The Saguaro Palm Springs
What We Love
- The poolside DJ on summer weekends
- Private balconies or patios in every room
- Taco Tuesdays at the hotel’s cantina
- The onsite bocce ball court
What To Know
- There’s a 24-hour gym
- Half the rooms can be accessed directly from the parking lot—convenient for families
- The hotel rents out desert cruiser bikes for exploring Palm Springs
- Pets are allowed for a fee
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
It’s hard to believe this three-storied, candy-colored Coachella Valley getaway was once a dreary Holiday Inn. Sixties-era pop art and desert wildflowers served as inspirations for its look, while the psychedelic palette—14 hues, to be exact—isn’t limited to the exteriors; the rainbow colors seep into the guest rooms as well. A wreath of canary-yellow parasols lines the Olympic-size pool (one of the largest in Palm Springs) in the central courtyard, furnished with a bar that serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon cocktails, easily transforming a morning dip into a blissful all-day hangout. The hotel’s other popular outdoor spaces include Hammock Village, a cluster of swings within listening distance of poolside tunes, and the San Jacinto Lawn, the backdrop for daily yoga classes. Be sure to make reservations for a perch at El Jefe, a trendy taqueria steered by Iron Chef Jose Garces. Just don’t be fooled by its size—the petite spa, equipped with six treatment rooms, punches well above its weight, offering an array of treatments from cucumber-parsley masks to lime and aloe wraps ideal for countering the dry desert air.
In the Area
A stay at this hotel means you’re just 2.5 miles from Palm Canyon Drive, which is lined with antique stores and midcentury modernist galleries including a free satellite location of the Palm Springs Art Museum. For an unbeatable canyon view, take the ten-minute gondola ride, courtesy of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which brings you within gawking distance of Coachella Valley. The Living Desert, an outdoor expanse that resembles an unblemished piece of the Sonoran Desert home to wild cats and giraffes, is just a twenty-minute ride away. Further afield, the Palm Springs Air Museum is stocked with WWII planes and offers expensive rides on P-51 Mustangs.
How to Get There
The front desk staff seemed like they didn't want to be there. We called twice (after booking and day-of arrival) to ensure the sofa bed would be made up but it was not, even after they assured us it was. They also didn't care that there was broken glass in the parking lot. Had to ask twice for it to be swept up although the maintenance guy was great.
Lack of attention to detail in the rooms: they didn't change the bedside clock to reflect the end of daylight savings and the shower curtain didn't touch the floor so the floor got soaked when we showered. The room was also very dingy, the dark purple carpet didn't help.
One of the poolside bartenders gave us attitude when we charged our drinks to the room - think he was annoyed because there was no option to tip
Good for partiers who don't care about their space and like the loud music until midnight
Cool hotel. Great retro vibe in a good location. It has free bike rentals and an awesome pool, though it could get crowded at times leaving no lawn chairs for lounging. Rooms are average. Good Mexican restaurant in site.
The place looks great on instagram and online in general. But just like when you've had a few too many and things seem great and then you sober up, this place is just that. Great in theory and in pictures, pretty lacklustre and a whole lot of meh in person. It is old and outdated. The staff at the desk are bored and seemed to not want to be there. They are quick to shove a card in your face to leave a great review for them with their name on it, but that is where their enthusiasm ends. The room was below average, I've paid less and stayed in much better places in the past. It is dirty and old, needing love. Wouldn't come back, and I honestly feel robbed after spending the amount that I did to stay there. Thanks but ahhh, no thanks.
Booked in right after US Thanksgiving so it was very quiet. Very nice property. Funky 60's cool, Clean room. Friendly staff. Norma and Belen couldn't do enough to make our stay memorable. Bikes available to tool around the area, Free shuttle to downtown strip was very nice! Pool area and grounds were kept clean and tidy. Only downside is the in-room coffee is dreadful Would be nice to have a coffee station in the lobby available with drinkable brew as many properties do. Will definitely return as the vibe of this place is great. Keep up the great work Paul!
upon arriving at the Saguaro, being tired again after a whole day of traveling - we were met by friendly staff helping us to check in our big group. The design of the hotel is very colorful. The rooms are simple but clean. The beds are very comfortable. The pool area is stunning. Even when its windy, the place is relatively protected. The mountain view is so stunning. Lying at the poolside, looking at the mountain is view not to forget. The restaurant is charming - the food variety not too great - but what you get is stunning!