4-Star Palm Springs 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 architects say they drew inspiration for this color palette from the 12 native desert wildflowers, which have vibrant hues. The hotel—renovated this past February—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, lends 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 go out, The Saguaro Palm Springs offers free shuttle service to downtown.
Palm Springs, California: SoCal Ease Meets Classic Hollywood Glamour
Surrounded by a rugged desert landscape that looks like the face of a distant planet, Palm Springs is an oasis of luxury spas and midcentury Hollywood glamour. Once the stomping grounds of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, the sun-splashed resort town became home base for the desert modernism movement in architecture. You can take guided tours of homes and other notable buildings year-round. If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a map of the area’s 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 is centrally located between the glitzy Movie Colony and the architectural mecca of Las Palmas, making it easy to tour by foot. Palm Canyon Drive, the main drag, is lined with furniture and fashion boutiques featuring Palm Springs's trademark midcentury-modern aesthetic; the buildings look like they would fit in on Mad Men if it had taken place in the 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.