Palm Springs is back! Remodeled inns and old hotels now provide seclusion, luxury, and elegance to Angelenos who want to get away from LA traffic for a weekend or longer.
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Unlike some Palm Springs hotels, the Viceroy is no Rat Pack wax museum or Jetsons-modernist fantasy—this hotel’s hacienda-style Spanish tile roofs and whitewashed stucco walls hide stylish interiors, a modern take on the Hollywood Regency style of the resort’s golden age, decorated in a smart contemporary palette of blacks, whites and yellows. Each of the Viceroy’s three courtyards is centered around a heated pool, surrounded by manicured gardens and citrus trees, and each pool area is served by the hotel’s restaurant and bar. Viceroy Palm Springs 415 South Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, CA, USA User reviews and more information.
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Hope Springs references two aspects of classic Californiana at once — on the one hand, the mid-century modernist roadside motel (whose resurgence we just can’t get enough of), and on the other, the natural hot springs that are the hotel’s main attraction. Hope Springs Resort 68075 Club Circle Drive Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA User reviews and more information.
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There are two ways to go with the rehabilitation of a classic motor inn like the Thirties Spanish-style Colonial House. Keep it simple, cheap and funky, smoothing out the rough edges while making the most of the place’s built-in charm. Or else do what the owners of the Colony Palms did: turn it into a high-end boutique hotel, complete with spa treatments, concierge service and exotic fine dining. Colony Palms Hotel 572 North Indian Canyon, Palm Springs, CA, USA User reviews and more information.
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The Ace Hotel group is not content merely to deeply undercut Seattle boutique-hotel prices, or to massively multiply the cool quotient of the Portland budget-hotel market. Now they’re moving beyond the Northwest, straight to what seems like a fairly unlikely locale: the California high desert of Palm Springs. The rooms are stylish, if not exactly luxurious, offering excellent value and extracting maximum vintage-chic from their humble materials. There’s a central courtyard pool, naturally, and a spa that, in its casual unpretentiousness, makes a mockery of the typical “pampering” hotel-spa experience. Add a well-conceived and effortlessly hip hotel bar, and the Ace vaults to the front line of the Palm Springs renaissance. Ace Hotel & Swim Club 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, USA User reviews and more information.
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This hotel has racked up an impressive number of names in its seventy-year history. Once Gene Autry's Melody Ranch estate, it was, for a time, the Merv Griffin Resort, then the Givenchy Hotel and Spa—and now, after a substantial rethink by lifestyle designer Jonathan Adler, it’s back; this time as Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs, or simply The Parker. The Parker Palm Springs 4200 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, USA User reviews and more information.
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Movie Colony may seem a strange name for a hotel, although we must say it beats naming the place after its street address. It’s named after its neighborhood, it turns out, where the stars came to escape the pressures of Hollywood and spend some (more) time in the sun. Cheap and easy jet travel took the stars farther afield, to Miami and elsewhere, and Palm Springs has become a more low-key destination, still an easy drive from Los Angeles, and with prices within the reach of the common people. Movie Colony Hotel 726 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, USA User reviews and more information.
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There’s more to Palm Springs than Fifties and Sixties modernism. Here at the edge of town, at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains, Korakia is a highly eclectic blend, with nary a kidney-shaped pool to be found. The original 1924 Moroccan-style villa, the home of a Scottish painter, was given a Greek makeover sometime in the Nineties; and the two houses next door, a Mediterranean villa and a Spanish-style adobe house, were added soon after. So it’s clear that Korakia has personality to spare. The other thing it’s got, in spades, is the kind of exclusive small-scale luxury that’s so in demand right now. The rooms and suites are exquisitely private, hidden away in the corners of the old villas and surrounded by gardens and courtyards, and even come with kitchens in case you’re planning on barricading yourself in. Korakia Pensione 257 South Patencio Rd., Palm Springs, CA, USA User reviews and more information.