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A Look at the 12 Best Palm Springs Hotels

From mid-century boutique properties to big resorts with waterslides

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As a premier resort city, Palm Springs, California and is a fantastic place for a weekend getaway. Upscale boutiques, swanky restaurants, and fun entertainment venues galore promise to delight travelers from the very moment they arrive. With all it has to offer, it is no wonder over one million people come here for at least one overnight stay each year. Many more frequent the eight other surrounding cities as well including Indian Wells, La Quinta, and beyond.

Helping make the most of their visit are all the wonderful lodging options, ranging from historic inns to sophisticated resorts in the Greater Palm Springs area. Every last one offers a different experience from the next, which makes it well worth staying somewhere new on each weekend trip. Narrowing down the ideal hotels in Palm Springs for your stay can prove challenging, however.

Thankfully, we are here to help. Simply use this guide to explore the 12 best Palm Spring hotels — and then, book your stay and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime.

L’Horizon Hotel and Spa

Photo credit: Jeff Mindel (via Visit Palm Springs)

Address: 1050 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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At L’Horizon Hotel and Spa, the elegance of Hollywood meets mid-century modern architecture, allowing you to live in the lap of luxury throughout your stay. A favorite of Marilyn Monroe and other stars, this Palm Springs hotel features 25 extraordinary bungalows to choose from.

Each one comes with dramatic slump-stone walls, rain forest showers, and vintage furniture from their heyday in the 50s and 60s. The private patios and floor to ceiling glass walls provide breathtaking views of the desert landscape and swimming pool.

Throughout your stay, you will have access to their wireless internet connections and full use of the Nespresso coffee machine in your room. They do not provide complimentary breakfast or free parking, however.


La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

A couple stands on the balcony of a room at La Quinta Resort.
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You have access to Virtuoso amenities that include (for 2020):

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant TWENTY6, MD Grill, Wallaby’s West, Ernie’s (total $30.00 credit p/p)
  • $100 USD Resort credit, (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Address: 49499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, CA 92253

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* You may book the Virtuoso rate online through the desktop version of the site. To enable this on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site.” Search with the number of adults traveling for the correct price and place the number of kids in the notes after booking — I’ll add them in later.

With 41 pools, 53 hot spas, and tennis courts galore, extravagance knows no bounds at the La Quinta Resort & Club. They even have a golf course, fitness center, and seven restaurants, keeping you well-occupied during your stay. Their expansive desert retreat is home to 796 exquisite casitas, suites, and villas, all of which come with the finest amenities.

Their casitas and suites come with secluded patios or yards, while the villas have access to their very own private pools. Many of their rooms also have separate living spaces, kitchens, and fireplaces, allowing you make yourself at home in an instant. Free WiFi and parking is included in your stay in addition to complimentary breakfast for two for Virtuoso guests.


The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

You have access to Virtuoso amenities that include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for up to two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant (up to $70 per bedroom per day)
  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Address: 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr, Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270

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* You may book the Virtuoso rate online through the desktop version of the site. To enable this on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site.”

Nestled above the awe-inspiring Coachella Valley, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage gives you to a cozy place to relax after your day’s adventures come to an end.

They have more than 244 guest rooms that are equipped with large-screen LCD TVs, large soaking tubs, and even outdoor living spaces with personal firepits (the firepit rooms are a top pick among our readers and clients).

For an even more lavish experience, you can select one of their 16 spacious suites, designed with natural stone and wood elements throughout. They even have private spa suites available, which boast over 1,700 square feet of space filled with luxurious amenities.

I also suggest booking a Club Level room which offers lounge access complete with the traditional Ritz-Carlton five food and drink presentations per day.

During your stay, the hotel treats guests to their complimentary afternoon candy bar, stargazing experience (select evenings), bike rentals, and more.


Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs

Morning sun over the mountains shines on the Kimpton Rowan pool deck lined with empty lounge chairs.
Photo courtesy of Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs (via Visit Palm Springs)

Address: 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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With your stay at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs hotel, you can catch gorgeous views of the desert landscape from your room, cinematic lobby window, or the rooftop pool and bar. Across its seven stories, you can choose from 153 distinct guestrooms and suites, each ranging from 300 to 1,500 square feet.

Depending on your selected room, you will be treated to floor-to-ceiling windows, deep soaking tubs, and private balcony spaces. Their specialty suite, the Arlo, even comes with a pool table to enjoy on your own or with your fellow travelers.

Although they have a resort fee, it comes with valet parking, ultra-fast wi-fi speeds, and free happy hour in the lobby from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. They also provide free shuttle to and from the airport for all their guests and offer house car service to downtown Palm Springs subject to availability.


Parker Hotel

The eclectic and colorful hip lobby of the Parker Hotel with Mid-Century table and chairs, palm tree in yellow pot, metal rhino and collage of framed paintings of pink lips along a staircase.
The colorful lobby (Photo courtesy of Parker Palm Springs via Visit Palm Springs)

Address: 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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Always cheery and inviting, the Parker Hotel attracts travelers from far and wide, treating them to extravagance at every turn. Across their hotel grounds are meandering private pathways that move through their brilliantly-manicured gardens filled with native vegetation. Inside, they have their full-service yacht club, also known as the spa, where you can get deep tissue massages, sugar scrubs, and more.

Their rooms and suites range from the simple to the exorbitant with many located poolside for your lounging convenience. They have rooms with double beds or kings along with those that come with private outdoor seating areas equipped with hammocks. Valet parking and wi-fi access come free with any room you choose, as do their outdoor activities, including tennis and bike rentals.  


Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Address: 701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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Known as a modern desert oasis, the Ace Hotel and Swim Club promises fun and adventure at every turn. You can swim in either of their two deep pools to your heart’s content, as they are open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Or you can take their free bikes for a spin and explore the picturesque surrounding area all day long. They even allow their guests to bring along their dogs so that they can join in all the excitement.

In booking a room, you can choose between a variety of suites, including ones with private patios, fireplaces, and record players. Their King Lounge comfortably fits a group of four with its king bed and dual twin beds.

Parking is free, but since it is first come, first serve, it fills up fast. They also offer complimentary WiFi, which is covered by the resort fee.


Avalon Hotel and Bungalows

Yellow lounge chairs under a white canopy with black trip next to the pool at Avalon Hotel and Bungalows.
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Address: 415 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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The warm, inviting atmosphere at Avalon Hotel and Bungalows is calling your name, promising a truly delightful experience from beginning to end. Across their boutique getaway, they have studios, suites, and private villas, all built using traditional Spanish design accents. While staying here, you can enjoy their pools, cabanas, and hidden spa tucked within the courtyards and gardens, including groves of citrus trees.

All their rooms feature plush beds, fireplaces, and sun terraces. Your accommodations will also come with free coffee each morning and fast wireless internet, though access to the gym and parking are only available by paying the spa fees. Couples massages and other relaxing treatments await at the spa, so it is well worth the extra cost.


The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

Address: 412 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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With its backdrop of mountain vistas and homey atmosphere, The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn will make you feel like you are staying at an inviting country estate. For nearly a century, this inn has served as a home away from home for many greats throughout history, including Albert Einstein and Marion Davies.

Ranging from 300 to 600 square feet, their many iconic rooms boast luxe beds, flat screen TVs, and soaking tubs. Your stay will come with evening wine and hors d’oeuvres, including seasonal treats and fresh fruit, plus a three-course gourmet breakfast each morning.

While dining on your breakfast, you can soak in the amazing view of the 50-foot waterfall and mountain vistas beyond. They also provide complimentary WiFi, gated parking, and concierge service.


