Palm Springs: Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage set to open May 15

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The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage will begin taking reservations Monday for a planned May 15 reopening.

The luxury hotel began life in 1988 as a Ritz, then morphed into the Lodge at Rancho Mirage but was slated to become a Ritz again when it was felled by a souring economy. Its reopening was derailed by the collapse of financial backer Lehman Brothers, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2008.

In its newest incarnation, the property atop a 650-foot bluff overlooking the Coachella Valley will have 244 rooms and suites and a new two-story spa. Room rates in what the hotel is calling an "Opening Celebration Package" will begin at $379. That package is to be available through June 30.

The property will have a more casual restaurant called State Fare that will open when the hotel does and a more upscale restaurant featuring steak and seafood called the Edge that will not open until fall.

Food will be overseen by Executive Chef Bruno Lopez, who has worked at Ritz-Carltons in Toronto; San Francisco; Marina del Rey; Half Moon Bay, Calif.; and Dubai.

Other amenities include swimming and serenity pools as well as golf and tennis options and more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails nearby.

Info: Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive; (800) 241-3333
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