Hotel Paseo, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Being able to book a night in a vintage 1950 Airstream restored by David Winick
- The hotel's impressive collection of art by emerging local artists
- Enjoying cocktails on the terrace at restaurant AC3 alongside stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains
What To Know
- The hotel is just steps from El Paseo, Palm Desert's own Rodeo Drive
- Almost every guest room has a private balcony; a few choice rooms feature freestanding bathtubs
- Palm Springs International Airport is about a 25-minute drive away
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Art-filled contemporary bolthole in Palm Desert, featuring a backyard lawn, destination restaurant, and views of the mountains from almost every room
The first new-build hotel to hit Palm Springs in years shelves the area’s expected mid-century design aesthetic for something much fresher. Along with 150 rooms (kitted out with Carrera marble, modern art, and barn doors leading to oversize bathrooms), there’s a 50s-era Airstream trailer (one of the property’s nine suites), retro lawn games like cornhole and mini golf in the backyard, a rotating art gallery in the lobby, and a seven-room spa. Yes, you’ll still find your cabana-lined pool (you’re in the desert, after all) and local artwork lining the walls, as well as a chef-driven American restaurant and bar, AC3, serving up California-style dishes and craft cocktails and beers.
In the Area
When not sunning by the pool, there’s plenty within your Palm Desert surrounds to keep you busy. At The Shops on El Paseo, you’ll find a handful of designer boutiques, restaurants, and independent art galleries to lighten your wallet. Desert wildlife is the highlight at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, home to giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, and scores of cactus gardens. Of course, Palm Springs is just a half-hour drive north. It’s worth taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up the 2.5 miles to the top of Mount San Jacinto, where you can hike trails leading to views out over the entire Coachella Valley, as well as booking a spot on one of the Palm Springs Architectural Tours, where you can see the city’s most notable mid-century Desert Modernism homes by legendary architects Neutra, Alexander, Clark and Frey.
How to Get There
My husband and I were looking for a hotel to get away for one night this weekend. The baby was at home with a sitter and we were looking forward to eating a nice relaxed meal and sleeping in late. I’m a Marriott Bonvoy member and after looking at the options in the area decided to go with Hotel Paseo. We normally stay in Palm Springs proper but the reviews of Hotel Paseo were glowing so I thought it would be fine for just one night.
Check-in was fine, as was the room. I wish that they would have specified that “Mountain View” rooms also have a beautiful view of the parking structure for the mall across the street. Overall though, the room was standard and fine. After looking over the room service menu we decided to head down to the restaurant, AC3, for an early dinner. It started off great- we got the parsnip soup and roasted Brussels sprouts to snack on. They were both delicious. I decided to get the salmon entree, and my husband got the pork schnitzel. The server told us those were their most popular dishes. The salmon was just ok- the mango sauce tasted more like a sweet and sour sauce from a take out Chinese place and the plain white rice with it felt uninspired. The cook on the salmon was fine. My husband’s pork schnitzel was fine. It came with a vegetable gratin that was cold in the middle. My husband told the server, who apologized profusely and took away his plate. I ate my salmon while he waited for his food to come back. When it did, everything was warm. He said it was all only fine tasting, maybe a 5 out of 10. The manager came by to apologize as well. Then the bill came. I really feel that good customer service goes a long way and I was disappointed to see that they didn’t make any effort to redeem themselves at all after his food came out cold. Comp a glass of wine, offer a free dessert, even comp the meal if you’re feeling generous. Our dining experience was compromised because I ate alone and then my husband ate alone as we waited for his food to come back. And with our bill costing over $100 AND the fact that we were guests of the hotel, I would just expect a little more. So that whole experience left a bad taste in our mouth (pun intended).
We got back up the room and everything else was fine. We could hear our neighbors television through the wall of the room until about 10:30 pm. I contemplated calling the front desk but it didn’t seem worth it and I wasn’t even sure it would have been taken care of. Our toilet was also clogged so we were unable to flush it all night. Once again, not really worth calling down because we didn’t want the hassle of a maintenance man coming in or switching rooms when we were already settled. The bed was great and we both slept well.
Overall, if you’re looking for a place to stay in Palm Desert, I guess this is a good option? It wasn’t really for us, but maybe we just have higher standards. I like to feel taken care of when I’m choosing to spend my money somewhere, and small gestures really go a long way.
My visit here was intended to be pure calm and relaxation and that’s exactly what the place delivered. I was here mid-week, before the busy season, so that helped I guess. It’s the sort of place where as soon as you walk in you feel welcome and at ‘home’. I wish I had been more diligent so I could mention some of the staff by name but they were all really helpful and friendly. Particularly the Valet guys and the morning coffee bar team. The bed was super comfy and the drink selection at the bar did not disappoint. And proximity to great shopping on El Paseo was welcome, although maybe my credit card wouldn’t agree. Surely THE place to stay in Palm Desert and wider area.
Stayed back in May as a weekend/anniversary getaway. My wife and I are big fans of small boutique hotels and so we decided to try Hotel Paseo instead of one the huge hotel in Palms Springs. The moment you walk into the lobby you feel you are on vacation, everyone is very friendly and you feel you in a luxurious 5 star hotel. Our room was not ready when we got there so we headed to the restaurant to have some drinks and lunch. The food was way better than I expected and the place was really trendy. The rooms are real conformable and the bathroom is big as well. We love boutique hotels cause you can walk from your room to the pool or bar within minutes and you get that special service from everyone. The only downside I can say is that the pool is small and the lounge chairs are limited and you see a lot of people leaving empty chairs reserved to go have lunch or go to their room and frustrated guest having to wait or seat in a shaded area. Also in the three days that I was there, I never saw anyone rent one of the Cabanas, I would just remove them and place more lounge chairs for people to enjoy the pool. At $300 a night I think this should not be an inconvenience. But once there, the service at the pool was superb. I will go back and already recommended it to a couple of friends as well. Also being able to walk into town and have dinner at many of amazing restaurants is a plus as well.