11 Pet-Friendly Hotels in Palm Springs, CA

Written by Freddy Sherman
Aug 7, 2019

Palm Springs, the desert resort located 100 miles east of Los Angeles, is a very pet-friendly city. You'll often see dogs strolling with their pet parents on Palm Canyon Drive, the city's main shopping street, and many local businesses put out water bowls and doggy treats. That love of animals extends to many of the city's hotels, and dogs (and cats) are welcome at many of them.

As a desert city, special care needs to be taken with your furry friends. They should never be left in a parked car, and during the summer months, the sidewalk and street may be too hot to walk on for most of the day. Look for hotels with shaded pathways and other covered pet areas to accommodate midday walks.

The extreme desert heat makes Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley area more a popular winter destination, with high season (and higher prices) lasting from October through May. The area also hosts the popular Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals during April, which can bring extreme hotel demand and associated extreme hotel prices.

Find a great place to stay with our list of the best pet-friendly hotels in Palm Springs.

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Luxury Pet-Friendly Hotels in Palm Springs

These five-star hotels and resorts offer a luxurious experience for guests traveling with pets. Most luxury hotels offer special pet amenities available on arrival, as well as pet meals and snacks on the room service menu.

1. Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Photo Source: Ace Hotel & Swim Club

This trendy boutique hotel is one of the city's hippest places to stay and to eat. It's a vintage building that used to be a Westward Ho motel with a Denny's and is now totally transformed.

The Ace is pet-friendly (mainly dogs but other pets are considered with advance notice) and there's a $25 fee for the first dog and a $10 fee for the second. Pets under 25 pounds are welcome. There's a lot of outdoor space for the dogs to play, and two pools and a big fitness center for humans.

Rooms and suites are very mid-century modern in design (with cool touches like record players and vinyl records), and some have private balconies and patios. The hotel's upscale diner, King's Highway, has excellent sustainably sourced food, with a good mix of healthy and comfort food. There's also a compact but luxurious spa, appropriately named the Feel Good Spa.

Address: 701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

Accommodation: Ace Hotel & Swim Club

2. Hilton Palm Springs

Photo Source: Hilton Palm Springs

The Hilton gives you a great downtown Palm Springs location to explore the city. It's a block from Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive (two of the city's main shopping and dining streets) and also only about 10 minutes from the Palm Springs Airport. There is a big city dog park across the street from the airport (behind city hall).

Pets are allowed at the hotel, with a $75, non-refundable pet deposit. The maximum weight is 75 pounds. You can bring a maximum of two animals, and they cannot be left unattended in your room. There are two restaurants, a poolside café, and a casual café with a big outdoor terrace. For great deli food, walk across the street to Sherman's Deli, a Palm Springs favorite.

The Hilton has a big outdoor pool and pool deck area, as well as a hot tub. There's a big fitness center and the full-service Elements spa. A money-saving tip: decline the $18 per night self-parking fee for their parking lot and park on any one of the surrounding streets.

Address: 400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California

Accommodation: Hilton Palm Springs

3. Colony Palms Hotel

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Probably the best luxury boutique hotel in Palm Springs, the Colony Palms Hotel was originally a speakeasy and gambling joint when it opened in the early 20th century. The small, urban, 57-room resort still has its classic 1930s Spanish style but is now filled with the most modern of luxury hotel amenities.

Many vintage movie stars were guests, including Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, and Clark Gable. Those same halls are now occupied by modern movie stars, as the hotel is where many of them stay during the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which happens each January.

Your pet will enjoy the friendly atmosphere and large, beautiful gardens, perfect for dog walks in the hot midday sun. Dogs (under 40 pounds) are warmly welcomed for a $100 fee, per dog. They are only allowed to be in rooms with a patio, and that must be reserved in advance. You can't leave your dog unattended in the room, and you can't bring them to the pool, fitness center, or spa.

This is a good place to stay for couples. Although they allow children, it's more of an adult experience in terms of entertainment and culture, as the hotel says. When you get hungry, the Purple Palm restaurant is one of the best (and most expensive) in town, with a seasonal, New American cuisine-based menu.

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

Accommodation: Colony Palms Hotel

4. Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

Photo Source: Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

This hip, new, luxury boutique hotel is directly at the heart of the downtown area, near the intersection of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon. Rooms and suites are very modern with an urban loft design and feel. The hotel is a tall (for Palm Springs) seven-story building, and accommodations on the upper floors have some pretty cool views of the mountains and the surrounding Coachella Valley. Be sure to also check out the rooftop swimming pool and spa (with luxe cabanas for rent), the only one in Palm Springs.

Pets of any size are welcome at the Rowan, the hotel has a humorous restriction that they must fit in the elevator. They ask that dogs be crated in your room when you're away and to be aware of excessive barking. There is no pet charge.

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

Accommodation: Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

5. Hotel ZOSO

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The Hotel ZOSO (formerly the Hard Rock Hotel) is right in the center of the Palm Springs downtown area on Indian Canyon Drive. A stay here means you can park the car and just walk to all the downtown shopping, dining, and sightseeing.

The accommodations and pubic spaces have a very hip, modern style. All the stylish rooms and suites have balconies or patios (some patios are quite huge). The rooms (which each have 50-inch flat-screen TVs) surround a huge swimming pool, home to a lot of music and other weekend and holiday gatherings. The pool has daybeds and cabanas, which can be reserved.

