Choosing a place to stay in Palm Springs is always a huge part of the fun of planning a visit. Now there’s more new options when it comes to hotels, with some new, renovated and still-to-be-reopened hotels across the greater Palm Springs area that should be on your shortlist.
Best New (or Renovated) Hotels in Palm Springs
Andaz Hotel … or Thompson Hotel (We’re not sure. Coming 2022)
This boxy hotel boasts its proximity to vintage boutiques, fine dining, and take its place as a “midcentury modern landmark of the Uptown Design District” if the promotional materials have anything to say about it – all walking distance from downtown. Andaz Palm Springs (owned by the Hyatt group) was planning expansive rooms with lavish mountain views and a lavish pool deck. The hotel’s stacked shoebox design features an eye-catching melange of offset rectangles that has only drawn attention to how long it’s taken to complete. Located on the border between downtown and the Uptown design district the hotel will surely be a convenient location when it’s finished. Owned by Hyatt, there’s websites for Andaz that still tout its imminent arrival, while other publications say it’s being re-branded as the Thompson—another Hyatt sub-brand. Whichever sign goes up on the front, we’ll just be glad to see the block finally come alive.
The Tiki Hotel, which hopes to be open for business by October 2021, will feature a “tiki tea room” and a tiki gift shop with home decor and cabana wear. It features 11 king-sized rooms, all decked out in retro tiki-style and a central pool. Formerly the Carleton Hotel, this new iteration is owned by tiki aficionado and design maven Tracy Turko.
The hotel looks to offer events like a tiki Luau where tiki meets Hawaii with a cocktail party, Hors d’oeuvers, and live music.
The Creekstone Inn
Located in Idyllwild on the Southern side of Mount San Jacinto, the Creekstone Inn has been through many “lives” before becoming a charming boutique hotel. It was featured in an Elvis movie back in the early ’60s and was a bed and a restaurant in the ’70s and ’80s.
In 2020, the new owners gutted the building while retaining the fireplace and stonework in the lobby. The hotel was fully renovated and reimagined in a modern style. The Creekstone features only nine rooms, each with king-sized beds and private bathrooms. Seven of the rooms feature electric fireplaces.
Weekend stays are two-night minimum (three on holidays), though one-night stays are allowed Sun-Thurs. Children are discouraged.
The Creekstone Inn 54950 Pine Crest Avenue, Idyllwild, CA 92549 800-409-2127 or 951-659-3342
Built on the Burket’s Trade Winds Hotel site, the Fluer Noire at 1560 North Palm Canyon Drive is tailor-made for lovers of flowers, European styling, and art. The site was most recently an apartment complex and was purchased in 2018. The new owner irrigated and landscaped the property, added dozens of trees and plants, and hired a mural artist to paint flowers on all exterior walls while having a wallpaper artist create interior floral prints in the rooms.
There is a bar on the property, La Boisson. The property is dog-friendly, but no one under 21 is welcome.
1560 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs CA 92262
Bungalows Retreat – Joshua Tree Retreat Center – The Institute of MentalPhysics
The Joshua Tree Retreat Center has a fascinating history. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. and built as a retreat for the followers of the “MentalPhysics” movement. Disciples of the movement would stay at the center, studying yoga, breathing, and other inward-looking practices. The center is made up of several buildings, including a group of bungalows that have been renovated to their 1960s feel. These bungalows were built in the ‘60s for long terms stays at the center.
The suites and bungalows make up a unique hotel/resort stay for those looking for a new adventure. The owners are looking at providing yoga, qigong, and meditation classes. The rooms include a terrace view, firepit, and outdoor communal dining area.
The Bungalows is looking at availability in Jan 2022. The Bungalows Retreat
Azure Palm Hot Springs
Azure Palm Hot Springs is located in Desert Hot Springs, about 9 miles from Palm Springs. It features five mineral pools and a soaking mineral water tub in each of the 22 rooms. Desert Hot Springs is built over an aquifer of pure hot and cold mineral springs.
