Located 100 miles outside of Los Angeles sits the artistic desert mecca of Palm Springs. The long-beloved vacation destination is packed from corner to corner with visual delights including museums, natural wonders, and more than enough design-forward boutique hotels for everyone. Here are nine of the best hotels to book for your next midcentury-inspired retreat.
The Sparrow Lodge originally opened its doors in the 1950s. Though it’s gone through its fair share of renovations, the hotel still hits the mark on midcentury modern charm. Each of its 300-square-foot poolside rooms feature unique artworks and allow visitors to drink in the views on their own private patios.
La Serena Villas
Built in 1933, the historic La Serena Villas hotel is located in the center of all the action in Palm Springs. In 2016, the space was redeveloped by award winning architect May Sung, along with the help of the interior design group Avenue Interior Design. Together, the hotel says, the team hand-picked every interior detail to maximize the beauty inside and out. The 18 guest rooms are all outfitted with crisp white and blue hues, which open up to private patios and vast views of the San Jacinto Mountains that surround.
L’Horizon Resort and Spa is another 1950s gem that’s been reimagined for the 21st century. The adults-only hotel, designed by the famed Steve Hermann, sits on three glorious acres and is home to just 25 ultra private bungalows. Inside the rooms guests will find black and white furnishings set off by gold finishes. Those looking for something extra special should book the fireplace junior suite, which comes with an indoor copper fireplace to warm you on those chilly desert nights. Don’t worry, the hotel has a zero-edge infinity pool to cool off in on the warm days too.
Alcazar Palm Springs
The Alcazar Palm Springs is all about personalized experiences. Each of its 34 rooms is uniquely designed, meaning if you change rooms no two stays will be the same. However, every room does come with its own soft Italian linens, a fireplace, and poolside views. Beyond enjoying the rooms, the hotel wants its guests to enjoy the town that surrounds them too. It will help anyone get out there any time with their very own adorably designed Townie beach cruiser bike. After working up an appetite, head back for a bite at the hotel’s two famed restaurants, Cheeky’s and Birba.
The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn
The Willows is a place strictly for the “inn” crowd. The hotel only opens its seventeen guestrooms from September to May for a limited number of stays. The Willows maintains a “Class 1” historic designation and is even recognized as one of the ten oldest structures in Palm Springs. With all that history comes plenty of charm too. While the rooms and their plush furnishings are certainly special, it's the hotel’s stunning landscape that really inspires. Surrounded by palm trees and stone, the hotel also has its own 50-foot waterfall that will make you feel like you’re seeing a mirage in the midst of this desert oasis.
For a pop of 60s chic book a stay at Del Marcos. Originally designed by architect William F. Cody, the hotel is like a time capsule to all the best parts of decades gone by. Each of its cozy rooms comes with a splash of blue or orange, the two colors the hotel is so well-known for. They all surround a crystal blue pool just waiting for you to dive right in. Some rooms even come with private outdoor soaking tubs so guests can stay up late to take a dip under the desert stars.
El Morocco Inn & Spa
Soak away your troubles at El Morocco Inn & Spa. The Palm Springs boutique hotel features a natural mineral pool and spa surrounded by lavish day beds ideal for lazing away the days. Or, lounge away the nights, because this pool and spa are open 24 hours too. Guests can come to play for a bit on the inn’s grounds thanks to its oversized chessboard and bocce court, or choose a more relaxing adventure in its day spa.
Dive Palm Springs
With just 11 rooms, the Dive Palm Springs is about as exclusive as it gets. And it happens to be gorgeously designed too. The hotel is furnished with retro rattan furnishings by Serena & Lily that are simply begging to be photographed. Inside each room, guests can hit snooze in their oversized, bright white beds, or roll over, open the patio door and slide right into the hotel’s private pool. Then, spend the day swinging in the hotel’s egg chairs, lay in a day bed, or do whatever you’d like. Because it’s your vacation.
The Westcott is a 1930’s-inspired art deco masterpiece. Its chevron-walled, black and white suites come with large kitchens, sitting areas, and dining spaces, making for a stylish long-term stay in the heart of Palm Springs. And its all-inclusive packages mean this is a hotel you’ll never have to leave if you don’t want to. A stay at the Westcott includes a daily breakfast made from locally sourced products, a daily cocktail hour featuring a house special cocktail along with a selection of wine and beer, and access to the hotel’s oversized freshwater pool and hot tub.