Best Palm Springs Hotels to Fit Any Traveler's Needs

Throughout the years, celebrities have rested their weary heads on the fluffed pillows of many Palm Springs hotels. Famous desert guests have included the likes of Bob Hope, Loretta Young, Clark Gable and Albert Einstein. While spotting a celebrity in Palm Springs is still common, local hotels are open to more than just the A-listers, offering something for everyone.

There are two main types of Palm Springs hotels: smaller boutique properties and larger chain hotels and resorts. Boutique properties like the Palm Springs Rendezvous and the tend to offer a more intimate experience and often draw upon the Old Hollywood glamour that put Palm Springs on the map. Larger resorts like Rancho Las Palmas often offer more amenities, often sparing no expense when it comes to perks like golf courses, spas and even a water park.

With such a variety of hotel options, Palm Springs offers a room for every traveler. Whether you’re taking the family on a summer getaway, want a private Jacuzzi for your couple’s escape or are in town for a business conference, there’s a hotel perfectly suited to your needs.

With warm weather and sunshine gracing the desert all year long, the most important amenity to look for in your Palm Springs hotel is a decent pool with plenty of atmosphere. Palm Springs hotels pride themselves on their property’s pools, and many offer cabanas and full poolside service. Check out the full list of Palm Springs' best hotels below.


Whether you want to golf, ride a water slide or spend a day at the spa, The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa has the perfect way for you to cool off in Palm Springs. This family-friendly resort is home to Splashtopia, a waterpark with a lazy river, two water slides and a sandy beach. Business-oriented travelers will enjoy the resort's ample meeting space and golf courses, great for unwinding after a day of work. Adults seeking serenity can retreat to the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Spa for desert-themed treatments, followed by a soak in the adults-only Tranquility Pool.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is a destination resort offering onsite golfing, spa services, dining and even a water park.

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If you're looking for a boutique Palm Springs hotel that hasn't quite let go of the 1950s, look no further than the Palm Springs Rendezvous. Each room has a different 1950s theme, including the Old Western-themed "Stagecoach" room, the Elvis-inspired "Shake, Rattle & Roll" room and the Marilyn Monroe-inspired "Pretty in Pink" room. All rooms feature a California King bed and most rooms have a whirlpool Jacuzzi for private soaks. A three-course breakfast and poolside cocktails and appetizers are complimentary, and don't be surprised if fresh baked treats are waiting by your bedside when you return to your room.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Palm Springs Rendezvous is one of the city's best boutique options, thanks to its themed rooms, complimentary poolside breakfasts and in-room treats.

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The Renaissance Esmerelda is more than just a family-friendly hotel with restaurants and a sandy beach pool on site: the resort also offers access to one of the best golf courses in town, right next door. There are two courses hosted by the nearby IW Club: the Celebrity course and the Players course. Both earned a spot as one of the top 20 courses to play in California by Golfweek Magazine, and the Celebrity course also hosted the PGA Tour's LG Skins game twice. Book a tee time on the Players course for a challenge or on the Celebrity course for views of the nearby mountains. You'll notice the service is a standout here – for example, your clubs are picked up in the parking lot to be placed in your cart, your cooler is topped off with ice throughout your game and after your round, your clubs will be waiting for you in the parking lot, squeaky clean.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa offers access to some of the desert's best golfing, as well as top dining options and spa services, too.

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Palm Springs isn't just a prime vacation destination for people who want to indulge in spa treatments and relaxation--dogs can get in on the relaxation, too. At the La Quinta Resort and Spa, the specially designed PAWS experience will whisk your pup off its tired paws from the minute you arrive at the property. Upon arrival, your pet will receive a dog bone, while you'll receive a map detailing pet-friendly spots both on and around the property. Your casita will come prepared with organic dog treats, a pet bed, deodorizer and a pet tag. If Fido's still feeling a little stressed, order an in-room doggy massage. You and your pet will spend an hour bonding together as you enjoy massages in the comfort of your room.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: La Quinta Resort offers a wide range of perks, including some of the desert's best golfing, pet pampering, dining and spa treatments.

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Hipsters flock from Los Angeles to party at this bohemian hotel because its scene simply can't be beat. The Ace Hotel is perfect for those looking for a place to stay with an energetic and youthful vibe. The retro rooms offer a laid-back ambiance with chic decorations, adding to the bohemian vibe. There's never a shortage of things to do at The Ace. On any given night, you might find the Amigo Room transformed into a bingo hall, stand-up comedy stage or crafting corner. Parties are also thrown on the regular. With regular weekend pool parties, nightly DJs and monthly drum circles, The Ace is best suited for guests looking to party in Palm Springs.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Ace Hotel Palm Springs is a lively hotel in South Palm Springs, offering eclectic rooms, fresh dining and nightly entertainment.

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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.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa is a full-service resort with golfing, dining, shopping and even gondola rides, all onsite.

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The Riviera is a resort that masterfully walks the line between retro and modern, offering trendy takes on the mid-century modern design for which Palm Springs is known. The result is a luxury hotel with a funky boutique vibe, a touch of glamour and all of the amenities expected of an upscale property. For a truly luxurious getaway, opt for one of the Starlite suites with an in-room hot tub and fireplace. Soak up the sun at the Riviera's pool, one of the most popular in Palm Springs, and be sure to drop by Spa Terre before you go. The spa is known for its treatments, including desert sage massages, private steams for two and herbal Thai compresses. After your treatment, continue your resort-style getaway by kicking back in the Buddha Lounge, where hot tea, citrus-infused water and tranquil pools await.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Riviera Resort & Spa, Palm Springs offers a taste of Old Palm Springs with its Rat Pack-era concept.

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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.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Miramonte Resort & Spa is a Tuscan-inspired escape, known for its private rooms, farm-to-table cuisine and unbeatable spa experience.

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The Avalon has made a name for itself on its Hollywood Regency style. A regular spot for celebrities, the Avalon offers bright rooms, a beautifully lit courtyard and pool area, and outdoor dining areas for guests to enjoy dinner under the stars. Speaking of dining, don't miss the hotel's onsite restaurant while you're there. The Avalon is also home to a full-service spa, and wellness classes are also available.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Avalon is a popular boutique hotel for its chic and contemporary design.

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A stay at the Parker Palm Springs can be summer up with one word: Perfection. The Parker is well worth the splurge, offering opulent rooms, incredibly serene grounds and a laundry list of amenities. Guests can choose from freestanding villas, patio rooms or basic estate rooms. But with amenities like 40-inch flat screens, Hermes soap and Molten Brown body wash, rooms at the Parker are far from basic. Two pools offer plenty of room for everyone and the adults-only pool is perfect for those seeking a quieter retreat. There's also plenty of space to relax in solitude throughout the gardens, whether you choose a to sit down with a good book, wander the garden paths or catch some rays on a daybed. Another great choice is to relax in a hammock after a round of croquet or bocce ball, both of which are offered at The Parker. Don't leave without having breakfast at Norma's, the onsite restaurant serving a variety of American comfort food.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Parker Palm Springs is a local favorite for its luxurious rooms, lush and expansive grounds, beautiful pools and delectable restaurants.

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