Palm Springs has been a popular California destination for over a century, but it really gained traction with the Hollywood set starting in the 1930s. Glamorous movie stars and film industry bigwigs continued to flock to the desert retreat throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and it’s easy to see why. Coachella Valley is just under a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, and is known for the always-sunny weather (as in, 350 days of sunshine a year), golf, hot springs and retro-chic restaurants, shops and, of course, stylish luxury hotels.
Indeed, the desert oasis is filled with a variety of charming hotels; there are palatial resorts, midcentury boutique bungalows and revamped historic accommodations, for every type of traveler. Below, see the best and most luxurious hotels to book for your next desert getaway.
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The Best Palm Springs Hotels
The best luxury hotels and high-end luxury resorts to book for your next trip to Palm Springs in Coachella Valley.
Parker Palm Springs
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
The idyllic Parker Palm Springs was entirely redesigned by Jonathan Adler in 2016, so you know it’s absolutely picture-perfect. The charming hotel, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, is composed of 144 guest rooms and suites, including 12 villas and the two-bedroom Gene Autry Residence. The hotel is situated on 13 acres, and is equipped with two swimming pools, a croquet court and clay tennis courts, with plenty of cozy hammocks and fire pits throughout the grounds. There are five separate dining options on-site, as well as a luxe spa, dubbed the Palm Springs Yacht Club, which is outfitted with 15 treatment rooms and various custom treatments.
L'Horizon Resort & Spa
1050 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
L’Horizon is perfect for those who want a relaxed, kids-free getaway, as this boutique hotel is adults-only and doesn’t allow guests under the age of 21. The retro-inspired midcentury hotel, which reopened in 2015 after receiving a multimillion-dollar renovation, is comprised of 25 semi-detached secluded and private bungalows, all of which have private patios and outdoor showers. The decor pays homage to the three-acre property’s 1960s heyday (past guests include Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable), with a mixture of custom and vintage furniture, as well as Frette linens and Le Labo toiletries in the marble bathrooms. The property is outfitted with an outdoor pool and a poolside al fresco restaurant, in addition to a spa and private boutique. The hotelier behind L’Horizon, Steve Hermann, also opened the luxurious Hermann Bungalows, a set of 24 accommodations situated right next door to L’Horizon.
La Quinta Resort & Club
49-499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253
La Quinta is one of the larger hotels in the area, with 620 casita-style rooms and 98 villas spread out over 45 acres, all with free Wifi. It’s a bit more removed from the city center and downtown Palm Springs; the resort is situated at the base of the Santa Rosa mountains, though it’s less than 20 miles from the Palm Springs International Airport.
The hotel boasts 41 pools throughout the property (though several of those are private pools within accommodations), as well as seven restaurants and a spa. The historic hotel dates back to 1926, and while it’s definitely one of the more family-friendly options, there are also dedicated pools and areas that are 21+. The property is a great choice for golf enthusiasts, as it’s home to five golf courses, as well as 21 tennis courts and eight pickleball courts. There are also three on-site restaurants, in addition to the Spa La Quinta.
Avalon Hotel & Bungalows Palm Springs
415 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
The low-key Avalon Hotel is located in downtown Palm Springs. The hotel features 71 Spanish-style rooms and suites, ranging from petite studios to private bungalow villas. All the accommodations are fitted with free wifi and TVs, and the bungalows are further equipped with gas fireplaces and full kitchens, in addition to furnished private patios and separate living and dining rooms. There are three pools, complete with cabanas and loungers, on the 4.5-acre property, as well as a spa and one indoor-outdoor on-site restaurant, Chi Chi. There’s also a 24-hour fitness center and the Estrella Spa, with six treatment rooms, a fire place and a hot tub, for some extra pampering.
Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
The sleek Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs is a physical standout in downtown Palm Springs, considering it’s the tallest building in the area. The seven-story hotel features 153 rooms and suites, all of which are decorated in chic neutrals and blues, with splashes of on-trend patterns, and have impressive views of either the neighboring San Jacinto Mountains or the desert landscape. There’s a rooftop pool (opt for a cabana rental if you’re interested) with a bar, in addition to two main restaurants (the Mediterranean-focused Juniper Table and the rooftop 4 Saints), plus a lobby bar.
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260
The sprawling JW Marriott in Palm Springs occupies 450 acres in the Palm Desert area, with 774 rooms, as well as 100 suites. All the accommodations have vistas of Coachella Valley, and many have dreamy mountain views. The palm tree-filled grounds include numerous waterways where you can head into a gondola, as well as a flamingo island, plus five outdoor pools, two golf courses and an array of hard, clay and grass tennis courts. There are also 10 restaurants, cafes and bars, and let’s not forget about the 38,000 square-foot Spa at Desert Springs, with 48 treatment rooms, a salon, spa, fitness center and a saltwater lap pool.