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  • Writer's pictureErica Barnett

10 Boutique Hotels in Palm Springs

Palm trees, mountain views and hot springs draw millions of visitors to Greater Palm Springs each year, and hundreds of hotel options offer a wide range of lodging experiences. For travelers seeking privacy and tranquility, boutique hotels are often the way to go. Read on to learn about some of the must visit boutique hotels located in Palm Springs.

1. Sparrow’s Lodge

This gorgeous resort might be the closest you’ll come to a digital detox while still enjoying Palm Springs’ languid desert vibes. There are no phones or TVs to be found in any of the guest rooms, though you will get plenty of rustic decor, like a horse trough bathtub and stained oak paneling. A highlight is the gorgeous communal barn which was restored in 1952. The barn functions as a bar, restaurant and general hang-out spot

2. The Wescott

This quaint boutique hotel is an all-inclusive, adults-only experience. Breakfast and cocktail hour are included in your stay. The hotel is also just minutes from Downtown Palm Springs. Choose between four different suite options, each equipped with a California king bed, vintage bar, and cocktail tools. Catch some rays at the freshwater pool and lounge on the 1930’s inspired poolside furniture. This hotel is a perfect mix between vintage and modern decor!

3. Willows Historic Palm Spring Inn

Built in 1924, The Willows holds the esteemed honor as being one of the city’s oldest structures. With only eight guest rooms adorned with antique heirlooms, this Palm Springs landmark is a serene sanctuary with private terraces offering a discreet bird’s-eye view of downtown and mountain vistas. Walk up the stone pathway to find secret rest spots tucked in the mountainside. It’s one of the notable fairytale-like places on the property to have your camera ready.

4. The Saguaro

The Saguaro is decked out in color-blocked bold neon colors. Somehow, it all works perfectly and cohesively to make The Saguaro one of the most unique and iconic hotels in Palm Springs. The Saguaro boasts one of the biggest pools in all of Palm Springs. On weekends, The Saguaro hosts DJs for free pool parties and it is the place to be. During the week you’ll find mellow poolside yoga sessions. The pool is surrounded by enough oversized lounge chairs, daybeds, cabanas, and umbrellas for everyone!

5. L’Horizon

This adults-only hotel in Palm Springs has just 25 individual bungalows. They’ve been designed to replicate upscale private homes, but they’re also comfortable and relaxing. Bungalows at L’Horizon feature floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views, copper fireplaces, private outdoor showers, and top-of-the-line bath and bed linens. Guests also receive hand-delivered goodies every afternoon such as cocktails or cookies, and get treated to complimentary poolside foot and shoulder massages.

6. Ace Hotel and Swim Club

This downtown hotel is the place to both see and be seen. It’s the perfect combination of ultra-hip, artsy, trendy, and retro. There’s macrame decor, vintage record players, stacks of magazines, interior archways, dark wooden accents, and even an old-school photo booth in the lobby. Its late-night pool parties have earned the Ace a reputation as one of the hottest party scenes in Palm Springs. The hotel almost always has DJs or other live music performances, and the pool is open until the wee hours of the morning. The pool is also the perfect place for relaxing during the day. Lounge in one of the hammocks on the sun deck and then grab a bite to eat at the well-loved restaurant, Kings Highway.

7. Dive Palm Springs

The Dive hotel offers continental breakfast and is located within a 5-minute drive of downtown Palm Springs. There is easy access to shopping, golf courses, hiking trails, and the airport. Amenities include an outdoor heated pool, a garden area, a lounge with a piano, a BBQ grill, and complimentary bicycles. Each room also has an individual theme and eclectic decor.

8. Monkey Tree Inn

The Monkey Tree Inn is one of the most recommended hotels in the area for classic mid-century modern architecture. The hotel was built in 1960 to accommodate people who were unable to get a room in the high-demand Racket Club Hotel. The Monkey Tree Inn offers 16 different rooms, each of which is unique in its own way. Albert Frey designed the adult-only hotel, which includes pops of all kinds of colors scattered throughout, including one pink-tiled bathtub. Rumor has it Marilyn Monroe stayed in the Presidential Suite. The guest rooms feature very tall glass windows that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel also features an excellent pool with a floating flamingo where visitors gather around to enjoy drinks and the California sun

9. The Skylark Hotel

The Skylark Hotel is another one of the oldest hotels in the area that features authentic mid-century modern architecture. The 28-room hotel had changed decor and themes throughout the years after its opening in 1955 but was remodeled in 2013 to match a specific photograph of it taken back at the time it was built. The hotel is unmissable with its bright burnt orange doors, the beds feature retro green bedding, and the pool has a huge neon pink flamingo floating around at all times. The rooms take some inspiration from Denmark, featuring Danish mahogany and walnut furnishings. The owners are constantly making updates to ensure the hotel maintains the original 1950’s atmosphere.

10. Sands Hotel and Spa

There’s a Moroccan feel to this designer hotel, spliced with classic mid-century Palm Springs. It’s an adult only hotel, so all registered guests must be over the age of 18. There’s a spa, private wedding garden and the Pink Cabana restaurant and bar. The bar was built as a modern take on the great tennis and racquet clubs of the 1950s and ’60s in Palm Springs.


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