Palm Springs


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About Palm Springs

The desert of Southern California might not seem the obvious place to build a resort, but it’s sunny and both the ‘springs’ and the ‘palms’ parts of the name ring true. The best places to stay in Palm Springs take full advantage of both.

Moreover, at only 100 miles from L.A., Palm Springs became the getaway choice for a sling of '60s stars including the Rat Pack and Elvis Presley. So some of the best hotels in Palm Springs are also dripping in retro cool.

Palm Springs is hot, dry and boasts wonderful mid-century modern architecture (lots of sweeping white facades). It’s also known for its sparkling pools, great hiking, flat cycling and golf.

If you want to ‘see the sights’ you’ll want to try out the cable car (which rotates!), visit the art museum, the air museum and some of the more niche museums. And, of course, relax in the springs.

What not to miss

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is an absolute must-visit - be sure to remember your camera!
  • Head off hiking around the Indian Canyons, a beautifully rugged yet scenic part of California.
  • If you're into your golf then Indian Canyons also has a wonderful course; it's a top spot to spend the afternoon.
  • The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is a great place to find out more about the history of the Cahuilla Native American tribe.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Palm Springs are busy properties year round. So if you want to bag one of the top beds in town, do yourself a favour and plan ahead.

The best places to stay in Palm Springs

For a city break

  • The Movie Colony Hotel was a movie star hang out in the '30s and the '60s and its 16 rooms have elegant, contemporary furnishings plus there’s an in-house spa and wellness centre. More importantly, you’re in a prime spot for Downtown Palm Springs.

For relaxing

  • Hope Springs is a ten-bed hotel on a natural hot springs site. The rooms are spacious, light and minimalist, all opening onto a central pool - with two other pools part of the complex.
  • The Colony Palms Hotel is ideal for a relaxing break. Think Moroccan style interiors, heated outdoor pool and hot tub, Moroccan spa, poolside dining and glorious mountain views.
  • Korakia Pensione is a unique Moroccan and Mediterranean-themed spa retreat which is brimming with rustic charm. You'll be sure to leave feeling absolutely rejuvenated!

For great value

  • The Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a chic, '60s era, whitewashed classic, which has been renovated to modern standards, but keeps its vintage charms, with 180 rooms, an expansive spa and two pools. Rooms start from just $100 per night.
  • For a similar room rate, you could also stay at the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs, a bright, modern resort at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains. The rooms are modern and there’s an Estrella spa and three heated pools surrounded by manicured gardens.
  • The Alcazar Palm Springs is another reasonably priced option, especially if you're interested in a smaller hotel - the Alcazar has 34 rooms. It’s also family owned in a quiet neighbourhood.

For retro-chic

  • The newly renovated Sparrows Lodge has been painstakingly restored to its 1950s heyday. Rooms are full of wood, exposed stone and flagstoned floors. A beautiful secluded choice in South Palm Springs.
  • The adults-only Holiday House is a boutique retro stay with blue-and-white interiors and artwork adorning the walls. Enjoy a cocktail by the pool after spending the day hiking around the area or exploring the city.

For romance

  • The Willows Historic Inn has just eight rooms, a lovely pool, luxurious bathrooms with roll top tubs, lush gardens and lovely views of the San Jacinto Mountains. It was once the domain of a millionaire and simply oozes with classy opulence.
  • Alternatively, The Chateau at Lake La Quinta is a larger property with suites and cottages surrounding the lake. It's adults only here, and you're just out of town, so perfect for a romantic tryst.

For a hip spot

  • V Palm Springs boasts minimalist accommodation with plenty of crisp white linen and contemporary bathrooms to boot. There's also a saltwater pool and wonderful cuisine - an ideal retreat.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety of available options online with our partner,

Travel Information

  • Palm Springs is hottest in July and August, when the average temperature reaches 25°C. However, it's warm year-round, so there's never really a bad time to visit.
  • You can either fly into Palm Springs International Airport or Ontario International Airport. However, these are only served by internal destinations.
  • If you're coming from abroad then fly into Los Angeles Internation Airport (LAX) before taking the Amtrak train across to Palm Springs.
  • Or, it's probably easier to hire a car and drive over yourself. Check out the options with Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Palm Springs

  • Avalon Hotel Palm Springs Palm Springs 67 rooms from £80

    Local exploring  -  20 minutes drive from the Aerial Tramway, 1 hour from Joshua Tree National Park, and minutes from Palm Springs sights
    Total relaxation  -  From the tranquil setting in verdant gardens to the excellent spa, this hotel promises guests total relaxation
    Spa breaks  -  The luxurious full-service spa, expansive gardens and 3 pools make this hotel the perfect spa break location
    Swimming Pool  -  3 outdoor pools, including an adults-only tranquility pool, a family pool, and 2 large hot tubs surrounded by citrus trees
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

