Hotel at a Glance: Skylark Hotel
This mod boutique hotel was built in 1955, during Palm Springs' heyday. Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood icons have soaked up sun on the property, which recently underwent restorations to rekindle its former glamour.
- Outdoor pool and jacuzzi surrounded by palm trees and mountain views
- Sink into a pillowtop mattress atop a California King bed in your stylish guest room.
- Other in-room amenities: flat-screen TV, mini fridge
- Rise and shine: The hotel serves continental breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily.
Palm Springs, California: Desert City with Outdoor Recreation and Hollywood History
Nestled in the Coachella Valley in southern California, Palm Springs has fallen in and out of fashion over the course of the past two centuries. The desert town remained relatively unknown up until the 20th century, when it was "discovered" by Hollywood A-listers who were drawn to its temperate weather and tucked-away feel. Word spread quickly, and by 1950 the landscape was dotted with tennis courts, swimming pools, and flashy modern homes owned by Elvis and Frank Sinatra. Though it experienced a lull at the turn of the century, Palm Springs has emerged once again as a vacation hot spot.
The sun shines on Palm Springs 350 days year on average, which makes it easy to hike or play on one of its designer golf courses year-round. Luxury spas and boutique shops cover the glitzy downtown area of "PS." There's an old kitschy feel that still survives in the town, which is now surrounded by a mix of retro mid-century hotels and new Mediterranean-inspired villas.