The Best Hotels With Pools to Book in Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California is an oasis of Coachella-style cool overlooking the San Jacinto Mountains – beat the heat with our range of luxury hotels with swimming pools, jacuzzis, and hot tubs on tap
Palm Springs, California is an oasis of Coachella-style cool overlooking the San Jacinto Mountains – beat the heat with our range of luxury hotels with swimming pools, jacuzzis, and hot tubs on tap | © Cody Board / Unsplash
Tim Rowland

The classic image of a Palm Springs hotel experience includes impossibly blue California skies, San Jacinto Mountains in the distance, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and (of course) a cabana-lined pool beside which you can enjoy all of the above. Well, it’s not just fantasy – you can be splash-happy at any one of these outstanding hotels near Coachella Valley, with glistening pools, waterslides, lazy rivers, whirlpool baths, and hot tubs. These are the best hotels with pools in Palm Springs – bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Triada Palm Springs, Autograph Collection

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

The pool area and hotel buildings surrounded by palm trees at the Triada Palm Springs
Courtesy of Triada Palm Springs, Autograph Collection / Expedia

In the centre of the Movie Colony district famed for its old Hollywood connections, this luxury hotel in Palm Springs has three wings – Mente, Corazon, and Alma, each with its own aesthetic, and some spacious suites available. There are plenty of options for taking a dip, with the Mente pool and spa, Alma pool, and additional whirlpool to choose from. The Iluminara restaurant and lounge features poolside seating and outdoor dining with fabulous mountain views.

2. Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

Resort, Spa Hotel

A bed and wood furniture, and a whitewashed balcony, in a hotel room at Palm Mountain Resort and Spa
Courtesy of Palm Mountain Resort and Spa / Expedia

The pool at Palm Mountain Resort and Spa is surrounded by palm trees (naturally) and complemented by an array of bright orange parasols to keep the Southern California sun off the loungers. There’s a fire pit and a new hot tub – great spots to enjoy the incandescent sunsets when things cool down in the evenings. When the sun is high in the sky, misters keep you cool. This is one of the best resorts, and just off Palm Canyon Drive, the tree-lined thoroughfare of downtown Palm Springs – so be sure to stop off at Sherman’s Deli, an NYC-style counter serving kosher fare all day long.

3. Hyatt Palm Springs

Hotel

The pool area with blue umbrellas, with trees and mountains in the surrounding area, at Hyatt Palm Springs
Courtesy of Hyatt Palm Springs / Expedia

The pool at Hyatt Palm Springs is heated, so taking a dip in the winter is no problem, and there’s also a whirlpool hot tub. This large resort hotel on the edge of downtown features rooms with mini fridges, tubs, marble bathroom countertops, and coffeemakers. The Share small plate bistro and HooDoo patio restaurant and bar are great on-site eating options – the latter offers a range of newly-sourced pilsners and ales for the cold beer connoisseur.

4. Alcazar Palm Springs

Hotel

The outdoor pool area, with sun loungers, umbrellas and palm trees, and mountains in the background, at Alcazar Palm Springs
Courtesy of Alcazar Palm Springs / Expedia

The pool at this boutique hotel is saltwater purified; a perfect spot for soaking or floating while taking in the contrast between the blue sky and the Spanish mission-style whitewashed buildings of the Alcazar. The views of San Jacinto beyond aren’t bad either. The communal courtyard here is perfect for a glass of wine under the stars come evening, when you can gather round the outdoor fire pit or indoor fireplaces. Check out the pizza at Birba, the attached restaurant with tree-filled patio; the house classic comes topped with fennel sausage, mushroom, sweet onion, and San Marzano tomato.

5. Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

Hotel

Floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to palm trees and mountains in a hotel room at Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
Courtesy of Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel / Expedia

Kimpton Rowan has the standout hotel pool in Palm Springs which, in a town not short of gorgeous ones, is saying something. You’ll find it on the rooftop of this seven-story purpose-built hotel in downtown, a contemporary take on Palm Springs modernism – all angular lines, floor-to-ceiling windows, and wide overhangs. Of course there are great mountain views from the pool, and you can get fresh ceviche and themed cocktails at High Bar by the water – try the humorously-named Flight Cancelled made with vodka, Campari, lime, orange, and almond-flavored orgeat.

6. Avalon Hotel and Bungalows

Boutique Hotel

The outdoor pool area lit up in the evening, surrounded by trees, at Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs
Courtesy of Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs / Expedia

The manicured grounds of Avalon positively ooze Hollywood glamor, which makes sense when you consider this boutique hotel has a sister resort in Beverly Hills. Al fresco food is available by the water, and you can take your pick from three different pools: the mountain-view Regency, sociable Chi Chi with fire pit and dining lounges, and gated Presidio – the most secluded pool with private cabanas and hedges all round. Avalon offers all this a mere block from the chic uptown design district.

7. Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa

Resort

A bed, stylish furnishings and an outdoor terrace in a hotel room at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
Courtesy of Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa / Expedia

This oasis resort in the Coachella Valley, a short drive southeast of Palm Springs, has so much to keep the family entertained you may not want to go anywhere else. With 27 holes of championship golf, a spa, and five eateries including Blu Ember serving California New American cuisine, Palms Cafe (try the brick-oven pizzas), and Splash Grill. The latter will bring plates directly to your poolside chair at Splashtopia, a waterpark with two 100ft (30m) waterslides surrounded by a lazy river.

8. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Resort Palm Springs

Resort, Chain Hotel

An aerial view of the pool and golf course, with mountains in the background, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Resort Palm Springs
Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Resort Palm Springs / Expedia

With views of the Desert Princess golf course and San Jacinto Mountains, this DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is just 10 minutes from downtown Palm Springs. The Olympic-sized outdoor pool is ringed by loungers, cabanas, and two hot tubs. There’s also direct access to a 27-hole golf course and spa. Check out the sunset at Mira Bar and Cafe with its floor-to-ceiling windows, or the Mexican-inspired fish tacos at Polanco Kitchen; beer battered or grilled mahi-mahi, corn tortillas, house slaw, chipotle lime aioli, salsa rojo, and flour tortilla chips – muy rico!

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