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Plan a Stay and Liven up Your Instagram Feed While You’re at It With These Palm Springs Boutique Hotels

Written By: Patricia Kemp
Photography Provided By: Nathan Cox and Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Best 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 architectural aficionado or a wellness-minded yogi, these 10 stunning boutique hotels in Palm Springs will surely captivate your eye and camera angle. 

1 | So Serene Best Boutique Hotels

La Serena Villas

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.       

La Serena Villas
339 S Belardo Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
844.932.8044

2 | Pet Pics Encouraged Best Boutique Hotels

Sparrows Lodge

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. In fact, family-style suppers are served on “Chicken Wednesdays” and “Steak Saturdays.” The barn also holds a full bar with a wide selection of wine, Champagne and microbrews. 

Native Knowledge: 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.     

Sparrows Lodge
1330 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.327.2300

3 | A Desert Gem Best Boutique Hotels

L’Horizon Resort & Spa

Celebrating minimalistic modern designs, this clandestine cluster of 25 1950s bungalows is a white diamond in the desert. “From our manicured landscapes and personalized details to the iconic William F. Cody architecture and stunning mountain views, you’ll always be surrounded by a perfect moment,” said Nicholas Sloan, Event Manager at L’Horizon Resort & Spa. The desert landscape also includes giant cacti that seemingly stretch to the sky through the low-slung roofs. Outdoor conversation spaces from the poolside cabanas to fire pit lounge chairs robed in pure white impress a sparkling crisp feel across the resort’s three acres. As such, it’s no surprise brides love the clean, simplistic background for their wedding day photos.

L’Horizon Resort & Spa
1050 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.323.1858

4 | Strike a Yoga Pose 

Korakia Pensione

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.

Native Knowledge: A surprise and delight at night is when the attentive staff illuminate the grounds with candle-lit lanterns to enthuse soft, magical evenings.

Korakia Pensione
257 S Patencio Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.864.6411

5 | Make a Splash 

Alcazar Palm Springs

This posh 34-room hotel boasts the best use of water from the bubbling jacuzzi to the cooling courtyard misters. Yet, the sleek three-part waterfall facade is one of the most refreshing backdrops on the grounds of the Alcazar Palm Springs. From splashing around the purified saltwater pool or lounging in the lush garden café, either vantage point of the moving water fixture is a monumental showpiece. Townie Bikes are available to ride around the Uptown District to snap some more photos, but you don’t have to venture too far to find a bite to eat. Acclaimed restaurants Cheeky’s and Birba are located on the property serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as happy hour by the pool.

Alcazar Palm Springs
622 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.318.9850

 

6 | A Picture Perfect Historic Hideaway

The Willows 

Built in 1924, The Willows holds the esteemed honor as being one of the city’s oldest structures. With only eight guest rooms adorned with antique heirlooms, this Palm Springs landmark is a serene sanctuary with private terraces offering a discreet bird’s-eye view of downtown and mountain vistas. Walk up the stone pathway to unearth secret rest spots tucked in the mountainside. It’s one of the notable fairytale-like places on the pristine property to have your camera ready. The covered bench is the perfect perch for self-reflection or contemplating the wonders of the universe as a frequent guest Dr. Albert Einstein often sat near the garden’s dramatic 50-foot waterfall.

Native Knowledge: The Willows hovers above the Palm Springs Art Museum so you’re just a stone’s throw away. Stroll down the hillside stone path to take in some culture. The hotel is closed for the summer but reopens in September, and you can book your fall/winter getaway now.     

The Willows
412 W Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
877.567.0236

7 | Monkeying Around

The Monkey Tree Hotel

With bright, yellow umbrellas and lounge chairs to relax around the heated saltwater pool, The Monkey Tree Hotel’s 1960s midcentury modern courtyard is as playful and warm as the sun. It’s the perfect place to catch the sunrise with a cup of coffee or sip a sunset cocktail. For the ultimate hydrotherapy experience, slip into the Scandinavian spa and cycle through the dry sauna, hot tub and cold plunge pool. While the 16-room retro hotel, designed by Swiss architect Albert Frey, has been updated with all the modern fixtures, it still retains a wealth of old Hollywood history as famous former guests include luminary couples, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.     

The Monkey Tree Hotel
2388 E Racquet Club Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.322.6059

8 | A (Del) Rey of Sunshine

Villa Royale

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.   

Villa Royale
1620 S Indian Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.327.2314

9 | Welcome to the Hotel California 

Hotel California

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.

Hotel California
424 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.322.8855 

 

10 | Amazing Architecture 

Colony Palms Hotel

Maintaining the original Spanish colonial architecture and ceramic floor tiles, the 57-room resort and spa at the Colony Palms Hotel in the Movie Colony District charms guests with arched entryways and a wraparound veranda. Snap an Insta-worthy moment on the loggia, and then take a moment for yourself to close your eyes and swing in one of the hanging wicker egg-shaped chairs for a relaxing rest in the shade.

Native Knowledge: From prohibition mobsters to Coachella festival-goers, the hotel has hosted some eclectic personalities over the years. Reputable Purple Gang member Al Wertheimer opened the venue for business in 1936. Fast forward more than 80 years later during the 2018 Coachella Music Festival when starlets Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin rocked a Levi’s sponsored denim party by the pool.    

Colony Palms Hotel
572 N Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.969.1800