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08-24-2009, 10:06 AM
I am headed to Indian Wells mid-October for my senior nationals. Any advice on airports, cheap hotels, etc? (The matches are at Indian Wells Tennis Garden if that helps.)
08-24-2009, 11:13 AM
take a flight to Ontario airport,rent a car and drive to IW,it's less than 100 miles from there .. it's always hot so be sure to prepare yourself for 100* heat and maybe windy and cool at nights.. try booking at golf resorts for the best deals on really nice accommodations for cheap..it might be a low season time now, so those golf resorts are throwing out some nice deals.. I've stayed at the Grand Hyatt ,La Quinta resort,and others for less than $80.. it depends on your timing..good luck.. the courts at the tennis garden are real slow,I hope you like slow courts...
Last time I went to Indian Wells I stayed at the Renaissance Esmeralda (http://www.renaissanceesmeralda.com/) at the rate of $179. Great value for the money. I'd never stay anywhere else. Fantastic place.
On the cheaper side, you can try Best Western Palm Desert (http://www.bestwesterncalifornia.com/hotels/best-western-palm-desert-resort/) where the nightly rates go below $100.
08-24-2009, 09:09 PM
I agree with someone that Ontario would save you some $$ but check first if there any 'deals' to palm springs airport.
at this time of the yr, the hotels are reasonable. you can stay at motel 8 for 35$/night or the esmeralda $179 (usually >$250/night)...not sure what "'budget" means to you but all the hotels/motels are fairly lower.
bring a sunscreen, youll literally burn there. last weekend was 110F!
08-25-2009, 06:08 AM
Thanks for the tips so far everyone. Keep em coming!
Check your e-mail for some pretty good advice.
08-25-2009, 12:35 PM
Thanks again, GS.
Check your e-mail again for some more tips.
08-26-2009, 11:05 AM
08-26-2009, 11:14 AM
GS referred me to a website
for inexpensive hotels and then later to Southwest for airfares. He also gave me directions to the Niketown in Palm Springs.
Okay. This guy wants to fly from the East coast and get to Palm Springs. You can't fly into that town cheaply from the East. It's cheaper to fly cross-country via Southwest Airlines for around $129 each way, to Ontario, rent a car (with a Southwest discount, of course), and drive an hour east---you'd want a car in that town, anyway. If you do a search on palmsprings.com, you can find 2 budget hotels, the Palm Canyon Inn, and the Palm Court Inn---rooms from $50 a nite, mid-week. They're nothing fancy, but the Palm Court Inn has a free continental breakfast and a huge swimming pool. Plus, it's near the famous mountain tram ride....
08-29-2009, 11:00 AM
So far 5 of us took advantage of Southwest's great fares into and out of Ontario, CA Airport. A friend and I got a cheap condo off Hotwire figuring that having a kitchen would save on food and having a washer and dryer would be easier than using public facilities at a hotel. We also rented the car through the SW website but I don't know if cheaper alternatives existed.
You booked a great trip, rasaj! Southwest can discount a rental car okay, but they discount even lower when you're a frequent flyer, and you get their discount codes. And a cheap condo makes sense, with that kitchen, etc.
09-03-2009, 10:15 PM
wish i had seen this before you booked. i have found in the past that i could find even better deals flying into san diego and driving to palm springs which is a easy two hour drive. hope the Ontario works out just as well for you.
09-04-2009, 06:59 AM
The airfares were just about identical and I was advised that the Ontario Airport is a little closer and easier to transit through.
I will report back after Nationals.
09-04-2009, 11:24 AM
If price is an issue, check out arriving at Ontario and Santa Ana. Try to avoid LAX.
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