Palm Springs' Best Hotels
Amazing places to stay in Palm Springs, CA.
By: Matthew Link
Hollywood name-dropping in the desert is growing as a new generation rediscovers the hip hideaway 2 hours from Los Angeles. Drew Barrymore and Miley Cyrus like the pool at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, while Britney Spears and Angelina Jolie prefer overnighting at Le Parker Meridien. In 2014, Leonardo DiCaprio purchased Dinah Shore’s former midcentury abode, and Anne Hathaway is rumored to be house hunting there as well. That means now’s the time to head to Palm Springs, before the desert gets too red-hot.
Riviera Resort & Spa
Preserved was the main spoke-wheel design of 2-story buildings encircling a huge central pool, which now has a hip, 21st-century bar/lounge, poolside DJs and private cabanas. An 11,000-square-foot Asian spa with 22 treatment rooms and the award-winning Circa 59 indoor/outdoor restaurant also helped revitalize the resort. The Riviera’s elegant oval ballroom annually hosts happenings such as the TED talks’ only simulcast conference and the world’s largest lesbian party weekend, called The Dinah.
Del Marcos Hotel
Guest suites named after Palm Springs regulars such as Bing Crosby and Errol Flynn are configured in a 2-story U-shape around a central saltwater swimming pool. Private patios, landscaped seating spaces and balcony-shaded outdoor lounges encourage socializing. Busy downtown is only a couple of blocks down the street but feels miles (and decades) away.
Colony Palms Hotel
In 2007, Colony Palms found new life after a $16 million renovation, including a pool area designed by Million Dollar Decorators star Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Colony Palms soon earned Condé Nast’s coveted best-new-hotel status. Wooden beams, French doors and indigo walls with palm tree silhouettes adorn the poolside patio restaurant, Purple Palm — a perfect setting to down a signature lavender mojito.
Everyone from Donatella Versace to Waiting for Godot director Michael Lindsay-Hogg has overnighted at this walled villa retreat, despite its monastic spareness (no phones or televisions). Wake up early for poolside Sun Salutations in yoga class, treat yourself to a eucalyptus aromatherapy stone massage, or lap up afternoon Moroccan tea service on a plush daybed amid mountain panoramas.
The 20 luxe bungalows feature rich redwoods, large sunlit windows, rustic, hand-built furniture, inlaid pebble floors, sepia wall photographs and plush mattresses topped with Swiss army blankets. Looming 25 feet over the swimming pool is Castle’s original barn structure, now a guest restaurant serving homemade pizzas with herbs and vegetables grown on the property. The absence of TVs and telephones maintains the property’s tranquility, although lively games of horseshoes and wooden-racket tennis matches are encouraged.
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