Plan a Stay and Liven up Your Instagram Feed While You’re at It With These Palm Springs 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 13 stunning boutique hotels in Palm Springs will surely captivate your eye and camera angle. Best Boutique Hotels
1 | Uptown Getaway Best Boutique Hotels
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.
2 | Right Where You Belong
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!
Local Insight: Be sure to make a dinner reservation at Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey across the street.
3 | Art Deco Oasis Best Boutique Hotels
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.
4 | Seeing Blue Best Boutique Hotels
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.
5 | Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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.
6 | So Serene Best Boutique Hotels
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.
7 | Strike a Yoga Pose
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.
8 | A Desert Gem Best Boutique Hotels
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,” says 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.
9 | Pet Pics Encouraged
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.
10 | A Picture Perfect Historic Hideaway
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.
Local Insight: 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.
Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn
412 W Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
11 | Fun in the Sun
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
12 | A (Del) Rey of Sunshine
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.
1620 S Indian Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92264
13 | Welcome to the 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.
424 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Photography Provided By: Nathan Cox and Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Best Boutique Hotels