There are two kinds of fast food consumers in this world: those who buy it, eat it and move on with life, and those who make it a lifestyle. For those in the latter camp – the criteria might include wearing a fast food-themed Halloween costume, involving a chain in an important moment of life, or creating a social media account dedicated to that chain – Taco Bell Hotel and Resort was truly a dream vacation coming to life. From top to bottom, V Palm Springs was decked out in Taco Bell swings and decor with around a thousand photo ops along the way. Cheese crusted chalupas didn't hurt either.
The occasion, of course, was a five-day pop-up called "The Bell." Announced in May and booked in minutes, I headed to Palm Springs on behalf of Delish during the hotel's media day on Thursday. I have to admit, I drank Kool-Aid. In this case, it was a Mountain Dew Baja Blast ̵
From there I checked into my room – see pictures below and try to count all the Taco Bell references in each, I dare you! – and explored the property. There is the lounge where guests can book a nail or hair appointment for their Taco Bell-ify body. Personally, I went with the hair style "Cinnabon Delights", glitter of sense. You have to keep it flooded, you know?
The ever-elusive Freeze Lounge (it's very hot in Palm Springs, causing occasional technical difficulties) served frozen Baja Blasts while the pool bar, called Baja Bar was the place to go for both food and cocktails. A highlight I can only hope for menus: jalapeño popcorn chicken served with coriander ranch dressing.
Throughout our stay, a Taco Bell-gong alerted guests when new food arrived, which was sent out by Taco Bell staff. .. some of them had transparent fanny packs that contain all the hot sauce you could want (and Mild and Diablo, don't worry). A poolside marquee alternated between listing menu items and more general phrases (Stay Saucy!), And became a new photographic location.
When it comes to the rest of the food, breakfast was arguably the star of the show. Guests can order breakfast in bed or dine by the pool (or, if you're on a mission to try everything, both). Room service includes a separate breakfast taco spread with eggs, bacon, potatoes, cheese, salsa and tortillas, plus a bowl of truly delicious Cinnabon delights.
Down by the pool, breakfast burrito and chilaquiles were excellent and were not also far away from what you are used to on T. Bell – avoid toast and fish tacos, while good, felt more resort, less Taco Bell. And at the end of the day, we all just want the value menu quesadillas and tacos. And maybe a spiky Baja Blast. Okay, throw in a Taco Bell mantle for good measure. They were comfortable!
Come Monday morning, the clock will lose its hot sauce decor and return to being the V, but if I had to guess, probably the masterminds at Taco Bell are already throwing up the next event to come. A Taco Bell theme park? Food cart? Airbnb? We'll see. In the meantime, learn from my Bell adventure: Don't Sleep at Cinnabon Delights.