poolside at the Trixie Motel in Palm Springs California

Where to Stay in Palm Springs (Best Palm Springs Resorts & Home Rentals)

Wondering where to stay in Palm Springs? With so many cool and unique hotels in Palm Springs, not to mention drool-worthy mid-century modern homes you can rent, some of which were homes of the stars you have an overwhelming amount of options for places to stay in Palm Springs and the surrounding area to choose from!

Don’t sweat it though. We’ve been to Palm Springs on several occasions and have stayed at multiple hotels, any maybe one day one of those celebrity home rentals in Palm Springs too, so we put together all of our personal experiences, stays, and research of places we have on our radar to stay in this guide to help you choose your best option!

With Palm Springs being home to the highest concentration of mid-century modern architecture you can bet that a lot of these house rentals, hotels, and resorts are some of the most aesthetically gorgeous stays in California! And for those who aren’t that big on mid-century modern, don’t worry not every option is an MCM fever dream! 

So, without further ado, here are the most amazing Palm Springs stays to consider for your trip so you can focus more on enjoying all the best things to do in Palm Springs and less worry about where to stay! Oh, and if you need a little extra help planning check out our Palm Springs itinerary too.

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Best Palm Springs Hotels & Resorts

7 Springs Inn & Suites

Fun pop art room at 7 Springs Inn in Palm Springs California

Address: 950 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

On a very fun trip to Palm Springs to see a concert, we stayed at the 7 Springs Inn & Suites for their funky rooms with some friends. 7 Springs Inn & Suites is where to stay in Palm Springs if you want to be really close to downtown Palm Springs and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg.

It’s one of those Palm Springs hotels that’s great if you want to do a driving or walking tour of cool mid-century modern or celebrity homes of Palm Springs too as you’re surrounded by The Movie Colony and Old Las Palmas neighborhoods.

For single travelers and couples, go with a deluxe room or a more spacious suite with a full kitchen. If you’re looking for kid-friendly hotels in Palm Springs, this is a great choice. Smaller families can book family rooms or larger parties can go with a 3-bed/2-bath townhouse.

As mentioned, if you’re looking for hotels in downtown Palms Springs, this one is within walking distance! You’ll find the 7 Springs Inn & Suites on Indian Canyon Drive, just a quarter mile from Ruth Hardy Park and less than a mile from downtown Palm Springs. Although, it’s a busier road so hopping in a car is probably a little more comfortable, but walking is an option too.

Whether you’re escaping Los Angeles for the weekend or here to enjoy all the best things to do in Palm Springs, you can make yourself right at home. Enjoy a cheery courtyard with grills, covered picnic tables a hot tub, and an outdoor pool. Book here.

Trixie Motel

interior of the Trixie Motel in Palm Springs California

Address: 210 W Stevens Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Okay, if you’ve been around our channels for a while you know we love a good PINK hotel! In fact, we booked an entire trip to Bermuda around staying at three different pink hotels. And Palm Springs hotels definitely have a few great pink options including the BEST pink option, the Trixie Motel.

The Trixie Motel is currently one of the most coveted places to stay in Palm Springs! Founded by Trixie Mattel from RuPaul’s Drag Race, this SUPER PINK boutique motel is a must-see with 7 uniquely designed rooms. Every detail was thought of here, and when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s more!

From whimsical art and vintage tchotchkes to hand-drawn murals and custom furniture, every space is meticulously designed for your enjoyment. Go with a Queen, a Suite with a kitchenette and private patio, or the king-sized Oh Honeymoon Suite! Guests can cool off in the kidney-shaped pool or shop at the Trixie gift shop for souvenirs.

Located in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs, you’re surrounded by some of the most famous Mid-Century Modern homes, including the Marylin Monroe House and Casa Elizabeth (Elizabeth Taylor’s house). And you’re a 4-minute drive from Downtown Palm Springs and the Walk of the Stars!

So, the thing is that this popular Palm Springs hotel is a bit competitive to get a room in. I mean there is an entire TV show about this place after all, so it should come as no surprise. If you are unlucky in getting a reservation here, you can always visit the gift shop and have a flamboyant cocktail to at least get a sliver of an experience here!

