6 Reasons to Escape to Palm Springs This Week

By Lorna Soonhee Umphrey | March 27, 2018 | Lifestyle

When it’s time to get away for a long weekend, Palm Springs is an ideal location being a two-hour drive outside of L.A. It’s a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of a big city, where nature becomes art and where the design of the hotels are inspired by the desert. From a rock star stay to minimalism hospitality, we’ve put together a list of prime destinations of where to stay for an extended weekend, destined to inspire ultimate relaxation, insta-worthy moments, and tranquil nights under the stars.

Socializing is Encouraged at Holiday House

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This is the ultimate destination for the social butterfly as there are no TV’s in the rooms or lobbies; where communal living, conversations, and reading are highly encouraged. Located in the heart of downtown PS, this newly renovated 28-room boutique hotel was returned to its original name from the 50’s and offers shuffleboard, bike rentals, and an admirable collection of art throughout the property. 200 W. Arenas Rd., 760-320-8866

Live Like a Rock Star at Hard Rock Hotel

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When that inner rock-n-roller spirit needs to be freed, this is where you go to satiate that hedonistic desire. Craving a jam session? Opt to have a Fender guitar delivered to your room or live it up by the pool with their Weekday Royalty package. Extend your weekend from Monday through Thursday and you’ll get your own free cabana equipped with a bottle of champagne. 150 S. Indian Canyon Dr., 760-325-9676

Minimalist Hospitality at Arrive

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For the non-traditional traveler, this hotel offers the ‘less is more’ approach to your stay. Where “no” is a good thing meaning no front desk (you check-in at the bar), no resort fees, and all hotel-related requests are done via text messages, plus a frugally-priced mini bar that won’t break the bank. 1551 N. Palm Canyon Dr., 760-507-1650

Star Gazing Observatory at the Ritz-Carlton

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When it’s a leave-the-kids-at-home long weekend, opt for a night of stargazing while partaking from a new Cocktails & Constellations menu launching in honor of the Rancho Mirage Observatory opening. Stargazers can enjoy libations such as a Solar Strawberry or a Mirage Milky Way cocktail as they luxuriate at this hilltop resort, overlooking the Palm Springs valley. 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr., 760-321-8282 (Rancho Mirage)

Instagram-worthy Action at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club

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For the younger crowd in need of night-time action, this hotel offers a variety of fun nights filled with bingo, trivia, and karaoke for the more daring. This mid-century modern resort offers earth-friendly decorated rooms with a touch of bohemia, plus pets are welcome. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., 760-325-9900

Rat Packer’s Paradise at Colony Palms Hotel

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For the old school movie buff, this iconic 57-room hotel from the 1930's, which Sinatra called his home away from home, was recently renovated last November. Make it a long romantic weekend with their Date in the Desert special which offers two 60-minute Swedish massages, $100 dining credit at the Purple Palm Restaurant, and a comped welcome bottle of wine. 572 N. Indian Canyon Dr., 760-969-1800



Photography by: Photography courtesy Zeke Ruelas;