16 Best Hotels in Palm Springs

Written by Freddy Sherman
Updated Sep 24, 2021
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For a small resort city, Palm Springs offers quite a good range of hotel options. There are many high-end, full-service luxury hotels; some are vast resorts, while others are more boutique-style. The city celebrates mid-century modern architecture, and a few lodging options showcase this design style. Many are revitalized former motels that are now boutique hotels and even luxury resorts.

You also have a lot of locations to choose from. There are hotels and resorts in the downtown area and some in the outlying cities of the Coachella Valley, including Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, and Indian Wells. The hotels in these cities tend to be larger resorts with spas and multiple pools.

There's a good selection of clean, basic, cheap hotels and motels, even some in excellent locations in the downtown Palm Springs area and many in the cities just outside downtown, like Palm Desert and Cathedral City. This is a winter destination, so the best hotel deals can be found during the summer, even at the area's resorts.

Best Luxury Hotels in Palm Springs

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Photo Source: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Photo Source: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

This luxury resort is up a long, winding road into the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, about 20 minutes from downtown Palm Springs. The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage sits on a promontory, offering quite spectacular views of the entire Coachella Valley. Highlights here are the Ritz-Carlton service, the spa and amenities, and, of course, the views. They're especially wonderful from the restaurant, The Edge, named for its cliffside location.

Most of the rooms and suites have private balconies, so you can take advantage of the views from your room. Go for a ground-level room if you want your own private fire pit. Rooms come with luxury touches like Frette linens, Asprey bath products, and 55-inch flat-screen TVs.

You get two swimming pools to choose from, as well as a range of complimentary activities, like group yoga or mountain hikes (the hotel is surrounded by miles of hiking trails). There's a luxurious spa here, too, which uses indigenous plants in its treatments. Aside from The Edge, the hotel is also home to State Fare, which focuses on a seasonal menu showcasing fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Address: 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, California

2. La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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Photo Source: La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Accommodation: La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

This sprawling, pet-friendly, historic resort sits on 45 acres in the city of La Quinta, about 40 minutes east of Palm Springs. It's like its own small, luxurious self-contained village with nine golf courses, five restaurants, 41 swimming pools (yes, 41), and 53 separate whirlpool spas. The resort caters to romantic getaways, family vacations (they have excellent kid's programs), and golf getaways. The hotel is adjacent to the PGA West golf complex.

La Quinta Resort first opened as a Hollywood desert retreat in 1926, and some of that history is retained in the individual accommodations, which include some original Spanish Revival-style suites, villas, and casitas, and also in a fascinating display of historic photographs in the lobby area.

Address: 49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, California

3. La Maison Hotel

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Photo Source: La Maison Hotel

Accommodation: La Maison Hotel

This luxury boutique hotel focuses on the smallest details to create the best guest experience. The owners and innkeepers (two different couples) take a hands-on approach to running their 13-room small luxury hotel and tend to meet and greet each guest individually. It's this warm, personal service that makes a stay here different from other luxury hotel options in the city.

While the name is French, the design is Spanish-style with terra cotta tile floors and tile roofs. The lodging is in buildings around a pool in the center courtyard. Guest rooms also have tile floors and come with luxury imported linens, bathrobes, and really nice spa-like bathrooms with high-end fixtures.

There's no restaurant on-site, but guests have access to barbecue facilities should they wish to cook for themselves. There's a daily, complimentary afternoon tea, and a continental breakfast is served each morning for guests. Wi-Fi is free as is parking. Water and sodas are free, as are the handmade cappuccinos and lattes available all day long.

La Maison is on Palm Canyon Drive about a mile from downtown Palm Springs. Cruiser bikes are available for guest use; it's about a five-minute bike ride to town.

Address: 9170, 1600 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

4. Colony Palms Hotel

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Photo Source: Colony Palms Hotel

Accommodation: Colony Palms Hotel

If you're looking for luxury accommodations in the downtown Palm Springs area, the Colony Palms is the city's best luxury boutique resort and spa. It recently underwent major renovations, although it retained its original retro style, and is now an adults-only property that has also become a Steve Hermann Hotel.

You have your choice of 57 stylish rooms, suites, and bungalows, each with its own unique style. The overall feel here, in both architecture and interior design, is Spanish and Moroccan.

It's also where many stars stay during the annual Palm Springs Film Festival (which happens each January). The hotel's restaurant, the Colony Club, serves re-imagined California cooking, with a seasonal menu using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The poolside lounge, which also serves food, is a great place to escape the desert heat.

