Palm Springs

Palm Springs brings to mind Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady”.  All Rat Pack swagger, Mad Men and mid century modern design.  I wanted to embrace that vibe on our trip to the desert with the kids.  So, out went the Hilton and Renaissance.  Out also went several hotels stated as “adult only”.  That was actually helpful.   As much as Joe and Jane don’t want us to spoil their honeymoon, I don’t want to keep telling my kids to “be quiet” and “consider the other guests”.   Because, frankly, they don’t.

Based on some (extensive) internet research I narrowed it down to:

  • Avalon
  • Riviera Palm Springs
  • Colony Palms Hotel

This was a feat because there are MANY hotels in Palm Springs!  Who knew?  Ok, maybe lots of people who are actually from SoCal, but not me.  So, here’s a rundown of the good, the bad and the ugly of each.   All the hotels allow kids and are roughly located in the same vicinity.

  • Avalon -$379/ night for Premium Studio 2Q.  Hollywood regency decor- sleek, white rooms.  Sophisticated pool with a view.  Reviews warn this hotel could be showing it’s age, but the positive reviews far outweigh the negative.
  • Riviera Palm Springs – $233/night for Grand Deluxe Suite.  Starwood hotel – so points are nice.   Funky decor, but still accessible.  A meld of a comfortable family resort with some vintage Palm Springs. Some reviews stated the hotel is used often for conferences, service can be poor and rooms need updating.
  • Colony Palms Hotel – $439/ night for Deluxe 2Q room.  Cool, Moroccan vibe.  Nice pool with a view.   Hip, but could it be too hip for us?  We’re not that hip.  Reviews were overwhelmingly positive about the rooms/ground/service, with only a few one-off negative experiences.

On a side note, without kids I’m coming back to stay at L’Horizon Resort and Spa.   The place looks amazing, and by the room set up and multiple pictures of romantic frolicking, it  is clearly meant for a couples getaway.

I’ll update soon with our decision, pictures and reviews after our trip….


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