This is also one of our picks for the most unique stays in California too!

Saguaro Palm Springs

Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs California

Address: 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

One of the most famous places to stay in Palm Springs thanks to its insta-worthy colorful facades is this next Palm Springs hotel! For the perfect blend of retro Palm Springs and colorful flare, stay at the very colorful Saguaro Palm Springs. Every room and suite features bright and bold hues, designer furniture, boutique bath products, private balconies, amazing views, and more.

Enjoy the wide range of amenities at the Saguaro, including a full-service spa. There’s also an outdoor pool, luxury cabana rentals, a poolside bar, a sundeck, and 2 hot tubs. You can also join a yoga class, head to the 24-hour gym, or rent bikes and explore Palm Springs. And you’ll want to take one or all your meals at the onsite El Jefe Mexican restaurant and bar on site.

The Saguaro Palm Springs is 3-miles from Downtown Palm Springs, and as a guest, you can take advantage of free shuttles there! Already booked your stay elsewhere? Grab a day pass for a pool day at the Saguaro Palm Springs, their pool radiates happiness with all the pops of color surrounding you! Book here.

Fleur Noire Hotel

gorgeous flower murals on the casitas at the adult only Fleur Noire Hotel in Palm Springs California

Address: 1555 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

The adults-only Fleur Noire Hotel is one of the most stunning places to stay in Palm Springs. We adore the gorgeous casitas and bungalows here, each one individually designed and featuring oversized flower murals. In fact, you’ll find flower murals throughout the hotel, all done by the artist, Louise Jones.

When it comes to boutique Palm Springs hotels, Fleur Noire Hotel stands out with its array of perks. There’s a community kitchen if you’re feeling inspired, or head to the hotel’s sushi restaurant next door.

And the wonderful rosé bar onsite is always a good idea! The beautifully designed courtyard has loungers, fire pits, yard games, a gorgeous pool that screams Palm Springs (that’s heated in the colder months), and more. The hotel also offers different activities that you can sign up for like bike rides, hikes, and horseback rides.

When you stay at the Fleur Noire in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, you’re in the perfect place for Mid-Century Modern Palm Springs tours. Or take the 5-minute drive into the heart of Palm Springs. Book here.

Sands Hotel & Spa

inside our room at the Sands Hotel and Spa in Indian Wells of Greater Palm Springs

Address: 44-985 Province Wy, Indian Wells, CA 92210

The Sands Hotel & Spa is where to stay in Palm Springs for luxury at every level. Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard created a refreshing take on Moroccan-style interiors with lots of pink accents. Around every corner is a feast for the eyes, with designer touches, bold color choices, and Palm Springs-inspired details!

This is where we stayed on our most recent visit to Greater Palm Springs, expect around a 20-30 minute drive to downtown Palm Springs, but since there’s so much to do in and around Greater Palm Springs, this is a great option for exploring the area a bit more.

Choose between a room or suite, each individually designed by Bullard and featuring full-sized minibars. You can also upgrade rooms and suites for separate sitting rooms and private patios featuring decadent outdoor soaking tubs!

Guests of the Sands can lounge by the pool or enjoy the welcoming atmosphere at the retro Pink Cabana restaurant and bar. We had dinner and drinks here one night and LOVED it. The restaurant is designed to feel like a racquet club from the 1950s and 1960s.

And the Moroccan Spa offers a variety of treatments for both individuals and couples, making this one of the best Palm Springs resorts for couples.

The design here alone is worth the stay and you absolutely must plan for at least a half a day at the pool with drinks. Plus, the hotel is located minutes away from hiking trails and world-class golf clubs. Book here.

La Quinta Resort & Club

Address: 49-499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253

Dating back to the 1920s, the beautiful La Quinta Resort & Club is an experience, every step of the way. This is a massive Palm Springs resort, set on 45 acres, with golf courses, tennis courts, and dozens of pools and hot tubs scattered throughout the property! You’ll find it in the historic town of La Quinta, less than 25 miles from Palm Springs.

