Plan a Stay at One of These Charming Boutique Hotels
Beyond the spectacular pools and palm trees that dot the desert, there’s a copious collection of scenic marvels on the grounds of smaller hotels that are big on luxury and picturesque moments. Whether you’re an architecture aficionado or a wellness guru in search of a peaceful stay, these 14 boutique hotels in Palm Springs will surely captivate your eye and make you want to stay awhile.
A contemporary rendition of a beloved 1950s California classic, Skylark Hotel is a place where the past and the present collide. The property features 28 rooms that capture the essence of the mid-century era. The rooms also encapsulate a courtyard pool (where you’ll want to spend most of your days) that looks out at the rugged mountains. But if you prioritize adventure over relaxation, you’ll love the hotel’s prime location. Just minutes away from some of the best desert attractions like Downtown Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, it’s easy to get a taste of the city’s culinary scene and explore the natural beauty of the desert. Other perks of staying here include a hot breakfast each morning, parking and WiFi.
Local Insight: Skylark Hotel is currently undergoing a renovation that includes colorful upgrades to the property’s exterior, room refreshments and the addition of a full-service bar and restaurant for hotel guests and locals. Follow along @skylarkhotelpalmsprings for updates!
For a slice of Palm Springs history, check in to the charming Casa Cody—the oldest operating hotel in Palm Springs. Founded by Hollywood pioneer Harriet Cody (cousin of the illustrious Buffalo Bill) in the 1920s, this boutique hotel remains a desert staple. Adobe hacienda architecture can be seen throughout the property, but the interior design firm Electric Bowery revamped the rooms with a more contemporary feel. Guests can relish views of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains while taking a dip in one of two swimming pools. Plus, eco-minded amenities such as Parachute bedding and linens, organic bath products and custom-designed bathrobes are just the cherry on top!
This stunning, adults-only hotel features fire pits, a quaint pool area and hand-painted floral murals by artist Ouize across several of its Spanish-style casitas. Rooms, including the sumptuous one-bedroom suite, showcase midcentury modern-inspired furnishings, bright floral wallpaper and nifty amenities like pink Keurig coffee makers. And while there’s no on-site restaurant, the on-site clubhouse is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and features lounge seating, a communal pantry and working and dining areas. In the mood for some bubbly? Fleur Noire Hotel’s La Boisson, a speakeasy-style champagne and rosé bar, will surely quench your thirst. Simply send a text, and your drink of choice will be brought to you poolside!
Steeped in history, the 30-room Ingleside Inn embraces its iconic and glamorous roots, offering guests a true taste of the 1930s. Aside from the Keurig coffee makers, flatscreen TVs and glass shower doors, there’s nothing ultra-modern about this sweet retreat. Melvyn’s Restaurant, a favorite of Frank Sinatra’s back in the day, remains untouched and still offers the “lost art” of table-side service. Great for retreats or romantic escapes, this legendary boutique hotel is a peaceful place to relax and soak up the Palm Springs sun.9/21
Situated in the heart of the bustling Uptown Design District sits Alcazar—a charming white-walled boutique hotel. Soak up the sun by the purified saltwater pool and look out at the rugged San Jacinto Mountains as you lounge the day away. And when the evening rolls around, grab a glass of wine and gaze at the stars from Alcazar’s communal courtyard. You’ll love everything about this quaint hotel, from its prime location to its lush grounds and modern aesthetic. Acclaimed restaurants Cheeky’s and Birba are located on the property serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as happy hour by the pool.
This quaint boutique hotel is an all-inclusive, adults-only experience. Breakfast, cocktail hour and parking, along with all of the hotel’s amenities, are included in your stay––which is just minutes from Downtown Palm Springs. Choose between four different suite options, each equipped with a California king bed, vintage bar and cocktail tools and a bluetooth speaker. Catch some rays at the freshwater pool and lounge on the 1930’s inspired poolside furniture. This hotel is a perfect mix between vintage and modern decor, which truly epitomizes the quintessential vibe of Palm Springs.
