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
We have stayed at several Marriott properties around the Palm Springs area and truly enjoyed this one. We had a lovely room with a balcony overlooking the pool. It was a very relaxed setting and we enjoyed the atmosphere. Very easy check-in with a lovely staff. When we went to the front desk later, a customer was complaining, not about the hotel, but the rewards program and seemed very rude and aggressive. My compliments to the front desk staff who listened and dealt with the customer with grace, patience, and professionalism. We have already booked another reservation. It’s convenient and close to many of the shops and venues in Palm Desert. If you’re a Marriott member, it’s 35,000 point and to us, it was worth it.
My daughter and I stayed here for a brief weekend trip to the desert. It was about an hour to Joshua Tree. It is located in the heart of Palm Desert and provides walking distance access to all the restaurants along the main strip. The hotel pool and outdoor facilities were very nice and our room with a balcony made for an enjoyable weekend.
Well to start the staff here is unsophisticated and not willing to go the extra mile. We had asked for a Mountain View well in advance of our stay and we’re put in room overlooking a parking lot. Then on one of the nights, there was a private wedding party in the courtyard until late at night. The noise was deafening and we were appalled that the hotel would subject their guests to this type of nonsense.
Very loud in the courtyard in general if you’re staying in the back of the hotel on a weekend. Poor logistics by the builders.
And to save the best for last is the universally detested resort fee. This is a pure shakedown of guests who are already paying a handsome fee to stay there. Hotels are following the airline model by itemizing everything. $36 a nite for valet parking EVEN if you don’t have a car, WiFi, games, and other sssorted non-goodies that used to be included
in the room charge. Soon there will be a fee to access the television in the room. It’s a scam and everyone knows it. Time for people to boycott hotels that charge this extra fee.
Won’t be booking another Mariott anytime soon.
This hotel is steps away from El Paseo in Palm Desert, so shops and restaurants are quite convenient to get to on foot. The hotel itself is quite new. As Marriott elites, we were lucky and received an upgrade to a very nice king room with a terrace with a couple lounge chairs overlooking the pool. There was an umbrella for shade as well.
The bathroom was modern and clean - there was also a lighted mirror, which was helpful for getting ready in the mornings. The bed was comfortable, and there was a table for working as well. There was also a fridge for keeping food and drinks cold too. The staff we encountered were all very friendly and helpful.
The only issue is that one or two guests upstairs walked very loudly; it sounded like they were stomping their feet. But there weren't any other noise issues, so I'll chalk that up to the guests and not the construction of the hotel. Overall, an excellent stay and would come back here again.
Upon arrival my wife and both felt like this was going to be a great place to stay and how right we were. Great location, modern furnishings, fantastic staff, lovely restaurant and quality facilities make this one hotel we would love to visit again some day.
Josh at the front desk was simply brilliant. He sorted out an extension to our stay, and allowed us to stay in the same room even though the hotel was very full. He helped us out with suggestions of where to go and what to do on the next leg of our holiday as well, a great guy.
The rooms are great, large bathroom, plenty cupboard space, fridge and very comfy bed. The whole place is spotless. Only small criticism is that we were on the ground floor so our patio area was not private so be careful when getting changed!
The pool area is small but was never crowded while we were there.
We ate in AC3, the restaurant, and the food service and atmosphere were all great. Every evening there was a great vibe at the bar.
Free parking is great and we were a 10 min drive from Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
This hotel is a standout in the area because it is very contemporary in an abundance of “old fashioned luxury hotels”. Hopefully it may drag many other hotels in the area into the 21st century.