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
This hotel is quirky and fun but isn’t really a destination to relax. All day music was pumping from the pool area and the pool was always filled with people partying. I actually enjoyed that aspect for the first day but was hoping for more relaxation the second day. Frankly it also needs some updating and the price was pretty high for what you get. The bathroom was rundown and the toilet ran but the room was clean and comfortable. We also had to remove masking tape from the lock on the door to double lock it and there was masking tape in the bathroom all around the hooks and racks for towels.
The front desk staff could use some training in being nice to guests. Two separate times I asked for assistance navigating the hotel and both times was asked if I was a guest and also asked to produce ID. I don’t have an issue with security but the way it was done was rude and the second time I was pretty angry because the person at the front desk insisted on calling the persons room I was traveling with and asked them if they knew me and if they were ok with me coming to their room. They said yes but even after that the front desk clerk asked to see my ID again and asked me “was I sure I was staying in the hotel” also questioned why I didn’t know how to get to their room if I was traveling with them. That really bothered me. I have stayed in many hotels all over the world but have never been treated that way, even in very high end, high security hotels. Overall the hotel was fun and decent but certainly not somewhere I’m rushing back to.
We had an excellent stay at The Saguaro! The hotel has an amazingly colorful and fun vibe that you feel right away. With all the colors and activities (yoga, bocce ball, corn hole, ping pong, etc), this hotel location is pretty much an Instagram post dream. The food was SO good -best avocado toast of my life-, the staff was friendly and the rooms were clean and spacious.
I am extremely impressed by the care of management. GM Matthew and manager Shantina, in particular, are fantastic. I was here over a busy st Patty’s day weekend and although it was loud, I think it’s very well run and the vibe is great. It’s colorful and vibrant, and the pool area is fantastic. I definitely recommend this property
I went to Palm Springs for a quick getaway and this hotel accommodated all of my needs. The room was pleasantly spacious and the colors brightened my mood. The Mexican restaurant attached served the best drinks and amazing food. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The art direction was my favorite part. So wonderfully curated with furniture, plants, and art deco pieces with a mid-century flair.
The fun decor distracts you from what is really going on in the rooms. We have been big fans of The Ace Hotel and have stayed there multiple times. We decided to try a new hotel to mix things up and did we regret it. We booked a queen room with pool view but ended up getting some sort of strange suite. We had checked in late and were only staying one night so we didn't really have a lot of time to inspect the room as we had plans to rush off to that evening. We returned from a very late night only to learn that the bed sank in the middle. It literally sucked the both of us in where it felt like we were sleeping in a giant hole. We were there only one night and it was already in the middle of the night and we had to be up early, so we didn't bother asking to switch rooms. It just boggles my mind that this bed was not inspected before allowing guest to stay in that room!!! We also realized later is that the bedroom had no window. The only light came from the living room! It was pitch black all morning. This is a detailed that should be reviewed with a guest before. We paid over $400 for the night and the price just didn't equate to the quality.