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
It was a very pleasant stay at L'Horizon and I wished we could stay longer. The rooms is very well designed but I wished the carpet was a little softer. We stayed in room #14, a junior suite. It's further away from the pool and very private. I saw some rooms around the pool. Those might be less private for some people but it's a very secluded property in general. It's surrounded by high grass wall.
We enjoyed our three nights staying at this hotel .The staff were very attentive and helpful .
The room while not vast was comfortable enough .Another chair would have been nice .
We ate one evening in the restaurant and I had one of the best scallop dishes ever .The Saturday night when we asked to book a table we were told they could only accommodate us at 6 pm ,too early or 9 pm too late .This was disappointing for a 5 star hotel as most hotels of this calibrate will accommodate residents .Having been out all day we did not want to drive off anywhere in the evening so opted for room service which they were happy to do for us st the time we wanted .The food was very good .
Minor points - in a hotel of this rating one would expect complimentary bottled water in the room .
The safe was placed at floor level which is all well and good if you are in your 20’s but older guests would find the safe perhaps placed on the shelf in the cupboard more convenient .
Tolieteries were not replenished daily .We had to phone reception for replacements
Perhaps complimentary tea could be offered as well as we don’t all just drink coffee .
The hotel was very peaceful .
Nicely trimmed, and the staff was usually very friendly and responsive. Maybe they were understaffed, but we had to ask several times before towels were brought out to the pool, and old towels and dirty dishes remained on chairs and tables throughout the afternoon without being cleaned up. Getaway experience was nice in that it was quiet and the opposite of crowded.
First, let me say that you cannot beat the L’Horizon for ambiance, mid century architecture and Palm Springs location. If you are looking for a private getaway...this is the spot. We stayed in a Junior Bungalow Suite. Our room rate was $800 per night. For that amount of money...we expected a lot, and the hotel / property delivered...for the most part. What we did notice, was how short staffed the hotel was. Across the board in all departments. Check-in was delayed 35 mins past the guaranteed 3 pm arrival. The pool bartenders (Sergio and Charles are amazing!) seemed short staffed as well. They did everything they could to keep the pool area tidy and drinks filled, but struggled to keep up. On our last night, we dined at SOPA...the hotel restaurant. The food was good, the service was good, but very...very slow. Our waiter apologized on several occasions for the delay, etc. Again...the service was great when delivered, but fell far short of an $800 per night property. We expected a much higher caliber of service overall. In a nutshell...awesome property, lots of potential, but will stay elsewhere due to lag in service.
Great boutique hotel , great if you want to be in a serene environment, quality across the board. The small things at this resort really make it special . The staff was excellent and always ready to assist .