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Palm Springs Hotels

$199 or less
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Ace Hotel and Swim Club
701 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
92264
Tel: 760 325 9900
www.acehotel.com/palmsprings

Rather than the usual Rat Pack retro or duffer chic, this hip oasis is a slightly rugged desert escape. The Sahara-circa-1950s decor features walls covered in tent canvas (and matching bedspreads), steamer trunks (which store extra pillows), striped Berberesque robes, magazine racks stuffed with vintage National Geographics, and a clock/MP3 player that appears to be World War II surplus. Bathrooms could be bigger, and the water takes a while to get hot, but that just adds to the illusion of being far, far away. The grounds of this onetime Howard Johnson motor lodge have been transformed into a garden of mature palms and olive trees, with outdoor fireplaces. The King's Highway restaurant, a former Denny's, now serves Middle Eastern cuisine with a California edge. Despite its petite size, the spa offers an awesome array of treatments, while the sprawling pool is framed by royal palms, rocky outcrops, and snowcapped peaks. David Hockney, eat your heart out.

$199 or less
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Chase at Palm Springs
200 West Arenas Road
Palm Springs , California
92262
Tel: 760 320 8866
chasehotelps@aol.com
www.chasehotelpalmsprings.com

Pricey new boutique hotels may be getting all the attention, but the cheap and chic Chase has quietly become one of the hottest tickets in town. The mid-century motel, formerly Holiday House (a glamorous retreat for Hollywood royalty), has a quaint old-California vibe. Just one block off the main Palm Canyon drag, it features 26 large, blond-wood rooms with comfy contemporary furnishings, free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and full kitchens or kitchenettes. The heated saltwater pool is a popular hangout, as are the shuffleboard deck and courtyard BBQ grill. Reserve early—this place is always sold out.

$200-$299
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Colony Palms Hotel
572 North Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
92262
Tel: 800 557 2187
reservations@colonypalmshotel.com
www.colonypalmshotel.com

Following a $16 million renovation—courtesy of Cher's interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard—the Spanish-style Colony Palms is redeeming itself after stints as a brothel and a mobster-owned speakeasy back in the 1930s. The 56 rooms in this Moroccan-chic boutique are small but lovingly appointed with high-tech goodies (flat-screen TVs, Wi–Fi, iPod docking stations), seven-foot tall Turkish tapestry headboards, and swank touches such as Dean & Deluca nibbles in the mini-bar. The tropical-inspired restaurant bar, The Purple Palm, is a comfortable place to sip cocktails by the pool or take in the purple mountain vistas, all of which makes this casually cool retreat feel worlds away—somewhere between Casablanca and Ibiza—from its convenient downtown Palm Springs setting.

$200-$299
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Horizon Hotel
1050 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
92264
Tel: 760 323 1858
info@thehorizonhotel.com
www.thehorizonhotel.com

Built in 1952 as a desert retreat for Hollywood mogul Jack Wrather and actress-wife Bonita Granville, this low-slung mid-century modern on two and a half manicured acres was rebuilt from the ground up by owner Dave Scharf in keeping with the original William Cody design. Horizon reopened in May 2006, and all 22 rooms follow the simplicity and clean lines of the exterior, with minimal black-on-white decor, pillow-top beds, Italian linens, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi. There are also a pool and bar, spa services, yoga classes, and a separate three-bedroom residence with floor-to-ceiling windows and its own private pool.

$200-$299
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Hotel Zoso
150 South Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
92262
Tel: 760 325 9676
concierge@hotelzoso.com
www.hotelzoso.com

Opened in December 2005, Zoso—which means balance—lives up to its name with funky, in-your-face furnishings offset by a laid-back California vibe. An angular taupe exterior also belies the plush appointments within. The 165 guest rooms have plasma TVs, Aeron chairs, faux fur throws, and custom artwork. But it's the pool that's really making a splash on the Palm Springs boutique hotel scene, with free-standing sunshades, double chaises, cabanas, misters, a poolside bar, hot tub, and fire pit. Plans are also in the works for a high-end spa, set to open in early 2009.

