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
If you are looking for an amazing place to stay in Palm Springs- look no further! La Serena Villa's is beautiful and luxe, with a beautiful boho/ranch style of decor. Their attention to detail will inspire you to decorate your house like this.
Upon arrival, we were greeted with two flutes of champagne. The staff are super friendly and attentive, as well as super knowledgeable about the area and the activities to do. They recommended we take the hotel's complimentary bikes and go explore the scenic houses and views of Palm Springs.
We loved our room- everything from the tiling in the shower to the hotel providing complimentary L'Occitane hair and skin products. We also were given a bottle of premium ice cold Tequila to start off our Palm Springs adventure!
We loved the gorgeous pool and never found it to be too crowded either. The hotel also has very cute flamingo floaties which were really fun to swim with.
The food at the restaurant on site was incredible as well, and they offer happy hour specials during sunset.
I highly recommend La Serena Villas as your oasis when in Palm Springs.
I brought my mom for a two night stay. Our room was enchanting. My mom was impressed and delighted. The hotel anticipates your every need and so it really is a relaxing oasis. This is not "a home away from home". This hotel is far better than my home: beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean, quiet and inviting. The owners did a masterful job of anticipating your every wish throughout the stay. The location is amazing. The restaurant was excellent. Order a margarita! We really enjoyed the breakfast basket and it makes for a luxurious morning experience and an excuse to stay in our serene and pretty room. Kim is a really great masseuse. WILL BE BACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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.