It comes as no surprise that Palm Springs’ concept of luxury is as colorful and zany as something out of a Lewis Carroll story. Sure, it’s wild, but also pretty cool. While a stay at the Jonathan Adler-designed, 13-acre Eden is a bit of a splurge, there’s no need to leave once you’re here. Start your day with a libation from the Lemonade Stand and explore the exquisitely manicured grounds. Take a nap on one of the palm-tree-slung hammocks or cozy up by one of the fire pits. Once you’ve gotten your second wind, reserve time at the clay tennis courts, petanque, or croquet areas, then cool off with a dip in one of the hotel’s saline pools. End your day with dinner at Mister Parker’s supper club, self-billed as a place for "fops, flaneurs and assorted other cronies". As you can imagine, it’s plenty of fun.
Palm Springs hotels have gone from strength to strength in the last decade or so. You can now find something to suit any style, from cozy rustic spots to quiet boutique properties. Keen to book an opulent five-star villa kitted out with every possible amenity plus a dope restaurant? Well, Palm Springs has plenty of that, too.
One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the entrancing “desert modernism” aesthetic and discreet vibe; you’re just as likely to catch a crew of European retirees scouting the famous Architecture and Design Center as a Hollywood A-lister lounging by the pool. And speaking of pools, every hotel on our list has one — a Palm Springs hotel with no pool is like a martini without an olive, after all (spending time poolside is practically a required thing to do for travelers in this spirited town).
So, whether you’re making the trip for Coachella or are just looking for a fun getaway, take a scroll through the options below and make sure you pack shorts and sunscreen – it’s gonna be a scorcher. Advance reservations are recommended, particularly during the high season, which runs from September to April. But whenever you arrive, here are the Palm Springs hotels worth checking out right now.
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