    Bright, modern resort at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains in Palm Springs. The stylish Kelly Wearstler-designed rooms glow white with black gingham and primrose features. The Estrella spa is excellent, and the 3 heated pools are surrounded by chic cubanas and beautifully manicured gardens. See More

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  • Movie Colony Hotel Palm Springs (California) 16 rooms from £77

    Boutique  -  The design is definitely modern but there's a real retro feel giving it that Californian feel
    Local exploring  -  Discover Palm Spring's design district packed with galleries, restaurants and entertainment
    Active Holiday  -  With the Sonoran Desert on its doorstep there are plenty of outdoor pursuits on offer
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool

    A contemporary boutique boasting a convenient downtown Palm Springs location. The outdoor space is dominated by a large pool and snug seating areas. Inside expect chic modern rooms with vibrant colours and indulgent bathrooms. A chic little base to explore the city and surrounding desert from. See More

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  • Triada Palm Springs Palm Springs 56 rooms from £85

    Total relaxation  -  With the feel of a Mediterranean village, a large pool and a terrace restaurant - this is a great choice for a relaxing escape
    Great walks  -  Just 2km from the beginning of the Palm and Tahquitz canyon hiking trials
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Full of character

    Based on the design of a Mediterranean village with 3 white colonial-style buildings surrounding a large pool. Airy whitewashed rooms have boldly designed headboards, tiled bathrooms and the best have balconies. The terrace restaurant serves Mexican inspired cuisine. Perfect for a relaxing escape. See More

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  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs 179 rooms from £85

    Local exploring  -  The hotel is within biking distance of downtown, close to Joshua Tree, Salton Sea, Salvation mountain and other desert features
    Spa breaks  -  The two pools, hot tub, sauna, steam room and spa facilities all provide for anyone seeking a spa retreat.
    Spa  -  Consists of a hot tub, a spa with a steam room and sauna, and assorted massage yurts.
    Swimming Pool  -  The hotel features 2 outdoor pools and a hot tub in an atmospheric outdoor setting
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Renovated motel retaining its 1960s whitewashed architecture but boasting contemporary features and an expansive spa with two pools. The rooms communicate laid-back chic, with draped fabrics and vintage furniture. The Swim Club also features an open fireplace, sauna, steam room and hot tub. See More

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  • Alcazar Palm Springs Palm Springs (California) 34 rooms from £94

    Hideaway  -  Quiet spot in the Palm Spring's neighbourhood.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Family owned neighborhood feel hotel in Uptown Palm Springs great for lazy days by the pool and comfortable nights under Italian cotton sheets. White walls with modern art, this hotel has something of the Med about it. Restaurants like Cheeky's on the block. Exploring by bike or by car is possible. See More

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  • Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs 57 rooms from £101

    Parking  -  Free private parking on site is available. Reservations not needed.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil, remote and surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the San Jacinto mountains.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A beautiful and charming hotel, hidden away in the heart of Palm Springs. Individually decorated rooms. Pool, hot tub, spa - a perfect and secluded hotel to relax in, as the sun sets over the San Jacinto mountains in full view. Smart, slick and stylish, featuring a Moroccan interior. See More

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  • Villa Royale Palm Springs (Tahquitz River Estates) 38 rooms from £112

    Romantic Break  -  Stunning rooms in private villas invite romance in the sun at this cosy, adult only resort
    City Style  -  A collection of stylish villas in West Palm Springs, 5 minutes from Downtown
    Retro/Vintage  -  The resort has an air of Hollywood heyday, reminiscient in its design
    Views  -  The resort offers mountain views from windows, terraces and pools

    A luxury collection of free-standing villas boasting 3 swimming pools and an on-site restaurant and bar serving Mediterranean/Cali fare, perfect for couples. 5 minutes drive from Downtown, the villas are spacious and comfortable, but it is their bold, arty and vibrant design that really stands out. See More

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  • The Rowan Palm Springs 153 rooms from £130

    Romantic Break  -  The modern, clean lines of the hotel's suites against the dramatic natural landscape make this a great spot for a romantic break
    Hideaway  -  This desert oasis makes a great hideaway holiday destination, with several bars and restaurants onsite plus a rooftop pool
    Foodies  -  Foodies will enjoy the fresh, unpretentious food at Juniper's Table, the hotel's Mediterranean-style café
    Outstanding location

    This contemporary hotel offers guests a stylish oasis in Palm Springs. The natural landscape floods the cool and airy guestrooms via floor-to-ceiling windows, while the neutral palette is set off by patterned details. With a chic rooftop terrace and pool, stay here for your desert hideaway holiday. See More

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  • ARRIVE Palm Springs Palm Springs 32 rooms from £132

    City Style  -  With high-end tech, communal hangouts and chic modern design - this is a very stylish stay
    Great walks  -  Get out the city and spend a day hiking in the desert
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.

