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Palm Springs is a Southern California city located in the sprawling landscape of the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by the Coachella Valley. It is known as a resort town and has attracted Hollywood stars and other celebrities since the 1930s due to its relative proximity to Los Angeles.
A great year-round destination with many international festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach, Palm Springs has fun and stylish boutique hotels to match — let’s take a look at some of our favorites.
Price: From $301 per night
As the newest boutique offering in the area, the Dive Palm Springs brings a taste of the glamorous 1960s French Riviera to California.
This adults-only resort has the best poolside atmosphere in town. With daybeds, Pernod Ricard aperitifs, and lounge furnishings by Serena & Lily, guests can relax all day while enjoying the elegant outdoor pool.
Accommodation options include spacious guest rooms, suites, and the signature Le Rêve and Paris suites. Le Rêve includes custom a Christian Lacroix ceiling mural and wallpapers and a red-tile bathroom with a glass rainfall shower. A Tuft and Needle mattress adorned with Belgian linens ensures you’ll be sleeping comfortably and luxuriously.
Standard room amenities include furnishings from L.A. designers, a vintage-style refrigerator, and a private outdoor patio with oversized daybeds perfect for lazy afternoon lounging.
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Price: From $244 per night
Dating back to 1951, the sophisticated design of the Holiday House has attracted guests from all around the world who want to enjoy the delights of Palm Springs. Drawing on inspiration from the original design by Herbert W. Burns, interior-design expert Mark D. Sikes has created a whimsical atmosphere.
Mid-century details abound, while the focus of the design remains on the bar tilework that was influenced by Gio Ponti’s work. Art is everywhere at the Holiday House, the highlight of which is a garden sculpture created by Donald Sultan.
This adults-only hotel doesn’t provide televisions in guest rooms, choosing instead to minimize electronic distractions for optimal relaxation. Amenities include a signature oversized shower, Mark D. Sikes custom textiles, and bath products from Cowshed.
Price: From $489 per night
A romantic upscale hotel, the Korakia Pensione dates back to 1924. In 1989, the hotel received its current name and a meticulous renovation. Spread across 2 historic buildings, the Korakia brings Mediterranean charm to Palm Springs.
Designed to be an oasis in the California desert, the property features Moroccan fountains that complement the gorgeous flora growing in the lush gardens.
The Moorish grand entrance and Moroccan design influence are elements that place Korakia in a league of its own in the area. The sophisticated elegance is accompanied by luxury amenities that guests can enjoy during their stay, with each room including an open kitchenette, a high, wood-beam ceiling, a platform bed, a sunken bathtub, and a private patio. Each room features a unique design and transports guests to different areas of the Mediterranean.
Price: From $431 per night
Full of Hollywood history, L’Horizon features elegant mid-century architecture and glamorous design details — all just a short walk from downtown Palm Springs. Having long attracted celebrities and artists, L’Horizon was recently restored by designer Steve Hermann.
The hotel sports high-quality furnishings that are either bespoke or upscale vintage pieces. Additional amenities in each room include a private outdoor shower, patios Frette linens, marble bath, and toiletries by Le Labo.
This adults-only property features several types of rooms, from standard bungalows to the sprawling suite known as The Residence, which was once home to Jack Wrather. This room includes a full-sized private pool, a secluded yard, and a private location that provides the ultimate in exclusivity.
Price: From $369 per night
Oozing in Spanish style and tucked away in sprawling gardens, La Serena Villas offer an adults-only experience in Palm Springs, only a short walk away from the Palm Springs Art Museum and just 2 miles from Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).
The impressive design of the villas has enchanted guests from all over the world. Colorful, eye-catching tiles can be found across all guest rooms and villas, while each of the accommodations includes a Keurig coffee machine, premium Frette linens, a private patio with a fire pit, a clawfoot tub, a large shower, a minifridge, comfortable robes, toiletries by L’Occitane, and more. Some rooms even have a fireplace or plunge pool for guests to enjoy.
