After countless visits to this desert escape, these are the best Palm Springs hotels. It’s a destination I never tire of for a warm escape. From boutique hotels to grand resorts, there is something truly for everyone here.
The hotels in Palm Springs have a beautiful backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains and feel like the ultimate desert escape. You often find that hotels here are the kind you don’t have to leave during your stay as they have all of the amenities needed. Whether you’re looking for a more quiet and intimate stay or a larger resort experience, you can have your pick in Palm Springs.
I’d recommend heading to Palm Springs in the shoulder season (June or September) as this time of year is less crowded and not peak heat. How you spend your time in Palm Springs is entirely dependent on what you want to experience. I often go down to just relax at a resort and other trips have been to explore. Either way, take a look at my guide to Palm Springs to help plan your trip.
While you are in Palm Springs, I’d recommend eating out at a few restaurants in town. Many of them are at hotels like King’s Highway at the ACE. This list of the 20 best restaurants in Palm Springs will help you plan out where you want to eat. There is a wide range of restaurants from fine dining to casual.
However you spend your time in Palm Springs, it’s one of my favorite California escapes. Browse through the best Palm Springs hotels to make your stay memorable.
The Best Hotels in Palm Springs
This is my tried and true. I’ve stayed here over five times now and each time I fall more in love with this desert escape. Korakia Pensione is split into two sides, with one being Moroccan and the other Mediterranean-themed. Each room is carefully decorated with unique pieces of furniture that fit the scene.
The vibe at Korakia Pensione is relaxed — most people are poolside soaking in the sun. It’s the kind of hotel you want to book if you’re looking for a quiet stay right near downtown Palm Springs. It gets rated often as one of the most romantic stays, so it’s ideal for couples or even a friend’s getaway, where I go with my friend every year.
One highlight of staying at the Korakia Pensione is the included breakfast. Fresh coffee, cook-to-order entrees, and fresh fruit are always a great way to start the day.
This is the new kid on the block and probably the highest building in downtown Palm Springs. The rooms are modern and well furnished. Featuring a rooftop pool and two restaurants, it’s the kind of hotel you don’t have to leave when visiting.
It’s well located within walking distance of the downtown as well. This hotel would be a great summer escape for a group of friends or those wanting a more lively scene. Their rooftop pool always has something going on with music playing throughout the day.
One of the most iconic properties in Palm Springs, the former Le Meridien hotel boasts beautiful poolside rooms and grounds. It’s a family-friendly hotel for those looking for an escape with the family. This is the hideout for those wanting something upscale and private.
The grounds are only accessible to guests making it feel uber private. It is an oasis in the desert from croquet and to petanque courts, two pools, a massive spa, and stunning gardens. The rooms are well-appointed with midcentury furniture and come with eclectic upscale bathroom amenities like Hermés soap and Aesop products. I’d recommend booking a room near the pool or their private villas.
Situated around a pool, I loved the style of the rooms at Sparrows Lodge. We stayed here a few times back and raved over how comfortable the hotel was. The Barn also serves a family-style dinner and breakfast each morning. It’s the kind of spot to go and relax and yet have an incredible location in town.
For those looking for a party, look no further. The Ace always has something going and their well-priced rooms are great for a group of friends. At the hotel is one of my favorite restaurants in town, King’s Highway. Their swim club is really popular during the summer and often has a show or two here.
It might be one of the most expensive hotels per night in Palm Springs and for good reason. It’s a popular celebrity hotel with a minimal yet modern design. As a 21 and over hotel, it provides a quiet retreat for those wanting downtime. Each room is a bungalow so it’s certain to have privacy at this hotel. Be sure to check the room price as the rates change during each season.
Known as the neighborhood hotel, ARRIVE is a one-stop-shop for those looking for a resort experience with a hotel feeling. Well located in town, ARRIVE features a coffee shop, ice cream shop, and restaurants are part of its place.
The rooms are spacious and airy, making it easy to feel at home. I stayed here about two years ago and loved the energy during the day at the pool. It’s not too far from the Palm Springs airport as well.
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