The Hotel Lautner
What We Love
- The chance to stay in an architectural icon, complete with period furniture by the likes of Baughman and Bertoia
- Chilling by the firepit or the soaking pool
- Each suite opens onto its own private patio landscaped with succulents and cacti
- Frette linens and towels, L’Occitane bath products, free eye masks to block early morning rays
- Free WiFi, coffee and biscotti
What To Know
- The villa’s fully kitted out kitchenettes (think induction cooktops and wine fridges) take the place of an onsite restaurant
- There is no lobby or onsite check-in space, so guests should inform the property of their arrival time prior to their trip
- Record players and DVDs offer entertainment in lieu of cable
- Hotel is located 20 minutes from Palm Springs in the more quiet Desert Hot Springs
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Whether you come to write your screenplay, escape the paps or just soak in the rays, Hotel Lautner has the hottest digs in the desert. LA designers Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge blur the line between indoor and outdoor living while resurrecting the glamour of 1950s Hollywood in this Desert Hot Springs Midcentury Modern masterpiece by lauded architect John Lautner.
Bed and Bath
The property’s four retro-terrarium inspired villas are 100 percent true to Lautner’s Midcentury Modern aesthetic, down to the iron beams, desert-baked white stucco walls and redwood planks framing floor-to-ceiling views of private succulent and cactus gardens. But as true as it stays to last century’s look, it doesn’t forget its guests are living in the 21st. Flatscreen TVs, iPod docks, wine fridges and Keurig coffee machines stand next to Mad Men–ready furniture by design icons from Thonet to Bertoia to Milo Baughman. Thoughtful touches in the bathroom include chrome towel warmers, a river stone floor in the shower, Frette towels and L’Occitane bath products.
The hotel functions more as a private villa than a traditional hotel—there’s no restaurant or lobby—but guests have free use of the communal grills and firepit. After a day of exploring, return for a long soak in the saltwater dipping pool then retire to your private patio to stargaze or laze on your couch while spinning jazz on your record player.
About the Area
Just down the street from the Hotel Lautner, the Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa is one of a number of natural hot mineral spring day spas in town. For something more upmarket, try the Spring. The Robert Trent Jones Jr.–designed Desert Dunes Golf Club is one of the top public courses in the nation. Rolling fairways framed by native desert make accuracy off the tee a must at this gem. Ascend 6,000 vertical feet on the 2.5-mile Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which whisks you through five climatic zones to the top of the San Jacinto Mountains, where you can picnic or explore hiking trails in cool forests with drop-dead vistas. Bring a jacket. Towering cliffs rise above palm-shaded oases at Indian Canyons, just south of Palm Springs. The longest canyon stretches a whopping 15 miles — the hands-down best day hike this side of Joshua Tree National Park. If you’re lucky you’ll spot an elusive bighorn sheep on the ridges.
How to Get There
I really wanted to give this place a 5 star review, but my stay just wasn't 100% sorry to say. Amenities are very slim- no pool, spa, food, drink, etc. They do offer massage treatments online and I booked one when I booked my reservation along with the pet package (which is just $50 deposit for your pet to stay). They don't offer the service anymore, so my money was refunded. I asked if I could bring my own massage therapist- they said no for insurance purposes, I would have had to go elsewhere if i wanted a massage. I called to see if I could check in a bit earlier because I got into town earlier, the woman on the phone said no was a bit defensive about it. So I went to kill time in PS. At 9 am in the morning the owner was on the grounds and asked me if I heard some outdoor faucet running. She asked if she could turn off some faucet, and inquired if I paid for my pets to be in the room as she came in. I am sorry, but that was a bit rude and unnecessary. I would think management is aware of who's bringing pets and who doesn't. There was also a large condensing puddle from the AC unit that collected on top of a credenza by the TV and I mentioned that to her. She explained that was a common issue and said she would notify management to let them know I didn't do it. If it's a known problem, why would guests be blamed for something that happens regularly? Anyways, attitude should not be an amenity at a luxury accommodation. Needless to say, it's a beautiful building, meticulously restored and nicely appointed. It's definitely a must see if you are into mid century architecture. But if you are looking for luxury accommodations, this may not be the right place for you.
We did not stay at the hotel but rather attended a wedding here. What a gorgeous place to get married. Of course the architecture is incredible, but they are also set up to make ones wedding day perfect. The food was delicious. Plenty of room for everyone to sit down. The only downside is there were only two bathrooms.
I stayed here a few years ago and couldn't have been more impressed. It was like going back in time. So vintage, yet so clean and new. Our room was an absolute dream. The attention to detail and history was flawless. It made me want to watch Mad Men! They don't really have a pool - They have something the size of a jacuzzi but not heated, since it's in the desert... and that was really ok. Plenty of places to lounge in sun or shade on the property, including our little private deck. I would absolutely stay here again, especially during a non-swimming season or Modernism Week. I couldn't take enough photos there. LOVE. IT.