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.
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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