Where to Stay on Any Budget in Greater Palm Springs

Access premium amenities no matter the depth of your pockets at these Coachella Valley escapes.

June 8, 2024
Story by Aleesha Lange
The-Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage
The alfresco fire pit lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage overlooks the Coachella Valley.
PHOTO COURTESY THE RITZ-CARLTON RANCHO MIRAGE

Whether budget-friendly or extravagant, hotels in Greater Palm Springs know a thing or two about curating a memorable getaway. Make the most of your summer stay with all sorts of exciting amenities, seasonal deals, and extra perks — from private mineral water pools to Old Hollywood history to boat rides.

To produce this list, we analyzed the cost per night when booking a minimum two-night stay in June or July. Hotel prices can vary by the minute depending on events in the area, so these rates are subject to change. For the best results, book at least 30 days in advance and explore the many deals presented here.

Bargain Bliss: Under $200

Indian Wells Resort Hotel

Indian Wells

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz developed this Indian Wells hotel in 1957, immediately attracting famous friends. Staying here not only provides easy access to the two courses at the public Indian Wells Golf Resort, but it also allows exclusive access to book a tee time at the private Indian Wells Country Club next door, which was also founded by Arnaz and his cohorts. IW Live, the hotel’s restaurant, boasts an old-fashioned supper club setting, meaning you’ll get to enjoy dinner with a staged show.

7 Springs

Palm Springs

Located near downtown Palm Springs, this charming midcentury hotel lures mod enthusiasts with its orange and white barrel vault decorative exterior arches. Suites here feature pop art portraits hanging above beds and stylish, brightly colored premium furnishings. Enjoy the complimentary tea, coffee, and fresh cookies or spend an evening cooling off in the pool. Booking directly with 7 Springs gets you 5 percent off a one-night stay, 10 percent off two nights, and 15 percent off three or more nights.

Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa

Desert Hot Springs

Relax in seclusion with your own in-suite private mineral water pool in California’s Spa City. The best part: Prices drop dramatically in the summer. If you’re traveling with someone special, book a romantic add-on that includes rose petals, locally made Brandini Toffee, and Champagne or a birthday surprise with a bottle of bubbly and 8-inch birthday cake. You’ll want to come back here — and luckily, repeat guests receive 15 percent off their next stay.

Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort & Spa.
PHOTO COURTEST TOMMY BAHAMA MIRAMONTE RESORT & SPA

Midrange Marvels: $201–$399

Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort & Spa

Indian Wells

Refuel your body’s need for wellness by taking a movement class, booking a CBD-infused spa treatment, or connecting with nature at this resort’s citrus orchard where you can pick your own fruit to enjoy. The Relax on Another Level package includes 24 percent off a stay of four or more nights, a $75 credit, 15 percent off 50-minute spa treatments, and a reduced resort fee. When you book through Kind Traveler, you unlock exclusive hotel rates and perks like a free cocktail or glass of wine with a $10 donation to The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert.

Tuscan Springs Hotel & Spa

Desert Hot Springs

Reconnect with your partner at this adults-only spot tucked away in a quiet part of Desert Hot Springs that’s far enough from the hustle but still an easy drive into town. Three naturally heated mineral pools at increasing temperatures offer the perfect escape from reality while the architecture and charming décor will transport you to Italy. Bring your own charcuterie plate to enjoy poolside in one of the free cabanas. Special packages start as low as $315 per night and include a wide range of luxuries such as couples’ massages, body treatments, and Champagne.

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Palm Desert

With toy boat racing, birdhouse painting inside an actual aviary, the JW Entertainment Zone  with classic and new arcade games, organized nature walks, and a plethora of activities, this resort helps families prioritize fun. Bring the kids for memory-making experiences on a campus that seemingly has everything. For the adults: golf, tennis, and spa treatments. You can even ride a boat to your dinner reservation — they depart from the lobby. Save 10 percent on a three-night stay, 15 percent on four nights, and 20 percent on five or more nights.

 

Drift Palm Springs.
PHOTO COURTESY DRIFT PALM SPRINGS

Upscale Escapes: $400 and Above

Drift Palm Springs

Palm Springs

It’s easy to walk to nearby shops, bars, and eateries in downtown Palm Springs from the Drift. But if you don’t feel like it, the hotel’s moody restaurant, Maleza, serves bottomless mimosas and a delectable bloody Maria while cooking up dishes with Mexican roots. Rooms get stocked with premium bath products that are available for purchase from any employee. Get a free cabana with your room when you use code “girlsgetaway” at checkout. Deals at Drift change frequently, so it’s recommended to give them a call and ask how you can save.

La Serena Villas

Palm Springs

Claw-foot tubs await on the private patios of these historic villas built in 1933. Each also features a fire pit and benches to enjoy after your outdoor soak. Azúcar, the hotel’s poolside restaurant, features a rooftop seating area with stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains and an ingredient-driven menu, while Whispers Spa serves treatments designed to help you unwind. Save a percentage on your total when you prepay for your stay.

The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage

As you ascend the serpentine road leading to The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, you’ll realize why everyone raves about this property’s incredible views. But stays here promise so much more than a fabulous photo-op. From premium linens and fixtures in the rooms to the expansive spa and organized activities like stargazing, The Ritz makes vacations easy and incredibly memorable. Receive up to $100 in credit per night when you book three or more nights.

Luxe Hideaways: Starting at $1,650

Sensei Porcupine Creek

Rancho Mirage

Yoga classes, a private golf course, tennis tutorials, sound meditations, and weight circuits make Sensei Porcupine Creek a full-blown wellness retreat. Plentiful outdoor scenery inspires the desire to reward yourself with a private spa treatment in the garden. Try out the thermal body-mapping massage, where a custom session targets overactive tissues and improves circulation. Well-being consultants are available for one-on-one meetings to explore your mind and body connection and track your progress during your stay.

The pool at Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate is shaped like a piano.
PHOTO COURTESY TWIN PALM ESTATES

Twin Palms Estate

Palm Springs

Architect E. Stewart Williams designed this midcentury wonder in 1947 for Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato. Traces of the musician haunt the property, including a crack in one of the primary bathroom sinks, where Sinatra allegedly threw a Champagne bottle at Ava Gardner during an altercation. You can rent the home of the hot-headed crooner for events, gatherings, and stays as a short-term rental for about $3,000 a night. The 4,500-square-foot home features a piano-shaped pool, vintage designer furnishings, and the original sound recording system Sinatra used while in Palm Springs.

Dinah Shore Estate

Palm Springs

Actor and musician Dinah Shore built two homes and a life in Greater Palm Springs, where she founded the Kraft Nabisco Women’s Golf Tournament at Mission Hills Country Club. (Now The Chevron Championship, the LPGA event that’s often referred to as “The Dinah Shore” relocated to Texas in 2023). This Old Las Palmas luxury vacation rental, now owned by Leonardo DiCaprio, grants visitors a glimpse into celebrity Palm Springs living with a tennis court, large pool, and plenty of palm trees overhead. Built by renowned architect Donald Wexler in 1964, the midcentury home contains six bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for hosting a wedding or large event or to just rent out for the weekend.