10 Affordable Airbnb Rentals in Pricey Palm Springs

A design-forward desert oasis (complete with a pool, of course) doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny. Headquarter your next group getaway at one of these stylish, private—budget-minded—spots.

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September 10, 2019
By: Lauren Oster

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Alexander Butterfly-Roof House

It’s no accident that this midcentury-modern gem oozes five-star luxury. Built in 1959 with a showstopping view of Mount San Jacinto, it’s been lovingly updated by two international hoteliers. Up to six guests can kick back and enjoy its saltwater pool, desert landscape garden and classic-design-meets-space-age interior.

BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $395/night

Modern Paradise

Seven miles from downtown Palm Springs at the end of a cul-de-sac, this sprawling, Spanish-style Cathedral City villa is a true getaway: up to 10 guests can enjoy tranquil indoor-outdoor living in what feels like a boutique resort (thanks to the upscale linens and amenities, a gazebo with a fireplace, a heated saltwater pool and more). "You hear no outside noise whatsoever," the hosts say, "except the birds conversing in lush greenery around the pool."

BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $850/night

Hollywood Hideaway

This pop-culture-inspired beauty owes its aesthetic to entertainment-industry owners who drew their inspiration from none other than James Bond (as an iconic scene from 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever was filmed in Palm Springs). Six guests can share gleaming minimalist spaces punctuated with Technicolor-bright art, gourmet appliances, retro furniture and of course, a generous poolside patio surrounded by swaying palm trees.

BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $415/night

Desert Gold House

This Hollywood Regency stunner reflects its '60s heyday so effectively that its owners offer it up for TV and film shoots. Your 10-person cast of characters will have an ultra-private headquarters that’s a short stroll from Palm Springs hot spots like the Ace Hotel.

BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $399/night

Private Palm Grove

Twenty-three palm trees give this massive griller’s paradise a tropical feel, and its bed-size poolside loungers and floating beanbag chairs (yep, you read that right) give it the je ne sais quoi of a spa for up to six guests. Fair warning: Previous vacationers report having a very tough time leaving the serenity of this property to explore downtown.

BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $255/night

The Butterfly House

This ultra-customized midcentury estate is so innovative it was featured in Palm Springs’s Modernism Week (a yearly showcase of design and culture) in 2017. It’s hard to pick a favorite feature, but the one-of-a-kind outdoor shipping-container studio guest house (with a full-size soaking tub) is a pretty strong contender—group vacations benefit from a tad of private time.

BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $595/night

The Blue Mirage

Bask in old-school vacation style (minus the pesky presence of other guests) at The Blue Mirage, a '50s-era beauty built by a TV/radio personality and a silent film star and recently restored to picture-perfect condition. This family-friendly property is perfect for a group of six, and well-stocked with board games and books, pool toys and floats, a Pack 'N Play and high chair for wee vacationers (upon request) and more.

BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $234/night

The Untitled House

Other spas, please try harder: The massive Jacuzzi at this hip property is the perfect place to while away a winter evening. Eclectic, modern furnishings throughout the home give it the feel of a modern, design-forward boutique hotel.

BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $395/night

Alexander Mountain View Home

This sleek, minimalist Las Palmas home makes every detail count: a classic Eames lounger kicks back before an original stone fireplace, gallery-quality art punctuates gleaming white surfaces, and a sweeping view of the mountains is visible from the pool. This elegant space for six is quintessentially Palm Springs.

BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $575/night

Hollywood Regency Retreat

Believe it or not, this outdoor living room is less than a third of this home’s outdoor space: there’s a fire pit to the right of the pool, as well as an outdoor shower, a massive emerald-green lawn, and ruby-red grapefruit trees that perfume the air and just happen to be the perfect resource for home-grown cocktails.

BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $450/night