Hotel at a Glance: The Monroe Palm Springs
At The Monroe Palm Springs, the only thing between you and a view of the San Jacinto Mountains is a row of palm trees that just make the scenery even more, well, scenic. The best place to take in the vista is from a lounge chair on the outdoor pool’s sun deck. With some of this Getaway’s options, you’ll get a bottle of wine to share as you watch the sunset or relax in a private cabana.
- Recently renovated guest rooms feature a sunny palette of gold and orange tones.
- A day at the spa: Refresh your skin with a vitamin C facial or indulge in a deep-tissue massage at the onsite spa.
- Take the trolley: The Buzz trolley, which stops right outside the hotel, offers free rides to downtown Palm Springs.
- Start the day right with a free breakfast at Rick’s Restaurant, located across from the hotel.
Palm Springs, California: SoCal Resort Town with Midcentury Charm
Palm Springs is an oasis of outdoor recreation and old Hollywood glamour located about 100 miles from Los Angeles. Once the stomping grounds of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and the Rat Pack, the town still attracts A-list vacationers today. A stroll through the Movie Colony—which had its heyday between the 1930s and 1960s—will take you past the former homes of Dean Martin, Bob Hope, and Marilyn Monroe.
Palm Springs is also the birthplace of desert modernism, a Bauhaus-influenced architecture movement. You can explore the area’s famed midcentury-modern landmarks on a self-guided tour; grab a map at the Palm Springs Official Visitors Center, itself housed in an iconic building—a retro-futuristic Tramway Gas Station designed by Albert Frey. Furniture and clothing boutiques along Palm Canyon Drive embrace Palm Springs’ trademark aesthetic—what you might call Mad Men West. Nearby, the small but impressively curated Palm Springs Art Museum features works by Pablo Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg along with significant contemporary and Native American collections.
The sun shines more than 300 days a year in Palm Springs, which means you can play a round of golf or hike in the nearby Agua Caliente Indian Canyons no matter the season. It’s worth taking a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, whose cars rotate 360 degrees as they carry passengers to Mount San Jacinto’s Mountain Station, located 8,516 feet above sea level. About 40 miles northeast is the nearly 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park, which spans parts of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. Hit one of the 12 nature trails for a chance to see desert bighorn sheep, snakes, and black-tailed jackrabbits.