My criteria for an ideal hotel is a place with delightful decor, a great pool, and good food.  Here are some Palm Springs favorites that fit the bill on all accounts.  

1. The Saguaro: for the fun-loving party queen

You'll find color around every corner, affordable prices, and a great restaurant off the lobby that's perfect for fans of tequila and cactus.  I would venture to guess you might want to ask for a room that isn't facing the pool if you prefer peace and quiet.

2. The Parker: for when you want to treat yoself

Jonathan Adler designs exploded in here, in the best possible way. It's basically an adult playground, as seen in the famous photos by Gray Malin.  Read more about it in this post. The restaurants on property are pricey but delicious.

Image via Gray Malin

Image via Gray Malin

3. The Avalon: for a chic retreat-seeker

While it's only a stone's throw from downtown Palm Springs, you might feel more like you're in a European villa.  The restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy aglass of wine with your honey.

4. Arrive: for the hip game lover

The collective of coffee shop, ice cream/gift shop, restaurant, and hotel on site are all amazing in their own way. I can always find the perfect gives in the ice cream shop, and The Reservoir restaurant is the perfect place to get in a game of bocce after a nice poolside lunch.

5. The Riviera: for the glam gal on a budget

The only downside I can find is that this is a couple of miles away from the heart of the action, but I was never more than a $10-15 Uber ride from other parts of town.  There's a free "Buzz" bus that comes by the hotel, too!  Otherwise it's great bang for the buck if you like a place with chic decor & friendly staff. 

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