Rainbow-Hued Hotel with Upscale Onsite Restaurants
Bright splashes of lime green, coral, and fuchsia cover nearly every surface at The Saguaro Palm Springs. The hotel's grounds and interiors showcase the entire spectrum of color, from orange sherbet pool umbrellas to pistachio furniture and rainbow-striped bedspreads. The hotel's architects say they drew inspiration from the vibrant hues of 12 native desert wildflowers. Renovated this past February, the hotel exudes a modern, funky vibe, which has earned praise from Los Angeles Times Magazine, the New York Times, and Condé Nast Traveler.
Chef Jose Garces, a winner of the prestigious James Beard Award and the Food Network's Iron Chef competition, lent his culinary know-how and gold-plated whisks to the Saguaro's two new restaurants. Tinto specializes in Spanish fare from the Basque region, with a variety of tapas—known as pintxos—including duck confit canapé with serrano ham and black cherries. El Jefe, a poolside bar and restaurant, celebrates the cuisine of Mexico City with a premium tequila bar and small plates, including Garces's signature tacos stuffed with short ribs, goat, or crispy fish.
Pool-view rooms overlook the courtyard, where cabanas and fire pits surround the Olympic-size pool. You can also keep up your exercise regimen with daily yoga classes or hop on a treadmill at the expansive fitness center. When you're ready to hit the town, The Saguaro Palm Springs offers free shuttle service downtown.
Palm Springs, California: SoCal Ease Meets Classic Hollywood Glamour
Set amid a rugged desert landscape recalling the face of a distant planet, Palm Springs is an oasis of casual living and midcentury Hollywood glamour. The Uptown District constitutes the city’s cultural center. Three blocks from the Alcazar lies the Palm Springs Art Museum, whose permanent collection includes a mix of contemporary and western American art.
The Uptown District’s central location between the glitzy Movie Colony and the architectural mecca of Las Palmas makes it rich grounds for touring on foot or by bicycle. You can rent a bike to discover the homes and abandoned moonshine stills of old movie stars or gawk at modernist gems such as Frey House II, a glass-and-concrete wonder.
A five-minute car ride from the hotel brings travelers to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, where rotating carriages ascend 2.5 miles over expansive views of the Coachella Valley before reaching Mount San Jacinto State Park.