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
Awesome adults only kind of place. We had room #10 was great. Great place to veg out for a weekend. Pool was great, servers were awesome. Food great as well. Couples massage was only bad experience. Both masseurs were average at best. Have had much better. Don't wast your money here unless they upgrade. Close to town, otherwise place was awesome.
Decided to stay here as a result of reviews I read and it did not disappoint. Greeted at check in with a glass of champagne before heading to our room. Stayed in Villa 9, right next to pool which was very convenient. Noise is not an issue, as resort is 21 plus and music by the pool is not loud. Room was excellent, spacious, clean and decor was very tasteful. The daily breakfast basket was very handy. Dinner at Azucar was delicious and highly recommended to visit the Sugar High Bar upstairs. La Serena is located in the ideal location. Close to restaurants and the main strip, easy to walk, bike or drive where you need to go I did find that service could have been more attentive by the pool as often there would be no one come by the pool to ask if we wanted drinks or food for over an hour. Overall, would highly recommend to anyone looking for a quite getaway.
la Serena was the most peaceful hotel i've ever stayed at. so clean and well kept. the breakfast was phenomenal and the bed was so comfy. the pool area is absolutely emmaculate. it felt like we were in our own little world. I'd only stay here if coming back to Palm springs.