The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort
What We Love
- Super-speedy room service
- Well-edited design
- Free in-room WiFi
- Monochromatic interiors electrified with fuchsia and orange accents
What To Know
- Check schedule for conferences and festivals, as the hotel is home to wild gatherings from time to time
- Newly remodeled, midcentury-inspired Chiki Bar is heaven for sunbathers and tiki enthusiasts
- Property is dog-friendly
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1959, this vast resort retains its opulent, Old Hollywood glamour. There’s nothing understated about the elegance here; it’s all about over-the-top, luxurious details with a brassy Las Vegas feel. Pull into the driveway (with the top down, of course) and you’ll be greeted by massive mirrored pillars and giant windows that look into the neon-orange-lit lobby. Don’t waste any time before heading down to the pools, which are flanked by bikini-clad guests, firepits, palm trees and sweeping views of the mountains in the background. Relax in a private cabana and you’ll understand why the Rat Pack kept coming back. While the common areas around the resort may be all outsize ornamentation, mirrored surfaces, and bigger-than-life baubles, guest rooms are delightfully understated. Midcentury lamps, plush pillow-top beds, and marble bathrooms provide a relaxing retreat from the lively scene outside. After shooting some pool in the hotel’s huge lobby area, book a treatment at SpaTerre, where an appointment in one of the new treatment rooms grants you access to the 11,000-square-foot spa, with its free-form pools, private steam rooms, and plunge pools. Then book dinner at Circa 59, where you’ll find contemporary American classics made with local Coachella Valley produce.
In the Area
Start the morning with a hike up to Tahquitz Canyon or the Seven Sisters Waterfall at Indian Canyons. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, go to local favorite Cheeky’s for brunch; you’ll find banging breakfast items alongside some of the best Bloody Marys around. After you’ve fueled up, take a design and architecture tour with Palm Springs Modern Tours; you’ll see masterpieces by Albert Frey, Richard Neutra and John Lautner. If you’re looking for a date while you’re in the desert…head out to Shields Date Garden, where you can cool off with one of their famous date shakes while gazing out at the trees.
How to Get There
Complained 4 times about our TV not being able to turn off and it never was repaired, everytime we called they said someone will be there,
when he did come still couldnt fix it. needed more staff at pool for drinks
Stayed for 4 days with my family. Lobby looks fantastic but rooms are not nice. I could smell sick in ours near the bed. It clearly hadn’t been cleaned properly. Ground floor room we had and one of the adjoining rooms had a large dog that crapped on the patio and it wasn’t cleaned up. I have 2 small kids. Couldn’t let them out on the patio. Reported it but nothing was done it wasn’t even picked up! Also watched a member of staff power wash the floors near the pools and washed bird crap into the pool straight after another bloke had just cleaned it out! Dirty hotel wouldn’t stay again for free
The hotel is nice and decent, nothing special, fun decor, breakfast was good. The spa services lacked as I am the one who had top ask for everything including slippers. Pool is disgusting! Too many people doing weird stuff. If you need a chair, good luck!! People come down and take chairs early in the morning and wont show up until 12 p.m. they supposedly dont allow outside guest but I saw many coming in some with kids. If you buy anything from bars BEWARE sty checkout they add extra fees to what you think you paid on your room, we counted about almost $100.00 extra!! I don't think I will stay here again, after staying here many times over the years.
Palm Springs has not been easy for us to identify an ideal hotel - and it really doesn't have to do with the property itself, but the way its guests behave. The Riviera is no different - it has some very annoying guests and very loud children so it wasn't easy to find our space - but once Sunday morning arrived and so many LA guests started driving hoime, we found we started to have more of the resort to ourselves. This is where we enjoyed Francesco's Summer Hummer at the Chikki Pool Bar (best drink I've had in town) and once the sun started setting, we had our first moments of peace in a public area. Our guest room was really wonderful - very large with a fresh bath (and nice bath products) and GREAT air conditioning - and a really terrific housekeeping staff. We also enjoyed using our balcony a lot (though it was facing a dumpster and that is unfortunate). We didn't love walking all the way to building 4 for three full days but we got our exercise in Cameron at the front desk was awesome and we loved the champagne welcome (and the Calidad beer). Had a terrific breakfast at Palmetto (it was expensive but a stunning setting that was convenient and, again, demonstrated caring and high quality staff service). It isn't the hotel's fault that visitors to Palm Springs are obviously selfish and loud and don't show much respect to their fellow visitors. I'm not sure where one could ever escape this whilst staying in Palm Springs, but we used our guest room as our getway and it worked. And we'll be back to enjoy the quality of the resort and its well-trained staff in the future. A great value as well, particularly because it is located along the Buzz route so transportation to downtown was always free (Thu - Sat). We appreciated much about this beautiful property, including the lovely Donna Paul in the PSP shop.
The old stomping grounds for the rich and famous. Lots of buildings arranged in a semi circle and all with balconies or porches. Pet friendly with plenty of grounds to walk your pooch on. Very nice and well maintained swimming pool and a very friendly and helpful staff. Step back into history. It’s obvious as you enter in the famous circular driveway and see all the glitz.