The Best Hotels in Palm Springs

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Updated: October 15, 2020

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The 9 Best Hotels in Palm Springs

The Rowan Hotel in downtown Palm Springs.

The beautiful Kimpton Rowan Hotel in downtown Palm Springs – walking distance to restaurants, bars, and lots of shopping. I love staying in the downtown core and that’s what I recommend to friends and family when they’re visiting Palm Springs for the first time.

1. Kimpton Rowan Hotel – Downtown Palm Springs

Stylish, pet-friendly hotel with a rooftop pool (open year-round) and bar and several dining options, located in the heart of downtown and an easy walk to the Palm Springs Art Museum. In addition to free bicycles, amenities include free morning coffee, fitness center, an evening manager’s reception, and house car service within Downtown Palm Springs. Rooms feature bathrobes, a yoga mat, and desert and mountain views.

2. The Colony – Downtown Palm Springs

Historic hotel with a fantastic pool area and lots of sunbeds. Amenities include an outdoor climate-controlled saltwater pool, a restaurant, full-service spa, and complimentary bicycles. Some rooms have bathtubs and fireplaces.

3. La Quinta Resort & Club – La Quinta

Luxury resort featuring 7 restaurants, 5 golf courses, tennis courts with private instructor, and 41 climate-controlled swimming pools. Located 21.5 miles south of Palm Springs. Every room has a mini-fridge, coffee maker, and historic architecture, and some rooms feature fireplaces or private hot tubs.

4. The Ritz-Carlton – Rancho Mirage

Desert-inspired resort with a full-service spa, 2 restaurants, 2 pools, and an exclusive club lounge. Located 9 miles southeast of Palm Springs. Most rooms have balconies, and complimentary amenities include yoga, guided hikes, lawn games, a candy buffet, bicycles, and stargazing.

5. Santiago Resort – Palm Springs

Men-only, gay-friendly, clothing-optional hotel featuring an outdoor heated pool and spa, free bicycles, free parking, mountain views, and a complimentary, always-open snack bar. Continental breakfast is served daily, and the hotel is located a 3-minute drive from downtown and a 7-minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport.

6. Del Marcos Hotel – Downtown Palm Springs

Adults-only, pet-friendly hotel with an outdoor saltwater pool, located steps from downtown’s shops and restaurants. On-site facilities include a spa, a restaurant, bar, and continental breakfast, happy hour drinks, and free bikes.

7. Dive Palm Springs – Palm Springs

Great boutique hotel offering continental breakfast and located within a 5-minute drive of downtown Palm Springs, shopping, golf courses, hiking trails, and the airport. Amenities include an outdoor heated pool, a garden area, a lounge with a piano, a BBQ grill, and complimentary bicycles. Each room has an individual theme and eclectic decor.

8. L’Horizon Resort & Spa – Palm Springs

Adults-only, design-forward resort featuring 25 private bungalows with modern amenities like Apple TVs, Nest thermostats, and Nespresso machines. In addition to a full-service spa, the resort has a restaurant, bar, and pool and is located a short drive from downtown Palm Springs, several golf courses, malls, hiking trails, and the Airport.

9. Parker Palm Springs – Canyon Sands

Whimsical boutique hotel offering a slew of recreational activities including tennis courts, a croquet lawn, bicycles, hammocks, giant chess, a fitness center and spa, and adult and family swimming pools. Located halfway between downtown Palm Springs and Cathedral City and within a short drive of numerous golf courses, hiking trails, restaurants, and the airport. This colorful hotel features several on-site dining options and a lemonade stand.

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