Rooms under £100: Palm Springs

Get some movie star glamour at this hip Californian desert bolthole populated by quirky hotels and vintage motels full of retro charm

By Julia Buckley
Published 6 Jun 2016, 09:00 BST, Updated 7 Jul 2021, 13:32 BST
The Saguaro
The Saguaro

01 The Saguaro
One look at the clashing colours sported by the blocks of rooms in this converted mid-century motel should tell you this is a party pad, especially in summer, when LA hipsters descend on the huge pool. It's worth booking last-minute when room rates tend to be slashed. Rooms from £84.

02 Caliente Tropics
Photos don't do this Palm Springs stalwart justice. An outré tiki-themed resort from 1964, the Tropics isn't quite as happening as when Elvis and Marilyn stayed over, but the refurbished rooms are comfortable, the décor is fabulous and the prices are always rock bottom. Rooms from £48.

03 Palm Mountain Resort
Palm Mountain's 142 rooms snuggle up against the mountain right behind Palm Canyon Drive, the main strip. Standard rooms are comfy, if a little dated; but the modern rooms in the new wing are fantastic — and superb value. Rooms from £61.

04 The Palm Springs Hotel
Retro reigns in Palm Springs and this is one of the new, super-trendy hotels combining mid-century architecture with 21st-century accoutrements. Guest beds are named — think 'The Presley' and 'The Frank & Dean'. Rooms from £81.

Published in the June 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)


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