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.
How to Get There
I love Southern California, so of course when it came time to plan my vacation I booked my stay at La Serena Villas, which I've had my eye on for a while. I had an amazing time!
I work for an international luxury hotel brand, so I know what it takes to make the guest experience a great one, and La Serena Villas truly exceeded my expectations!
*The property is charming and beautifully designed - you have to see it in person! Also, while it is located in the downtown PS area, the boutique hotel retains its quiet, tucked-away quality.
*The villas are gorgeous with impressive amenities. Enjoy your welcome tequila, and use the luxe bathtub!
*All the staff (and I mean everyone!) was so nice, welcoming, accommodating and never overbearing.
*The food - the best! I cancelled all of my off-property breakfast plans, opting to enjoy the perfect morning weather on my private back patio with a breakfast basket and other room service options. Azúcar is a great little gem of a restaurant, as well; the sugar skulls and Frida Kahlos all over the restaurant may be my favorite thing ever! Loved the Pamplemousse Sparkle cocktail.
*My massage with Alisa at the Whispers Spa was exactly what I needed after a full day of flying to get here. She was amazing!
*As a solo female traveller, I never felt unsafe while here, even when walking back in at night.
My only *tiny* critiques are that I wish the room keys were designed a little better to fit the beautiful aesthetic of La Serena Villas, and I would've liked to have a rug in the large bathroom to have a warm place for my feet to land (not a big deal, I just put a towel down!).
I am definitely coming back!
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights for his birthday. It was a rough start and t disappointing to reserve a specific Villa as you are able to on their website and show up and note that your Villa was given to somebody else. However, after a discussion with Laura and Lars they moved people around and gave us the reserved Villa of our choice. That is exaclty what should have happened and we appreciated their efforts at correcting their mistake.
The remaineder of the stay was great. it's a lovely property and well maintained. The rooms are all beautifually designed and bathrooms large with outdoor bath and fire pit which we used during our stay. What's great about this property is that it's adults only so it's very relaxing and quiet. The pool was enjoyable and have to give kudos to Victoria and Shayna.
We've stayed at the top resorts in the area including L'Horizon and The Ritz Carlton in RM but this is definitely our top choice now and we'll be back again.
We just stayed at La Serena and it is wonderful. So comfortable, great service, charming rooms and an amazing breakfast basket! Walkable to town and good places to dine. Treat yourself and stay at this little gem.
La Sirena delivers everything you could desire for a long weekend with your spouse/partner or friends. Arriving to its lovely lobby & pool is like discovering a colorful & stylish oasis. The rooms and suites are excellent and comfortable, many with private patios with claw-footed tubs or spa hot tubs. The Azucar restaurant and bar is ideal for pool drinks, breakfast lunch or dinner with a California menu of fresh fare (the service can be slow — so don’t be in a hurry). Finally, the intimate Whispers Spa only can take up to 2 people at a time, so plan ahead and make your reservation for a massage or facial in advance of your arrival.
Each room is a private mini-villa, with its own patio area and porch. The villas are immaculate. The pool area is fun and yet quiet. The restaurant on the property serves wonderful food. What it all adds up to is a fabulous experience. My girlfriend and I came here to celebrate our respective birthdays after a very difficult year of work and family obligations. This was exactly what we needed. But it was sooo much better than we'd even expected. We will be back...many times!