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10 Photogenic Hotels in Greater Palm Springs Worth Checking Out

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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 SpringsΒ or simply curious about what my life is like here, visit this category often for updates πŸ™‚ 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.

KORAKIA PENSIONE

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!

ROWAN

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 πŸ™‚

HOTEL CALIFORNIA

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.

THE SAGUARO

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!

THE PARKER

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!

DESERT SPRINGS

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 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! If you get a chance to visit any of these and share any photos on Instagram, feel free to tag me so I can see πŸ™‚ 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

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95 Comments
  • Cassidy L.
    August 1, 2018

    Ahhhh! I’ve been waiting for this post for what feels like ages! Thank you for finally getting to it and sharing your favorite hotels. They are all so pretty and indeed photogenic. I can see why you love Korakia so much. Personally, I love the Moroccan vibes of Sands Hotel & Spa – would love to treat myself to a vacation there one of these days. Can’t wait to book my flight to Palm Springs!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      LOL! I finally sat my butt down and got to it! Aren’t you proud of me?! I have to say, it took me much longer than I anticipated because all the photos caused the loading time to be a lot slower than usual. I had to go back and resize all the images to make them smaller hahaha. Hopefully you didn’t encounter this problem! Anyways, YES! Korakia will forever be my fave but Sands is definitely gorgeous too! Really, all of these hotels are beautiful for their own unique design and aesthetics. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay in Palm Springs darling πŸ™‚

  • Erica
    August 1, 2018

    Whoa! There are flamingos in the desert?! Doesn’t it get up to like 120 degrees in Palm Springs? How do they survive in that heat? Great article by the way – love your hotel choices. Need to see those flamingos at Desert Springs with my own eyes one of these days…

    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      That’s what I thought when I first saw these guys! It was a pleasant surprise haha. I honestly don’t know much about ideal living conditions for flamingos but these guys seem to do just fine in the extreme heat, unlike me lol. It’d be amazing if you could see the flamingos at Desert Springs! Time for you to visit hehe

  • Grace Park
    August 1, 2018

    Ooohhh I stayed at La Quinta Resort with my brother during tennis season a few years ago! I remember it being super gorgeous – totally a place to unwind and relax. Love their pools but I’m sure you guys have pools everywhere in Palm Springs. Your post makes me want to revisit soon!!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 1, 2018

      Hi Grace! πŸ™‚ La Quinta Resort is a popular one during tennis season! Glad you enjoyed your stay. You’re right, we sort of can’t live without pools here since we are so far from any beach! 😑 hahaha

  • Kayla G
    August 1, 2018

    I love the aesthetic of all of these! I will definitely be checking them out. Thanks for the info!

  • Jay Sparks
    August 2, 2018

    Gorgeous and informative post as usual! Photos are stunning and reading this made me homesick for Palm Springs. That’s right, homesick for an area I now consider my second home! Thank you for the virtual tour. Can hardly wait for the next post about Palm Springs living!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 2, 2018

      Awwww thank you Jason!!! I totally love how relaxed and happy you look in the hammock at The Saguaro πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for you to be back so we can do some more exploring. Of course Palm Springs is your second home, because you know you’re always welcome here! XO

  • Hayden
    August 2, 2018

    Oh my goodness this is such a great guide! I’ve been planning a trip to Palm Springs and can’t wait to see these.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 2, 2018

      Thanks so much, Hayden! I’m really happy to hear that. You should totally come visit Palm Springs this fall – it should be cooler by then and everything (including the weather) will be beautiful! XO

  • Austen Tosone
    August 2, 2018

    Omg! The Sands Hotel and The Parker look like my absolute dreams! I’ve never been to Palm Springs but would love to go one day, maybe as part of a larger Cali road trip.
    -Austen
    http://www.keepcalmandchiffon.com/blog/6/25/nyc-neighborhood-guide-williamsburg

    • Sharon Wu
      August 2, 2018

      Both are amazing and definitely worth seeing if you ever visit Palm Springs πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll be able to make a larger California road trip soon so you can stop by! xx

  • Danielle
    August 2, 2018

    I live in LA and think it’s the best cuz of ya know, BIAS, but geez you make me want to go to Palm Springs ASAP. I mean sure it’s gonna be 394838289772874 degrees out there but if I can stay at Hotel California, it would so be worth it!!! You stay killin it, Sharon =]

    Danielle | FollowMyGut.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 2, 2018

      Haha I moved to Palm Springs from LA! I personally am not a big city kinda gal – lol the traffic is difficult to deal with on an everyday basis but I do miss being closer to the beach. It is super hot this summer, and humid too! πŸ™ Fall might be a better time to come lol!