We think the casitas here are really special, with fireplaces and 1920s-style interior design. I stayed in one of these around a decade ago and haven’t forgotten about it since!

Upgraded rooms, suites, and villas also have private patios with whirlpools, cozy living spaces, state-of-the-art kitchens, and more! There are also 7 unique dining experiences at the La Quinta Resort & Club, from cafes and grills to fine dining restaurants.

The best part is that there are SO many pools around the property and they have restaurants on site. I love the hacienda-style architecture and the backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

Tee off at the golf course, book a treatment at the spa, or have a session with a personal trainer. You can schedule an instructor at the tennis courts or enjoy a cocktail by the adults-only pool. And families can work with the concierge to book trust babysitters. The La Quinta is one of the best Palm Springs Resorts with perks for every type of guest! Book here.

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Flamingos at JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Springs California

Address: 74-855 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260

The JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert is nestled among lush grassy lawns and shining lakes all framed by desert mountains! When you stay here, you’re less than 30 minutes from Downtown Palm Springs and only a mile from Coachella Valley.

There are rooms and suites available to you when you book. Go with a room with a balcony, mountain views, and abstract murals or a suite with a modern sitting area and stocked wet bar. There are pools on site, a steakhouse, and you’re really close to the El Paseo Shopping District.

Another massive luxury resort, the amenities at the JW Marriott Desert Springs are what makes it the best of where to stay in Palm Springs. You might be here for the 2 Ted Robinson golf courses or the all-inclusive Spa Desert Springs!

The many kid-friendly activities and perks also make this one of the most popular Palm Springs resorts for families, they even have a fun gondola ride, an Instagram-famous pink flamingo milkshake, and swans!

And my favorite part, the JW Marriott Desert Springs amps up the charm with fun experiences like the flock of Chilean pink flamingos that welcome you outside the front of the entrance! You don’t even need to stay here to see these gorgeous birds. Book here.

The Paloma Resort

The Paloma Resort in Cathedral City in the Greater Palm Springs area

Address: 67670 Carey Rd, Cathedral City, CA 92234

Just 6 miles or a 15-minute drive from Downtown Palm Springs, The Paloma Resort is another top-notch stay to consider in the Greater Palm Springs area. It’s an award-winning luxury boutique located in the heart of Cathedral City and one of the best places to stay in Palm Springs.

The Paloma Resort has a great location and plenty to do. There’s a classic Palm Springs feel, with Mid-Century Modern and Spanish elements everywhere. They even offer shuttles to Downtown Palm Springs when you want to shop, dine, and sightsee!

Choose either a charming room or bungalow at the Paloma Resort, all centered around a pool with day beds and a poolside bar! They have fun colorful cacti painted on the bungalows too. You can also check out the signature treatments offered at the Grounded Spa, or eat at the onsite tapas bar, Sol Y Sombra.

If you’re a social person, The Paloma Resort is for you. There are days when the pool turns into a club with a live DJ, and you can find out about happy hour at the hotel. For a more intimate experience, you can join a paella cooking class at the restaurant or book a romantic dinner for two. Book here.

Parker Palm Springs

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Address: 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

History lovers and hobby interior designers, this is where to stay in Palm Springs for you! One of the most unique Palm Springs hotels, the Parker Palm Springs has many claims to fame. Today, it’s popular for those looking for an ultra-luxe stay on a sprawling estate connected to big names in Old Hollywood and desinged by Jonathan Adler.

The Parker Palm Springs is notorious in the area. The building has a very storied past, most famously because it was purchased by Gene Autry in the 1960s as a residence himself and to house the LA Angels baseball team during spring training! In the 90s, it was the luxurious Givenchy Hotel and today, it’s a Mid-Century Modern dream to stay here.

There are winding gardens with adobe structures, lemon trees, herb bushes, fire pits, and more. You can play croquet on the lawn or visit the onsite spa, the Palm Springs Yacht Club! The larger-than-life entrance to the hotel is popular with Instagrammers, as is the lobby with its whimsical, retro-chic design.