The hotel's spa offers massages, facials, and body treatments. There's a large, central saltwater pool, which is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer, and cabanas are available for rent surrounding the pool. The central location of the Colony Palms means you can walk to the downtown area; it's only a block away.

Address: 572 N Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

5. The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

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Photo Source: The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

Accommodation: The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

Only open from September through May and with only eight rooms, The Willows might be the city's most exclusive luxury hotel. It's a former mansion and really feels like staying at a rich friend's country estate. You're in good company; previous guests have included Albert Einstein (you can stay in the room he stayed in), Clark Gable, Marion Davies, and other Hollywood luminaries.

The Italianate mansion sits on a hillside overlooking downtown with lots of gardens and pathways to explore and wander along. There's a 50-foot waterfall as the centerpiece of the landscaping, and a swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

The Willows feels like a home but it's a real hotel and has concierge services, 24-hour security, and gated parking. Breakfast, a three-course gourmet affair served on the large terrace, is included in the room rates. That terrace is also the site of the daily afternoon tea service, which is complimentary for guests. Most rooms (each is unique) include fireplaces and/or claw-foot bathtubs. There's no resort fee, free Wi-Fi, fresh fruit available throughout the property, and twice-daily maid service.

Address: 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California

6. The Weekend, Palm Springs

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Photo Source: The Weekend, Palm Springs

Accommodation: The Weekend, Palm Springs

This is a recently opened luxury boutique hotel with all-suite accommodations located on the north end of the downtown Palm Springs area. This has become a popular area with a lot of new restaurants and shops. The Weekend is a block off Palm Canyon, so you get a quieter stay without traffic noise.

The carefully restored and modernized mid-century modern luxury hotel has one- and two-bedroom villa suites, some with their own little backyard area. All come with Frette linens and towels, rain showers in the bathrooms, and their own private patios. They also have multiple smart TVs, so you can watch content from the various online services.

Suites are either Premier or Deluxe; the Premier are larger units with kitchenette areas. The villas surround a central pool. The rooms and public spaces feature funky 1960s furniture and accessories. There's no restaurant, but if you get hungry, it's right next door to Denny's.

Address: 111 South Via Las Palmas, Palm Springs, California

Best Boutique Hotels in Palm Springs

Most of the lodging options in Palm Springs could be called boutique hotels. These are small (usually under 50 rooms) luxury properties without a connection to a corporate hotel brand. They provide a more personal, intimate experience. Some lack restaurants, but Palm Springs is well-served by Uber Eats and Postmates.

1. Ingleside Inn

Photo Source: Ingleside Inn
Photo Source: Ingleside Inn

Accommodation: Ingleside Inn

Located right at the end of the downtown shopping and dining area, the Ingleside Inn is one of the city's original Spanish Revival-style getaways. These were all built in the 1920s, when the city was first founded as a resort destination. It has a wonderful, romantic hideaway vibe, so it's a perfect hotel for couples.

This pet friendly property is made up of small casitas and cottages of various sizes. There's even a modern, two-bedroom house available for rent.

The Ingleside Inn was totally renovated by new owners, re-opening in 2019. The grounds have a large swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit, and hammock. They have pool games, board games, playing cards, and even croquet sets and cruiser bikes available for guest use. Breakfast is included in the room rate and can be taken in the lobby, in your room, or poolside.

This boutique luxury hotel is also home to one of the city's best (and most well-loved) fine-dining restaurants, Melvyn's Restaurant and Lounge. It's a fun experience, where wealthy older retirees dine next to weekending hipsters. There's live music nightly in Melvyn's Lounge.

Address: 200 W Ramon Road, Palm Springs, California

2. Sparrows Lodge

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Photo Source: Sparrows Lodge

Accommodation: Sparrows Lodge

This restored, 1950s, adults-only 20-room retreat offers the ultimate luxury rustic chic experience. Think exposed wood ceilings, brick walls, concrete floors, horse troughs for bathtubs, and no TVs or phones in the very cool rooms.

The Barn Kitchen serves a basic yet really delicious breakfast each morning (included in your room rate), as well as offering lunch and dinner. The restaurant is known locally for its Chicken Wednesdays and Steak Saturdays, where they serve exclusively family-style, no-substitution, really-hard-to-get-a-seat-at dinners. They're considered one of the best foodie experiences in Palm Springs.