    As the brainchild of one of the first employees of Facebook, it comes as no surprise that this hotel has some seriously high-end tech. Rooms have an industrial feel, the best have terraces with gas fires. Outside there are communal areas, poolside bar serving craft beers, and an ice-cream parlour. See More

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  • Hope Springs Palm Springs (California) 10 rooms from £144

    Romantic Break
    Back to Nature  -  Hot springs are all around.
    Restrictions on children

    Natural hot springs and architectural mastery make up this 10-bed hotel two hours from LA. Spacious, light and minimal rooms all around a central pool with two others for further swimming. Local restaurants and jaunts are a drive away. Perfect for a hidden spa break away from the hustle and bustle. See More

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  • Monkey Tree Hotel Palm Springs 16 rooms from £148

    Total relaxation  -  Surrounded by mountains, complete with a Scandinavian spa and occupying a quiet spot - ideal for a relaxing brak
    Architectural  -  Built in the 1960s by renowned architect Albert Frey and now carefully renovated - ideal for design enthusiasts
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 14 are welcomed
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool

    A chic design hotel, built by renowned architect Albert Frey, and now having undergone a meticulous renovation. Rooms vary in size but all have whitewashed walls, modern artwork, and vintage furniture. Complete with a large outdoor pool, a Scandinanvian spa, and healthy breakfasts. A relaxing stay. See More

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  • The Palm Springs Hotel Palm Springs 15 rooms from £148

    Local exploring  -  Get the best of both worlds here with all the bright city lights have to offer yet Joshua Tree just an hour away
    Total relaxation  -  In the basking Palm Springs sun, relax by the pool and enjoy the spacious guestrooms with private terraces
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a day at Joshua Tree National Park, an hour away from the hotel, and explore the iconic desert
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor heated saltwater pool

    An elegant Palm Springs hotel just minutes from downtown. Rooms are spacious and modern with white on white decor accented by pops of colour and huge marble bathrooms with walk-in showers and private cabanas. Relax poolside and soak in the Palm Springs sun. A chic little hotel conveniently located. See More

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  • Sparrow's Lodge Palm Springs (California) 20 rooms from £156

    Sights nearby  -  5 minutes away from Palm Springs Art Museum.
    Full of character
    Restrictions on children
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Secluded boutique lodge escape with no screens but gorgeous pool and wood fires. Rooms all showcase wooden furnishing to mirror the great outdoors. The Barn Kitchen offers delicious bites and the bar is well stocked. Koffi town is close-by for restaurants. Relax is the theme. See More

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  • Holiday House Palm Springs 28 rooms from £171

    Total relaxation  -  An exceptionally cool and stylish spot, who's service is second to none, and surrounds are utterly tranquil
    Great walks  -  Go for hikes in stark Joshua Tree National Park, around the saline Salton Sea or San Jacinto Peak
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool (all year)
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 21s only
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    An elegant boutique hotel set in the desert in a renovated 1950s hotel. Design is Scandi-chic with pale wood furniture set besides bold blue and white patterns. Soak up the slow pace of Palm Springs, lounge by the pool sipping cocktails and enjoy California-inspired cuisine. A chic adult-only spot. See More

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  • V Palm Springs Palm Springs (PALM SPRINGS) 140 rooms from £172

    Total relaxation  -  A hip hotel complete with salt-water pools, fantastic cuisine and fire pits to enjoy an evening drink by.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A beautifully renovated property oozing sophisticated style. Minimalist rooms are light and airy with floor to ceiling windows, crisp white linen, contemporary art and luxury bathrooms. Spend days lounging in the salt water pool or exploring the city on one of the hotel's bikes. A hip choice. See More

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  • Korakia Pensione Palm Springs 28 rooms from £173

    Spa  -  On site spa and fitness facilities.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accomodated.
    Swimming Pool  -  Year round outdoor pool.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.

    This Moroccan & Mediterranean themed spa resort in Palm Springs is truly a unique experience! Rooms vary in features, think rustic charm, exposed beams, stone walls, whitewash with antique furnishing, Moroccan style day beds and plenty of muslin drapes. A desert fantasy land! See More

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  • Del Marcos Palm Springs 17 rooms from £210

    Romantic Break  -  Order food to your door (or a massage) and hunker down for some time with your significant other in this adult only hotel
    Architectural  -  Awarded a prize by the AIA as an example of cutting-edge resort hotel architecture
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A chic adult-only hotel in the city's historic Tennis Club neighbourhood. Designed around a large pool, rooms are bright and modern with floor-to-ceiling windows (the best have private terrace areas). Healthy breakfasts are served and while there's no restaurant, food can be delivered to the room. See More

