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8 Palm Springs Boutique Hotels for Your Next Desert Getaway


In a world full of posh resorts and spa hotels, sometimes you just want to relax somewhere smaller and quirkier, self-contained, slower-paced and cleverly designed with an ambience to suit your trip.

Boutique hotels are the antidote to cookie-cutter stays with cut-and-paste accommodations, and Palm Springs is home to dozens of people hailed for their attention to style and design. We’re expecting eight small, imaginative, and unmistakably Palm Springs boutique hotels, with no beige, bland rooms among them.

These boutique hotels have a maximum of 32 rooms and show the range Palm Springs has to offerSleek mid-century marvels, reimagined roadside motels, historic adobes, Moroccan villas, and even a suite where Marilyn Monroe herself once slept.

All are close to – if not right in – the heart of downtown but just secluded enough to give you some respite. They are all close at hand top rated restaurantsnightlife, art galleries, casinosand more, and with plenty of parking lots in Palm Springs, a short drive or bike ride can take you almost anywhere you want to be.

Arrival in Palm Springs


Rating on Booking.com: 8.9 stars out of 10, with over 350 reviews

Why it’s great: This boutique hotel has washed its hands of cumbersome hotel formalities, like receptions and landlines, relying instead on the technology we use every day, like text and email. Newly built in 2016 in the mid-century modern style the desert is known for, Arrive Palm Springs is a new breed of boutique hotel.

What there is to know: Arrive has just 32 rooms, each bright and contemporary, with hardwoods, chic tropical wallpaper, Apple TV, and free Wi-Fi. Outside, there’s plenty of space for socializing, including a sparkling 66-foot pool, 20-foot spa, private cabanas, fire pits, and an 80-seat poolside restaurant and bar. Cartel Coffee Lab brews perfect cups in its gorgeous little corner of Arrive, with an ice cream shop right next door, offering 16 gourmet scoops daily. We hear the Coachella Valley Date is not to be missed.

Find it: 1551 North Palm Canyon Drive, 760-507-1650 or text 760-227-7037

holiday home

holiday home


Rating on Booking.com: 9.4 stars out of 10, with over 200 reviews

Why it’s great: A stay at the 28-room vacation home is worth it for the decor alone. This boutique hotel makes it feel like staying at your trendy friend’s swanky beach house. It’s bursting with playful patterns and bright colors, framed artwork from greats like Hockney and Lichtenstein, with vibrant pops of royal blue bringing it all together in one artful whole.

What there is to know: The Holiday House’s on-site restaurant, The Pantry, serves poolside riffs on resort favorites like lobster rolls and little gem salads, with popular Taco Tuesday and Fried Chicken Friday dinners each week. Please note: Holiday House, like many other boutique hotels in Palm Springs, only accommodates adults 21 and older, and there are no telephones or televisions in the rooms, as holidays.

Find it: 200 W. Arenas Road, 760-320-8866

Palm Springs Cacti

Cacti


Rating on Booking.com: 9.3 stars out of 10, with over 500 reviews

Why it’s great: 27 chic and bohemian rooms comprise Les Cactus Palm Springs in a mix of cozy suites and small studios. This whimsical boutique hotel is a historic 1930s property decked out in an earthy palette of salmon, fir green, raw wood, and rattan, then softened with top-notch service and affordability.

What there is to know: The compact courtyard at this pet-friendly hotel features a heated pool, spa, and massage room, plus poolside lounge chairs, an airy garden full of hammocks, and fire pit seating. Breakfast is served at the house each morning and free bicycles on site make outdoor adventures easy.

Find it: 555 S. Warm Sands Drive, 760-422-5500

Pension Korakia

Pension Korakia


Rating on Booking.com: 8.8 stars out of 10, with over 250 reviews

Why it’s great: Korakia Pensione shows another side of Palm Springs, that of old-world romance with the rustic charm of arched doorways, vine-covered walls, mosaic-tiled fountains, and airy courtyards. Behind grand Moorish gates stand 28 stunning Mediterranean and Moroccan bungalows, guesthouses and villas amid expansive gardens of olive trees, date palms and bougainvillea.

What there is to know: These two lush acres were once the private estates of yesteryear celebrities, now combined to create this otherworldly guesthouse with flavors of Tuscany and the North African coast. The courtyards set the stage for magical daily rituals, home-cooked alfresco breakfasts, Moroccan tea service each afternoon, and hundreds of lanterns twinkling throughout the balmy night.

Find it: 257 S. Patencio Road, 760-864-6411

The weekend in Palm Springs

Palm Springs Weekend


Rating on Booking.com: 9.5 stars out of 10, with over 100 reviews

Why it’s great: Originally built in the 1960s, The Weekend has just emerged from a million dollar renovation. The 10-suite boutique hotel is a chic, timeless space that, while modern and functional, is rooted in mid-century simplicity. Behind cheery orange doors, each suite boasts a fully equipped kitchen and pool views, Slim Aarons’ iconic Palm Springs photograph hung throughout, and private patios with loungers and swing-basket chairs .

What there is to know: Unlike many boutique hotels in Palm Springs, The Weekend is a child and pet friendly hotel. Its spacious two-bedroom suites are ideal for families and large groups.

Find it: 111 S. Via Las Palmas, 760-303-4162

Casa Cody

Casa Cody


Rating on Booking.com: 8.9 stars out of 10, with over 130 reviews

Why it’s great: Yes, Casa Cody, as in William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. This boutique hotel is a piece of Palm Springs history: the oldest hotel in town founded in the 1920s by a relative of Buffalo Bill and a designated Class 1 historic site.

What there is to know: Casa Cody’s exteriors honor its adobe hacienda architecture, while interiors take a more contemporary approach to southwestern style. Accommodations are a mix of 30 studios and suites in four stand-alone homes nestled around the estate, most with full kitchens, private patios, and fireplaces. Paths meander through gardens to connect its two swimming pools, outdoor tubs and showers, an edible garden, and large lawns.

Find it: 175 S. Cahuilla Road, 760-320-9346

The Monkey Tree Hotel

The Monkey Tree Hotel by AvantStay


Rating on Booking.com: 8.5 stars out of 10, with over 100 reviews

Why it’s great: Fun, not loud. Private, not isolated. Colorful, not chaotic. The Monkey Tree Hotel strikes a balance between mid-century design and cheeky twists. Built in the 1960s by architect Albert Frey, Monkey Tree’s 16 suites surround a central pool, each with its own eclectic design and patio facing the pool. Lawn games, mountain views, and pool floats make for a perfect outdoor setup, and a generous BYOB policy ensures the fun never ends.

What there is to know: Local lore holds that the Monkey Tree presidential suite is named after then-President John F. Kennedy, who once met Marilyn Monroe in that same room.

Find it: 2388 E. Racquet Club Road, 760-322-6059

Black Flower Hotel

Black Flower Hotel


Rating on Booking.com: 9.4 stars out of 10, with over 70 reviews

Why it’s great: This Palm Springs boutique hotel is full of art. Fleur Noire’s 21 Spanish-style casitas are each painted in inky black, over which graphic floral murals bloom in striking detail. Inside each casita, bungalow, and suite, oversized botanicals enhance the palette’s refreshing neutrals for calm and elegant spaces.

What there is to know: Want to sparkle but you don’t want to leave your lounge chair? The speakeasy La Boisson de Fleur Noire delivers champagne and rosé to the poolside with just a text. Or stock up on free snacks and seltzer at Fleur Noire’s communal pantry before hitting the town, the shops, the trails, or wherever your day takes you.

Find it: 1555 N. Indian Canyon Drive, 760-459-3865