There's no formal spa but there is a spa-like massage tent with two treatment areas. It's a permanent structure but allows the outside air and sounds to be a part of the treatment process. In-room massage and spa treatments are also available. Sparrows Lodge is on Palm Canyon Drive about a mile from the south end of downtown.

Address: 1330 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

3. ARRIVE Palm Springs

Photo Source: ARRIVE Palm Springs
Photo Source: ARRIVE Palm Springs

Accommodation: ARRIVE Palm Springs

The first new hotel to be constructed in the city in 30 years, ARRIVE arrived in 2016. The 52-room luxury boutique hotel is the first of a series of ARRIVE hotels opening around the country.

Although it's newly built, the hotel pays tribute to the city's mid-century vibe in style and design. Luxury amenities abound here (the owners used to work for the Four Seasons), so you get AppleTV and DirecTV in every room, free filtered water and high-speed Wi-Fi, and luxury bathrobes and linens.

When you get hungry, there's Wexler's @ ARRIVE, a branch of the famous LA Jewish deli, now serving corned beef sandwiches poolside. They also have a coffee shop and an ice-cream parlor in the retail locations next to the hotel. The hotel is in the Uptown Design District, at the north end of Palm Canyon Drive. The area is home to many interior design, antique, and furniture stores.

Address: 1551 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

4. Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs

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Photo Source: Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs

Accommodation: Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs

The Avalon (a Starwood property, part of the Design Hotels brand), located a block from the shopping and dining of Palm Canyon Drive, is another luxurious boutique hotel created from a Spanish Revival-style property that first opened in the 1920s. It deftly combines classic Spanish architecture and style with ultra-modern interior design and luxe amenities.

The hotel is on four acres of gardens and has 13 very private villas and 54 guest rooms. The villas are like little houses with full kitchens, fireplaces, and living rooms, and all the rooms and suites are done in a Hollywood Regency style.

There are three pools to enjoy, each surrounded by private cabanas; two Jacuzzis; and a small, but well-appointed spa. Chi Chi at The Avalon is the resort's restaurant, serving American cuisine.

Address: 415 S Belardo Road, Palm Springs, California

Best Resorts in Palm Springs

Palm Springs and the surrounding areas are filled with a number of large resorts and hotels with lots of space to explore and lots of things to do. These are resorts with multiple swimming pools, different types of accommodations, and various places to eat, all without leaving the property.

1. Parker Palm Springs

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Photo Source: Parker Palm Springs

Accommodation: Parker Palm Springs

The Parker is the city's cool luxury resort. It's on 13 acres of lushly landscaped gardens, intersected with pathways and little recreation areas. You can play croquet, tennis, bocce ball, or even chess on a giant outdoor chess set. There are two swimming pools and a poolside lemonade stand and snack bar.

This Jonathan Adler-designed hotel opened in 2004 and was the first luxury hotel in Palm Springs to cater to guests under 50, with cool food, a funky style, and an overall luxurious hipster experience. This was a former Holiday Inn, so the rooms can be small (suites and villas are available), but the design is so cool and well-curated, you forget the size and instead focus on the hip style.

For dining, the resort has a few options. Check out the brightly colored, retro diner, Norma's, for typical diner fare, from eggs to French toast served in over-sized portions. It is pricy but fun. There is also a stylish fine-dining restaurant called Mister Parker's, which boasts decadent decor and an equally opulent menu. Check before planning dinner here, however, as at the time of writing, the restaurant was closed.

There's also a spa, humorously named the Palm Springs Yacht Club. Although children are welcome, this is probably a better hotel for couples than a family resort. It's also perfect for Palm Springs getaways. The location is about a mile from the start of the downtown shopping area.

Address: 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

2. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa

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Photo Source: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa

Accommodation: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa

This recently renovated luxury resort is in Palm Desert, about 20 minutes from downtown Palm Springs. This large resort is surrounded by streams, lakes, and ponds and uses gondolas to transport guests from one part of the resort to the other.

The resort's accommodation buildings surround a large, central outdoor space, which has streams flowing through it. Here, you will find exotic birds, like cockatoos, black and white swans, and ducks. In front of the main entrance, Flamingo Island is home to the resort's flock of pink Chilean flamingos. The lakes and streams are home to koi and other types of fish.

Rooms and suite are modern in design, with hardwood floors and light colors. Many offer views of the surrounding mountains and private patios. The JW Marriott has a large, wellness-focused spa. Recreation here is another strong point, with two golf courses on-property, as well as a large tennis center and five resort-style pools. There are also eight on-property restaurants to choose from, everything from a stream-side seafood restaurant called Fisherman's Landing to Mikado, a Japanese steakhouse with knife-wielding chefs. There's also a Starbucks.

