ARRIVE Palm Springs
What We Love
- Floating on the palm-studded pool while admiring the views of the San Jacinto Mountains
- Drinking a cucumber-and-grapefruit cocktail on a comfy armchair surrounding one of the poolside fire pits
- The hotel’s community-minded event series, including live music and DJs on weekends and monthly outdoor movies
What To Know
- Hate it or love it: most of the rooms have open bathrooms (only the toilet is enclosed)
- Colorful bikes are on hand to explore Palm Springs’ distinctive midcentury style
- Dogs under 40 pounds are allowed for a one-time $50 fee
- There’s no spa, but the hotel can recommend practitioners for in-room massages
Arrive’s maxim, “built for the neighborhood,” means that the brand’s properties were designed with both travelers and locals in mind. In Palm Springs, this is evident in a fun entertainment program that includes live music, DJ sets, and outdoors movies, and a series of food venues that celebrate local culture. The breezy main restaurant, Reservoir, epitomizes Southern California’s culinary scene with a mix of Asian, Mexican, and coastal flavor—we’re talking dishes like shrimp tempura with tamarind chili, sesame seed-crusted tuna burger, and carne asada with chipotle cream. There’s also an ice cream parlor doling out artisanal cones (“made by an actual human being,” the hotel jokes) and a coffee shop serving locally roasted beans. Every space takes cues from Midcentury Modernism—Palm Springs’ quintessential style—while keeping the vibe contemporary. Inverted roofs that slope upwards, known as butterfly roofs, run through the entire low-lying building, which features a palette of rusted steel, wood, and concrete. Each of the 32 guest rooms has panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains, tufted-leather armchairs and upholstered headboards, and open bathrooms stocked with Malin & Goetz products. Catering to tech-savvy consumers, the hotel communicates with guests mostly via smartphone: you can text the staff your room service order or ask them for insider recommendations.
In the Area
Arrive is located in the Uptown Design District, a stretch of Palm Canyon Drive that’s filled with shops specializing in all things midcentury modern. Stop by a La MOD to browse rare vintage furniture and home accessories, then get your Stumptown fix at Ernest, a local favorite for coffee and people watching. If you’re OK with a bit of a wait, head to Cheeky’s for one of the best brunch and lunch menus in town—the eggs are organic, the sausages are homemade, and the juices are freshly squeezed. Just a few blocks away, the Palm Springs Art Museum shows works from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Bourgeois, and other luminaries. For dinner, head to the industrial-chic room at Workshop Kitchen + Bar, which offers solid farm-to-table eats and tasty craft cocktails. End the night at Bootlegger Tiki, a cozy lounge that specializes in handcrafted rum libations.
How to Get There
Visited here in February. Nice rooms. Great restaurant. Great pool scene. Cabanas were reserved exclusively for hotel guests. High end vibe.
Returned for two nights in July it was a disaster. Pool cabanas were sold to outsiders for $550 a pop. Hotel guests couldn’t even get a chair at their own pool it was over run with the bachelorette party from hell. It was seriously an animal house scene with a DJ at our hotel pool. Not cool. Not relaxing. Not worth $300-$400 a night. Poorly managed and hotel restaurant was only open until 3 pm. Wtf? No thank you.
I wanted to love this place! Spacious, clean, modern rooms, a nice pool, a good location, Wexler’s! The staff was extremely helpful once I got comfortable texting instead of calling a front desk. When we asked for ice for drinks we had brought, they gave us a mini fridge for our room! Really nice. But unfortunately Saturday at the pool was a complete nightmare. They allow TONS of outsiders in and the scene is like a super-wasted bachelor party from hell. I’ve never seen so many blackout drunk people in a pool at once, screaming, soaking everyone sitting in chairs, spilling drinks, knocking over my drink, etc. One guy literally pulled his bathing suit down right in my face to make his friends laugh. It’s so beyond the opposite of relaxing. They should market this place as an extreme party hotel if this is what weekends look like here. I thought the pool at the Ace is bad, but this is 10x worse because it’s also super small. We loved eating at Wexler’s, love the ice cream next door, the staff is nice, but I would never, ever return. I am cringing just thinking about the scene at that pool. No thank you!
This hotel was up to date, friendly, accommodating, and fun... we enjoyed a relaxed babymoon and I was even made a delicious mocktail at the bar! Texting is so easy and they have incredible recommendations for massages and food. We really enjoyed the ease of it all.