Since Hollywood’s Golden Age, stars have worked in Tinseltown and played in Palm Springs. In its heyday, this desert paradise served as a swinging escape for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. The only thing more legendary than the star-studded soirees? The design. Widely regarded as the epicenter of the midcentury modern movement, Palm Springs is a mecca of iconic architecture and sleek aesthetics. No surprise that design-conscious travelers flock here in droves. Thankfully, there’s a huge haul of stylish stays to accommodate. Here are seven of our top picks.
Palm Spring is in the midst of a revival. Arrive is a reflection of that—both in aesthetics and energy. Clerestory windows, butterfly roofs, and corten (weathering) steel siding make a mid-century statement. The hub of the action is the central courtyard with a party-ready pool, cabanas, cozy lounges, fire pits, and a bocce court.
Avalon Hotel & Bungalows Palm Springs
Avalon Hotel & Bungalows Palm Springs layers Spanish architecture with a fresh interpretation of Hollywood Regency style. Black-and-white interiors are enhanced with pops of yellow, eye-catching light fixtures, and mirrored bureaus. But perhaps the most mesmerizing thing about this property are the impeccably manicured grounds—and, of course, the mountain vistas.
Saguaro Palm Springs
Looking to enliven your Instagram feed? We’d suggest a trip to the Saguaro Palm Springs. In 2012, architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat converted a mundane motel into this technicolor hotspot. Hues are inspired by desert wildflowers and reflect the spirit of Coachella Valley. The 244 rooms—each with a private balcony or patio—face an Olympic-sized heated pool.
Parker Palm Springs
Groovy, glamorous, and thoughtfully curated with a dose of Jonathan Adler’s trademark eccentricity—the Parker Palm Springs is an Instagram idol with tales to tell. The picturesque 13-acre property (which previously belonged to Gene Autry and later Merv Griffin) also impresses with its gorgeous gardens, red-clay tennis courts, and croquet lawn.
L'Horizon Resort & Spa
This 1952 William F. Cody–designed estate was originally built for producer Jack Wrather and his high-profile pals—think: Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable. Decades later, it dazzles as a swanky boutique resort. Bungalows exude mid-century elegance with bespoke furnishings, marble baths, and Frette linens. Bonus: You no longer need to be a celeb to stay here.
Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Part throwback, part hipster retreat, the Ace Hotel & Swim Club salutes its motor lodge roots in a way that’s sometimes kitschy and always cool. The ’60s bohemian vibe beckons you to don a tunic and listen to Fleetwood Mac on vinyl—which you can do since rooms come with record players. Communal fireplaces by artist Stan Bitters, vintage rugs, and string lights up the ambiance.
Kimpton the Rowan Palm Springs
The first ground-up hotel constructed in Palm Springs in more than 30 years, this contemporary oasis can’t seduce you with stories about Bob Hope and Cary Grant. How it will win you over is with its a captivating blend of urban sophistication and organic grace. This seven-story stunner can also claim bragging rights as having the only rooftop pool in the area.
This Spanish Colonial hideaway has lured A-listers since 1936. Frank Sinatra once called it his “home away from home.” Over the years, it has managed to retain much of its authentic charm. The ambiance is warm and inviting—perfect for a couples getaway. Speaking of romance, recently refurbished casitas flaunt sumptuous textiles, dark wood, ceramic tiles, and outdoor soaking tubs.