Looking to lounge by the pool with some of Coachella's main acts? Or, perhaps you need to calendar in some serious post-party pampering? A mere 40 minutes away from the festival by Uber, Palm Springs plays backdrop to some of the festival’s coolest celebrity parties and fashion soirees. Putting our in-house stylists to the test, here’s a list of the hottest hotel rooms in the area right now to see (and, of course, be seen…)
One of the most iconic Palm Springs hotels, and legendary for its Hollywood parties, this luxury Jonathan Adler designed boutique hotel is a must-see for any Instagram addict. Like any high-end adult playground should have there’s hammocks, croquet and giant chess sets in the garden, a pool that’s open 24hours, and the notoriously chic Lemonade Stand which offers refreshing cocktails too.
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club (Palm Springs)
The Ace Hotel Group know how to create a scene hotel wherever they pop up and set against a jaw-dropping mountain backdrop, the vibe here does not disappoint. With in-room massages available, breakfasts in bed, a steam room, a sauna, a hot tub and 2 outdoor pools, you can expect this one to be total Californian cool.
With just 25 bungalows spread over 3 acres of grounds, this Hollywood go-to resort is the only hotel in the Coachella Valley to be endorsed by The Leading Hotels of the World. Still fresh from it’s 2015 refurb by Steve Hermann (who’s designed homes for Vera Wang, Christina Aguilera and the Saudi royals), it’s well curated and the public restaurant So’Pa features ex El Buli alum, Michelin Star Chef, Giacomo Pettinari.
Avalon Hotel (LA, Palm Springs)
Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, you can walk to the local restaurants and shops from this on-trend 4 star boutique hotel or simply never leave the hot tub (with its dreamy sunset mountain views). With a fresh lemon yellow and white color scheme, the 67 rooms are chic, contemporary and summery. Oh and there’s free valet parking too.
The Saguaro, (Palm Springs, Scottsdale)
Whether it is Tavi Gevinson Instagramming the colorful backdrop or the loud pool parties and margaritas on tap- this boutique hotel is not for shy and retiring types. Hip and young, with even a bright spectrum of paint colors inspired by Arizona wildflowers.
Hot property after the Obamas recent vacation at the hotel. With sprawling views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and natural décor that ranges from stone to wood to rustic outdoor fire places, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is a luxury oasis and the perfect for highbrow pitspot of post-festival pampering. Think plush bath robes and deep soaking tubs.
Last year this exclusive spot was hailed as throwing the coolest pool party in town with Suki Waterhouse, Jared Leto, Poppy Develvingne and the Scream Queens all mingling under the stars here. Inspired by the sun-soaked feeling of a Moroccan courtyard, Korakia Pensione is the perfect hipster option with a blossoming garden, relaxed day beds, lanterns, fire pits and spa and yoga offerings. Often used for Vogue photo shoots, seek festival recovery with their legendary fresh mint tea.
This completely restored 1950’s retreat was originaly built by MGM actor Don Castle and his wife Zetta as a getaway for the Hollywood elite. Still retaining many of the original vintage structures, it has maintained the relaxed, escape vibe with no phones or TVs in rooms, reclaimed horse troughs as bath-tubs, fire pits and a vegetable garden. Youthful and affluent.
V Palm Springs
Last year’s venue of choice for Moet & Chandon’s Ice Imperial party was the hotel’s iconic V-shaped pool. Fresh and modern, each of the rooms have a private balcony, boutique bath products and fluffy robes.
RIVIERA RESORT & SPA PALM SPRINGS
The Riviera is a Palm Springs classic. Built in the late 1950’s by visionary architect Irwin Schuman, it was the first hotel to be built in a wheel shape. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley have all lounged by the pool, now owned by the Starwood Hotels and maintains slick, polished and professional appeal.