We love, love, love Palm Springs! It’s not just because we need to thaw out from the PNW cold. It’s the brilliant color that permeates everything. Like a desert oasis, bougainvillea and other brightly colored flowers line the sidewalks. Hummingbirds fly in abundance. Restaurants and cool modern boutiques are scattered throughout Palm Springs and Palm Desert. But the hotels, holy #*!#….Amazing!
The Saguaro Palm Springs is for all you eclectic lovers. Vibrant colors adorn the hotel “a theme meant to reflect the spirit of the Coachella Valley desert and desert flowers.” A conversion of an old Holiday Inn, The Saguaro has a pool, two whirlpools, a spa that offers daily yoga classes, a restaurant, two bars and it’s pet friendly to boot!
You can use their beach cruisers to bike to our favorite restaurants or to the Palm Springs Door Tour.
Even if you are not staying here, it’s well worth checking out. Be sure to hit the pool for fresh fruit punches and boozy frozen drinks.
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club
The Ace has 2 outdoor pools with an outdoor fireplace, a full-service spa and a bar described by the Ace Hotel’s manager as “a dark desert speakeasy that gives a cool cavernous vibe, while paying homage to California through our decor such as Chuy the California brown bear overlooking the bar.” You even get your own robes to wear!
The Desert Star
Designed by Howard Lapham back in the 1950’s, the decor is quintessential Palm Springs. A mid-century modern oasis in a quiet, idyllic setting, you can rent one of four studio apartments that surround a heated salt water pool. What’s not to love?
Hope Springs Resort
This mid-century resort in Desert Hot Springs has sweeping views of the Coachella Valley. Spring water flows from their well and fills three pools, one hot soaking pool, one warm for swimming and a cold plunge pool.
All of the minimally decorated rooms open to the pool and have king size beds. This is the perfect place if you are looking for relaxation, away from the hubbub of downtown Palm Springs. Be sure to book a massage at their spa.
Sandpiper is the first condominium project in the Coachella Valley designed by Daniel Palmer and William Krisel (the architect of the famed Alexander homes). An innovative concept of luxury desert living, the condos were built with the gorgeous swimming pool as the focal point The Sandpiper is a good example of how they use breezeways AKA concrete blocks for privacy screens in wonderful geometric patterns.
There are several websites such as Airbnb and VRBO that rent condos at Sandpiper. Besides the history, it is really the year round residents that make staying here so interesting. Be sure to hang out at the pool to meet the eclectic residents. You will never get bored of the conversations. Or just read through James Schnepf’s photography book Palm Springs Modern Living, a collection of photographs that document both the iconic mid-century architecture and the fascinating people that inhabit them, including the Sandpiper.
Check out his images as well. “Kim and Joe Sunning in Polyester” is my favorite!
Pardon these iphone photos. It was an impromptu visit and I failed to photograph my favorite thing about the Sandpiper, the pool!
No matter where you stay. You can’t escape the massive palm trees and the amazing sunsets in Palm Springs.
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