$200-$299
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Korakia Pensione
257 S. Patencio Road
Palm Springs , California
92262
Tel: 760 864 6411
Fax: 760 864 4147
www.korakia.com

In 1989 architectural preservationist Douglas Smith faithfully restored the former hideaway of Scottish painter Gordon Coutts, built in 1924 as an homage to his beloved Tangier, and later restored the Mediterranean villa of early screen actor J. Carrol Naish next door. Today the two villas comprise a posh B&B that's a popular backdrop for fashion shoots and romantic trysts, with its Moorish carved wooden doors, citrus blossoms, olive trees, oleander bushes, bougainvillea vines, and Moroccan fountains. The 29 unique rooms, split between the simply romantic Moroccan villa and more eclectic Mediterranean villa, have been enjoyed by Alicia Silverstone, Laura Dern, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, and Chris O'Donnell. Most have fireplaces, French doors, and antiques, as well as kitchens, sunken bathtubs, and four-poster beds. The secluded 1918 Orchard House—with, as its name suggests, a private orchard, three fireplaces, a stone Jacuzzi filled by waterfall, and indoor-outdoor baths—is the most in demand and must be booked months in advance. The resort shows outdoor classic and foreign films nightly, such as Cinema Paradiso.

$400 or more
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La Quinta Resort and Club
49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta , California
92253
Tel: 800 598 3828
resinquiry@laquitaresort.com
www.laquintaresort.com

Located 19 miles southeast of downtown Palm Springs in the shadow of the Santa Rosa Mountains, this 1920s resort was a favorite of Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn, Errol Flynn, and other Tinseltown stars. In 1934, Frank Capra came here to write the script for the romantic comedy It Happened One Night. Once the film won five Oscars, superstition drove him back to the same bungalow year after year, and you can still rent it, complete with the original typewriter and desk. The whitewashed, red-roofed bungalows, or casitas, are huge, and the 45-acre resort does a booming family business; 800 guest rooms are clustered around 42 pools with companion hot tubs. All rooms have pillow-top mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets, TVs, and iPod docking stations with preloaded soundtracks; most rooms have a sunken bath and a fireplace. In addition to its many bougainvillea-fringed pools, La Quinta has 23 tennis courts, croquet, gym, a spa, five championship golf courses designed by the likes of Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, flower-filled gardens, and fresh fruit always at your fingertips—everything, in fact, to discourage guests from leaving the property. Being the oldest and largest resort in Palm Springs, rooms are constantly being updated, so ask for one of the redone units.

$300-$399
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Miramonte Resort & Spa
45-000 Indian Wells Lane
Palm Springs , California
92210
Tel: 800 237 2926 (toll-free)
Tel: 760 341 2200
miramonteres@destinationhotels.com
www.miramonteresort.com

Though not as glamorous or retro-chic as some of its Palm Springs counterparts, Indian Well's Miramonte Resort & Spa is a comfy landing pad if you're looking for a quiet, laid-back getaway—the kind of place where you can lounge by the flagstone-tiled pool without worrying about sucking in your stomach. The property was built to look like an old Tuscan village with red-roofed casitas and 11 acres of fountain-filled citrus gardens. The neutral, desert-inspired decor in the 215 guest rooms is a little bland, but the private terraces are a nice touch. The main draw here is The Well, a 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art spa. Since opening in 2004, The Well has earned a rep as one of the desert's best and most unique Zen zones. There are nine indoor and five outdoor treatment rooms, four mud bars, a handful of waterfall grottos, and a whole host of offbeat treatments—the Pittura Festa, for instance, is a mud painting party for couples followed by a Swiss shower and massage.

