OUR 5 ALL-TIME FAVORITE PALM SPRINGS HOTELS

Relax at one of these luxurious desert getaways.

By Kamala Kirk

Avalon Hotel  | Luxury Travel Guide | Wandering Diva

Avalon Hotel Palm Springs is a modern reflection of Old Hollywood glamour with a series of Spanish architecture villas, bungalows and private rooms that offer stunning views of the nearby San Jacinto Mountains.

 

The hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, on four lush acres of gorgeous gardens.  The property has three swimming pools and is home to Estrella Spa—which has a range of custom treatments that include Swedish massage, custom facials, and complimentary sparkling wine.  Chi Chi, the on-site restaurant serves up world-class California fare for those who prefer to stay on the property, instead of venturing out.

 

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Marriott Desert Springs  | Luxury Travel Guide | Wandering Diva

This resort is a vacationer’s playground with five swimming pools, two championship golf courses, and multiple tennis courts. Located in Palm Desert and just 4.3 miles from the El Paseo shopping district, guests have everything they need nearby.

 

Exotic birds including colorful flamingos casually stroll the grounds, and a lakeway gondola offers rides around the property and to the resort’s six restaurants, including Mikado Japanese Steakhouse.

 

The Spa at Desert Springs offers guests the opportunity to relax in the 38,000 square-foot facility that has 48 treatment rooms, a saltwater pool, salon, fitness facility, and bistro.

 

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Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs | Luxury Travel Guide | Wandering Diva

Guests enjoy the VIP rock star treatment at this 163-room luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. All of the stylishly outfitted rooms come with private balconies or patios, and flat-screen televisions, with world-class entertainment just steps away.

 

The on-site Rock Spa features a variety of unique treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate.  Try one of their signature Rhythm and Motion treatments, like Face the Music - a facial that brings the benefits of sound vibration and organic ingredients to hydrate skin.

 

For fun after dark, start the evening with dinner at Simon Kitchen + Bar, which features legendary dishes by celebrity chef Kerry Simon, then grab a drink at Bardot Nightclub located inside the hotel—a lounge and dance club inspired by vintage French disco and Palm Springs chic. 

 

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Ace Hotel | Luxury Travel Guide | Wandering Diva

More than just a hotel, the Ace Palm Springs is two miles from the Palm Springs Art Museum and is the premier desert destination known for its social scene—especially during Coachella. Formerly a Westward Ho Motel with an attached Denny’s, the mid-century modern property was transformed into a 176-room hotel, spa and resort designed with bohemian vibes.

Rooms come with unique perks like record players, old vinyl, fireplaces, and minibars with caramel popcorn. The hotel also features two huge pools which are frequently the backdrop for day parties, a vintage photo booth, and the Amigo Room—which hosts live music, karaoke, DJs, and other special events.

 

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Parker Palm Springs  | Luxury Travel Guide | Wandering Diva

This chic secluded desert resort is sprawled across 13 stunning acres of lush estate, and is just four miles from Downtown Palm Springs.

 

This upscale getaway was the former home of the famous singing cowboy Gene Autry.  Guests can now stay in the two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence that is near the saltwater Autry Pool and includes a private patio, kitchen, and large living room. There are also private villas and estate rooms decorated by designer Jonathan Adler, with amenities that include bath and products by Hermès and Molton Brown.

 

Located on the grounds is an outdoor bar modeled after a vintage lemonade stand, croquet and a ping pong table.  The Palm Springs Yacht Club, which is their spa, offers treatments that include the Yachtsman’s Voyage, a deep tissue, scalp massage and facial combo and the Vanilla Sundae, a tailor-made massage, facial, manicure and pedicure.

 

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