California Desert Hotels
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Hyatt Palm Springs

Hyatt Palm Springs Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Those looking for big brand Hyatt amenities without going all in for a full resort experience will find it here. The hotel's large all-suite rooms have a multi-room layout that's great for families, and the business-friendly facilities make the hotel a solid choice for travelers attending conferences or meetings. The private balconies and pool area have mountain views worth the price of admission, but some travelers may balk at the dual resort and valet parking fees. Those looking to avoid fees could try the Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel, which also offers mountain views and is just a few minutes from downtown Palm Springs.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The 466-room Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa is a luxury resort built on a country club golf course with a variety of amenities for families. There is a Splashtopia water park with water slides and a sandy beach ringed by a 450-foot lazy river along with an adults-only pool and hot tubs (though the pools can feel overrun at times). A golf course and tennis courts provide extra entertainment. Guests that aren't drawn to the water park might prefer the nearby Westin Mission Hills, which usually has similar rates.
Westin Mission Hills Villas

Westin Mission Hills Villas Rating: 4.0 Pearls

This Starwood hotel that doubles as a time-share/ownership property sprawls across 360 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The three, villa-style room types are all large and feature balconies or patios, though some are in need of updating. It's a family-friendly resort with with so much going on guests might not find its distance from downtown Palm Springs as much of a drawback. Couples without kids, or those seeking a luxurious stay closer to the action, might want to consider the stylish Colony Palms Hotel in the heart of Palm Springs, though it cannot compare with the Westin Mission Hills in the number and scope of its amenities.
Colony Palms Hotel

Colony Palms Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Built in 1936, the Colony Palms Hotel began as a desert gambling den and hideaway for a group of gangsters looking to escape the limelight of LA, and it still retains some of that exclusive, tucked-away atmosphere. Elegant, but still relatively casual, this hotel is geared toward an adult crowd looking to lounge and dine in style. Though on the smaller side, the rooms have a hip Moroccan-inspired decor (some have fireplaces and patios) and the rates are highly competitive for a hotel of this caliber in Palm Springs. Guests have noted a pesky resort fee and that lounge space by the pool can be limited.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The 530-room Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa is a modern and luxurious mega resort with seven pools, access to two top-rated golf courses, and a medical spa with non-invasive skin tightening treatments. It’s close to a small town with easy access to shopping areas. Though the resort is big, special events can make certain spots feel crowded and there's a daily resort fee and parking fee. The big and pretty rooms are decorated in sunset tones; villas have butler service. It’s worth it to compare rates with similar properties, such as the Rancho Las Palmas, which has a water park and is a little closer to the airport.
Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa

Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The upscale Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa is renowned for its natural mineral springs and glamorous Hollywood past (it was a rumored hideout of Al Capone's). Originally built in 1930 as a private, gated resort on 77 acres, the current owners completed a multimillion dollar renovation in 2014 that gutted the 70 rooms, refreshed the grotto and pool, and brought a farm-to-table restaurant. The Grotto rooms still maintain some of their vintage details, notably in the bathrooms, while the Solstice rooms are modern and sleek. The spa has everything from mud baths to watsu pools. Grounds include hiking trails, lakes, and a walking labyrinth. A dedicated yoga dome, tennis courts, lap pool, and fitness center highlight the resort's emphasis on a healthy Californian lifestyle. Watch out for a daily resort fee and remember that bug sightings come standard with any natural, outdoor property. Signs asking guests to speak in a whisper and no kids allowed add to the overall zen quality of this eclectic and relaxing resort.
The Saguaro Palm Spring

The Saguaro Palm Spring Rating: 4.0 Pearls

In a town known for its mix of mid-century modern and Spanish Colonial architecture, the upscale Saguaro Palm Springs hotel stands out in colorful, candy-coated contrast. There's no respite from the rainbow decor, save for the pair of chronically booked-up restaurants, Tinto and El Jefe, both helmed by Iron Chef Jose Garces. The central courtyard has a huge pool that comes alive with loud weekend parties, DJ sets, and live music -- a fun, popular scene, but can create friction between the 20-somethings and families with young children (who would be advised to avoid weekends). The rooms are large and brightly furnished, each with a private balcony. The hotel is farther away from the downtown area than its most likely competitor, Ace Hotel and Swim Club, whose rates are proportionally higher as a result.
Westin Desert Willow Villas

Westin Desert Willow Villas Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The 198-unit, upscale Westin Desert Willow Villas is a time-share outpost of the Starwood chain. Set in Palm Desert, a 20-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs, the Westin embraces its Sonora desert environment with two massive pool areas and plenty of water-focused activities for all ages. The villas are modern, with full kitchens, showers with twin showerheads, and sofa beds. For cold desert evenings, there are outdoor fireplaces and heat lamps so guests can relax and appreciate the stars. Just be aware that there are no spa services, and dining options are limited -- many guests quickly tire of the casual grill restaurant, so come prepared to cook or drive for more variety.
Riviera Palm Springs

Riviera Palm Springs Rating: 4.0 Pearls

A funky blend of mid-century modern design, this upscale, 398-room hotel pays homage to its roots as a celebrity playground in the sixties. It attracts the under-thirty set with nonstop party action at the Bikini Pool and Bar. The puzzle-piece-shaped pool is lined with cabanas and lounge beds perfect for posing or people watching. Music, both live and from a DJ, gets the whole place rocking. In the lobby, mirrored brick walls separate seating areas into small, intimate spaces. The lobby also has a bar and a white chrome pool table. Mosaics of former legendary guests, such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, grace the walls. Pops of bright orange play against glossy, white lacquered furniture and dark wood floors. The swanky Starlite Lounge (weekends only) features small bites, classic cocktails, and live entertainment. Circa 59 serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner against a dramatic red, black, and white color scheme.
Miramonte Resort & Spa

Miramonte Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Located in the vacation town of Indian Wells, which is full of golf courses and tennis courts, the Miramonte Resort is a destination for travelers who don't plan on leaving the area. It's a peaceful haven, with a first-rate spa, multiple pools, an organic restaurant, and lush gardens. The Tuscan decor and abundance of greenery combine to create a Mediterranean vibe.


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