  • Mariann Yip
    August 2, 2018

    These are all such great hotels!! I have yet to visit Palm Springs let alone California but I’ll definitely keep these in mind the next time I go!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 2, 2018

      Thanks Mariann, they really are! Hope you’ll stop by Palm Springs when you get a chance to visit California πŸ™‚ xx

  • Jennifer
    August 2, 2018

    Wow! I love this in-depth suggestions / guide. I’ve only been to Palm Spring once but, I definitely have to make another trip happen again. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 2, 2018

      Thanks Jennifer! I hope you had fun when you came to visit! xx

  • rachel vogt
    August 2, 2018

    I’ve never been to Palm Spring and really want to go, especially now after seeing your post. These hotels are so cute, I’m loving the pink flamingo at the Desert Springs.

    xoxo, Rachel
    http://rachelvogttrends.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 2, 2018

      Omg! You have to come visit! Maybe in the fall when it cools down some? πŸ™‚ The pink flamingos at Desert Springs alone make it worth the visit!

  • Jess
    August 2, 2018

    Love, love, love this post! It makes me so happy exploring and I spend hours looking for pretty/interesting places to visit. Every single hotel you mentioned is now on my wanderlust list. I especially like the Tropic Motor Hotel. I have a thing for Motel type places ;p I think they’re still a novelty for me. I think Rowan would be my next stop and I wouldn’t want to miss the flamingos so that would follow after… Haha. I’m looking forward to seeing what your next installment in this series will be! xxx

    • Sharon Wu
      August 2, 2018

      Awww thank you for reading Jess! I’m glad you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚ Next time you come to Palm Springs, you know where to hit up! Tropics is a fun place to take pictures – parking is just a bit stressful but still nothing compared to LA hahaha

  • Samantha Mariko
    August 3, 2018

    I didn’t realize Palm Springs had so many beautiful hotels worth checking out until I read your post! I am definitely taking notes for when I visit during a trip to California. Love this!
    xo Samantha

    • Sharon Wu
      August 3, 2018

      Hope you can make your way out soon darling! πŸ™‚ Palm Springs is really nice in the fall! xx

  • Mary
    August 3, 2018

    Sands Hotel & Spa I’m coming for ya!! Ugh, it looks so pretty.
    XO | easilyinspired-blog.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 3, 2018

      I knowwww it’s super pretty; I love the intricate detailing!

  • Stephanie
    August 3, 2018

    My fiancΓ© and I had originally hoped to visit Palm Springs on our honeymoon – but it was just so expensive to fly there! Now you’re making me sad that we won’t be going because I’d love to visit all these hotels! Maybe someday!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 4, 2018

      Omg noooo! I’m sorry that the flights were so expensive! I think it might depend on the time of year; you might be trying to come here when the weather is super nice and everyone’s trying to get here LOL! I had two friends visit me in April from NYC and I think they said that the flights then were pretty cheap. And the weather is pretty great that time of year in case you want to look again next Spring πŸ™‚ Where are you honeymooning instead, darling?

  • Nina
    August 3, 2018

    Beuatiful places to stay. LOved the photos.

    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 4, 2018

      Thank you Nina! So glad you enjoyed the post! xx

  • Candace
    August 3, 2018

    Wow!! These places are life!! I wish I can visit each and everyone of them!

    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 4, 2018

      I hope you can one day too darling! They are definitely worth visiting if you’re in Palm Springs! xx

  • Helena Marz
    August 3, 2018

    Wow all of these locations are so gorgeous to do photos and I can see that all of your photos always turns out beautifully! I have never been to Palm Springs but it would be so cool to go someday! ❀️

    • Sharon Wu
      August 4, 2018

      Thank you Helena! I am truly blessed to live in such a beautiful paradise, and be able to share it with so many people through photos. I hope you’ll be able to experience it for yourself in Palm Springs one of these days.

  • Kileen
    August 3, 2018

    These all look so amazing and picture worthy!!
    Definitely bookmarking this for future reference, makes me want to visit asap!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Sharon Wu
      August 4, 2018

      Yay! Thanks Kileen, glad you liked the post. I have no doubt that you’ll enjoy every minute of Palm Springs when you visit! xx

  • Suzan J
    August 4, 2018

    Palm Springs has been on my bucket list for the longest time. I will definitely stay at one of these hotels when I go!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 4, 2018

      Palm Springs is definitely a bucketlist worthy place! Good choice, Suzan!

  • Briana
    August 4, 2018

    Wishing I was closer! I want to shoot at all of these places now!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      August 5, 2018

      You’ll have to come visit some time! πŸ™‚

  • Cristina
    August 5, 2018

    Thank so much for compiling this! I definitely want to check out Palm Spring sometime. It looks so pretty πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      August 5, 2018

      Literally photogenic at every corner haha. You won’t be disappointed with your visit! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Tara Fuller
    August 5, 2018

    wow! these are all so gorgeous!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      They are all so fun and unique! Definitely worth checking some out if you ever come out to Palm Springs. Have a great week, Tara!

  • Linh
    August 5, 2018

    Omg you make me want to visit them all! Such beautiful locations! I love the vibe and decor of them!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      Come visit me!! And we can go together haha hotel tour! <3

  • Deborah
    August 6, 2018

    I’ve always wanted to go to Palm Springs! I’m bookmarking this post so that if I ever go, I’ll know where to stay!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      Yay!!! So glad you find this helpful! And yes, definitely be sure to check these ones out if you ever come πŸ™‚ You won’t be disappointed xx

  • adriana
    August 6, 2018

    OMG these pictures are stunning! I just love Palm Springs, there’s nothing better than spending a weekend away there!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      Thanks Adriana! Glad you like the photos. And I couldn’t agree more… living out here is like being on vacation everyday! LOL!

