The resort has been featured on the franchise before — JoJo Fletcher stayed at the resort’s Chateau Lafayette during season 12 of The Bachelorette.
While it’s a big change, the location shakeups have actually helped the franchise push its creative boundaries. Host Chris Harrison spoke about how filming The Bachelorette in a new location changed things in a good way. “There are some things that maybe we take out of this,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “That is, the intimacy and the pressure-cooker in that fishbowl environment. There’s not the release-valve of, ‘We’re going to Bora Bora and have two days of travel and an off day.’ That takes you out of the element a little bit. Instead, being there at the La Quinta resort the whole time, there’s no off switch. It was just about dating and falling in love, and there’s really something to that.”
No doubt we will see the same thing on Matt James’ Bachelor season.