V Palm Springs Hotel
What We Love
- A pool-view room at a glam hotel, including welcome snacks and a dining creditSunbathing on a cozy poolside lounger, with a Tiki cocktail in hand
- Time traveling in style, thanks to the chic mid-century interiors
- Exploring Palm Springs with the city's shuttle service or V’s complimentary bikes
- Receiving a set of welcome snacks and a dining credit
What To Know
- The pool area has great cocktails and a DJ spins every afternoon
- There are free aquatic yoga and meditation classes on Sundays
- Free WiFi
There’s stylish, and then there’s, well, v. stylish. And nobody does the second like V Palm Springs, complete with the cool mid-century vibe so sought after in this classic California resort destination. A fusion of on-trend and laid-back design characterizes the getaway, such as at ELIXIR Pool Bar & Grill, serving Tiki-style cocktails and Polynesian-inspired fare in a chic poolside setting. Cozy fire pits and plush loungers also frame the hotel’s sleek swimming hole, which is shaped like – of course – a giant V.
Rooms and suites are Instagram snapshots waiting to happen, with details like mirrored headboards, snake lamps, custom vanities and geometric artwork. There are also plenty of events and activities to take advantage of, like aqua yoga and meditation classes on weekends. But where V really shines is in its ability to get you out into the city. Hop on one of the hotel’s bicycles around town, or take the city’s complimentary shuttle to vintage-clothing shops, fabulous lounges and the weekly Villagefest block party, and put that V in vacation heaven.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $29 per room, per night is payable directly to the hotel. The resort fee includes parking, Wi-Fi, welcome snacks, bicycle rental and fitness-center and pool access.
Each V Palm Springs room features unique mid-century and Instagram-friendly décor. Mirrored headboards, snake lamps, geometric patterns, gold accents, woven rugs – the fabulously fashion-forward details abound. Also enjoy exclusive boutique bath amenities, a 47-in. flat-screen TV and more.
Serving Asian-fusion and Polynesian fare beside the hotel’s swimming hole, ELIXIR Pool Bar & Grill has a hip ambience you can only find in Palm Springs. The central bar, lit with neon signs and a cozy fire pit, offers whimsical Tiki-style drinks and an extensive menu for breakfast, brunch and all-day treats. Mahi-mahi tacos, green-curry lobster rolls, and matchstick fries with malt vinegar aioli are just a few of the tasty choices to look forward to.
Palm Springs is beloved for many reasons, not least the desert playground’s ability to keep hot weather cool and keep the mid-century modern. (The California retreat became an iconic resort town in the 20th century and is still known, and loved, for its 1950s and ‘60s architecture.) When not sunning by the pool, you’ll enjoy exploring main-drag Palm Canyon Drive, searching for treasure among the heaps of high-end vintage and consignment wares or attending VillageFest – a farmers market, flea market and art fair, all rolled into one – on Thursday evenings. We also recommend a ride on the aerial tramway and a hike around the scenic Indian Canyon trails.
How to Get There
NOT A 4 STAR HOTEL AT ALL (read entire post especially the last paragraph…). With plenty of places to stay in Palm Springs, this hotel has made the AVOID AT ALL COST list. We arrived at check in at 8:30PM after a 2.5hr drive from OC (yes there was traffic), when we asked for a luggage rack to bring our bags from the car to the room we were pointed in the direction of our room (no map was given) and showed a luggage rack to place our luggage on, then asked to bring it back after we had finished using it, not really what you’d expect from “4 star” hotel.
ROOM: Once we walked into the room we quickly noticed an object on the wall, that was a flying COCKROACH (keep reading it gets better)! Immediately we went to the front desk and was “greeted” with a response of “what do you expect me to do”. After our talk with the front desk clerk he gave us an upgraded room and wiped the resort fee (saving us a whole $60) then said “that should be good enough for you”. We then asked to speak to the general manager to share our disappointment and he assured us we would hear something tomorrow, which never happened and still hasn’t… If I didn’t purchase the room through a 3rd party app I would have cancelled my reservation and gone somewhere else immediately (we did contact the app and they actually gave us better treatment and understood how terrible our experience was than the hotel staff did).