Address: 74-855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, California

3. Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

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Photo Source: Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Accommodation: Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

The Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel is a large, luxury resort hotel about a half mile from the downtown area. It's near the Palm Springs Convention Center and is the host hotel for many events held there. The rooms and suites are quite luxurious, with premium linens and spa-inspired bathrooms. They even offer some PURE Wellness rooms, which use a seven-step process to purify the air and all surfaces.

The hotel's Spa Del Sol offers massages, along with facials and beauty and body treatments. There's an enormous, heated outdoor pool (they claim it's the largest in Palm Springs), with a poolside cafe and cabanas for rent. There's a separate kiddie pool and a big sand box. There's also a big Jacuzzi spa next to the pool.

Dining options include Date, their casual dining restaurant, which focuses on the famous local fruit, and Rock, the lobby lounge. You're also a long walk or a very short car ride from all the great downtown restaurants. As a hotel with plenty of convention business, there's a large business center, meeting space, and other useful amenities like a free airport shuttle (it's only five minutes from the airport).

Address: 888 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California

4. Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

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Photo Source: Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

Accommodation: Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

Another close-to-downtown resort option is the recently rebranded Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs (it used to be The Riviera Palm Springs). It has a cool, retro style, but the rooms themselves are quite modern in design and amenities.

This is a true luxury resort, set on 24 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, lined with pathways. There are two enormous swimming pools and a range of fun activities for adults and families. It's probably the best family resort in the downtown area.

Margaritaville has four different dining options on the property and a fifth that is set to open soon. The new restaurant will be called the JWB Grill, named for Jimmy Buffet. It will feature fine dining, serving everything from coastal cooking to prime aged steaks.

There's also a full-service spa and a large fitness center with extensive wellness programming. They offer everything from yoga classes to free two-hour bike loans. The resort is at the very north end of the downtown shopping and dining area.

Address: 1600 N Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

Best Hotels in Downtown Palm Springs

Most of the shopping, dining, and resort area of downtown Palm Springs is focused on a two-mile-long area, roughly bordered by Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive to the east and west, and Vista Chino and Ramon Road to the north and south. Many visitors prefer to stay in this downtown area so they can walk to most of the things they want to see and do.

1. Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

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Photo Source: Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

Accommodation: Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

One of the city's newer hotels, the Kimpton Rowan is right in the heart of downtown Palm Springs shopping and dining. It's one of the newest hotels constructed in the city, opening in late 2017. Rooms at the Rowan have their own yoga mats (something they have at every Kimpton) and luxurious Frette linens. They also come with a Chromecast device, so you can stream your own content on the TV. They have cool little touches like specialty local gourmet items in the minibar and complimentary bathroom amenities like a toothbrush or shaving kit.

You're also only a few steps from the Palm Springs Art Museum and can even walk to some great hiking trails at the top of Ramon Road. The hotel also has the city's only rooftop pool and a great rooftop pool deck. It's also the only high-rise hotel in the city (at seven stories), so the rooms and suites on the upper floors have some fantastic views of the city and the surrounding mountains. The rooftop area is home to 4 Saints, the city's only rooftop dining venue. Downstairs off the lobby is Juniper Table, which offers modern Mediterranean cuisine.

Address: 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California

2. Hyatt Palm Springs

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Photo Source: Hyatt Palm Springs

Accommodation: Hyatt Palm Springs

Also centrally located at the center of the Palm Canyon Drive retail area, the Hyatt Palm Springs is an all-suite hotel that for years was the only luxury hotel in the downtown area. Although it now has competition, it's hard to beat the location, Hyatt quality, and spacious suites.

There's a large, outdoor heated pool, and you can book a cabana suite, rooms with private patios that lead right to the pool deck. All the suites have private patios, and some face the mountains behind the hotel. The suites have pullout sofa beds in the living rooms so they can accommodate four people. There's no spa but in-room treatments are available.

The hotel is also situated right in the heart of Village Fest, the weekly, Thursday night street fair that shuts down and takes over Palm Canyon Drive. There are two main dining options (there's also a pool bar, which serves food). SHARE Small Plate Bistro does just what its name implies, it serves a seasonal menu of small tasting plates. HooDoo Patio Restaurant is the large, indoor/outdoor lobby cafe with an extensive menu, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Address: 285 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

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