The Hotel ZOSO is also close to the airport (and a dog park) and has a free airport shuttle. There's also an enormous fitness club and a full-service spa. The hotel is pet-friendly, but dogs are not allowed in the pool area. There's a sliding pet fee, based on the animal's weight. Small dogs are $25 with fees and up to $100 per day for large dogs.

The Kitchen is the hotel's main restaurant; there's also poolside food service and, of course, room service. The menu is serious comfort food but made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients and products, so you can feel good about that huge plate of organic buttermilk, free-range, fried chicken.

Address: 150 South Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

Accommodation: Hotel ZOSO

Mid-Range Pet-Friendly Hotels in Palm Springs

Palm Springs has a lot of pet-friendly accommodation options in the mid-range price category. Most offer a lot of shady, outdoor green space and pathways, perfect for dog walking on a hot, sunny day.

1. Caliente Tropics Resort

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This is another mid-century modern motel turned into a hip, urban mini-resort. It's near the Ace Hotel on Palm Canyon Drive, at the south end of town. It's a five-minute drive (or 20-minute bike ride) to the downtown area. This Polynesian-style, dog-friendly hotel has a lot of shady green space and pathways, perfect for walking dogs.

Modern but not fancy rooms and studio suites surround a huge pool (which frequently hosts weekend pool gatherings) and an almost-as-big-as-the-pool hot tub. Something unique is that dogs are welcome at the pool here.

Pets are welcome generally at the hotel, with a charge of $25 per pet, per night. There are no size restrictions (for dogs and cats) and there are a few dog and cat amenities available on the room service menu.

Address: 411 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

Accommodation: Caliente Tropics Resort

2. The Riviera Palm Springs, A Tribute Portfolio Resort

Photo Source: The Riviera Palm Springs, A Tribute Portfolio Resort

This newly renovated, mid-century modern resort is surrounded by palm trees, with great mountain views. It's a large property, with lots of outdoor green space and shaded pathways, making even summer midday dog walks comfortable. There's an enormous swimming pool, but the pool and the resort can be crowded (and a bit rowdy) on holidays and busy weekends.

The Riviera is at the north end of the downtown area, near what's called the Uptown Design District. Steps away are cool restaurants and a lot of design shops and locally owned furniture/home stores. The main downtown area is about a half-mile away.

The Riviera welcomes your canine companions, up to two dogs per room with a fee of $50 per dog. Dogs must be under 50 pounds and cannot be left alone unattended in your room.

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

Accommodation: The Riviera Palm Springs, A Tribute Portfolio Resort

3. The Saguaro Palm Springs

Photo Source: The Saguaro Palm Springs

Another modern resort created from a mid-century modern motel, The Saguaro is instantly recognizable with its space-age looking architectural entrance and its brightly colored room balconies. It's at the far south end of Palm Canyon Drive, a five-minute drive from downtown.

Named for a type of cactus found in the local desert, the hotel is focused around its huge pool (with rentable daybeds and cabanas), and the area is lively on weekends and holidays. Every room has a patio or balcony, and some even have their own little mini garden.

Dogs are welcome, up to two, for a $50 fee. They must not be left unattended in your room, and you get a pet amenity with bowls and pet waste bags on check-in. Only some rooms are dog-friendly, so you must inform the hotel when making your reservation.

Address: 1800 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

Accommodation: The Saguaro Palm Springs

Budget Pet-Friendly Hotels in Palm Springs

As a city, Palm Springs is very welcoming to pets, especially businesses in the downtown area. Many of the city's budget hotels and motels are pet-friendly, allowing you to enjoy a fun getaway with your pet, without spending a lot of money.

1. Delos Reyes Palm Springs

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This mid-century modern, budget motel offers a good location at the very south end of downtown Palm Springs. The downtown area is about two miles away, but there are a few cool restaurants on Palm Canyon Drive within a few blocks of the motel.

The Delos Reyes is family-friendly and pet-friendly, with a grassy front lawn great for dog walking. There is also a lot of space around the property for dogs to walk and play. Dogs are welcome with no additional charges. There's a heated pool, a big sun deck, and a hot tub. Rooms come with cable TV and mini-fridges. Guests get free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Address: 1277 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

Accommodation: Delos Reyes Palm Springs

2. Vagabond Inn Palm Springs

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Another pet-friendly, Palm Springs, budget hotel is the Vagabond, located at the north end of Palm Canyon Drive. There are a few nice restaurants within a block or two of the hotel, but the downtown area is a very long walk (or a very short drive) down the street.

The hotel offers a lot of outdoor space, including a big grass area. There's no charge or size restriction for dogs, but they may not be left unattended in your room. You get little amenities that add to the value of a stay, including free parking, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and even free (basic, continental) breakfast.

Address: 1699 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

Accommodation: Vagabond Inn Palm Springs

3. Motel 6 Palm Springs Downtown

Photo Source: Motel 6 Palm Springs Downtown

This pet-friendly budget motel offers Motel 6's usual clean, comfortable accommodations and a convenient location right at the edge of the downtown area (there are several other Motel 6 locations throughout the city). The Motel 6 Downtown has a lot of outdoor space for dogs and a small grass area in front. It's about three miles away from the airport, and there's an off-leash dog park right across from the airport.

You also get free parking, free Wi-Fi, and a big outdoor pool. There's even a coin laundry on-site. There is a Starbucks and a fast-food restaurant a block away, and it's a short walk to the downtown area.

Address: 660 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

Accommodation: Motel 6 Palm Springs Downtown

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