The range of hotels in Palm Springs reflects its diverse population, with everything from elegant Spanish haciendas to modernist bungalow resorts where you’ll join a roll call of famous guests. Discover our guide to the best hotels Palm Springs has to offer, bookable with Culture Trip.
Set in California‘s Coachella Valley, Palm Springs offers year-round sunshine, an enviable food and drink scene – from breakfast at Elmer’s to a vegetarian deli sandwich at Chef Tanya’s Kitchen – and a magnificent aerial tramway into the hiking trails of the San Jacinto Mountains. Famous in the 1950s and ’60s for drawing in Frank Sinatra and his Hollywood cohort, Palm Springs’ charms remain undimmed. Alongside its celebrity clientele, today the city is home to sun-seeking holiday-makers and a large LGBTQ community. With a thriving hotel scene, Palm Springs offers accommodation options for every type of traveller, from family-friendly resorts and budget-friendly boltholes to serene spa stays and luxury retreats. Discover our top picks and book your stay with Culture Trip.
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This colorful, modern hotel is all about the good times; from twice-weekly taco nights to movies projected by the pool, and a full calendar of other social ‘happenings’, this is a great place to make new friends. During the day, the favored activity is hanging out in one of the poolside cabanas, fully equipped with a TV, sofa, and a fridge full of drinks and snacks – what more could you want?
An alcazar is a Moorish fortress, and this hotel lives up to its name, with its grand Spanish-style exterior and minimalist but luxurious guestrooms. The outdoor pool and jacuzzi are perfect for cooling off from the desert sun, and Cheeky’s restaurant is the hippest spot in town for brunch – order the chilaquiles with homemade chorizo, and you’ll soon see why.
Opened back in 1952 by actor Don Castle, this resort served as a getaway for the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Its lodge-style, wood and stone interiors still carry a classic feel, and the hotel’s bohemian heritage is upheld in its art collection, featuring works by the likes of Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, and other Californian artists. For a homey atmosphere and to meet your fellow guests, there are family-style supper evenings – it’s chicken on Wednesdays and steak on Saturdays.
Intensely stylish at every turn, Sands Hotel & Spa is a glorious mélange of Middle Eastern and Californian styles. Rooms feature deluxe Acqua di Parma toiletries, Carrara marble countertops and Moroccan fountains on private patios, while the spa resembles a Marrakech riad, with its niches, latticed screens and arches. The same influences extend to the food at the Pink Cabana – try the Petaluma harissa chicken with saffron potatoes.
Palm Springs’ artistic spirit is writ large in the 1960s-style rooms at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, which feature acoustic guitars, hippie rugs and woven wall hangings. The angular swimming pool is open year-round, as is the relaxing outdoor hot tub – while the aptly named Feel Good Spa, with a menu of organic treatments like cane sugar and macadamia scrubs, is perfect for relaxing after a day pounding the streets of Palm Springs.
Striking mosaics decorate headboards and bathrooms in the Moroccan-inspired Colony Palms Hotel, with many rooms featuring sweeping views over citrus-shaded courtyards and the San Jacinto Mountains beyond. Take a ride into the peaks on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for spectacular views over the Coachella Valley, or rent a bike and explore the cultural attractions of downtown – the Palm Springs Art Museum contains works by Henry Moore, Frederic Remington, and others.
With hammocks strung between huge date palms, mineral-rich waters flowing into bathing pools, and an organic decor inspired by the groves and deserts of the Coachella Valley, Two Bunch Palms is a wellness resort in tune with nature. Enjoy a set of tennis or a game of cornhole, or just kick back and relax in the baths of the Grotto, fed by natural water that does wonders for the skin.
Aesthetes will love the artistic stylings of the Parker, from the pop art hanging in the lobby to the mid-century modern furnishings of the guestrooms, designed to evoke the days when the likes of Presley and Sinatra made Palm Springs their escape from Los Angeles. You can be pampered like Hollywood royalty, too, at the Palm Springs Yacht Club, a deluxe spa incorporating a sauna, yoga studio and pool.
Sitting in 4.5 acres of gardens, lush with citrus and palm trees and in full view of the San Jacinto Mountains, Avalon Palm Springs offers a choice of vintage-styled studio suites and low-slung, terracotta-topped bungalows. Take your pick of three pools – one with firepits and dining lounges – or settle into the Estrella Spa, where treatments use organic ingredients including honey, sage and charcoal.
L’Horizon is pure vintage Hollywood, with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable among the former guests to have stayed in its mid-century modern bungalows. Glass walls let the California sun flood in and look out on to neatly manicured lawns. Follow the paved pathways around to the spa cabanas for reviving treatments in view of the mountains, or head to Sopa for exquisite New American cuisine – try the wagyu flatiron with chimichurri.
The stone fountains, shaded patios and rustic European aesthetic of Hotel California are a classic example of Mission architecture, and the grounds are the setting for patio barbecues, curling up on sofas with a good book from the guest library, or sunbathing by the pool. To explore further afield, borrow a bike – the waterfalls and rock art of Tahquitz Canyon would be a good place to start – or jump on the BUZZ Trolley to the city’s restaurants and bars.
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