Palm Springs, once California’s mecca for snowbirds, avid golfers and retirees, has surged in popularity over the last few years. Now, families, music festival enthusiasts, road trippers and couples looking for some R and R flock to the desert. With such a diverse clientele, how does a hotel cater to both LA hipsters looking for chill house DJ’s poolside while sipping jalapeño margaritas and children doing cannonballs into the middle of circular pink floaties?
And in this case, what about a hotel perfect for a romantic getaway where you won’t encounter either?!
Below I have outlined the best hotels in Palm Springs for couples. There is a mixture of trendy boutique hotels, mid-century decor, modern takes on the classics and a few traditional hotels. Most of them are 21+, and if they are not, they still promise to be more mellow and relaxing than the turntables and tequila you may find elsewhere.
Note: The prices listed below are a rough estimate based on average prices in peak season. Make sure to check your specific dates for accurate pricing! If you can handle the heat, you can usually stay at these resorts for half the price between June-September!
Read on to find out the best hotels in Palm Springs for Couples
$180-360$ – 3 star hotel
(Source: Alzacar Palm Springs)
From the owners of the cult-classic brunch spot Cheeky’s (and equally exceptional restaurants Birba and Mr. Lyons) comes this centrally located oasis right off the main strip (but nicely tucked away to avoid any noise).
Complete with a saltwater pool, private patios, and friendly staff, this is a great hotel to stay at if you’re a foodie couple that likes to socialize, but also likes chill downtime (no pool party DJ’s here!).
The hotel does allow children and can be a hot spot for large groups/weddings, but the location and trendy energy of Alzacar is infectious and worth a visit!
Perks: Imported Italian linens, fireplaces, poolside and private patios, salt water purified pool, cooling misters (much needed in the Spring and Summer months!!) and dog-friendly!
Bonus: you can just roll out of bed before Cheeky’s opens to avoid waiting in the sometimes 2 hour line for those famous bacon flights and Bloody Mary’s..
Average: C$250 – C$800 – 3.5 star hotel
(Source: Holiday House)
21+, No TV’s, Venetian blinds, and only 28 rooms. This is the tranquil home away from home you’ve been looking for. The decor embodies the energy and vibe of Palm Springs. I love this hotel because it offers you the mid-century style experience, without shelling out an arm and a leg to rent an entire home in Palm Springs. This hotel is perfect for a quiet, relaxing and romantic getaway to Palm Springs.
Holiday House was recently renovated, which means you still get the spacious layouts older hotels provide, but with the beauty of brand new fixtures and decor. The staff is friendly, there is a great little bistro onsite called “The Pantry” for snacks and goodies, and they offer bicycles for guests to use to ride into town to explore the eclectic neighborhoods nearby. Be careful though. You might fall in love and start picking out a home of your own. No pool Dj’s here, but they have nice music playing by the pool for good vibes. Grab a cocktail and enjoy those mountain views!
Perks: Free parking and breakfast, mountain views, bicycle rentals, Palm Springs decor, central location, 21+, No TV’s or poolside DJ’s
C$300 – C$800 Average – 3.5 stars
(Source: Sparrows Lodge)
Welcome to one of the most eccentric hotels you’ll find in Palm Springs! Sparrows Lodge looks like it could reside along the ski slopes of Aspen or in the hills of Napa Valley. The cottage/lodge style decor immediately makes you feel like you have stepped into your own private rustic retreat. The hotel is 21+ years, and the tranquil rooms and courtyard will make you want to throw your phone in the pool and never touch it again.
Sparrows Lodge is very peaceful, with only a small number of rooms (so book in advance!). Each room has its own unique decor equipped with an open rock rain shower (I mean, come on!!). And I saved the best for last. As if the cozy outdoor firepits weren’t enough, they offer s’ mores supplies for you to roast your own marshmallows circa childhood summer camp.
This hotel understands that beauty is in the details. What makes this one of the best hotels in Palm Springs for couples? There are no TV’s, and they offer couples massages onsite. S’mores and a glass of red wine in the evening, Joshua Tree coffee and fresh breakfast when you rise? You’ll never want to leave.
