4-Star Rainbow-Hued Hotel with Upscale Restaurants Onsite
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 that's garnered the attention of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the New York Times, and Condé Nast Traveler.
Chef Jose Garces, a winner of the prestigious James Beard Award and Food Network's Iron Chef competition, lent his culinary know-how and gold-plated whisks to the Saguaro's two onsite 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 pool. You can 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. Once the stomping grounds of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, the sun-splashed getaway became home base for the desert modernism movement in architecture. Guided tours of homes and other notable buildings run year-round; you can also grab a map of midcentury-modern landmarks at the Palm Springs Official Visitors Center, which is housed in an iconic building—the retro-futuristic Tramway Gas Station designed by Albert Frey.
The Uptown Design District's central location between the glitzy Movie Colony and the architectural mecca of Las Palmas makes it rich grounds for touring on foot. Furniture and fashion boutiques along Palm Canyon Drive, the main drag, embrace Palm Springs's trademark midcentury modern aesthetic—what you might call Mad Men West. Nearby, the small but impressively curated Palm Springs Art Museum features works by Picasso and Rauschenberg along with significant contemporary and Native American collections.