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
We stayed here in May of 2018, for a bachelorette party. We were group of 9.
Here's my pros:
-Breakfast was awesome. - yummy avocado toast, almond milk with my decaf coffee :)
-El Jefe - shishito peppers delicious! we tried all the different margaritas and all were awesome!
-poolside service was good
-ping pong and jenga in the lobby is a nice touch.
-nice pool and pretty chill during the week,, a BIG party scene on the weekends.
-the hotel is old and rooms and hallways show it, needs modernization, if your looking for something fancy or upscale this isn't it.
-people partying in the hallways and rooms with music playing all night.
-our room faced the pool which was great but can be quite loud when people are still out partying at night.
Imagine an 80 year old person in Leopard pants, big hair, big sunglasses and Red lipstick listening to boomba - boomba LOUD drum beat driven music by the pool. That describes this property. Do you like the colors Orange, Chartreause, Aquamarine and Lemon Yellow? Throw them all on different walls with a Purple carpet and you're here. The $33 "Resort" Fee allows you access to unsecured wifi, cruiser bikes and a shuttle into town. The total bill is Very expensive for what you receive! Let this tired 'ol gal retire already! Similar paint scheme to the Joie de Vivre Hotel in SF. But that hotel is more intimate, with original paintings, and is actually - quiet.
The staff was terrific especially Belen at the front desk. Rooms do not have coffee makers. Not aware the bottled water provided had a fee. The food & drinks from restaurant were really tasty. Great pool service as well. Also loved the genre of music played.
If you are looking for a lively place focussed on a pool and activities around the pool then this may be the place for you. The hotel was re-done a few years ago by the architecture firm Stamberg Aferiat who changed it from a drab Holiday Inn into a happening desert destination. Brightly coloured, the hotel is instantly recognizable and has a cool vibe, especially in the public spaces. And while the pool area and the public spaces in the hotel are updated and refreshed, the same can’t really be said for the actual rooms themselves.
The rooms are done up in bright colors, each coordinated with the colour that appears on the vertical walls dividing the patios which gives the hotel its distinctive look, and each room has some new furniture and finishings, but at the end of the day it’s still basically a repainted Holiday Inn standard room.
This means the layout is a little old fashioned, you may still see half the bathroom from a 90s renovation, and you will hear your neighbours beside and above you. But the room is clean and neat and the beds are extremely comfortable.
The main focus of the hotel is the pool area and here it shines. The pool is large and there are two hot tubs one at either end of the pool. There’s a bar/cantina and the pool is surrounded by different areas with fire pits, covered hammock area, bocci pitch and a couple of bean bag toss setups. It’s easy to spend the day around the pool, the music starts around 10am to add to the upbeat atmosphere, but if you are looking for a little more solitude, the sliding balcony doors in the rooms do an excellent job of filtering the noise out. Fair warning though, on Saturday and Sunday afternoon there is a live DJ and there is no escaping that, you hear it and feel it, especially if you have a pool facing room. The DJ usually ends around 6pm.
The food and drink at the El Jefe restaurant is fantastic, and the staff are friendly and attentive- no complaints there! There’s some great artwork throughout and I swear that parts of the hotel uses some kind of aromatic that smells like lollipops to me - which suits the vibe perfectly!
Overall a good option for your stay in Palm Springs, only a couple of suggestions/heads up:
1. There are no coffee machines in the room which would be a nice improvement BUT the coffee you can get from the hotel restaurant is excellent.
2. For a hotel so pool focussed, I was surprised to find there were no guest robes in the room. We called a couple of times to see if there were any available with no luck. But again there are lots of towels available at the pool, so it’s not really a deficiency per se, just odd.
3. Just a heads up that you will be charged a non refundable resort fee of roughly $35/day for your stay. This covers the cost of wifi access, bike rental, yoga classes, shuttle bus service to downtown and a few other things. Depending on how many of these services you take advantage of, it’s either a great deal for a lot of different activities, or the most expensive wifi access you’ll pay in a while.
Disgusting and dirty in every way. Stains and cigarette burns on the carpets, cracked and peeling wallpaper. Beyond gross. Dressing up an old Best Weatern with colorful paint doesn’t make for a hip Palm Springs hotel.