The resort has six acres of cabanas, a day spa, cafe, gift shop, and a 40×90 foot main pool. It’s centered around spa packages, and they can accommodate a day spa stay as well as more extended stays. The resort also features cleansing programs and juice fasts.
Azure Palm Hot Springs
67589 Hacienda Avenue, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240, 760.251.2000
Les Cactus, along with Heartbreak Hotel and the Hotel California, is one of a select group of hotels named after pop songs. In the case of Les Cactus, it’s a 1967 French song by Jacques Dutronc. The song made it to number four on the French charts.
Les Cactus bills itself as a “whimsical, dreamy desert getaway.” It’s located five minutes from downtown Palm Springs. It features four room styles, from the” Petite” 200 square foot room to the “Le Suite,” which features a living room, kitchenette, and queen-sized bedroom.
The hotel offers a saltwater pool and hot tub, a massage room, bicycles, an outdoor fire pit, and a hammock garden. Well behaved dogs tinder 35 lbs are welcome with a $100 per dog non-refundable cleaning fee. Children are impossible.
555 S Warm Sands Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264, 760.422.5500
Casa Cody bills itself as the oldest hotel in Palm Springs. The hotel offers several different styles and sizes of room, from a studio to stand-alone cottages. The Adobe House is rumored to have hosted a Charlie Chaplin performance or two in its day. The Olympic Cottage housed athletes for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.
Casa Cody offers some “rituals,” including citrus picking, evening tea, and morning yoga. There’s also a market onsite that sells food and drink as well as custom scents and personal care products. Children are surprisingly allowed.
175 S Cahuilla Rd, Palm Springs, 760.320.9346
Fans of Midcentury Modern will adore The Cole. The hotel was initially built in 1959 and has been recently renovated with splashes of color and an amazing central pool area. The onsite cocktail bar serves midcentury-inspired drinks, while the kitchen serves bar food (Chicken n’ Waffles, burgers, “totchos,” and pasta salads.
All rooms feature king-sized beds, free wifi, and in-room Nespresso, as well as Victrola Bluetooth stereos and 4K TVs. The pool suites offer direct access to the pool via french doors and have their own outdoor furniture.
2323 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, 619.282.1818
Dive Palm Springs
Dive Palm Springs was built in 1954 as a women’s apartment complex and has been repurposed and updated into an 11 room boutique hotel inspired by the French Riviera of the 1960s. The rooms are beautifully appointed with rattan, fine linens, and thoughtful interior design.
The Orchard Suite offers a private 3-hole golf green, a full-sized rattan bar cart, and access to the Orchard itself. The hotel seems like the perfect place for a small wedding or gathering in style. The rooms feature “original murals, premium linens, rainfall showers, and playful accents”.The garden area features a 15-foot bench encircling giant palm trees. Children are an afterthought only.
Dive Palm Springs
1586 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264, 760.323.2231
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
If boutique hotels aren’t your style, and you’re looking for a place that offers everything you can imagine, The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa may be the place for you. Offering a whopping 530 rooms (including 35 suites and 43 villas), the Hyatt Regency is a full-service resort.
The resort’s Agua Serena Spa offers massage, facial and body treatments and houses the resort’s fitness center. There is also a 36-hole golf resort with two separate courses and a 53,000 square foot clubhouse.
They also offer the area’s largest resort pool area, the HyTides Waterpark, with two 30 foot waterslides, a 450-foot lazy river, and a splash area. If all of that seems too busy, the resort offers seven other pools. Pets and even children are allowed.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
44600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210, 760.776.1234
Maragaritaville Resort Palm Springs
The first Margaritaville resort on the West Coast, Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs, aims to bring an island feel to the desert. The resort features 398 rooms, a spa, and plenty of space to relax in.
The rooms have more of a standard hotel feel than many on this list, though they have lovely views of the resort. Eating and drinking won’t be a problem, with a variety of cafes, bars, and restaurants on-site to choose from.
A spa in the resort offers massages, wraps, and facial treatments, two resort pools with poolside cabanas, a fitness center, and an event area for weddings and meetings.
Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, 760.327.8311