  • Heather
    August 6, 2018

    These all look so great in different ways. I’m not sure how I would be able to choose!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      I know right? They’re definitely all worth checking out! xx

  • Delia Atenea
    August 6, 2018

    Wow your photos are absolutely amazing! So beautiful! I’ve never been to Palm Springs but you just made me wanna go so much!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      Thank you so much Delia! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! Palm Springs is definitely worth the visit πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    August 6, 2018

    I love seeing all of the beautiful photos of Palm Springs and it’s definitely a place I need to visit! These hotels are all so beautiful – I need to visit each one!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      Thanks, Emily! Hope you’ll be able to come explore these gorgeous hotels very soon!

  • Acacia
    August 6, 2018

    Stunning shots of all these hotels! You make Palm Springs look so beautiful. Hope to make my way out there very soon!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      Thank you! Palm Springs is beautiful so I don’t have to try too hard πŸ˜‰ You’ll love it if you’re ever able to make your way out!

  • Suzanne
    August 6, 2018

    K The Tropics Motor Hotel is just too cute. I love all the places you’ve featured! Great Palm Springs post, love. xo, Suzanne

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      Thank you beautiful! I really appreciate it and glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I love the vintage vibes at Tropics! xx

  • Carolyn
    August 6, 2018

    I’ve never been to Palm Springs, but now I’ll have to! Look at all of these cool places to stay!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 6, 2018

      I know you’ll love it once you visit! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Taylor Mobley
    August 7, 2018

    I want to go to Palm Springs so badly! HOW FUN.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 7, 2018

      You have to come visit soon, Taylor! πŸ™‚

  • Chloe
    August 7, 2018

    These all look great! Hopefully I can visit at least one of them at some point!

  • paige
    August 8, 2018

    ah i love palm springs!! you definitely included the best in this list πŸ™‚ love it! x

    • Sharon Wu
      August 8, 2018

      I’m so glad you think so Paige! Thank you for the support xx

  • Peyton
    August 8, 2018

    Wow I love the aesthetic of these photos! Gorg babe!

  • Anna
    August 8, 2018

    WOW! Amazing postβ€”from the gorgeous photography to the descriptions of each Palm Springs gem! Now, I really want to visit!! ❀️

    • Sharon Wu
      August 8, 2018

      Thank you so much, Anna! I hope you will visit one day πŸ™‚ xx

  • Elle
    August 8, 2018

    Stunning views!! If you’re interested in travel clothing I’d love to collab

    • Sharon Wu
      August 8, 2018

      Thank you! The views are even prettier in person! πŸ˜‰

  • Tonya Tardiff
    August 8, 2018

    A hotel tour is such a good idea! I am dying to visit Palm Springs after this post now!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 8, 2018

      Hahaha yesss! Especially in Palm Springs because the hotels here are so unique and unlike many other hotels in California πŸ™‚

  • adriana
    August 9, 2018

    These all sound so beautiful! Such fun spots, love them!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Thanks darling! They are super fun indeed! xx

  • Nailil
    August 10, 2018

    Each hotel is so chic! I’d love to visit a few.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 10, 2018

      You would truly enjoy them all for their unique charm!

  • Lavenda Memory
    August 10, 2018

    Woah babe! This is such a cool reference for hotels! I’ll def bookmark this post! Great photos too πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      August 10, 2018

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Azanique Rawl
    August 12, 2018

    Okay, I need to visit Palm Springs! What a beautiful place πŸ™‚

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 12, 2018

      Yes you do!! You won’t be disappointed, I know it πŸ™‚ xx

  • Laura Angelone
    August 12, 2018

    Cool spots! I think the Horizon hotel is also great in PS.
    xx
    Laura

    • Sharon Wu
      August 15, 2018

      I have yet to check that one out! Thanks for the recommendation Laura!

  • KatWalkSF
    August 15, 2018

    Saving this for my next trip to Palm Springs!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 15, 2018

      Yayyyy! Hope you’ll find some time to come visit soon!

  • Jenny Yang
    August 16, 2018

    these places are all so cute and definitely so photogenic! Makes me want to book a ticket asap to go take some photos haha
    xx jen
    http://lilthoughtswithjen.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      August 16, 2018

      Haha yes! Palm Springs is a super Insta-worthy spot to visit hahaha

  • Bryanna
    August 27, 2018

    Oh my gosh I need to go out to Palm Springs! Everything is so photogenic, it’s unreal. I really love your photography and the way you create your blog posts. So different then what’s around lately, and it’s very refreshing. Keep up the amazing content!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 27, 2018

      Haha yes you do darling! Thank you so much for the love and support! <3 xoxo

  • Marcie
    October 30, 2018

    Palm Springs has been on my travel bucket list for ages and this makes me want to book a girls trip asap! So many cute places to take photos there!

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