In April, I wrote a blog post recapping my first year living in Palm Springs. I also did an “ask me anything” on Instagram stories not too long ago, and it seems like many of you are intrigued by what my life is like out here in the desert. So, I’ve decided to start a new “Palm Springs” category under “Lifestyle,” where I’ll be sharing fun tidbits about Palm Springs living you won’t want to miss out on! If you are planning to visit Palm Springs or simply curious about what my life is like here, visit this category often for updates 🙂 Since a few of you asked about hotels in the area, I’m starting this series with 10 photogenic hotels in Greater Palm Springs that are worth checking out – or potentially staying at, if you’re in town for more than just a day!
In case any of you plan to do a “hotel tour,” I will try to work my way from North Palm Springs (as you get into Downtown Palm Springs, basically) all the way to Indio, which covers a good chunk of Greater Palm Springs.
Okay, I lied. I’ve already gone on a detour on our hotel tour – only because Korakia is literally my FAVORITE hotel ever in Palm Springs. If you’re crunched for time, you must at least see this one! Staff can be sticklers about photography on a DSLR, but understandably so because they are a very unique boutique hotel. The good news is, iPhones do a pretty good job taking pictures these days. They haven’t been opposed to me snapping away on my phone and that’s how I was able to get these photos to share with y’all! Korakia is ornately decorated with boho/rustic vibes, and provides an intimate setting for a romantic getaway. We actually pulled a lot of inspiration for our home decor from Korakia. I eventually picked up the fact that they get a lot of their stuff from World Market. How do I know? There are some pieces that they have, that we were able to find at the store, such as their sun umbrellas, lounge chair cushions, breakfast plates, etc. I know, I’m obsessed!
Technically, the tour should begin with Rowan. This hotel is relatively new, and is centrally located in downtown near all the shopping and the Palm Springs Art Museum. It’s also not far from eateries. Just from taking a look on the outside, you can see the Palm Springs vibes with the symmetrical cacti screaming for you to take a photo (or several) with/in front of it! The inside is nicely kept and they have a gorgeous rooftop bar & pool! Fun fact: Rowan’s rooftop pool is the first and only rooftop pool in Palm Springs. Catch the gorgeous desert sunset from here while sipping on a cocktail with some friends 🙂
Heading towards South Palm Springs, you’ll see a bright pink hotel with Spanish charm, called Hotel California. The front is beautifully decorated with a variety of succulents and cacti you’d normally see in the desert. Just from the outside, you can get super cute photos. In the parking lot right next to the hotel, there is an intricately designed doorway that reminds me a lot of Bali. This is a must-see if you’re at Hotel California.
It’s pretty hard to miss The Saguaro – and you may have already seen it a billion times on Instagram, because it’s known as the very colorful hotel! It also caught my eye when we were first driving around the area and house hunting. Despite the fact that Palm Springs is known for being a retirement community for old rich people, I’ve heard that a lot of the youngsters like to hang out around here. Staff members are pretty friendly about people casually wandering in and out. We’ve taken a few of our friends here and they always enjoy the colorful hammocks in the back of the hotel behind the pool!
We literally lived 5 minutes away from The Parker before we moved into our new house. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by a striking orange door, which a lot of tourists like taking pictures of. The Parker is an eclectic, fun, and extremely photogenic hotel. Similar to Korakia, their lobby also has that rustic vibe going on, and is quite cozy to hang out in. At the same time, some of the rooms have a very clockwork orange feel to them. The hotel has a super cute lemonade stand which is only open to visiting residents, so unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to check that out in person yet. We have yet to do a staycation in the area, and The Parker is top on my list to stay at.
THE RITZ CARLTON AT RANCHO MIRAGE
When we first moved to Palm Springs, The Ritz-Carlton at Rancho Mirage was one of our favorite spots to watch the sunset. They offer complimentary valet parking, and everyone is welcome. The view from the pool area is absolutely stunning, especially when the sun goes down. If you are traveling with a dog, you’ll be pleased to learn that this hotel is pet-friendly. They even have little poop bag stations should you need to clean up after your pooch! We have dined at one of their main restaurants, State Fare, which offers many delectable choices. The delicious food paired with the million dollar view is simply unbeatable for a nice date night or any celebration with friends!
Fancy seeing some flamingos? You heard that right – head on over to Desert Springs in Palm Desert! The entrance is beautifully lined with palm trees and as you get in, you’ll see pink flamingos hanging out in front of the hotel. It’s pretty cool! I bet you didn’t expect to find these cool creatures out in the desert. Desert Springs offers complimentary boat rides around their premises, which I was fortunate enough to experience during slow season. It’s typically busy, and you often have to wait in line to get on a boat. It’s totally worth it though!
SANDS HOTEL & SPA
If you make your way out to Indian Wells, you must check out Sands Hotel. From the outside, it looks like another ordinary hotel that happens to be pretty in pink. I promise that it’s much more than that though! The entrance of this designer boutique hotel is already super Insta-worthy. Wait until you walk into the lobby – it seriously took my breath away. Major Moroccan vibes. I am still dreaming of a trip to Morocco end of this year, but if I don’t make it I might just treat myself to a staycation here. They recently opened a restaurant in there, which is open to the public. The Pink Cabana is a very pretty brunch & bar spot, for any of you craving some food and and a refreshing drink!
LA QUINTA RESORT & SPA
Not too far off from Sands Hotel is La Quinta Resort & Spa. This resort is literally photogenic at every corner. I feel very ~zEn~ every time I visit La Quinta Resort. Something about walking around the premises is super calming, especially after a long stressful day. The good news is, staff members are very welcoming and friendly; nobody seems to care about people taking pictures on their DSLRs. David and I often shoot here because we’re able to crank out multiple looks in seemingly very different “locations” within this resort! There’s greenery, clean white buildings, rustic wood backdrops, you get the idea… Also, there are a few restaurants in the resort if you get hungry during your visit.
TROPICS MOTOR HOTEL
Far from your typical luxury hotel, but if you’re looking for a quick shoot spot with character and vintage vibes, you’ll love Tropics Motor Hotel. This quintessential road motel is located in Indio, a more run-down area of the Coachella Valley, about 30 minutes from Palm Springs. Unless you’re staying at the hotel overnight, there is no easy parking nearby. Tough parking is actually rare in the desert, but you can easily work around it by parking at the gas station nearby, or on the residential streets nearby and walk to the hotel. The sign in front is the photogenic spot – it’s beautiful when lit up at night too!
Greater Palm Springs is home to a plethora of photogenic hotels boasting unique character and design, which is partly what sets this desert oasis apart from other vacation destinations. The list could seriously go on and on! Check out my post on my favorite iconic spots in the area if you haven’t already. If you get a chance to visit any of these and share any photos on Instagram, please tag me so I can see 🙂 Dying to know more about a specific aspect of Palm Springs living? Let me know in a comment below and I’ll try my best to answer them or create a post about it soon! xo
Have you been to any of these iconic Palm Springs hotels?