You have your choice of rooms, suites, villas, or even the stand-alone Gene Autry Estate! All the spaces were designed (and continuously updated) by Jonathan Adler, boasting touches like hammock patios, private pools, and more. And if you ever actually leave the property, it’s a short, 10-minute drive to Palm Springs.

The Colony Palms

Address: 572 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

One of the best adults-only hotels in Downtown Palm Springs is The Colony Palms Hotel and Bungalows. Not only are you less than a mile from Downtown, but you’re in the ever-popular Movie Colony neighborhood! Enjoy the elegance and timelessness of The Colony Palms and all its amazing amenities.

The history of the luxury hotel began in the 1930s and features famous movie stars, socialites, politicians, and more. The historic stucco structure was revamped by designer Steve Hermann. He kept the spirit and feel of the Art-Deco hotel with complimentary Moroccan themes, Hollywood Maximalism, and calming palm green.

Book a light-filled room, suite, or bungalow. As a guest, you’ll enjoy high-end touches, designer bath products, and Nespresso machines. Some rooms have balconies and fireplaces, and suites and bungalows include private patios and pool access. 

For dinner, head to The Colony Club for American and European cuisine in the 1920s-style restaurant. There’s also a wellness spa, complimentary yoga sessions on the weekends, and a pool with loungers and daybeds for rent. Book here.

Les Cactus

Address: 555 S Warm Sands Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Curious about where to stay in Palm Springs that’s luxurious but low-key about it? Les Cactus will please even the pickiest of travelers! At this adults-only boutique hotel, they offer a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere while also pulling out all the stops. Plus, they’re just a 4-minute drive to Downtown Palm Springs!

Les Cactus has 3 different room sizes to choose from, as well as suites with kitchenettes. Guests will be greeted with darling wicker furniture, Further bath products, Casper mattresses, a welcome basket with snacks, and a daily continental breakfast. You can also request a fridge for your room and find out about the hotel’s selection of wine, beer, cocktails, and other beverages.

There are so many one-of-a-kind experiences on this adorable property, from the hammock garden to the saltwater pool. Head to the massage room to get out all the tension from your week and then soak away your worries in the hot tub!

While you’re here, relax in beautifully designed common areas, or take advantage of free bike rentals to explore the area. Book here.

Celebrity and Mid-Century Modern Homes You Can Rent!

While you’re looking for Palm Springs hotels and resorts, did you know you can also stay at some of the most iconic mid-century modern homes of Palm Springs? Not to mention, celebrity homes?! Here are some of the ones we adore!

The Lucy House

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Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz once had a retreat in the heart of Palm Springs. Now it’s a vacation rental and one of the best places to stay in Palm Springs. Located just north of Ruthy Hardy Park in the El Mirador neighborhood, The Lucy House is in the center of Palm Springs’ architectural center and a mere 5 minutes from Downtown!

The Spanish-style villa boasts 5 rooms, vaulted ceilings, and tile floors throughout. There’s also a casita off of the main house, so it’s perfect for large groups! Rooms are decked out in modern comforts and retro touches, offering the perfect getaway for Lucy fans!

And this house was designed for gathering together and relaxing. Enjoy the plush, oversized sofas in the living space, the supple armchairs by the fireplace, and the chaise lounges around the pool. You’ll have indoor dining with room for 10 right off of the modern, European-style kitchen. Or enjoy the outdoor dining area by the pool! Book here.

That Pink Door

That Pink Door house in Palm Springs at 1100 Sierra

Of all the pink doors we found in Palm Springs, this one was a personal favorite of ours! You can find it at 1100 East Sierra Way in the Indian Canyon neighborhood of Great Palm Springs, less than 10 minutes from Downtown. And if you’re looking for where to stay in Palm Springs, definitely see if this is available.

While it’s affectionately known as That Pink Door, it’s officially called Villa Sierra. The stark architectural style of the exterior gives way to interiors boasting a decadent Hollywood Regency style full of bold and cozy color combinations. And outdoor spaces are lush and green, offering a quiet retreat with privacy hedges. It’s the ultimate luxury vacation rental where you can live like the stars!