Perks: 21+ years, quiet, no TV’s, on-site massages, firepits and S’mores, So.Pa (great restaurant within walking distance), away from the main strip (but a short uber or bike ride away)
Tip: Request room off of the road if possible (it’s not too noisy, but an added bonus if possible).
Fun fact: This is the sister property to Holiday House above.
$170-$450- 3.5 stars
If you’ve ever dreamed of spending a weekend at a Mediterranean retreat, but haven’t quite made it over to Europe, Korakia Pensione is the next best thing. Picture this: You start your day with a fully cooked breakfast in a Moroccan courtyard before grabbing a vintage book from their library and lounging around poolside. Spend the afternoon in the spa before a traditional Moroccan tea experience. The following day, grab one of the resorts complimentary bicycle rentals and tour downtown Palm Springs. Finish the evening laying on one of the poolside daybeds looking at the stars, or watching one of the vintage movies playing on a big screen. Sounds pretty perfect, right?
It’s no wonder Korakia Pensione was named one of the “Sexiest Hotels in America” by Forbes Traveler. This is one of the nicest resorts in Palm Springs, and in my opinion a steal of a deal given its elegance. It is a bit older, but the rustic nature of the retreat adds to its charm.
My fiancé and I recently stayed at the Korakia over New Years. Here is a photo diary of our stay to give you an idea of what the property looks like.
Perks: Quiet, retreat experience, spa on-site, bicycle rentals, Moroccan decor & traditions, reasonably priced, gorgeous setting, complimentary fully-cooked breakfast, romantic packages available including Baby Moon experiences and flower deliveries, bocce ball, library
C$350 – C$800 – 4 Star Hotel
(Source: Kimpton Rowan)
I have been waiting for this hotel to open for years! Finally, it. has. arrived! And well worth the wait. Housing the only rooftop pool in Palm Springs (hello mountain views, fire pits, and insanely good margaritas!). This new space is modern, spacious, and conveniently located right in the heart of downtown Palm Springs.
Also, did somebody say free happy hour?! I love this signature Kimpton hotel perk. During happy hour, help yourself to a glass of complimentary wine before heading out for dinner.
They also offer coffee services in the lobby in the morning and fresh spa water throughout the day. It’s these extra little details that set Kimpton apart. I know some hotels in Palm Springs that charge $8 per water bottle with no coffee makers in the room (and then charge $9 for your morning java). Needless to say, these Kimpton bonuses are a nice touch.
Perks: Tried-and-true hotel brand and hospitality, rooftop pool, right on the main strip, free happy hour, mountain views, complimentary coffee and spa water, brand new, restaurants on-site
Tip: Try to request a view of the mountains from your room (6th floor would be a major bonus!).
Average $375-$900 – 4 stars
(Source: Telegraph UK)
Originally built in 1924, this estate has seen it all. The Rat Pack, novelist Harold Bell Wright, Salvador Dali, and icons like Elizabeth Taylor have all stayed here. At one point the hotel was so sought-after, owner and manager Ms. Hardy started picking and choosing who stayed in the hotel. If she didn’t think you measured up to the standards, you were told there was “no room at the Inn.”
With hammocks, croquet, and manicured gardens, you will feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1930’s. Put on your big sunglasses and hit the ball around as a bottle of champagne chills on the sidelines.
Ingleside Inn has this energy that makes you feel like Sinatra might waltz in any second with a grin and a wink, cocktail in hand. The rooms are all villa style, recently renovated with private patios. This is old Hollywood meets modern Palm Springs at it’s finest.
