Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we review 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 trip on a budget and need a place to start, you've come to the right place. Take a look at our top picks for value in Palm Springs, and get inspired!
The Best Western Las Brisas is a pleasant mid-range hotel with more charm than most chains. The rooms themselves are spacious, with relaxing decor in tans and whites. They don't have patios, but the mountain views from the outdoor pool are wonderful. The lush gardens surrounding the pool give it a secluded feel, though it is just minutes from downtown Palm Springs. Some smart amenities such as a coin-operated washer and dryer, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, help make it a good choice in terms of value.
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 the 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, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi add to the value -- as does the hotel's location, within walking distance of the downtown area.
The rooms at the Doral Princess may be dated, but the beautiful setting and impressive list of amenities make this an excellent pick, for the price. This upper-middle-range hotel caters to business travelers and golfers. Slightly outside of Palm Springs, it lacks urban convenience, but the views from the rooms (all with balconies or patios) can't be beat. Most overlook the pool and golf course with gorgeous mountains as a backdrop. Beware, though, and some do overlook the parking lot. There's plenty to do at the resort besides golf -- swim in the Olympic-size pool, work out in the fitness center, get a message in the spa, or try your hand at racquetball, volleyball, or tennis.