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
Great location near a Ralph's market, pretty modern hotel with bright colors. They have a pretty cool pool area and host a very busy and fun pool party on Sunday. They do enforce the no outside drinks at the pool. $30 resort fee, which kinda sucks, but overall I really like this hotel, NOTE: Make sure to get a pool view, otherwise you will end up with a weird interior room and it's not desirable.
I took a girls trip to Palm Springs and we stayed at this hotel. It literally took FOrEVER to get anything we asked for. One of the days we rented a daybed for $600. It was near an hour before we had a server. We even asked the manager on duty what the deal was. The only saving grace for this day was our server, Max. He was super fantastic. Very accommodating, and always on top of his game. He was actually pleasant. Most other people who work here got annoyed if we asked for anything.
The pool was loud, there was never anywhere to get away from the techno music.
Someone puked in the pool and we all had to get out.
The rooms are big, which is nice. The beds are comfortable. Would be nice to at least have coffee in the rooms.
If you are looking for a pool party. This is the place. Everyone who stayed here was trying to flex, take Instagram pictures and selfies. Don’t bring kids to this hotel it’s not appropriate.
I’ve stayed at The Saguaro in Scottsdale and it was great. This was not the case in Palm Springs. We arrived at noon on a Saturday and there was a line of 15 people waiting to check in. Our room wasn’t ready so we went downtown and returned 2 hours later. The parking lot was completely full, likely due to the pool party. The person working the desk told us there was no guaranteed guest parking and we just had to circle until we found a spot.
Do not expect to relax at the pool if you’re here on a weekend. There were people everywhere, no chairs to be had and the pool was filled to the brim.
The rooms are fine. Our room was clean but the air was so stale and they use an air freshener that you can’t ignore. The hallways smelled and were 80 degrees.
We paid $300 to stay here and I couldn’t wait to leave.
We spent three nights at the hotel and to cut a long story short: It is a motel with some Colour on the wall. The staff is extremely unfriendly. When we arrived one hour prior to check in, we were lectured that we cannot even leave our luggage in the hotel, because check in is one hour later. The key cards permanently didn`t work - we did not put it close to a phone or other electronic stuff. We had to go down to the lobby permanently. The last time I dared to complain (not loud, very friendly) and the concierge apologized to another guest for me not being positive. I never heard an aology from them. One time they left me standing (wet from the pool and shivering in the AC) for 7 minutes, because the staff had to boast around about their weekend. That was really disgusting. The staff in the restaurant El Jefe is also very unfriendly, no smile, no nothing. The carpet is stained, the hallways are smelly. It is far from downtown PSP. If you want to go the restaurants and bars, you have to take the car.
The pool doesn`t even have a shower - with all the sweaty people hopping inside: yummie! The toilet flush was running all night, what a treat in a desert. They didn`t fix it, so I had to fix it myself. Thank god, I have some plumbing experience.
Only nice thing to say is "Try the avocado toast for breakfast, or even better: a different hotel."
- the pool would close because people had vomited in it.
- we were constantly locked out of our rooms because the key would demagnetize (upgrade your locks! stop being so cheap! No hotel guest should have to put up with this... it's a pain to have to go all the way to the front desk!)
- housekeeping did not come daily
- the shampoo was the worst quality I've ever seen in ANY hotel. The whole family commented on how terrible it was.
- dirty dishes were left in the hallway for DAYS
- the desk chair in the room was so broken it slanted 45 degrees... making it extremely obvious it was broken. Why would they leave it in the room???
- no coffee in the rooms. None at the front desk. You could buy it at the restaurant but it would take 20 minutes. Crazy!!!
- and so much more!! I just can't waste another minute on this property. It sucked.