$300-$399
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Orbit In
The Oasis
562 W. Arenas
The Hideaway
370 W. Arenas
Palm Springs , California
92262
Tel: 760 323 3585
mail@orbitin.com
www.orbitin.com

Designed by Herbert Burns in 1947 as an "ultramodern motor court," the Orbit In is really two hotels in one—the Hideaway, a private complex available for group rental only, and the Oasis, a nine-room retro-futuristic hotel. George Jetson would feel right at home at the Oasis, a chic, space-age boutique, where neo-hipsters pose around a saltwater pool (under cooling misters) and sip free "orbitinis" at the lava-lamped Boomerang Bar. Next door, the Hideaway has nine rooms, with matching retro-chic decor, available to rent as a group on a nightly basis (three-night minimum). The rooms at both are classier and more comfortable than their mid-century cousins popping up all over the desert, with vintage designs from Eames, Noguchi, and Saarinen, wet bars, original kitchens and baths, oldies CD mixes, plush robes, and free Wi-Fi. A separate '70s town house across the street sleeps four.

$400 or more
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The Parker
4200 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
92264
Tel: 760 770 5000
reservations@theparkerpalmsprings.com
www.theparkerpalmsprings.com

California's first Holiday Inn, later owned by Gene Autry (who called it Melody Ranch) and Merv Griffin (Givenchy), the Parker Palm Springs has a new lease on life as the city's swankiest resort thanks to designer Jonathan Adler's makeover. Although the exterior still suffers from mid-century blahs, there's a riot of postmodern design behind its orange doors: zebra-print rugs, suits of armor, bearskin-lined chairs, wild red and brown prints, and whitewashed cinder-block walls. All 144 rooms have vintage Hollywood photos, eclectic furnishings, and designer toiletries. The 13 acres of landscaped gardens are reminiscent of Versailles, updated for a cool crowd that congregates on the hammocks and around the four pools (not to mention two pétanque courts). A 16,500-square-foot spa offers everything from deep-tissue massage to yoga. Reserve in advance for dinner at the popular retro brasserie, Mister Parker's, for updated French classics like sautéed duck confit with truffled potatoes, and don't miss the chocolate banana waffles at the popular brunch spot Norma's.

$200-$299
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Viceroy Palm Springs
415 S. Belardo Road
Palm Springs , California
92262
Tel: 800 670 6184
Tel: 760 320 4117
reservations@viceroypalmsprings.com
www.viceroypalmsprings.com

This mid-century boutique set on four manicured acres is another link in the chain of super cool Viceroy hotels. Once the famed Estrella, which counted among its guests Bing Crosby, Joan Crawford, and Ann Miller (she loved room 106), it's now a hipster hang bearing the irreverent mark of designer Kelly Wearstler (who styled the Viceroy Santa Monica in funky British rococo). Her updated "Hollywood Regency" look is not for everyone, particularly the sunglass-worthy yellow armchairs and accents, gaudy mirrors, and shag carpets. But the fashion-forward clientele seems to thrive on this edgy design, which extends to the 68 rooms and the see-and-be-seen pool. Citron restaurant is always hopping, as is the sexy Estrella spa for indoor-outdoor treatments. Located at the foot of San Jacinto Mountain in the heart of the desert, it's just steps from Palm Springs shopping, restaurants, theater, and nightlife.

$300-$399
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Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn
412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs , California
92262
Tel: 760 320 0771
Fax: 760 320 0780
www.thewillowspalmsprings.com

Back in the day, the Willows was a hideaway for Old Hollywood stars: Gloria Swanson, Clark Gable, Marion Davies, and Carole Lombard. Today, couples hole up for romantic weekends in this 1924 Mediterranean B&B villa. Eight unique rooms are lavishly decorated with antiques, handmade tiles, fireplaces, hardwood floors, chandeliers, claw-foot tubs, and plenty of Hollywood nostalgia. The Rock Room is the most unusual; a huge boulder sits dead center in the bathroom. Gable and Lombard slept in the magnificent Library Room, which has a private patio, fireplace and coffered ceiling. The public areas are equally dramatic, with wood beams in the great hall, ceiling frescoes on the veranda and a 50-foot waterfall that spills into a pool outside the dining room. Rates include a gourmet three-course breakfast and afternoon wine with hors d'oeuvres. Room service is from Le Vallauris, one of the city's top French restaurants.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.