Located in the Uptown Design District, Alcazar Palm Springs is surrounded by trendy shops and restaurants. Local chef Tara Lazar owns this 34-room boutique hotel, which is on the same property as two of her restaurants: Birba, serving classic Italian fare, and Cheeky’s, a popular brunch spot. —Silvia Pikal
This 32-room boutique hotel embodies the relaxed vibe of Palm Springs while also giving a nod to the city’s mid-century modern design sensibilities. There’s no formal front desk—check-in happens at the bar—and all hotel services are available via text message. An architectural gem, the building makes use of rusted steel and wood and boasts a butterfly roof. For an extra-special stay, half the rooms feature private patios with outdoor fireplaces.
You’ll find guests sunning themselves around a pool with private cabanas, a bocce court and table tennis nearby. Reservoir restaurant features Southern California dishes with Asian and Latin influences—try the Sesame Seed Crusted Tuna Burger with wasabi mayo. A bar, coffee shop and ice cream shop round out the delicious offerings. —Sara Samson
Located just outside of downtown, in the shadow of Mount San Jacinto, the Desert Riviera hotel is an urban retreat. The lush grounds of this 11-room resort feature palm trees and indigenous flowers, as well as an outdoor pool, communal barbecues and fire pits. Plus, the hotel offers complimentary cruiser bikes. —Silvia Pikal
The mountain views don’t get much more spectacular than at the Orbit In, a mid-century hotel—designed by architect Herbert Burns in 1957—nestled near the base of the picturesque San Jacinto Mountains and minutes from the buzz of downtown Palm Springs. In the classic courtyard style popular in the 1950s and ’60s, the property consists of a central saltwater pool surrounded by nine rooms. The interior design brings together authentic period furnishings with a Mad Men-era vibe and every room has a vintage-style turntable and vinyl records. Each room also comes with a private patio, and four have original ’50s kitchens outfitted with kitschy retro dishes. Don’t miss the daily complimentary Orbitini cocktail hour at the hotel’s poolside Boomerang Bar. —Lawrence Karol
To be close to downtown’s art galleries, book into Holiday House. The hotel’s 28 rooms feature oversized showers and Mark D. Sikes custom textiles. You’ll also find an impressive collection of artwork throughout the property, including pieces by Roy Lichtenstein and Banksy-inspired street artist, Mr. Brainwash. —Silvia Pikal
Conveniently situated on Palm Canyon Drive (the heart of the city and a shopper’s paradise thanks to its plethora of shops), The Hyatt Palm Springs is a luxury hotel featuring all-suite guest rooms. The property also boasts two restaurants, easy access to walking trails and an outdoor heated pool with private cabanas. —Silvia Pikal
You don’t have to channel ghosts to revel in Palm Springs’ Old Hollywood movie star vibe: Triada, a hotel from Marriott’s boutique Autograph Collection, is steeped in showbiz history. Built in the 1920s and originally opened as The Ambassador Hotel in 1948 (it was later named Alan Ladd’s Spanish Inn by the late actor’s widow), the landmark property once hosted the likes of Lana Turner, Jimmy Durante and Howard Hughes.
A three-year, US$10-million reno later, this 56-room modern Spanish hacienda, which sat empty over the last few decades, is back to its former glory, complete with two new pools and custom tile work. Reasonably priced suites are sprawling and offer full gourmet kitchens, but for a history-steeped stay, opt for the more compact Room 125—it’s where Elizabeth Taylor used to get her beauty sleep. —Alyssa Schwartz
Hotels in Greater Palm Springs
This groovy California getaway will appeal to fans of Airstream trailers, mid-century kitsch and the music of the B-52s. Kate Pierson, a member of the seminal 1980s new wave band, co-owns this vintage mash-up motel with wife Monica Coleman. Though she doesn’t tend the front desk, Pierson is known to pop by on her rock-star travels.
Located in Landers near Joshua Tree, about an hour from Palm Springs, the adults-only motel is the desert version of sister property, Kate’s Lazy Meadow, in Mount Tremper, N.Y. Its vintage Airstream trailers, including “Tiki,” “HotLava” and “Planet Air,” are backdropped by mountains, desert trees and scrub. The setting makes a perfect base for hikes in the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park. There’s no maid service, but the trade-off is an ultra-cool accommodation experience and the likelihood that you and your fellow guests will get into a B-52s lip-sync battle during your stay. —Karen Burshtein
Nestled at the base of Coachella Valley’s Santa Rosa Mountains, this once-Tuscan-inspired retreat debuted a fresh interior look, thanks to an US$8-million facelift. While the Miramonte maintains its original Tuscan-style exterior, inside, the lobby, common areas, meeting rooms, spa and dining areas have embraced a new “Coachella cool” aesthetic of blue hues and wood accents, a homage to the resort’s natural desert surroundings.
Start with a treatment at the freshly renovated spa, The Well. The menu highlights local ingredients like lemons and lavender plucked straight from the property’s own herb and citrus gardens. Keeping with the farm-to-(massage)-table theme, the reimagined restaurant, Citrus & Palm, features produce from local Coachella Valley farms and the chef’s own on-site garden. After dinner, opt for some classic Miramonte experiences: relaxing in one of the resort’s two pools or playing a round of lawn games like cornhole under a starry, palm tree-lined sky. Rates from US$149. —Marissa Willman
New(ish) Hotels in Chicago, Palm Springs and Waikiki
This mix of recently opened, budget-friendly, design-heavy and Instagram-worthy digs will bring a fresh edge to your getaway. Opt for a unique stay at Fieldhouse Jones, a hotel-hostel hybrid in Chicago, spend your days by the pool at ARRIVE in Palm Springs or bask in vintage Hawaii glory at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki.