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Can you get by without a rental car in Palm Desert?

FunnyFarm

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Going on a Diamond Sampler in September just to use it up. Cost (airfare plus car) is a big consideration about whether I go or pay the cancelation fee of $75 and stay home.
All points expire with the sampler and cannot change the reservation so that cancelling will be a wasted expense if I cancel. Staying at Homestead Inn since the resort is remodeling and/or full.
 

BJRSanDiego

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September is almost as hot as August. It can be pretty brutal.

You mentioned Homestead Inn but when I searched I'm guessing you meant Homewood Suites (Hilton). If so, there are some restaurants within walking distance, so you aren't going to starve.

I'd suggest that you make a list of things that you want to do away from the hotel and then check to see what public transportation might be able to provide. Check out Sun Line. It might work out for you.

Me? I like to go to restaurants, pool time, go to resort activities, go to College of the Desert on weekend, hiking, grilling out, general touring.
 

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It's hard to be any place in California without a car. If Uber/Lyft is widely available that would be an option.
 

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Yes, Homewood Suites since Diamond is now Hilton.
Thanks for the info on the hot weather.
 

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Palm Desert in September without a car staying at a place without resort amenities? That sounds like a prison sentence to me. Really.

Remember: Palm Desert is in the desert. It will likely be 100+ degrees every day. The streets are wide and pedestrians are an afterthought. Walking down the street during the daytime will be an unpleasant experience due to the wide streets and the heat. You won't be staying at the resort, so daytime activities and amenities there are unknown. It's low season in town, so things will be closed or on reduced hours.

I would stay home.
 

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Palm Desert in September without a car staying at a place without resort amenities? That sounds like a prison sentence to me. Really.

Remember: Palm Desert is in the desert. It will likely be 100+ degrees every day. The streets are wide and pedestrians are an afterthought. Walking down the street during the daytime will be an unpleasant experience due to the wide streets and the heat. You won't be staying at the resort, so daytime activities and amenities there are unknown. It's low season in town, so things will be closed or on reduced hours.

I would stay home.
+1
 

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You need a car or else rely on Ubers. We will be in the desert in August and much of September. Yes it is hot, but after going to the desert in the summer for the past two years, we are good with it. Can't complain about the prices.
 

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I'm in the desert now, and will be here again in August. But I stay at nice (timeshare) resorts, so I'm enjoying the heat and the pools. I wouldn't come here just to stay at a place without resort amenities.

+1 for car or Uber. Definitely need it.
 

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Thanks for all the input.

Desert at 90 to 100.
Car rental and flight expense.
Shops closed for the off season.
No resort amenities.
Mandatory Diamond/Hilton sales presentation.

I cancelled with no regrets.
 
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