Colony Palms Hotel

Colony Palms Hotel

Address: 572 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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With its beginnings as a gambling house, saloon, and speakeasy, the Colony Palms Hotel takes guests back to a simpler time. Favored by Hollywood greats of yesteryear, including Frank Sinatra, this boutique hole sprawls across three acres of gardens in the center of downtown Palm Springs. Their well-maintained grounds also feature a 65-foot saltwater pool and full-service spa for guests to enjoy at their leisure.

Featuring a rainbow of mosaic tiles and suzani headboards, their charming 57 rooms, casitas, and suites provide the perfect setting for rest and relaxation. Gas-burning fireplaces and clawfoot tubs up the ante even more, treating you to the height of comfort throughout your stay. They provide WiFi, rental bikes, morning coffee or tea, and valet parking with their resort fee.


JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa

A small boat sails through a large lake on the property of JW Marriott Desert Springs.
Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB

You have access to Marriott Luminous benefits that include:

  • Complimentary breakfast for 2 daily in Rockwood Grill
  • Early check-in and Late check-out (when available)
  • Upgraded room (when available at time of check-in).
  • Complimentary basic high-speed wireless internet
  • Welcome amenity and GM note welcome note
  • Dedicated Luminous Ambassador on property

Address: 74855 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260

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Note: Guest rooms and public spaces here are under renovation.

Across more than 234,000 square feet of space, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa offers everything you could ever want out of a vacation. You can spend your time on either of their two championship golf courses, play on their tennis courts, or hop into any of their gigantic outdoor pools for a swim.

They also have a fitness center, spa, and six restaurants for your enjoyment, making them one of the most popular kid-friendly hotels in Palm Springs.

Their rooms are so spacious and comfortable, however, that you may not even want to step outside their confines from basic guest rooms with either a king or two double beds all the way up to the one bedroom presidential suite. They also have connecting rooms for privacy while keeping your fellow travelers close. The resort fee gives you access to high-speed wireless internet, gym, self-parking, and mini-golf.


Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Couples relax next to a spa water feature outside under palm trees at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.
Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB

You have access to Virtuoso amenities that include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily in restaurant for up to two in-room guests per bedroom, in restaurant
  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excludes Citrus Market and Indian Wells Golf Resort)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Address: 44600 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92210

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The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is situated across 45 stunning acres of land backed by breathtaking views of the mountain range. Their majestic palm trees and ample water features set the stage for a delightful weekend away from it all, as do their golf course, lagoons, and swimming pools.

Across their 530 rooms, they have an amazing mix of bungalows, suites, and villas filled with modern amenities. Inside their suites and bungalows, you will find:

  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Luxe bedroom sets
  • Ice machines
  • Fully-stocked fridges or mini-fridges

Their rooms may also come with firepits, Jacuzzis, and barbecue grills, keeping the fun going well into the night. They also offer wi-fi to all their guests. In addition to their resort fee, they do charge extra for parking where you choose to park your own car or use the valet.

As one of the premier Palm Springs hotels with waterslides, this hotel is well worth the visit. Their pool also has a lazy river, waterfalls, and plenty of space to lounge around. They provide every guest with a complimentary ala carte breakfast, dedicated parking spots, and wireless internet.


Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa Indian Wells

Adults lay in the sand like they're having a meeting near the pool at Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells.
Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB

Location: 44400 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210

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The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa Indian Wells hotel serves as a sanctuary away from it all, giving you a restful spot to land after completing all your adventures for the day. From the hotel and its sandy beach pool, you can soak in the views of the Coachella Valley and onsite golf course. Across its newly-renovated hotel space, there are 560 rooms with many connecting to each other, allowing families to room side by side while retaining a bit of privacy for all. They’ve just updated their rooms as part of an extensive renovation of the entire property.


No matter what hotels in Palm Springs CA you choose, you will delight in all the excellent amenities extended your way. All you have to do is pick your preferred accommodations and book your room of choice to jumpstart your weekend getaway of all time.  

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