I just got back from Thanksgiving break in Palm Desert and I'm thrilled to report that the Ritz Carlton is finally scheduled to open in Rancho Mirage, CA - with most speculating by March 1, 2013! The hotel won't give an exact opening date yet, but they did send along some images (below). I was able to walk the outskirts of the property and it's coming along nicely! Incredibly, the property started as a Ritz Carlton in 1988, then turned into the mediocre Lodge at Rancho Mirage, and THEN began a major renovation in 2008 - but quickly went into foreclosure after it's main construction backer (Lehman Brothers) went bankrupt. The new owners have since brought it back to life, and it's rumored they will end up spending $600M on finishing the renovation. They have also partnered with the Ritz Carlton and the property will once again bear the hotel brand name. Finally a true luxury hotel in Palm Desert . . .