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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
On Saturday night/Sunday morning I was harassed and threaten by security at this hotel. The incident was derived from a noise complaint. There was no phone call warning. 2 security guards- 1 hispanic male and 1 black male banged on the door. I approached the door knowing it may have been derived from the sound. I didn't open the door but informed them that I understood and will bring the noise down. There was never a face to face interaction as I did not open the door. There was an exchange of words along the lines of "there really isn't a need for backup security to show up for a noise complaint" on my end that sparked additional conflict between the security guards. This was not enough for them. After I had understood the reason for the visit I then turned down the music/noise; they then knocked again and I stepped outside (my girlfriend was sleeping). They then began threatening me and there was a aggressive tone within the security guards primarily the hispanic security guard. They made threats such as "we would love to kick your ass." and "we can take this outside if you want" (assuming they did not want this to show on the security camera in the hallway). The attitude/manner that the security guards carried throughout this was very unprofessional and actually ignited a very minor incident regarding a noise complaint. This is not how they treat a guest. There was no manager present to take account of what was occuring. There was a point in the incident where I realized that I can be physically assaulted based of the attitudes/mannerisms of the two security guards. Knowing my well-being was in jeopardy, I tried to get back in the room but the room key was not working (this was the second key that failed to open the door). My girlfiend was asleep and was not able to hear me banging on the door to let me back in. With the realization of me not being able to get back in the room; the security guards offered to escort me to get another key. I refused since they had already indicated physical implications towards me. As time went on, other people staying in the hotel were naturally awakened by the commotion happening outside. They then called the police to evict my girlfriend and I. The cops stated to my girlfriend and I that there was nothing they can do and that the hotel is private property, so they have the right to evict us. The cops then escorted my girlfriend and I on very short notice. My girlfriend, who was unclothed, was awoken by two police officers and told to get our stuff out at 4 am in a hasty matter, in which some of our possessions were left behind as a result of the short term notice and eviction. We were left on the streets after celebrating a anniversary/birthday. I am filing the complaint towards the night security at this establishment for wrongful eviction, the physical threats made by the security guards, and the overall un-professionalism. My girlfriend has sent an e-mail to manager (Paul) for a full refund but have not gotten a response.
This place is a true gem. I stayed for only two nights but wish I stayed longer. The front desk staff was very warm and helpful, overall a great experience I would highly recommend staying there!!!!!!
A BIG shout out to our Shuttle Service Rep “George” what an incredible friendly individual with such a colorful spirt. From the start George welcomed us with a bright smile. Then took us to our location going the scenic route, so beautiful. George was so informative recommending places to visit during our trip and recommending fantastic restaurants and bars. Not just a routine trip, thanks for being YOU GEORGE!