Spotlight on Palm Springs
By Oyster.com Staff
Palm Springs, smack-dab in the middle of the California desert, has long had a reputation as a retirement community. But gradual changes — such as a burgeoning art and music scene, and a recent influx of fine-dining restaurants — have morphed this resort city into a relaxing getaway for a new crowd. Nowadays, many young and middle-aged professionals flock here for some quality R&R. After all, the city boasts a handful of luxury spas, as well as top-notch golf courses and beautiful vistas.
While there are some chains in Palm Springs, you won’t find a single “motel” throughout the city. Most hotels can be found downtown on Canyon Drive, a street lined by numerous vintage furniture shops. In fact, Palm Springs has one of the largest collections of mid-century modern furniture in the country and its hotels reflect the Old Hollywood-meets-hipster vibe with high-design rooms and lively nightlife hotspots. The Parker, located about 10 minutes from downtown, is one of the most stylish hotels in the city and offers guests the ideal setting for some downtime, with a beautiful spa, cozy outdoor firepits and 4 pools. Those seeking romance may consider the 28-room Korakia Pensione, often dubbed one of the sexiest hotels in the US. Children under 13 are not allowed at the property, meaning the gorgeous grounds, free yoga classes, and delicious breakfast can be enjoyed in peace and quiet.
The best deals, however, can be found at the city’s few chain and resort properties. The Best Western Las Brisas, for example, offers a solid value with an extensive free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi and parking. Plus, it boasts pretty mountain views from the small outdoor pool. And the Doral Desert Princess Resort, despite having slightly dated rooms, gives guests a lot of bang for their buck with on-site amenities such as a golf course and an Olympic-size pool.