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
Tim Rowland

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.

1. Palm Canyon Resort

Resort

The large pool area, dotted with palm trees with mountains in the background, at Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Courtesy of Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts / Expedia

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.

2. Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

Resort, Spa Hotel

A bed with bedside lamps on either side, and a balcony, in a hotel room at Palm Mountain Resort and Spa
Courtesy of Palm Mountain Resort and Spa / Expedia

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.

3. Hyatt Palm Springs

Hotel

Two beds, a TV and a balcony in a hotel room at Hyatt Palm Springs
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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.

4. Caliente Tropics Hotel

Resort

Two beds with wooden headboards, retro artwork on the wall, a desk and a chair in a hotel room at Caliente Tropics Hotel
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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.

5. Marquis Villas Resort

Resort

The outdoor pool with sunbeds and palm trees, with mountains in the background, at Marquis Villas Resort by Diamond Resorts
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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.

6. The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Chain Hotel, Luxury

Two beds, a desk and chair, and a balcony with views of the mountains in a hotel room at Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage / Expedia

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.

7. Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel & Spa

Hotel

The pool area, with sunbeds and blue umbrellas, surrounded by palm trees with mountains in the distance, at Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel and Spa
Courtesy of Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel and Spa / Expedia

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.

8. Triada Palm Springs

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Two beds with burnt orange decor, and a balcony, in a hotel room at Triada Palm Springs, Autograph Collection
Courtesy of Triada Palm Springs, Autograph Collection / Expedia

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.

Check out our guide to the best boutique hotels in Palm Springs, or opt for one of the best hotels with pools, then book your stay with Culture Trip. If you’re looking for an ecofriendly stay, book one of the best sustainable properties in California.

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