Palm Springs Hotels
Twin Palms a.k.a. Sinatra House
Built in 1947 to serve as Frank Sinatra’s weekend retreat (according to lore, he paid for the house and architect E. Stewart Williams’ services with his first big paycheck from MGM), Twin Palms has been lovingly transformed into a four-bedroom vacation rental. While the original recording studio, piano-shaped pool, and scattered Sinatra memorabilia are the main draw, the property itself is a pillar of mid-century architecture. The kitchen has been upgraded with brand new Viking appliances and modern amenities are all accounted for, but the mid-century furnishings and famous cracked sink (a byproduct of one of Sinatra’s and Ava Gardner’s many marital tiffs) do a good job of preserving the home’s history.
Parker Palm Springs
4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Canyon Sands
Before you set up camp by one of the resort’s retro-glam pools, be sure to explore the winding pathways and sprawling grounds of this desert oasis: You’ll find outdoor fire pits, hammocks, cricket courts, and the Gene Autry Villa (the cowboy crooner’s former residence is always available, for a sizable fee). Much like the rest of the property, each of the 131 guest rooms and 14 suites are decked out in color-happy accessories, geometric throw pillows, and other mid-century elements, courtesy of Jonathan Adler’s interior decor skills. The PSYC Spa and its Moroccan-themed indoor pool (no kids allowed) are the ideal sanctuary for whiling away a rainy afternoon with the hotel’s signature Pimm’s Cup in hand.
Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Movie Colony
Situated just off Palm Springs’ main drag, this Moorish-themed hotel revolves around the main pool (trust us, it’s a good pool).
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
68900 Frank Sinatra Dr., Rancho Mirage
The Ritz is by far the largest—and definitely the fanciest—place to stay in Palm Springs. The truth is, unless you’re looking to explore the town or take a drive to Joshua Tree, there’s really no need to leave the hotel grounds. There are three kickass pools and inviting little nooks to take in the surroundings, you can find a really good steak and insane views of the desert at the Edge Steakhouse, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better Sunday brunch spread than the one at State Fare Kitchen. And of course, there’s the Ritz Kids club to keep the littles occupied so you can clock in some blissful spa time.
257 S. Patencio Rd., Historic Tennis Club
It feels more like Tangier than Palm Springs at this family-run pensione that channels the rustic romance of Morocco and the Mediterranean. Villas are filled with hand-carved wooden furniture, with lemon and olive trees right outside your window. Fountains, fire pits, and colored glass lanterns decorate the outdoor courtyard where group yoga and evening screenings of old movies happen (there are no TVs or phones otherwise). Ask for the Moroccan villa.
1821 E. Amado Rd., Baristo
Photographer Jaime Kowal is planting deep roots in Palm Springs. In addition to Ernest Coffee and Bootlegger Tiki, she’s also the proprietress of The Amado, a five-unit boutique hotel in the heart of town. After putting the property through an extensive top-to-bottom renovation, she decorated each apartment-style suite (private kitchens, vintage fireplaces, and pool access are standard) with one of the five elements in mind. Overall, the aesthetic is minimal with jolts of Southwestern patterns and photography thrown in for good measure.