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  • Ingleside Inn Palm Springs 30 rooms from £234

    Total relaxation  -  Set in a secluded spot between the San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Springs - perfect for a quiet getaway
    Local exploring  -  Tennis and hiking are nearby as is Palm Springs and its excellent selection of restaurants and shops
    Great walks  -  A wide range of hikes start near the property, with trails to suit all levels of fitness
    Spa  -  In-room spa treatments can be arranged

    An elegant inn set in a secluded spot between San Jacinto Mountains and downtown Palm Springs. Traditional rooms feature four-posters, hardwood floors, and antiques. A large outdoor pool has wonderful mountain views while the long-standing Melvyn's restaurant serves innovative fine dining. See More

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  • Parker Palm Springs Palm Springs (Canyon Sands) 144 rooms from £238

    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy the lush gardens, excellent restaurants, sumptuous rooms and a top class spa
    City Style  -  A stylish, design rich retreat a short drive from the city centre
    Designer  -  Clean, bright and boldly playful design by Jonathan Adler
    Swimming Pool  -  The resort boasts 3 pools
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    Sumptuous design features punctuate this luxury resort in Palm Springs, boasting 3 pools, and 2 restaurants. Reminiscent of the city's Hollywood heyday hotels, the stylish PSYC Spa evokes 60s cool while offering an exhaustive range of contemporary treatments. Perfect for design conscious couples. See More

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  • Two Bunch Palms Palm Springs (Desert Hot Springs) 65 rooms from £243

    Romantic Break  -  With beautifully appointed suites which induce a sense of peace and tranquility, book this hotel for a laid-back couples' stay
    Total relaxation  -  With yoga, a farm-to-table restaurant and a relaxed, adults-only atmosphere, this hotel is perfect for a slow, restful break
    Spa breaks  -  This hotel offers a range of wellness treatments, in addition to the sauna, pool and hot tub facilities
    Sights nearby  -  Take in spectacular views of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    Set on 77 lush acres in Palm Springs, this adults-only hotel is the first carbon-neutral resort, and the oldest mineral hot springs spa, in the USA. Suites induce a sense of tranquillity with exposed stone walls, natural wood accents and indoor plants - an ideal place for rest and rejuvenation. See More

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  • The Willows Historic Inn Palm Springs (412 West Tahquitz Canyon Way) 8 rooms from £293

    Sights nearby  -  Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Desert Museum are both walking distance.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool.
    Back to Nature
    Full of character

    Traditional and intimate boutique with views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Relax by the pool or spoil your self with a private massage. The rooms are classic and comfortable, with fireplaces and gorgeously deep bathtubs. Al-fresco gourmet breakfast is a delicious way to start the day. See More

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  • Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage Palm Springs (Rancho Mirage) 244 rooms from £304

    Romantic Break  -  Bathtubs large enough for two, a romantic fine dining restaurant, and couples' treatments in the spa
    Spa breaks  -  The hotel's spa is one of the best in the region with treatments being locally inspired
    Views  -  The whole property offers stunning views over the surrounding desert landscape
    Swimming Pool  -  There are two outdoor pools: one for all the family, but the stunning Vista Pool is for adults only

    A luxury resort located near Palm Springs offering far-reaching desert views. Spacious rooms are decorated in neutral hues, each has a large soaking tub and the best have terraces with fire pits. With a fine dining restaurant and one of the best spas in the region, this is a truly spoiling escape. See More

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  • L'Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs 25 rooms from £374

    Total relaxation  -  A feeling of a posh friend's luxurious home, with indulgent spa treatments, a saltwater pool and beautifully arranged suites
    Great walks  -  There are loads of fantastic hikes and trails within reach of the resort, book tours through Indian Canyons Hiking Trails
    Restrictions on children  -  All guests must be 21 or over
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    A 1950's big shot Hollywood private retreat, turned effortlessly into an elegant boutique resort. Steve Hermann has worked his magic on the interior- think vintage furnishings, exposed beam ceilings and luxurious Frette sheets. With a fantastic restaurant, knockout spa and a central infinity pool. See More

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  • La Serena Villas Palm Springs (Historic Tennis Club) 18 rooms from £507

    Romantic Break  -  Private villas, couples massage, and lots of privacy mark this property as an ideal romantic destination
    City Style  -  A stylish and bright collection of villas in one of Palm Springs' most trendy areas
    Local markets  -  Palm Springs Village Fest is a short drive away, offering fresh local produce
    Views  -  The property boasts views of the stunning San Jacinto mountains
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Stylish and attractive villas make up this charming and elegant resort in one of Palm Springs' most trendy neighbourhoods. Boasting a cool and cultured Mediterranean restaurant, a serene massage and skin treatment spa, and a year-round outdoor pool; the resort is ideal for a sunny couples retreat. See More

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