Must try: The iconic Melvyn’s restaurant attached to the resort. No trip to Palm Springs is complete without it! Sit in the lounge and listen to the resident piano man and order one of the best dirty martini’s you’ve ever had. If you want to go for dinner, expect a retro experience, where some dishes are even prepared tableside. Tip: dress code in effect at Melvyn’s! Pants and collared shirts for males
Perks: Recently renovated, one of the most famous hotels in town, complimentary continental breakfast, beautiful setting, nestled away from main strip but close enough to walk or bike, firepits, hammocks, croquet
C$450 – C$900 – 4 Star Hotel
(Source: Colony Palms)
Speaking of Hollywood, Colony Palms has a storied past as well, and is still a hotspot for celebrities and tourists alike. The hotel is tucked away in the Movie Colony district of Downtown Palm Springs. Secret pathways, fountains, a serene pool, an incredible restaurant (seriously, The Purple Palm is a must visit! Grab a blood orange margarita and thank me later.), this is the perfect hotel for a weekend getaway.
The gorgeous hacienda-style property, with high ceilings and Moroccan inspired architecture and decor, will give you the traditional Palm Springs experience you’ve been looking for.
Perks: Beautiful decor, located in historic Movie Colony district, quiet and secluded, hacienda style, friendly staff, great on-site restaurant, A glass of rosé upon check-in to get you into vacation mode in a hurry.
C$450 – C$1,000 – 4-star Hotel
Hello, heaven. What doesn’t this gorgeous property have? You’ll stay in your very own brand new private villa, decorated in Moroccan meets Palm Springs glam. You will have your own outdoor patio complete with AN OUTDOOR BATH!
One of my favorite things about this hotel (and something I haven’t seen any other hotel do before), is they bring fresh breakfast baskets to your room every morning full of goodies. So cute.
Their rooftop lounge is one of the best in the desert, home to a great restaurant, Azucar. Make sure you spend some time up there and order one of their finely crafted cocktails like the watermelon mojito or desert mule, their take on the Moscow mule. My personal favorite? The LSV (their margarita made with Herradura silver tequila, triple sec, fresh lime & agave).
Perks: Walking distance to main street, very quiet in the evenings, L’Occitane bath products, bicycles to use, spa on site, outdoor fire pits, breakfast included
Tip: Only 18 rooms, book far in advance!! Request a room far enough away from road if possible
C$400+ – 4 star hotel
(Source: The Willows)
A Four Diamond Resort that was given a 92 rating in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and the Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. The Willows also holds the prestigious “Class 1” historic designation and is one of the 10 oldest structures in Palm Springs. The hotel has gone through multi-year restorations to ensure top quality and modern flair without compromising its storied history. Step back in time and into this luxurious resort, once loved by the great Albert Einstien.
Perks: Quiet, historic property, three course gourmet breakfast, terrace, swimming pool and hot tub, luxury linens
C$450 – C$1,500 – 5 star hotel
(Source: LHW L Horizon)
I saved the 5-star hotel for last. This is the “treat yo’self” hotel of the bunch, and for good reason. If solitude and seclusion is what you’re after, L’ Horizon can’t be beat. The mid-century style rooms (hotel was originally built in 1952 by famous architect William F.Cody and later restored by designer Steve Hermann) are semi-detached. The hotel is 3 acres, so you’ll have your fair share of serenity! Many of the rooms come with your own private patio and OUTDOOR shower. Being a 5 star resort, the staff knows a thing or two about hospitality. Their customer service is second to none.
There are pool bungalows to relax in all day, while reading a good book and soaking up the sun with your better half. Another bonus? The pool never closes, so you can always slip in for a late night dip after eating at one of the many restaurants nearby. So.Pa, one of my favorite restaurants in Palm Springs is attached!.
Sexy, stylish, serene, secluded. This is the ultimate Palm Springs hotel for couples. If you’re not convinced, check out their website.
Perks: Luxury Car Service to Downtown, free bicycle rental and airport transfers, guided hiking, Mid-Century home tours, free morning yoga, bocce ball court, Adults only, spa on site
Some other favorites:
- Movie Colony Hotel (although currently undergoing renovations)
- The Monkey Tree (built by Albert Frey)
- ARRIVE (if you love to be around people, poolside games and great atmosphere (try the Swan Dive!)
- The Flamingo House (Airbnb)
I hope this has given you some ideas for where to stay in Palm Springs for couples. You really can’t go wrong, it all depends on what kind of vacation you are looking for, how long you are visiting, and what your budget is. For this post, I kept the hotels strictly couple friendly.
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