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Where to Stay in Palm Springs
The city of Palm Springs, while geographically small, has more hotels and resorts than any other city in the Coachella Valley resort area. But due to its compact size and the ease of getting around by bike and on foot, the location of your hotel isn’t as important as factors like amenities, service, quality and price. Most hotels in Palm Springs are located on or within a few blocks of Palm Canyon Drive, the main drag which enters town from the northwest corner, heads south through the center of Palm Springs and finally turns southeast, leading to the other destinations in the valley.
Cheap hotel deals in Palm Springs can be tricky to find throughout the peak tourist season from October to April, but if you’re willing to brave the heat, you can often find major discounts in the summer. Prices tend to be more competitive in the nearby valley towns of Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, La Quinta and Coachella. If you save by staying in one of these adjacent locales, you’re still just a few minutes away from the heart of Palm Springs.
Palm Springs Hotel Tips
You have a wide variety of accommodations to choose from when staying in Palm Springs, though the area is most famous for its upscale boutique hotels. Many of the most interesting boutique properties in the city date back to the 50s and 60s, but these older hotels are harder to come by as you make your way to the eastern end of the valley resort area. Palm Springs is also known for its lavish resorts, many of which aim to relax and rejuvenate their guests with amenities like first-class spas, yoga retreats and gourmet room service menus. There are plenty of these resorts in Palm Springs proper, but they account for an even greater share of the accommodations in the areas to the east.
Mid-range and discount hotel chains do have a presence in the area, and provide a great way to enjoy the generally expensive winter peak season on a modest travel budget. These hotels are scattered throughout the valley region.
Palm Springs Hotel Recommendations
If you’re planning on splurging on your trip, your money will be well spent at Parker Palm Springs, a contender for the city’s most opulent luxury resort. Formerly the Gene Autry Melody Ranch, this property has been modernized and expanded through numerous renovations to feature the most comfortable and chic rooms, a world-class spa and Mister Parker’s, an exclusive restaurant that serves some of Palm Springs’ most creative cuisine.
For a stay that’s more affordable but equally unforgettable, look into the Orbit In, one of the city’s best examples of fully restored 1950s architecture. The Orbit In embraces the kitschy fashion of Palm Springs’ initial heyday but combines it with modern conveniences and comforts. Its suites are all themed and individually appointed, and breakfast is served daily beside one of the swankiest pools in the area, followed by cocktails all afternoon and evening.
The Villa Royale, a 30-unit luxury hotel that feels more like a bed and breakfast, is a smart choice if you want to stay in Palm Springs but away from the action of the downtown area. Its top features include two landscaped swimming pools, in-room massage and spa treatments, and one of Palm Springs’ favorite dining destinations, Europa.
If you’d like to spend time in some of the other accommodations in the Coachella Valley, the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California is worth looking into. Many of the rooms at this historic property are in free-standing structures, some of which have private or semi-private pools, helping to make the large resort feel smaller and more personal. It’s also a top golf destination in the area, with five golf courses from legendary designers including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.
Palm Springs Transportation
If you’re the walking type, you can easily get around Palm Spring’s small, safe and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods on foot. If you’re inclined to take advantage of the city’s extensive network of bike paths, you can rent bicycles and safety equipment from several local businesses.
Of course, Palm Springs is just one part of the Coachella Valley, and you’ll need a car to efficiently see the noteworthy sights in neighboring cities to the southeast. After booking your flight to Palm Springs, consider making a reservation with one of the many car rental agencies at Palm Springs International Airport.
The city is also served by taxi and private car companies. In general, private car service should be booked at least 24 hours in advance, and much farther ahead if you plan to be in town during the Palm Springs International Film Festival or another major event. Cab companies can be called at any time, but be sure to plan ahead and take their phone numbers with you. It’s rarely easy to hail a taxi on the street.