If you're dreaming of a warm, relaxing vacation in a sunny locale, one of the best places to sneak off to for guaranteed sunshine year round is Palm Springs. When it comes to desert destinations, it's hard to beat this Southern California retreat, which also happens to be a mecca for Midcentury-modern design aficionados, thanks to its incredible antique shops and flea markets, as well as some of the most photo-worthy interior vignettes imaginable around every corner. If you're ready to start planning your escape, we've rounded up some of the best hotels in Palm Springs.
Some of these properties are better for honeymooning couples, while others are ideal for corporate events, families, or party-seeking friends, but they all share a quintessential Palm Springs eccentricity and luxury resort amenities.
1. L'Horizon Resort & Spa
A playground for Hollywood A-listers during the mid 20th century, the L'Horizon Resort & Spa has been revamped to function as a modern-day luxury resort. With 25 bungalows sprinkled throughout the three-acre property, this the perfect spot for anyone looking for privacy, rest, and relaxation, with the iconic desert landscape as their backdrop.
Best for: As a 21-and-over, adult-only resort, this is the perfect spot for honeymooners or parents looking for a quiet oasis.
2. Parker Palm Springs
Designed by Jonathan Adler, the Parker Palm Springs boasts quintessential desert glamour. The second you walk through the sherbert orange door, it's as if you've landed in Adler's iteration of Wonderland, with vivid colors, quirky furniture, and whimsical décor accents everywhere you look. With 131 rooms and 12 villas that once belonged to Gene Autry, this 14-acre oasis has all the perks of a big resort, with the distinct personality and privacy of a small boutique hotel. There are also five restaurants and bars on the property, each with a distinct sense of style.
Best for: The resort has everything you could ever want, whether it's a decadent chocolate cake, french toast breakfast, a luxurious spa treatment, a poolside cabana, or even beautiful grounds with an orange grove, an herb garden, a croquet lawn, and hammocks hidden around the property. Clearly, there's something for everyone, so it's great for families, honeymooners, or a girl's weekend.
3. La Quinta Resort & Club
La Quinta Resort & Club boasts 41 pools, five championship golf courses, guided workout classes and wellness retreats, an award-winning spa, and plenty of dining options, so you'll never run out of things to do or places to relax. With hacienda-style architecture and design, this is the perfect Southern California hideaway.
Best for: Considering its size, this resort is great for corporate events, large gatherings, and family travel.
4. Colony Palms Hotel
With charming rooms that strike the balance between over-the-top Palm Springs whimsy, understated minimalism, and Spanish colonial style, the Colony Palms Hotel is a cozy, comfortable boutique experience. The 57-room hotel was built during the 1930s, which gives it a fun, retro feel, while still offering all the amenities and luxuries of a modern resort.
Best for: If you're looking for something smaller and centrally located, this stylish spot will be your ideal getaway.
5. Miro Haus
Given its history as a holiday hideaway for Hollywood stars since the 1920s, it's no surprise that Palm Springs is full of incredible vacation homes. And now, thanks to Airbnb, you can experience some of them yourself. We love the cool, effortless California elegance of the Miro Haus, listed on Airbnb. With three bedrooms, this remodeled Alexander house can sleep up to six guests.
Best for: When you want to plan a girl's trip or a family vacation with a little more privacy and independence than you'd get from a hotel, we recommend checking out the Miro Haus.
6. The Ace Hotel
This Palm Springs resort feels sort of like a neglected, old-school motel with a Denny's-got-a-major-cool-kid-facelift kind of vibe, which is pretty much what happened when the Ace Hotel discovered and revamped this desert treasure.
Best for: With fun pool parties and tons of nightlife around, this is the ideal spot for anyone looking for a more lively weekend escape, while also enjoying the desert landscape and architecture.
7. Avalon Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Avalon Hotel gives you the best of both worlds. It's centrally located, while also offering the space and facilities for you to wander around the grounds and luxuriate by the pool for a relaxing vacation. The Spanish-style architecture offers a cool contrast to the Hollywood Regency–style interiors. Opt for a private villa bungalow if you want something extra special and private.
Best for: If you want to get pampered at a luxe resort while also taking advantage of new cultural excursions and activities, this is the downtown resort you've been looking for.