La Serena Villas
What We Love
- Morning delivery of a breakfast basket filled with croissants, Greek yogurt, and orange juice
- Gazing at the mountains from atop one of the plentiful pool floats
- The thoughtful details, like the pet treats added to the breakfast basket for guests traveling with dogs
What To Know
- The circa-1993 historic hotel was redeveloped in 2016 by architect May Sung
- All 18 villas have private patios, clawfoot tubs, and fire pits; two have private pools
- WiFi can be spotty occasionally
- Guests can borrow bikes for free to pedal around Palm Springs
La Serena achieves that most difficult of tasks: occupying a central spot in town while maintaining the feel of a retreat. Part of this has to do with the hotel’s layout—individual bungalows, no under-21s allowed—as well as with its quirky, stimulating design, which contributes to the feeling of being somewhere altogether new. A riot of patterns and prints, with different textures everywhere, the interiors of the hotel boast striped pillows, African baskets and Moroccan-inspired tiles—photographers and interior design lovers will be thrilled. Villas have well-stocked kitchenettes (with Smeg fridges), private patios with clawfoot tubs for starlight bathing, and fire pits for starlight cuddling; some have front porches with views of the San Jacinto mountains. The restaurant, Azúcar, does Cali-style fresh and healthy food that’s unpretentious but consistently good, like fish tacos, spiced tempeh bowls, and cocktails livened up with fresh juices and herbs.
In the Area
Two blocks east of Palm Canyon Drive, the strip populated by the city’s buzziest shops, restaurants, and art galleries, La Serena is handy for shopping and dining excursions. Book in advance in the high season for lunch or dinner at EIGHT4NINE, a New American restaurant where chef Chuck Courtney turns out a well-executed menu of super-fresh ahi tuna poke with house-made kimchi, lobster mac and cheese, and mesquite-smoked carne asada. The Palm Springs Art Museum, home to exciting contemporary work by Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell as well as exhibitions often inspired by the desert, is an easy half-mile walk from the hotel. For brunch, hit up Workshop Kitchen+Bar, which pairs a James Beard Award-winning restaurant design with blue crab eggs Benedict and house-cured gravlax.
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My wife and I absolutely loved our visit to Las Serenas Villas.
From the staff to the rooms, to our massages, to the restaurant... it was all really special.
I would suggest one of the larger rooms. We were in #17 which had two amazing clawfoot tubs. One inside and one outside.
I can't say enough about this place. The reviews are real. This place is that good.
And we are looking forward to returning very soon.
The moment you walk up the stairs in to the open lobby of La Serena Villas you see the pool and restaurant, this when you realize have died and gone to heaven!
The front desk staff is all smiles! The most important part in hospitality is the hoteliers. Every detail was well thought out and executed at La Serena. I did not stay. I was luck to get the grand tour.
I had lunch with my family upstairs at Sugar High Bar on the upstairs patio. The fans makes a huge difference while sitting in the sun. The views are unbelievable.
The food is outstanding.
Be prepared to have a fully charged mobile phone. You are going to take so many IG photos to post and maybe a live feed.
Beautiful! Peaceful, charming, historic. A mind of a genius had to created this gorgeous boutique hotel.
The rooms are simple but the decor is homey and modern give you a sense of place as if you are on the coast of Mexico.
You must rent a villa with your own pool.
I am in love with La Serena Villas!
From the moment we set foot on the property, we fell in love. The welcome was warm. The decor was stunning. The atmosphere was relaxing. It was truly a romantic, relaxing getaway. We were impressed with the staff, and the updates to the property.
Wow, what a find! We loved staying here, it was a last minute decision to have a mini break in Palm Springs, and while we had some trusted fave places to stay this popped up on Hotels Tonight and we decided to give it a go! It exceeded our expectations and is the NEW fave place to stay in Palm Springs.
The rooms are lovely, suites all of them. And the patio with outdoor bathtub is stunning. We were in room 9, next to the pool, which could be noisy if it was busy, but luckily it wasn’t. We used the patio late into the night and again first thing in the morning. The breakfast basket delivered to the room was adorable. So cute and plenty to eat. We loved the staff. The restaurant, and sitting by the pool, the roof deck bar! Everything! Stylish, classy, fab!!
We even went bike riding in the morning to get coffee, came back and had an hour to sit beside the pool before we had to leave. We felt totally recharged. We shall return!!
Small villas grouped together offering a great choice between socializing in common spaces or spending time without annoyance of others. There is a pool on premises, but you can use you private open air thub behind your villa. There is a decent restaurant in place, but location in the heart of Palm Springs allows you to dine out. You can choose to sunbath whole day or take a bike to see surronding gems of architecture.