Top 5 Palm Springs Hotels
I was fortunate enough to head south to Palm Springs, California recently for a business conference. It was a whirlwind girls getaway with about 48 hours n this desert city (lots of travel time after a week in Mexico). Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see too much of the city but I had the opportunity to make the rounds of some amazing Palm Springs hotels, as the conference was situated in four different locations. From modern and minimal to retro and high-design, there are so many unique accommodation options to choose from in Palm Springs.
The Kimpton Rowan
This recently-opened hotel wasn’t part of the conference circuit but we chose it for it’s central downtown location and beautiful mountain side setting. The rooms were well sized with two queen beds, a large desk and plenty of space to move around. The hotel features a rooftop pool set next to an impressive view of the desert. A free shuttle service travels within a 3 mile radius and they will even pick you up at the airport, upon arrival.
Free coffee is available in the mornings at the downstairs cafe and the food choices are abundant within the hotel. Plenty of dining options are nearby including a Starbucks Reserve, just around the corner.
Be sure to consult the super helpful concierge before your visit to plan the perfect itinerary.
Parker Palm Springs
When one of my friends told me she wanted to retire at this hotel I knew it had to be something special. The moment I entered the Jonathan Adler designed boutique hotel, I felt as though I had been transported back to the 1960s. This is one of the most unique Palm Springs hotels that lies on an expansive piece of land featuring green space, pools and all sorts of whimsical art pieces to discover.
While I didn’t have the opportunity to visit a guest room, I did notice a plethora of villas available throughout the property. We had breakfast at Norma’s, on the beautiful heated patio. This is the place to indulge in a decadent breakfast. With plenty of activities from tennis to croquet at the hotel, you won’t have to worry about working off the calories.
One thing worth mentioning is that the hotel is located in the middle of a more industrial area. So while you feel like you’re in paradise within its facilities, you have to travel quite a bit to discover the rest of Palm Springs.
The Saguaro Hotel
This is by far the most colourful hotel in all of Palm Springs. What was once a Holiday Inn is now an Instagrammer’s dream with different colors of the rainbow on every wall. Rooms are pretty standard in size and design and the pool keeps a party vibe going with lots of playful floats. I’d label the Saguaro as the city’s most fun hotel, when on a budget.
I ate a few meals at this hotel including avocado toast for breakfast and tacos for lunch and definitely give the food an A+ here.
Riviera Palm Springs
The best way for me to describe this hotel is white, bright and airy. I spent most of my time in Palm Springs walking the grounds of this hotel during the conference. This is desert living at its best with a gorgeous pool, private villas and design inspiration at every corner.
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club
While I didn’t actually get to visit this hotel (48 hours in Palm Springs is just too short) it was on the top of my list when researching Palm Springs hotels. Located next to the mountains, this hotel plays on desert decor with shades of brown, buttery leather and prickly cacti. Check it out for an authentic desert destination.