We got a great deal ($400 for 4 nights as they were enticing us to buy-in) and used it as a way to explore and enjoy Joshua Tree NP. While the daily drive to JT was a bit longer than we anticipated, it worked out really well.
We were in a one bedroom condo overlooking the golf course. The kitchen, washer, and pull out bed were just great for us with a kid. We never ate at the hotel, as we made full use of the kitchen for all our meals. The one bedroom villa just has burners and microwave oven, no real oven. But it was fancier than camping! We used the full size washer/dryer daily - less packing/stuff to bring and we went home with clean hiking wear!
The pools were nice and the water slide was fun. FYI: they are strict about the height requirement, as others have said. Our 4.5 year old was too short for it, but us parents took turns going on it! :)
One little complaint - we called the front desk to let them know that we were arriving late (11 PM) and asked that the pull out bed be made up (no need to pull out, but to have fresh sheets on it). We thought it would be easier with a kid. It wasn't done when we arrived and we could not find clean pillows - the extra pillows had been previously used. We ended up using one of the 500 fresh pillows from our bed. The concierge/front desk folks were very nice next day (especially as they were trying to get us to listen to their timeshare talk - which we did not) but the bed was never made up freshly! Oh well...
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- A villa resort offering just-like-home amenities in a world class destination. The Westin Desert Willow features villas up to 1,420 square feet with fully equipped kitchens, private balconies or patios, washers and dryers, separate living and dining room areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Experience the value of a villa and enjoy no resort fees. ... more less
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