RESORT: Really the only place that appears as a “4 star” is the front lobby. The rest of the hotel looks like it was a run-down motel that got a quick, and cheap upgrade. Paint is peeling off the stairs and doors revealing whatever building it was before it. There are no elevators so be prepared to carry your own bags upstairs to your room since there is no bellhop. When it comes to parking people were parking on the side of walls, red painted curbs, and the street across from it. Maybe they should look into charging for parking or actually keeping tabs on the vehicles parked there (we saw multiple cars without a parking permit that sat from Friday-Sunday without moving). I can’t speak personally about the food there but the couple next to us at the pool showed me a picture of the chicken fingers he was served, and ate partially, that were RAW and only fried on the outside (he thought he was getting fish on accident at first). Between raw chicken and the cockroach eating there did not seem too appealing.
POOL: The main pool was decent but smaller than pictures appeared. There is a bar located there but don’t expect quick service, on a Saturday there was only one bartender to try and take care of all the request from a booked hotel. On top of that they needed to be reminded to fill guest water, which shouldn’t be the case when it’s 90 outside (I even had to fill it myself multiple times since the bartender was too busy without any help). Again, this should not be the case at all for a “4 star hotel”. On top of that at 9AM they apparently ran out of towels for the guest… And when I asked one of the workers walking the grounds with a stack of towels for one he angrily replied, “I have somewhere to take these”. The second pool is completely run down with stains all over the chair covers and looks terribly depressing from the naked eye.
After further looking into this hotel we found out it was in the news because of a death from carbon monoxide poisoning, they simply rebranded the name and did small upgrades (just research the address). This place clearly needs a lot of work and shouldn’t list itself as anything close to 4 stars. You would honestly get better service from motels in the area. Until they take time to train their staff on what guests should expect from a 4-Star resort, and upgrade their facilities accordingly, I would look into other places to stay. A few I would recommend and have personally stayed at are Sands and Avalon. Both are a true 4-Star and give you that experience from check in to check out.
Great service at front desk and pool. Awesome style and decor, very fun and contemporary. Good pool with lots of fun floaties and yummy food. Floors and drinking glasses in my room were unclean / sticky.
This was one of the best Palm Springs experience we have had to date. We arrived at 8 a.m. to spend the day at the pool until our room was ready. To our surprise the room was ready. We enjoyed every part of our stay from making the reservation with Lupe, checking in with Daniel to Hayden and Madison at the bar. The rooms we clean & comfortable, food was great and hanging out at the pool all day with a DJ was so much fun. We will be coming back this summer! Thank you to the entire staff for making it such a great experience. Customer Service is key and you all nailed it!
I went with 2 friends for the weekend to Palm Springs for the Desert X art event. Finding any accommodation was challenging as it was spring, I suppose that means high season. We splurged for for the $450/night for the V as it is a convenient location (right on Palm Canyon Drive), looked to be of a minimalist, elegant aesthetic and sharing the cost 3 ways was manageable. The room with 2 queen beds was very small, not much room other than to walk around the beds to the front door. The beds were comfortable and appointed with nice linen. There were little to no amenities to speak of - one small soap and a shampoo in the bathroom vanity, not enough coffee or towels for 3 guests. All in all it seemed to be a glorified Motel6, NOT worth the price at all.
I'm not the pickiest about hotel rooms, and this met my standards. And it does offer the palm springs experience - pool with bar, hip DJ etc. It's just that on all of the details, it falls a bit short, and other hotels in the area are exemplary. And I would be fine with that, if it was reflected in the price point. But it's not, it is too expensive, and you should go next door the Ace if you can.