Welcome to Palm Springs

There is a place in the California desert where an adventurous spirit prevails — an oasis where nature and nurture come together with unexpected delights, where the traditions of the West carry on with a fresh vibe, and where the village charm is as unique as it is chic.

The gateway to this enchanting place is showcased by a magnificent alluvial plain and banked by steep ravines and rocky gorges of breathtaking beauty. In secret worlds of lush and ancient palm groves are refreshing waterfalls and breathtaking vistas.

Eclectic inns and boutique hotels in and around the downtown Palm Springs village are nestled at the base of the majestic Mount San Jacinto. The individual personality and flavor of each of these historic inns shine through as soon as you arrive. Many offer an intimate fireplace, private spa, or alfresco shower. Bougainvillea-draped private patios are tucked in next to hip, cool mid-century classics.

Walk the walk where the Rat Pack lived and loved, search for the perfect mid-century or antique find along Palm Canyon Drive, immerse yourself in the art galleries and Palm Springs Art Museum, and then indulge in an intimate bistro under the stars. Stroll over to the downtown casino, where the night is really heating up. It’s a blend of Old World design and hip sophistication that is Palm Springs, California.

Welcome to your sun-kissed adventure.

Mary Jo Ginther,
Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

Welcome to the unique realm of Palm Springs historic small hotels. Our small, intimate hotels are independently owned and operated, giving you personal attention and a relaxing experience not found in larger hotels.

Tucked away in all corners of Palm Springs are these small oases, with their sparkling pools, lush landscaping, and inviting patios. Small hotels are one of the defining elements of Palm Springs’ rich social, cultural, and architectural heritage. Palm Springs is the home of midcentury modern, and some hotels have been restored in that sleek style that prevailed in the 1950s and ’60s. Others reflect the Spanish architecture that dominated the early twentieth century, but all feature service and amenities that are state of the art.

Join an impressive list of Hollywood celebrities who have frequented Palm Springs’ small historic inns for their privacy and charm. All member properties of Small Hotels of Palm Springs are intimate enclaves — typically having no more than 50 guest rooms, suites, or villas each. The hotels are run by friendly, knowledgeable local owners and managers. Each offers its own character and ambiance — and attracts its own distinctive clientele. Welcome!

Historic Palm Springs Inns, Bed and Breakfasts, and Hotels
John Williams,
Small Hotels of Palm Springs



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