Not to mention, this neighborhood is fun to drive around and just look at all the cool MCM homes and colorful doors!

Villa Sierra has 4 suites for up to 8 guests, each with a private bath and a queen- or king-sized bed. You can play games in the billiards room or relax by the fireplace. Of course, the Palm Springs home centers around the 75-foot pool and spa. Out here, you can also enjoy a fire pit, 2 different grills, an outdoor shower, and an Art-Deco-style cabana. Book here.

Sonny & Cher House

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Babe, I got you babe. One of the most famous Palm Springs homes is Villa Carmelita, AKA the Sonny & Cher House! Located at 210 W Camino Carmelita in The Mesa neighborhood. This means you’re 1 mile from the Moorten Botanical Garden and less than 10 minutes from Farm, one of the best restaurants in Downtown Palm Springs.

The 5 bedroom/4.5 bath Spanish villa absolutely glows, featuring rich woods, stucco walls, tile throughout, and multiple gathering spaces. Sit by the tiled fireplace for a chat or play board games in the living room. The sprawling kitchen has an acreage of counter space, and there’s an 8-seater dining table next to a breakfast nook for 2.

French doors in all the bedrooms give you direct access to the outdoor pool. And outside, the party continues! Enjoy a ping-pong table, a built-in grill, or a cushy red chaise lounge by the pool. Book here.

Kirk Douglas House

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A short stroll away from Ruth Hardy Park, you’ll find the Kirk Douglas House at 1069 E Marshall Way. Over the years, the Douglas family took up residence in a few homes in Palm Springs, and this charming Mid-Century Modern gem was one of them! When you’re ready to explore the shops of Downtown Palm Springs, it’s an easy 5-minute drive.

This vacation rental gives you the full Palm Springs experience with multiple rooms having private doors onto the gorgeous kidney-shaped pool in the backyard! You can take in mountain views from the water or from the firepit nearby. You can also play at the billiards table on the patio or enjoy outdoor dining.

Back inside, the designer was not afraid of color when the trimmed this retro home! Stay here if you enjoy a whimsical interior design that plays well with the mix of Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary elements. The Kirk Douglas House has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, including a soaking tub in the main bath. And there’s a cozy, open-flame gas fireplace in the living room. Book here.

Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palm Estate

Frank Sinatra Twin Palms Estate house rental in Palm Springs
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Love Ol’ Blue Eyes? Sinatra fans will love the opportunity to stay at the Frank Sinatra Twin Palm Estate. Located in the Movie Colony neighborhood, you’re surrounded by the homes of Old Hollywood and a 5-minute drive from the heart of Palm Springs.

The massive Twin Palm Estate is the brainchild of Sinatra and architect E. Stewart Williams. The result is a Mid-Century Modern work of art with touches of Frank throughout the home. In recent years, the vacation rental has gone through a revamping, so you can enjoy modern comforts while still surrounded by Old Hollywood charm!

All 4 bedrooms boast private baths, floor-to-ceiling windows, and sliding glass doors to the pool in the backyard. The expansive living space is a vintage dream and features a baby grand piano. There are 2 dining rooms and a retro kitchen complete with high-end appliances. Outside, there’s the original piano-shaped pool, gardens, and covered walkways. Book here.

Marilyn Monroe House

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The mysterious Marilyn Monroe House in the Movie Colony is where to stay in Palm Springs for vintage Hollywood lovers and those seeking a luxurious escape. The real name is the Sand Acres Estate and it holds a stunning 1933 Spanish-style home on a rare 1-acre lot.

The home centers around a cavernous courtyard complete with cobbled walkways and a fountain. There’s also a grassy lawn, a private tennis court, and a pool. Inside, the warm and inviting home features vaulted ceilings, multiple living rooms, and a modern kitchen.

The 5 bedrooms throughout the Sand Acre Estate each have private bathrooms with soaking tubs and queen-sized beds. And the main bedroom in the heart of the home is magical, with a tower entrance and king-sized bed.

You can almost imagine Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio madly in love as they spend time together at this romantic vacation home! Book here.

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