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
- 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
After reading the mixed reviews , we were a bit nervous about our futur stay at l´Horizon.
We experienced nothing of the negative things , that were featured in previous reviews.
When we arrived , a friendly receptionist welcomed us, we were upgraded on the "fine hotels " program and the room was smaller but that is due to the historic architecture.
When on lightbulbe did not work in our room it was immediately repaired. The gardens and the pool area are very well kept and looked beautiful.
Breakfast was a feast with all the best US items like pancakes and frenchtoast .
Being a diva when it comes to accomodation , I realy enjoyed our stay and can recommand the l´Horizon . Peaceful and relaxed with all the ammenities .
A special feature was the private patio and the outdoors shower.
Luckily I hadn't read the past couple reviews before we stayed here and I was shocked to read the few horrible reviews that have been recently given. My husband and I just stayed here for 2 nights to celebrate my birthday and we had the absolute best stay. The staff were so nice and helpful. We loved the room. The pool was wonderful (and yes, perfectly warm). The drinks at the pool were amazing and both the breakfast we had in our room and the lunch we had while sitting by the pool were delicious. We would highly recommend this place to others and we will be back to stay here.
This hotel is barely a 2 star experience by anyones standards. I am appalled to have paid this kind of money for a hotel of this caliber. Honestly as I detail my experience here it's almost laughably bad in retrospect. I promise you I am not exaggerating -- look at my other reviews and you will see I rarely give bad reviews but I feel its important to warn others so as to avoid this experience and waste of money:
First when we arrived we noticed the room was very cold as it was the evening in the winter. We turn the heat on and after several minutes the air is still not blowing hot. We notify the front desk to send someone to fix it and we go out for the evening. We return to the hotel in the evening at about 11 PM to be notified by the night manager that the heating is broken and that they are not able to switch our rooms nor do they have a space heater on the premises. So now I am paying nearly a thousand dollars to sleep in a freezing cold room. So I now have to go out and buy a space heater at Wal-Mart at midnight at my own expense just to try to salvage this abomination of a decision to stay at this abhorrent hotel. They fixed it the next day after a very relaxing experience of having a maintenance man in our room for several hours. Very luxurious...
Another huge faux pas is that they call this place 'Hotel and Spa'. So here's the thing with that ... there is no Spa. My extremely average and also extremely expensive massage was held in an empty room that ALSO did not have working heat or a/c (lol). They said their Spa was under renovations which even if it was true this was not mentioned anywhere on the website or at the time of booking. A few more things to consider: The restaurant is just as extremely average and extremely expensive as the massage was. They don't provide you with WiFi details at check-in. The bell told us the pool was heated to 86 degrees all year round -- touched it and it was freezing cold. Last but not least, the cable TV was out for the last night. We asked the desk for towels and body wash to be sent to our room the last night before going out -- wasn't there when we came back had to ask again. Our room was also by the employee area and by the highway which made it loud and not relaxing (but this is specific to our room only so this will only affect a few of the rooms but added to the experience).
After all of this the manager only removed our resort fees + valet which barely covers the cost of the heater I had to buy due to their ineptitude.
Do yourself a favor and stay at the Parker if you want a luxury experience.
I had nothing but problems yet no accommodations from the staff. The noise from cars was unbearable, the tiny room wreaked of bleach, the snacks in mini bar had expired, WiFi never worked, staff never answered the phone, and entire operation seemed amateur. The pool bar is pretty but I’ll never stay here again.
Tiny room, lots of traffic noise (room 2 probably the worst), room not ready by promised time, no gym on site, numerous calls to front desk went unanswered, never provided with WiFi password yet still changed a $35 amenity fee. I mentioned all this at checkout and got the usual assurance that next time will be better. Stay at the Parker is my advice.