L’Horizon Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Formerly The Horizon, L’Horizon reopened after a multi-million dollar refresh by designer Steve Hermann in June 2015
- Guided hikes, bike rentals and a nightly firepit
- Michelin-star chef, and El Bulli alum, Giacomo Pettinari is at the helm of the still-to-be-named restaurant
- Just 25 bungalows on the three-acre grounds, all with private patios and some with outdoor showers
What To Know
- A Hollywood go-to throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and a host of US Presidents all stayed here
- Designed by William F. Cody, the building is one of the finest examples of mid-century modern architecture in Palm Springs
- Located on East Palm Canyon Drive in hip South Palm Springs
- This retreat is adults only (children 17 and under are not permitted)
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In increasingly hip South Palm Springs, L’Horizon occupies a 1952 William F. Cody–designed 1952 building that was once a playground for golden era Hollywood elite (Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and several Presidents all stayed) and remains one of the finest intact examples of mid-century modern architecture in Palm Springs. Owner and designer Steve Hermann is behind the multi-million dollar renovation, which honors the details and decor of the original hotel, while updating it for an upscale crowd with a mix of bespoke and upscale vintage furniture. The 25 bungalows are dotted across the three-acre grounds, all with private patios, Frette linens, Dean and Deluca goodies in the minibar and marble baths stocked with posh Le Labo toiletries. The restaurant, too, sets a new standard in Palm Springs, with Michelin-star chef, and El Bulli alum, Giacomo Pettinari in the kitchen and a menu of creative southern European and Californian classics. Ingredients come largely from farms within a 150-mile radius, while the wine list features mostly West Coast wineries. For sybarites, there’s a serene spa, pool and bar, plus a range of fitness activities, including loaner bikes, yoga classes and guided hikes.
In the Area
On the main drag in the up-and-coming hipster neighborhood of South Palm Springs, L’Horizon is walking distance to the city’s fave café, Koffi, the upscale Mr. Lyons steakhouse and the supper club scene at the Purple Room. Too warm by the pool? It’s usually about 30 degrees cooler atop of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, where hiking (or snowshoeing!) trails beckon. Other outdoor adventures await at Joshua Tree National Park or, closer-in, at Tahquitz Canyon and Indian Canyons. Shoppers, check out design and resort-wear shops on North Palm Canyon Drive in downtown and uptown Palm Springs, a couple miles away.
How to Get There
We decided to stay at L'Horizon for our "mini moon" and good thing we did not book this as an official honeymoon stay. From the moment we arrived we discovered imperfections that we continually overlooked and ignored, for the price and the occasion of our stay at this hotel, we wanted to enjoy every minute of our stay.
The hotel room itself had many imperfections, too many to qualify as "imperfections" and rather could be described as "defects". Things you wouldn't expect from a hotel that claims the quality and carries a high-end price tag. Here's just a list of our room alone: large "barf" stain on the rug under the bed, missing phone cord to the room phone (did not operate), ripped leather arm chair, paint tape still stuck in the corner of the room, dirty or "mis colored" towels and these were just the "fixable" type of imperfections that were ignored by the staff. Other things we noticed about the property that seemed inherent and "normal" to the upkeep of the buildings were cracked tile in the outdoor shower, paint punctures in the wall of the bathroom, a dirty fountain in the "welcome" area. Amongst the many low quality pieces of the property, the staff was upbeat, but clearly had experienced complaints before. Many of the staff members seemed almost aware of how low the quality of the stay was, many starting off conversations that almost seemed like an attempt to forget how low of quality everything was. First off, upon the first order of drinks we discovered that the bar tenders did not know how to make many drinks, lacked the tools in order to make many of these drinks, and not just specialty tools to make drinks, but in some cases lacked the actual ingredients, such as tequila.
The worst and honestly most upsetting part about this stay was the safety of the pool area. Upon arrival, within the first hour, one of us went to retrieve drinks from the bar (why? because the bar tenders were not coming out to the pool taking orders for 5 guests that were swimming) and in any case, when my husband walked to the edge of the pool to deliver me my drink, he put his feet just slightly onto the tiled poole edge, which is inclined into the pool area, and slipped! When he slipped he thankfully did not hit his head, but did manage to land very hard on his bottom, causing a spinal injury that he is still in pain from 6 days later. The worst part about this was even though they had 3 staff members near by, not one of them asked us if he was OK.
Excellent resort. From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed and you could feel the pride the staff have in the property and their genuine concern that you are having an exceptional experience. The vibe is swanky and laid back.
For anyone looking for a memorable experience in Palm Springs I highly suggest you start and end your hotel search with L'Horizon. This place is for lack of a better word fantastic. The staff, the rooms, the property itself are all top notch and I couldn't say a bad thing about any aspect of my stay. This would be a wonderful spot to stay whether you need to simply unwind or celebrate a special occasion. If you are heading to the desert and you don't consider L'Horizon as your hotel of choice you are doing yourself a disservice.