884
Committable Meeting Rooms* 45
Largest Exhibit Space 261,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 92,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $101
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $71
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $341
*Maximum for a single hotel

Palm Springs, CA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Greater Palm Springs – an areawide guide for meeting professionals. Located within a short drive from the gateway Southern California cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Greater Palm Springs offers the best of cosmopolitan convenience in a serene, relaxing atmosphere. Realizing its standing as a world-class meeting destination, the area has invested hundreds of millions in expanding its meeting facilities in the nine unique cities: Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. This dedication to inventory renewal makes Greater Palm Springs event venues ideal locations for meetings and conventions.

Utilizing the natural desert landscape the Palm Springs Convention Center has created an authentic meeting oasis. Offering 120,000 square feet of carpeted exhibit space, 21 breakouts, a 20,000-square-foot Ballroom and an 18,000-square-foot Lobby with panoramic mountain views. Thoroughly modern, the center offer state-of-the art high-speed Wi-Fi access throughout the facility. The center adjoins to the 410-room Renaissance Palm Springs and is located within walking distance of 2,000 of Palm Springs' 6,500 guest rooms. Downtown Palm Springs is located just minutes walking distance from the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Many of Greater Palm Springs' cultural attractions and gourmet restaurants double as exciting, unique meeting locations. Palm Springs' mid-century modernist architecture is celebrated at such sites as the 1960-built Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway house. Designed in four perfect circles on three separate levels, the house has starred in several movies and even served as the honeymoon location and temporary residence of Elvis and Priscilla Presley (and, on a separate occasion, the Beatles). The property can accommodate up to 180 people for private events and meetings – just think of how many people can congregate along the home's 65-foot-long circular couch, situated in the living room.

For another residential experience, groups can gather at Cabot's Pueblo Museum. Located in an 1883 handmade pueblo constructed of reclaimed and found objects, the museum takes visitors through a tour of the home's 100-year history. Boasting one of the nation's largest collections of World War II aircraft, the 50,000-square-foot Palm Springs Air Museum offers private events for up to 3,000 people.

Many of Greater Palm Springs' world-class restaurants also serve as private event spaces. The famous Melvyn's, located at the Ingleside Inn, serves American fare in a luxurious, glamorous atmosphere throughout four intimate dining rooms. Serving sumptuous French fare paired with award-winning wine, Cuistot's rustic French farmhouse atmosphere, particularly its private wine room, is perfect for private dining. The Palm Springs staple Wally's Desert Turtle serves continental cuisine amid Peruvian artifacts and hand-painted murals, featuring two private dining rooms and two semi-private dining rooms.

About Palm Springs, CA / Additional Info

Decades ago, Hollywood movie stars and directors were barred from traveling more than 100 miles from their studios, just in case their services were needed. In search of a haven from Hollywood, these celebrities looked just about 100 miles east of Los Angeles and found Palm Springs – and make this desert oasis a to destination for the world's most glamorous stars.

Today, Greater Palm Springs' ties to the entertainment industry include Coachella Music and Arts Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival, both draw artists, stars and glitterati from around the world. As a vacation oasis and ideal business getaway, Greater Palm Springs is a sophisticated, fashionable resort destination offering world-class shopping, dining and attractions. Greater Palm Springs is also known for its recreation, as it features more than 100 golf courses, 50,000 pools and 600 tennis courts.

Located at the base of Southern California's Santa Rosa Mountains to the south and sheltered by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north and San Jacinto Mountains to the west, the region's natural beauty, dotted with desert oases and California palm trees, is rivaled only by its mid-century modern architecture, making the destination more hip, retro and sophisticated. But what once led the stars to nest here – more than 350 days of sunshine, mild winters with temperatures in the 70s and breathtaking scenery – beckons to visitors and business travelers alike.

Before the arrival of Hollywood transplants, the Coachella Valley was first inhabited by the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians, who still own a 32,000-acre reservation in the region, with 6,700 acres of which lying within the City of Palm Springs. Today, the region is rich in commerce, fueled by tourism, as well as a thriving arts and entertainment scene.

Major Greater Palm Springs attractions celebrate the region's unique history and rich culture. The prestigious Palm Springs Art Museum houses a fantastic collection of contemporary and western American art, including American photography and contemporary American Indian works, while the Coachella Valley History Museum explores the region's geography and first inhabitants.

Other Palm Springs attractions celebrate the region's outdoors. The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens takes visitors along a journey through the deserts of the North America and Africa, while the Indian Canyons are a series of three breathtaking desert oases – including the 15-mile-long Palm Canyon with the largest California fan palm oasis in the world.

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