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
I was really excited to stay here as I’d heard good things from my sister who’d stayed here on business and we wanted to be on the Paseo so we could walk to places. I booked a Premier Room with 2 Queen Beds and a balcony through Amex Platinum Fine Hotels and Resorts. The hotel looked really cute online and and I was excited to stay in a non-chain boutique hotel. Check-in time is a late 4pm. We had an excursion booked for Saturday afternoon so we arrived at 6:00pm. Upon check-in I was advised that the type of room (2 queen beds) was unavailable as the hotel was “booked solid and oversold”. I paid for the room, in full, upon booking (exclusive of the resort fee). I was advised that since I booked via a “3d party” the hotel didn’t know how much I paid for the room and the best they could do was refund one day of the resort fee(which they did) and move me on Sunday when there was availability.
I never did hear from the hotel on Sunday about switching the room but rather than disrupt our day we rolled with it. Thankfully the hotel itself was absolutely delightful. Rooms and bathrooms were well designed (although walls very thin), bed was comfortable, pool are was small but very intimate and the bar and food service was terrific. The artwork in the hotel was fun and funky and the vibe was young and playful (even though the guests we saw were mostly older and/or families (which was fine with us). The (secret) Starbucks in the lobby was a nice added bonus (apparently they sell Starbucks coffee/ drinks but don’t accept the app and also sell alcohol!).
A word about the $40/day resort fee - ordinarily I would have been really up in arms over this but the fee included the valet parking and the use of bikes of which there were plenty so at least I could tangibly see what the fee included.
I would definitely stay here again!
This hotel is okay. The location is good if you want to be close to the Paseo shopping street. It's clean and mostly quiet. My satisfaction pretty much ends there. Two glaring issues.
1. There is a "mandatory" destination fee that's added to the base price of the room. They do disclose this fee upfront, but if it's mandatory for everyone, why not just include the fee in the room rate? Alternatively, make it optional. Okay...i won't park and i won't swim. I was not planning to swim anyway.
2. I don't know what being a Marriott has to do with this hotel?!? One of the benefits of the Marriott Elite program for the upper tiers is lounge access and/or breakfast at some hotel brands. One of those brands offering breakfast for Titanium Elite is Autograph collection. Not this hotel. Yes, they have a restaurant serving breakfast. No, they are not feeding you Titanium and Gold guys complimentary breakfast. If you are looking for a Palm Springs area hotel that's happy to be a Marriott and will make you a nice Titanium breakfast Omelette, book the Renaissance on Tahquitz instead They will even give you a $10 bar credit to help you forget about the HOTEL PASEO.
What’s not to like about this hotel ?
Loved everything from the minute I walked through the front door.
Fun fun fun
Old car in lobby , Shuffle board , mini putt golf, airstream trailer, cornhole , jenga. Plus gym is brand new. Pool was smaller more intimate but we enjoyed it.
Location. Short walk to main road filled with shops and many restaurants.
Hotel rooms were clean , modern ( greys and whites ) , bathroom was large and shower was amazing. Rooms were quiet as well. ( I didn’t have such of a view but that’s ok )
Management and staff were super accommodating friendly.
Would highly recommend this hotel