The Most Family-Friendly Hotels in Palm Springs

Palm Springs makes for a great getaway for the whole family
Palm Springs makes for a great getaway for the whole family | © Paul Horsley / Alamy Stock Photo
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5 January 2021

Palm Springs, California, has its fair share of adults-only boutique hotels, but it’s also full of options for families on vacation. Some offer kids’ packages, with workbooks and activities to keep them occupied – and they’ve all got pools as standard, some with slides, waterfalls and grottoes, too. There’s also lots to do for kids around town, from the Aerial Tramway to the family-friendly Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Here’s where to stay on a family vacation to Palm Springs.

Palm Canyon Resort

When you’ve got a 1.5 acre (0.6ha) pool at the heart of your resort, you really don’t need to worry too much about entertaining the kids. Palm Canyon is dominated by the swimming area, which has a giant rock formation, waterfalls and a sun deck. There’s also a cave with a whirlpool spa, water slides for children and adults – plus a grotto. The hotel is located just south of Palm Springs, with lots of trailheads for great hikes nearby, including the South Lykken, Garstin and Earl Henderson – try the latter for a great scramble up to stunning Seven Sisters Falls.
Everything you need to know

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

The Desert Classroom two-night, midweek package for families at Palm Mountain provides kids with an activity workbook, including scavenger hunts for desert flora and fauna, history lessons on Palm Springs and more. Included are tickets for the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, a fantastic family-friendly local attraction. With a convenient location just off Palm Canyon Drive, the resort offers a pool with a terrace, misters to keep you cool, a pretty courtyard, a hot tub and fire pits.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Hyatt Palm Springs

This large resort hotel near downtown has a great deal for families. The Family Flexcation enables digital nomad families looking for a change of scenery for their work, school and play schedule to take advantage of daily picnic lunches and a Kids Creativity Kit to keep the little ones occupied. The rooms have marble bathroom countertops, mini fridges and coffeemakers. If you’re planning on spoiling yourselves, there’s a choice of suites with mountain, city or pool views, a private patio leading onto the pool or Executive and VIP choices.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Caliente Tropics Hotel

The suites with two queen beds are a great option for families at this funky and good-value resort hotel, with indoor living space and an outdoor private patio. Caliente Tropics is Polynesian-themed, with lots of carved tikis, tropical cabanas and a fun pool and lawn area. Palm Springs legend Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack were said to be regular visitors in the 1960s, when the hotel was known as the Tropics – but it has been renovated since and is much more family-friendly these days.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Marquis Villas Resort

It may look like a giant orange spaceship, but the Marquis Villas Resort has plenty of amenities to keep the kids busy – from basketball and tennis courts to a barbecue area and pool table. There’s also a children’s pool and hot tub, and an outdoor heated main pool. The resort is conveniently located for downtown Palm Springs, as well as attractions such as the Palm Springs Art Museum and Aerial Tramway.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Smoke-free property

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  • The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

    If all you want to do is kick back by a pool and let the kids run wild, Rancho Mirage is a great option. There are two pools to choose from, as well as a luxury spa with holistic therapies and indigenous ingredients. The location, up in the hills on Frank Sinatra Drive a short trip south of Palm Springs, offers jaw-dropping views across the Coachella Valley. It’s worth being a little removed from the city for a desert-oasis feel and great hiking right on your doorstep.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel & Spa

    Perfect for families, the two-room suites here have two queen beds, a sofa bed, a seating area and patio or balcony. This Hilton is within walking distance of Old Town La Quinta, 40 minutes by car from Palm Springs. The resort city offers great views below the Santa Rosa Mountains. There’s a meditation suite and boutique shop at the Spa Hibiscus, with hot stone, deep tissue and signature massages on offer, as well as various body wraps and soaks. Free cooked-to-order breakfasts are served daily, plus there’s a complimentary evening reception.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge

    Triada Palm Springs

    There’s plenty of water-based fun for the kids at Triada Palm Springs, with the Mente Pool & Spa, Alma Pool and whirlpool to choose from. There’s also horseback riding, mini golf and bike rentals nearby. This luxury hotel in the Movie Colony District has three wings, each with their own design and decor. Famous former guests Elizabeth Taylor and Howard Hughes lend their names to two of the special rooms in the hotel.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on January 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.