Palm Springs' Big Hotels Offer Larger than Life Excitement

Posted By: Barbara Beckley Monday, June 06, 2016

Trendy bars with Grammy-worthy entertainment. Gorgeous pools dishing up non-stop cocktails and cuisine. Luxe suites. Amazing spas. Celebrity sightings. Business amenities. Something for everyone – plus, the legendary Palm Springs experience – is just a check-in away at Palm Springs’ big brand hotels.

HyattWho knew? I recently stayed at the Hyatt Palm -- and was totally impressed. Every room is a true suite, with a formal living room and a separate bedroom. And, it’s smack in the heart of downtown. Just walk outside and trendy restaurants, nightspots and shops are all around. If you’re there on a Thursday night, VillageFest, Palm Springs’ exciting street market, is on your doorstep. The HooDoo sidewalk bar and restaurant is perfect for people-watching while listening to live entertainment.Palms

If you prefer a music scene, the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is also downtown surrounded by the best of Palm Springs cafes, clubs and art museums. Sip cocktails next to Elvis’ biker jacket, Rihanna’s fringed costume and other A-list memorabilia. Chill in the full-service spa. Rock out at the fabulous pool with music and drinks by day -- and live DJ tunes by night. Book a VIP Table at the exclusive French-inspired Bardot Nightclub -- open weekends only.

Hilton SpaFor leisure, business, or both -- the mid-century-styled Hilton Palm Springs has it all just a few steps from downtown. Splurge on a 600-square-foot suite. Check out the award-winning Mai Tais in Harvey’s Lounge. Take your meals poolside or in The Terrace restaurant. Enjoy the full-service Elements Spa and well-equipped fitness center. When it’s time to work, the business center, express mail, copying services, ATM and 33,000 square feet of function space make it easy.Hilton Pool   

The Renaissance Palm is equally perfect for play and work. And if you’re attending Comic Con Palm Springs, Modernism Week and the Palm Springs International Film, it’s ideally located adjacent to the Palm Springs Convention Center, where these and other festivals happen. A sunny main pool, a children’s pool, full service Spa Del Sol, hand-crafted cocktails at Rocks Lounge and free shuttles to downtown add to the fun; while the business center, 30,000 square feet of function space and free Wi-Fi boost business productivity.  Renaissance

RivieraWant to feel glamorous? The Riviera Palm Springs(, a sprawling compound of mid-century Regency style and fun – has it in spades. Sunbath where Frank and the Rat Pack once did by the huge freeform pool with sumptuous daybed cabanas or the cozy Chiki Pool. Join the locals at Circa 59 restaurant and a nightcap at the Sidebar. Luxuriate within the Arabian-nights-like Azure Spa and Salon: 11,000 square feet of pampering including a rare and expansive Watsu pool. Choose among the sunny and bold Regency style guestrooms, some 600 square feet. And if you need event space, the Riviera’s Desert Conference Center has nearly 33,000 square feet.

Parker GroundsHigh hedges surrounding the Parker Palm give away its secret. Yes. The Parker is where A-listers and industry pros often hide away. Luxurious villas, rooms and the mid-century posh Gene Autry Residence nestled within 13 acres of gardens, fountains, three pools, tennis courts, a croquet lawn and a Petanque (sort of French bocce ball) court make all guests feel like stars. You may see famous faces in the dark and sexy Mister Parker’s restaurant, Norma’s outdoor eatery and the Mini Bar off the mid-century modern-meets-hipster style lobby. The Palm Springs Yacht Club (PSYC) spa includes a full-on indoor pool. If you’re in need of high-end executive gathering space, the Parker has a new 6,000-square-foot ballroom and chic smaller venues.