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
Room 207 "Pool View" was nothing of the sort. We saw a sliver of the pool, the bar and the backside of three cabanas. This was pool adjacent without a view. Overall the property is worn. The layout is a maze and not every door is marked. It took me the good part of the first day to figure out the most direct routes to the lobby.
No coffee, anywhere, before 7 am. No coffee makers in the rooms. OK, I get it. Big expense, extra maintenance and it's probably a liability. But at least have complimentary coffee, or a good quality coffee vending machine somewhere on the property. I'm an early riser, asked at the front desk and was told Starbuck in the Ralph's Grocery store is open across a six lane boulevard. I was told the same thing the night previous when I had a craving for a snack. No shop for snacks or essentials in the hotel. No vending machines. Go to the grocery store. Not good.
Went down for Coffee Sunday morning, after 7, they had run out of coffee sleeves and regular milk. I suppose I could have run across the street to get them milk at Ralph's since they had me running there all day the day before.
It's a party hotel. Music playing out at the pool all day into the night. It wasn't obnoxious, but guests should be aware.
We were also sold a "renewed room". Tub spout looks like it could be twisted off by hand. Excessive Dust in the bathroom fan. Other than that the room was fine. Bed comfortable. Large mini fridge.
Hallways had interesting smells, from the cleaning solutions. Outside grounds not well maintained. Interior pool area had overgrown shrubbery and giant steel mesh walls that took up an inordinate amount of space. Just seemed like a waste of space and added to the "maze" of getting through the property.
Nice Restaurant that always seemed closed. Even on the weekend when they have brunch, I kept checking to see if it was opened. The thing is, the food was great!
Food is served in El Jefe bar which boasts 100 tequilas. The menu is modern mexican and the chefs there really know how to put it all together. We had room credits because of the package we bought and so it made sense to eat there. It did not disappoint. Shrimp tacos, Citrus cured steelhead trout bagel and avocado toast with eggs. The relishes and marinates were spot on.
Not to the management. Take advantage of this gem and promote the hell of it; you have a winner! Lot's of mediocre restaurants in PS.
This hotel is rated four stars at priceline, believe me, that’s not true! The place is run down, the decor and furniture are just cheap and old! The rooms are noisy, you hear every step that’s made above you and the lighting is insufficient. The ground floor, street view, rooms have a terribly ugly wall just in front of their terrace. There are no outlets next to the bed and on one side there wasn’t even a lamp. The a/c was so dirty, that it’s hard to describe and you hear the noise of the a/c in the next room! The deckchairs and mattresses next to the pool are super dirty, you don’t want to lay down there! The checkin time is 4:00 pm, in my opinion way too late and if you are told that you are going to be called when your room is ready, don’t believe it.
From checking in to checking out I had an amazing experience. Maria helped us check in and she was so nice and accommodating. Not only did she give us options on what floor but what side of the hotel we preferred, and made checking in an actual fun part of our vacation. She truly is amazing and anyone lucky enough to have her greet you at the front desk will definitely start their vacation off right.