Price: From $138 per night
A vibrant location fulfilling architect Albert Frey’s vision, the Monkey Tree is conveniently located just 3 miles from the airport. It features spectacular views toward the San Jacinto Mountains and brings color and fun to the area while still providing a relaxing environment for guests.
Harkening back to the motels of the 1950s, Monkey Tree has a central pool with private suites surrounding it. Suite amenities include a hot tub, plush towels, premium linens, a coffee maker, cooking and baking essentials, and travel-sized toiletries.
Retro umbrellas and floaties are available for guests at the pool, and guests can socialize around fire pits while enjoying a drink or choose to play games like ping-pong during their stay.
Price: From $189 per night
Another retro-inspired hotel, the Orbit In is a desert oasis that preserves the charm of mid-century design but makes it better by weaving in modern functionality.
Each room at this property has a totally unique design, highlighted by colorful accents that are sure to delight guests.
Amenities include a pink bathtub, vintage-style record player, LP (“Long Play” vinyl records) collection, and secluded private patio. Vintage Platner chairs and bold color palettes add to the retro charm of the Orbit In.
The Frey Lounge, named after its architect Albert Frey, includes a full wet bar, a fireplace, and an outdoor shower. The hotel offers amazing views of the nearby San Jacinto Mountains, which can be seen from most rooms.
Price: From $279 per night
A stunning adults-only resort, the Sands Hotel offers gorgeous designs from Martyn Lawrence Bullard highlighted by Moroccan details. It features various accommodation options, including guest rooms and suites, with one of them being an opulent Presidential Suite.
The stylish rooms all have different combinations of colors, textiles, and bespoke furnishings, creating a unique look for each. Amenities include premium bath products from Diptyque, minibars in each room, vintage glassware, and deluxe bed linens from Revival New York.
There are also brass fixtures from Waterworks, countertops made from Carrara marble, and an in-room entertainment system that can be personalized to the tastes of each guest. In addition, some rooms include an exclusive private balcony or patio and a custom-made Moroccan fountain.
Guests can experience fine dining on the hotel’s grounds at Pink Cabana, which serves a mix of Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisines.
Price: From $299 per night
This charming hotel features poolside or garden guest rooms, a private cabin, and the exclusive Owner’s Suite. This suite is the most luxurious and spacious option and includes a gas fireplace, a separate living area, an open shower with a rainfall head, and a trough-style bathtub.
All rooms entitle guests to a complimentary continental breakfast and access to bicycles for exploring the area. Toiletries are provided by Grown Alchemist, and the hotel doesn’t include TVs in any rooms, believing that guests should unwind with minimal distractions during their stay.
Price: From $349 per night
The Villa Royale has been providing luxury accommodations in Palm Springs since 1947. A hip, adults-only hotel, Villa Royale offers tons of amenities that will make guests feel like celebrities from the golden age of Hollywood.
The exclusive desert hideaway provides great views of the San Jacinto Mountains and easy access to the Coachella Valley.
Signature hotel amenities include complimentary bike rentals, continental breakfasts, Well + Fit kits, and a welcome drink (beer, cocktail, or bottled water) upon check-in. In the guest rooms, you can expect a queen or king bed, dry bar, private patio, lounge, and stocked wet bar in some.
Guests can relax by the pool during the day, and receive priority access to the hotel’s restaurant in the evening.
Price: From $279 per night
Dating back to the 1930s, The Westcott is an art deco oasis that provides a relaxing stay for all guests. Drawing on Hollywood’s 1930s glamour, this hotel stands out through its elegance and unique flair.
Room options range from traditional and superior deluxe guest rooms all the way up to the Westcott Suites for those looking for more space. Each room blends modern convenience with retro design and features amenities like a minifridge stocked with water, deluxe bath toiletries, Bluetooth speakers, and a Keurig coffee machine. USB charging outlets are available at the sides of each bed, and every room provides vintage cocktail-making tools (though you’ll have to bring your own booze, as they say).
Palm Springs is a perfect destination for those seeking to spend the winter months in a beautifully warm climate. Whether you’re there to relax, party, or shop, there’s a boutique hotel that will match your travel style.
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