Desert Vacation Is Having a Moment—and These Hotels Make It Even Cooler

Updated 11/08/17
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The fall weather is getting chillier and chillier by the day, and as excited as we are to spend time with family and stuff our faces for the holidays, we're also already dreaming of a warm, relaxing vacation in a sunnier locale. And one of the best places to sneak off to for guaranteed sunshine year round? Palm Springs. When it comes to desert destinations, it's hard to beat this Southern California retreat, which also happens to be a mecca for Midcentury-modern design aficionados with incredible antique shops and flea markets, as well as some of the most photo-worthy interior vignettes imaginable around every corner.

The hotels are no exception. So if you want to take a quick weekend trip with your best friends or embark on a romantic getaway with your partner, start planning your escape with our list of the seven best hotels in Palm Springs below. Some are better for honeymooning couples and tired parents, while others are ideal for corporate events and big families or party-seeking friends, but they all share a quintessential Palm Springs eccentricity and luxury resort amenities. Scroll through to choose your winter oasis stay of choice.

L'Horizon Resort & Spa

Best Hotels in Palm Springs
L'Horizon Resort & Spa

A "playground for Hollywood A-listers" in the mid 20th century, the L'Horizon Resort & Spa has been revamped to function as a modern-day luxury resort. With 25 bungalows sprinkled throughout the three-acre property, this the perfect spot for anyone looking for privacy, rest, and relaxation with the iconic desert landscape as their backdrop.

The Difference: As a 21-and-over, adult-only resort, this is the perfect spot for honeymooners or parents looking for a quiet oasis.

L'Horizon Resort & Spa

Parker Palm Springs

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Parker Palm Springs

Designed by Jonathan Adler himself, the Parker Palm Springs boasts quintessential desert glamour. The second you walk through the sherbert orange door, it's like you've landed in Adler's iteration of Wonderland with vivid colors, quirky furniture, and whimsical décor accents everywhere you look (or pose for a photo). With 131 rooms and 12 villas that once belonged to Gene Autry, this 14-acre oasis has all the perks of a big resort with the distinct personality and privacy of a small boutique hotel.

There are also five restaurants and bars on the property, each with a distinct sense of style.

The Difference: The resort has everything you could ever want, whether it's a decadent chocolate cake/french toast breakfast, a luxurious spa treatment, a poolside cabana, or even just beautiful grounds with an orange grove, an herb garden, a croquet lawn, and hammocks hidden around the property. Clearly, there's something for everyone, so it's great for families, honeymooners, or a girl's weekend.

Parker Palm Springs

La Quinta Resort & Club

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La Quinta Resort & Club

La Quinta Resort & Club boasts 41 pools, five championship golf courses, guided workout classes and wellness retreats, an award-winning spa, and plenty of dining options so you'll never run out of things to do or places to relax. With hacienda-style architecture and design, this is the perfect Southern California hideaway.

The Difference: Considering its size, this resort is great for corporate events, large gatherings, and family travel.

Best Family Resorts
La Quinta Resort & Club

Colony Palms Hotel

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Colony Palms Hotel

With charming rooms that strike the balance between over-the-top Palm Springs whimsy, understated minimalism, and Spanish colonial style, the Colony Palms Hotel is a cozy, comfortable boutique experience. The 57-room hotel was built in the 1930s, which gives it a fun, retro feel while still offering all the amenities and luxuries of a modern resort.

The Difference: If you're looking for something smaller and more centrally located, this stylish spot will be your ideal getaway.

Hotels in Palm Springs
Colony Palms Hotel

Miro Haus

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Miro House

Given its history as a holiday hideaway for Hollywood stars since the 1920s, it's no surprise that Palm Springs is full of incredible vacation homes. And now, thanks to Airbnb, you can get a taste for a weekend getaway. We love the cool, effortless California elegance of the Miro House listed on Airbnb. With three bedrooms, this remodeled Alexander house can sleep up to six guests.

The Difference: When you want to plan a girl's trip or a family vacation with a little more privacy and independence than you'd get from a hotel, we recommend checking out the Miro House. We also love this impeccably designed compound in the hills listed as "On the Rocks."

Best Airbnb Palm Springs
Miro House

The Ace Hotel

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This Palm Springs resort feels sort of like a neglected old-school motel with an adjacent Denny's got a major cool-kid facelift, which is pretty much what happened when the Ace Hotel discovered and revamped this desert treasure.

The Difference: With fun pool parties and tons of nightlife options, this is the ideal spot for anyone looking for a more lively weekend escape while also enjoying the desert landscape and architecture.

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Ace Hotel

Avalon Hotel

Boutique Hotels in Palm Springs
Avalon Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Avalon Hotel offers the best of both worlds. It's centrally located while also offering the space and facilities for you to wander around the grounds and luxuriate by the pool for a relaxing vacation. The Spanish-style architecture offers a cool contrast to the Hollywood Regency–style interiors. Opt for a private villa bungalow if you want something extra special and private.

The Difference: If you want to get pampered at a luxe resort while also taking advantage of new cultural excursions and activities, this is the downtown resort you've been looking for.

Best Boutique Hotels
Avalon Hotel

Have you been to Palm Springs? Share your travel tips and local recs in the comments below. 

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