10 Best Palm Springs Hotels for Your Next Family Vacation
By Marissa Willman
Palm Springs Local Expert
If you're traveling with the family in tow, don't let Palm Springs intimidate you. While some of the independent properties have a "no kids allowed" rule, plenty of local hotels cater just to families. In fact, the desert is ripe with family-friendly resorts and hotels that will create a fantastic vacation experience for kids and adults alike. Whether you're looking for a low-key hotel near downtown or a sprawling resort with a water park onsite, Palm Springs has a hotel to fit the bill.
With an onsite water park and a special section of guest rooms just for those with children in tow, Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage is a family favorite. With a sandy beach, water slides and a lazy river, Splashtopia helps families beat the heat on a Palm Springs vacation. In Indian Wells, the Renaissance Esmerelda caters to families with a children's camp, kid-friendly dining and sports programs and a babysitting service - plus a sandy beach ready for an afternoon of building sandcastles.
If you're looking for a little adults-only time, you may want to take advantage of the Kids Club Discovery Room at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. While you enjoy a spa appointment or tee time, the kids can take part in activities like arts and crafts, movie nights and pool games.
Coming to Palm Springs with the family? Be sure to check out the full list of Palm Springs' 10 best family-friendly hotels below.
10 Doral Desert Princess Resort Palm Springs
Located just outside Palm Springs in Cathedral City, the Doral Desert Princess Resort offers all the amenities expected in the desert, including championship golf courses, full-service spa treatments and tennis courts complete with instructors. The scenic golf greens and backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains make this a picturesque resort for a Palm Springs escape. The spa area offers a private pool, Jacuzzi and patio to help you relax, or you can swim a few laps in the Olympic-sized pool. At the end of the day, you can dine onsite at Fairway Cafe or unwind while watching the latest sports game at Divots Lounge.
9 Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
Connected to the Palm Springs Convention Center, the recently renovated Renaissance Palm Springs is a popular hotel for people visiting Palm Springs for a meeting or convention. It's also the premiere hotel for the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, held at the convention center. The Marriott-owned property is also family-friendly, with a pool just for kids. The property's adjoining rooms consist of one king room and one two-queen room, so parents and kids can have their own space after a day of exploring the city. Speaking of exploring the city, the hotel is less than three blocks from downtown, so you have easy access to restaurants and attractions like the Palm Springs Art Museum.
8 Miramonte Resort & Spa
This Mediterranean-inspired hotel in Indian Wells boasts luxurious villas, spacious grounds, onsite gardens and two pools--one for families and one just for adults. The onsite restaurant, The Grove Artisan Kitchen, specializes in farm-to-table cuisine and uses local produce from Southern California growers and from the hotel's own olive, citrus and herb gardens. The Miramonte's spa, The Well, is renowned for its service, offerings and products. Upon arriving at the spa, guests are taken to an actual wishing well and given a coin to make their wish. The treatment list is extensive and covers massages, facials, wraps and couples experiences. If you want to lounge by a private pool, the enclosed spa area has pools for the exclusive use of spa guests.
7 La Quinta Resort
Known for its charm as a serene desert oasis, the La Quinta Resort transports guests to the quaint Coachella Valley of the 1920s. Nestled in the heart of La Quinta, the resort is surrounded by mountains, palm trees and green golf courses. Spanish architecture and ample spaces define this resort, and many of the original bungalows remain standing to this day. The spacious rooms and ample grounds create an atmosphere that is miles removed from busy city centers. With hip eateries and boutiques on the property, there's little reason to leave this luxurious resort. If you do find yourself leaving the property, the La Quinta Resort is close to shopping centers, restaurants and attractions.
6 Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs
Located in the heart of downtown, the all-suite Hyatt Regency Palm Springs makes for an easy jumping-off point for exploring the city. You and the family will be within walking distance of downtown's restaurants, and the weekly Villagefest street fair takes place just blocks away. The location is stellar for navigating the city with the family in tow. Parents appreciate the spacious suites, especially since they include a door that separates the bedroom and living area. The entire family will enjoy the outdoor heated pool, and the fire pits make for a great lounging area as night falls across the desert. Bringing a baby? The Hyatt can arrange for diapers, formula, food and other travel necessities to be delivered to your room through its "Babies Travel Lite" program.
5 Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Whether relaxation means a few rounds of golf or a day at the spa, Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa will show you how to treat yourself in Palm Springs. Golfers will enjoy playing 27 holes on the resort's three courses. Tennis and fitness classes are also available for a luxurious and healthy retreat. Seeking serene spa treatments? The Rancho Las Palmas Spa will focus on your wellbeing by treating you to desert-themed facials, massages and more. After your spa treatment, soak in the adults-only Tranquility Pool for true relaxation. If the entire family is looking for a luxurious escape, keep in mind the resort is family-friendly. Kids will enjoy the sandy beaches and water slides at Splashtopia, while Mom and Dad lounge poolside in the shade.
4 Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
Ready to feel renewed? Slip away to the Renaissance Esmerelda in Indian Wells, a classic luxury hotel in the heart of this prestigious community. Just minutes away from Palm Desert and La Quinta, the Renaissance Esmerelda is an upscale choice for travelers with high-end taste. This spacious property offers an abundance of luxurious amenities, including a Zagat-rated restaurant, heated pools and a rejuvenating spa. Rooms combine modern decor with plush bedding to create your own private oasis in the middle of the desert. Be sure to dip your toes in the sand at one of the onsite pools or golf where the celebrities tee off on the renowned onsite courses.
3 Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa
Looking for a luxury hotel in the Palm Springs area where you can work on your golf game, swim in tranquil pools or renew your wellbeing with relaxing spa treatments? The Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells has you covered. Built to perfectly complement to desert landscape, the Hyatt Grand Champions offers views that are all too easy to get lost in. The location is also centrally located near the El Paseo shopping centers, offering a convenient location for upscale shoppers. Onsite amenities include an adults-only pool, bocce ball court and bicycle rentals. Several chic restaurants also offer fresh cuisine and craft cocktails.
2 Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa
Open spaces dominate the luxurious Westin Mission Hills Resort. The grounds are so vast (360 acres) that the staff offers golf cart rides throughout the property around the clock, and the oversized rooms spill out onto private patios where you can soak up the San Jacinto Mountains. With so much space throughout the property, it's easy to forget you don't have the entire place to yourself. Home to two PGA golf courses, the Westin Mission Hills is a popular luxury hotel for golfers. Westin Mission Hills also offers two cafes, a grill and its full-service restaurant, Pinzimini. Children's programs keep the family entertained, while the Spa at Mission Hills helps Mom and Dad relax. Just minutes from the I-10 freeway, the resort is also convenient for travelers who want to visit Palm Springs or Joshua Tree during their trip.
1 Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa
Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa is known for its 450 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, glistening lakes and championship golf courses. Whether you're here on business or staying at the resort with the family, there is no shortage of amenities and perks to make your stay a memorable one. In fact, the towering list of amenities might mean you never have to leave the resort. Start your stay with a gondola ride through property'd waterways, then retreat to the sandy beach and pools for a relaxing afternoon. If you need deeper relaxation, Desert Springs' spa offers massages, facials, wraps and other treatments to wash away any stress you might be carrying. After a day by the pool or on the greens, you can enjoy dinner at one of six onsite restaurants. When the sun goes down, you can party the night away at the onsite nightclub, Costa's.
About Marissa Willman
Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert destination through her travel writing. In a previous life, she worked as an English teacher in South Korea and spent months traveling throughout Asia. Today, Marissa prefers to explore her backyard in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, while occasionally jetsetting as her wanderlust strikes.
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