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
During the high traffic weekends, this is a hotel for people who like to socialize. The Saguaro has some of the most entertaining events and if you're staying here, you have to roll with it and come along for the ride. The service is great, the amenities are good, and the staff try their best to accommodate all requests. When they are very busy, you can see the effort although it might be slow-going. Stay here if you're looking to be in the center of where the action is. If you're looking for a quiet place for some R&R, there's plenty of other places in Palm Springs to rest your head.
If you’re looking for a fun party type stay, I recommend this Palm Springs staple. It’s a burst of color throughout...think skittles, taste the rainbow or starburst exploding in visual porn. Front desk is so hospitable, rooms are a little on the cheeky side, but the pool is where it’s at! I would say this is the perfect 20 somethings hotel scene...maybe an early 30s lookin to young it up a bit.
As part of a road trip we stayed one night here. The hotel is clean and the beds are comfy. The rooms are basic but they have everything you need in them.
The hotel is bright and retro and I loved the colour theme! The pool is in the middle and was a great place to relax and have a dip to cool off which was needed.
The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I shame we were only here one night as there was so much to so and see.
Know to expect a party/spring break/bachelorette atmosphere. This is not the place for a relaxing weekend. With that in mind, the daily pool parties that go into the night are fun, but overcrowded.
The restaurants are both above average, but the rooms were spartan, beat up, and could be cleaner.
My wife and I booked this hotel looking for a get away in Palm Springs. Some other guests dog barked for hours during the night. We had to complain twice, but finally taken care of. Staff was friendly. Room was dated, run down and felt like we were staying in a college dorm room. In fact, that's kind of the best description for the entire 4 night stay. Was like living at college again. Guess that's ok if that's what you're looking for.