Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we review historic properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a getaway and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top historic picks in Palm Springs and get inspired!
The upscale Two Bunch Resort and Spa is renowned for its natural mineral springs -- such as its relaxing grotto with waterfall. Set on 56 acres of nature, guests come here to relax and take advantage of the amazing spa, hot springs, many hiking trails, lakes, and free yoga classes. Al Capone supposedly came to this historic resort when he wanted to unwind. Airy rooms, located either near the spa (the "Grotto" rooms) or past the meditation lakes (the "Fountain" rooms), can have details such as tile floors and wood beam ceilings.
The small, upper-middle-range Movie Colony Hotel is renowned for its celeb history: Jim Morrison, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra are among the famous who have stayed here. The decor is '60s-inspired but has decidedly modern and minimalist look -- think mirrors and white lacquer -- and overall vibe of the property is casual. The 17 rooms are spacious and have private terraces; guests can upgrade to a townhouse for more luxury (and space). Free wine by the fire pit at happy hour encourages mingling, but this place is really best for couples looking for a laid-back feel and a central location.
Korakia Pensione is a striking hotel -- Forbes named it one of the sexiest hotels in America. Modeled after a Mediterranean pensione, it looks like something out of Greece or Morocco and is made up of several historic homes in the Moroccan and Mediterranean style. The two pools and many outdoor spaces, including fire pits, fountains, and stone paths, are all beautiful and unexpected. And the hotel plays old movies every night outside on the terrace. The rooms are named, not numbered, and each is slightly different, but all have an old-world feel.