The Best Luxury Hotels and Accommodations in Palm Springs and the Desert
Collected by Kathryn Romeyn , AFAR Contributor
Boutique hotels that appeal to the design-minded and large desert resorts with amenities beyond a dazzling swimming pool: Choosing from the range of accommodations in this glamorous region is bound to present a challenge.
1050 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
When you’re staying at this historic property, it’s worth waking up early to watch the sun rise and turn the sky pink against the San Jacinto Mountains. Romance suffuses this upscale three-acre resort of low-slung bungalows, designed...
67710 San Antonio St, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240, USA
Some people dream of private islands with snowy sand and palm trees. Others fantasize about sleeping in a John Lautner house. For the latter, nothing beats this remote 1947 compound of luxury “living units” designed by the Frank Lloyd...
49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA
The longest-operating resort in the area, La Quinta is such a landmark that the town was named after it (rather than the other way around). The hotel has aged gracefully: In 2016, it celebrated its 90th anniversary. Recent renovations melded...
200 W Arenas Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
It’s all about the playful details at Holiday House, from the love beads that guests receive on arrival to the custom fortune cookies they take home with them. But make no mistake—this 21-and-up property is an upscale, high-style...
1551 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
The pool is the center of all action at this Design District hotel. Show up early for yoga alongside the 66-foot-long pool, and then settle into a private cabana for a day of lounging and swimming—with, perhaps, a round at the marble...
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
California’s original Holiday Inn has come a long way. After several iterations—former owners include singer Gene Autry and producer Merv Griffin—the property reopened as Parker Palm Springs in 2004. The hotel underwent a major...
50857 Burns Canyon Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268, USA
The charm is simple—and highly photogenic—at this 1947 property, where old western actors like Roy Rogers used to get away between takes. When new owners bought the ranch in 2016, they began renovating bit by bit, outfitting the rooms...
1330 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
Tensions dissolve immediately when guests arrive at Sparrows Lodge. Take your welcome cocktail—sangria with wild blueberries—straight to the arbor, where the scent of citrus and the soothing fountain flow embody “out of...
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