If you’re looking for a chic, midcentury modern yet coastal cool hotel, this is it. Holiday House Palm Springs features 28 different remodeled rooms, and you’ll definitely take home some interior inspiration after leaving here. Smeg appliances, adorable bar carts, large bathtubs and polka dot bikes are just a few of the charming amenities here. Dine at their on-site restaurant, The Pantry, for fresh California cuisine (and definitely order the Bloody Mary!) to top off your weekend stay. Essentials for a stay at Holiday House: a large wicker tote, bright flowy dress and oversized hat!
Local Insight: Holiday House originally opened in 1951 and was designed by architect Herbert W. Burns.
You’ll feel right at home at The Weekend Palm Springs. With its subtle midcentury modern decor––like white brick walls and bright orange doors––this quaint hotel in Old Las Palmas is a hidden oasis. With only 10 rooms, you’ll receive the privacy and service you’re searching for. Take a dip in the pool and soak in the sunshine, and in the morning stay snug in your room. On your private outdoor patio, chill out in the hanging rattan chair with your phone set to do not disturb and a good book in hand. And if you’re looking to explore, take a five minute drive for dining and shopping in Downtown Palm Springs.
A popular getaway catering to the 21-and-up crowd, La Serena Villas is a hot spot to post a selfie. Every direction you turn is something exquisite. The Frida Kahlo dining table at the resort’s Azucar restaurant is a hit with art lovers. At night, the boho chic rooftop lounge, Sugar High, is a romantic spot for stargazing with a glass of wine.
A yogi’s dream abides in this Moroccan and Greek Mediterranean themed paradise. Rise and shine every morning of your stay to practice sun salutations on the outdoor yoga platform. Each villa at Korakia Pensione is wholly unique from the sunlit, whitewashed Casablanca studio to the Aegean Bungalow with a Japanese-style soaking tub, and is outfitted with two yoga mats if you prefer to meditate in your own zen space. French doors allow the outside in, with views of citrus blossoms, olive trees and oleander bushes or one of the two sensational 24-hour pools.
Local Insight: A surprise and delight at night is when the attentive staff illuminate the grounds with candle-lit lanterns to enthuse soft, magical evenings.
Rustic craftsmanship meets farmhouse charm at the 1950s-style Sparrows Lodge. While all of the 20 cozy rooms with exposed beam ceilings are a tranquil escape, the outside is where you’ll find plenty of picture-perfect opportunities. Just steps outside the Barn Kitchen, there’s a long wooden table decorated with wildflowers in mason jars underneath an ivy-covered trellis that serves as the ideal dining spot for a bohemian, outdoorsy dinner party with a dozen of your favorite friends. The barn also holds a full bar with a wide selection of wine, Champagne and microbrews.
Local Insight: Just as the lodge’s namesake suggests, it’s an animal-friendly environment and it’s begging for guests to snap a puppy pic by the pool.
Past the Villa Royale’s arch entrance of a painted hot pink caricature mural ‘welcoming you to paradise,’ one of the highlights that make this a cool pool party vibe is the extra-long turquoise loveseat. The chill lounge couch comfortably holds about 20 people to rendezvous with friends or make new ones, and extends the length of the pool for plenty of stylish group selfies.
With 32 guest rooms surrounding the glistening pool, you’ll know you’ve arrived at the right place. Get ready for a weekend of relaxation with a Shady Lady cocktail in hand and views of the stunning desert mountains. Order delicious sips and snacks from the poolside restaurant, indulge in gourmet late-night ice cream from Ice Cream & Shop(pe), and grab a morning cold brew from Cartel Coffee Lab. After a long day in the sun, play a friendly round of ping pong before cozying up to one of the poolside fire pits. And to end the night, slip into a plush robe and enjoy the private patio within your room’s indoor/outdoor living space. The chic design of this Pali Society hotel is an Instagram favorite, so don’t be shy!
The Eagles may have made Hotel California a hit song, but this boutique inn has been welcoming travelers off the dark desert 111 Highway for many years. A great escape awaits in all of the Spanish-style, 14-room suites with kitchenettes just steps away from an always heated 92-degree pool. There’s also an outdoor barbecue and secluded cigar lounge on site to unwind after the road.