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Retro Chic: Iconic Palm Springs Hotels & Resorts

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This desert resort city continues to be defined by its period architecture and design.

Retro might be considered a design fad, but in Palm Springs, retro is simply fait accompli. Since its 1950s and ’60s heyday as a hangout for Hollywood’s elite, the desert resort city has served as ground zero for period-defining architecture, interior and landscape design, and fashion trends. From the psychedelic prints and patterns imagined by clothing designer Trina Turk, who selected the town as home for her flagship boutique, to the swell hotels and inns that edge the palm tree-lined streets and boulevards, Palm Springs has never found a reason to alter its kitschy vibe. 

Find your retro inspiration with a stay at one of these ICONIC Palm Springs hotels:

Del Marcos Hotel 

Palm Springs Hotels Del Marcos

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Palm Springs was shaped by a few pioneers, including William. F. Cody who ventured to the region in 1945 and ultimately achieved architectural fame. Del Marcos Hotel was Cody’s first independent commission, launching his career in the desert. Built in 1947, the 17-room property won multiple architectural awards, and in 2012, it was deemed a historic site. This Palm Springs hotel retains the spirit of the 1950s and ’60s with retro furnishings, decor and classic mid-century modern architecture. Each room is named after famous artists like Don Wexler, Nat Reed, Julius Shulman, and Shag.

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The Parker Palm Springs

Palm Springs Resorts - The Parker

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Long ago, the private residence of singer/actor Gene Autry and, later, media mogul Merv Griffin, The Parker Palm Springs hotel continues to reign as the desert’s coolest address. Once the stomping ground of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, the lush estate is now owned by hotelier Jack Parker. It is known for its throwback glamor and whimsical, exuberant style, courtesy of designer Jonathan Adler. Adler was given free rein to develop the hotel’s signature aesthetic—kitschy and colorful details, accented with vibrant glass sculptures, circular hanging fireplaces and original art. The swinging mid-century vibe includes red lacquer front doors, low-slung vintage furniture, hammocks, Moroccan textiles, and shuttered sliding glass doors. (Insider scoop: The Parker is where A-list celebrities and film directors stay during Palm Springs’ annual film festival.) 

L’Horizon Resort & Spa

L'Horizon Resort in Palm Springs

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Another William Cody gem, this ICONIC mid-century modern Palm Springs resort has long been a celebrated hotspot attracting stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age, including Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe. Built in 1952, L’Horizon Resort & Spa has since been reimagined by acclaimed designer Steve Hermann as a sleek and sultry destination that continues to attract Hollywood A-listers. The intimate, adults-only hotel features 25 luxurious bungalows (think Frette linens and Le Labo bath amenities) spread over 3 acres. Each has a private patio, outdoor shower, and classic, mid-century design featuring bold textiles. Add a luxuriant pool and classic desert and mountain views, and L’Horizon is one of the region’s most elegant hospitality options.

Casa Cody

Palm Springs hotels Casa Cody

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This boutique inn holds the distinction of being the oldest operating hotel in Palm Springs. Founded in the Roaring ’20s by Harriet Cody (no relation to aforementioned William) in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, Casa Cody was yet another hotspot for stage and screen stars during Hollywood’s heyday. Today, the hotel offers a variety of room styles—from studios to standalone casitas—each honoring the hotel’s adobe hacienda heritage while showcasing the best of mid-century modernism. Its 1.5 bucolic acres—filled with bougainvillea and native fruit trees—at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains feature two swimming pools and expansive lawns.   

The Three Fifty Hotel

Palm Springs Three Fifty Hotel

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Originally built in 1950, The Three Fifty Hotel combines its mid-century roots with a chic minimalist aesthetic. The 10-room boutique hotel property was designed by famed architect Herbert W. Burns and in 2017, was fully renovated by interior designer Laura Slipak. Offering guests the quintessential getaway with a heated pool, spa offerings, and spacious rooms (some with kitchenettes), this Palm Springs hotel features impressive views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

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Sands Hotel & Spa

Palm Springs Resorts - Sands Hotel

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This 1950s-era hotel recently received a refresh by famed designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who revived the property with a vibrant mix of his signature Moroccan-inspired style and mid-century influences. Nods to the Rat Pack era are found throughout the Sands Hotel & Spa, with hints of glamor, luxury and decadence reimagined for a new generation. Rooms are beautifully appointed with Acqua di Parma bath essentials, Revival New York bed linens, signature Sonifi entertainment systems and full-size in-room mini bars with topline bar and stemware. Many feature lush, palm tree-lined views of the property and its private patios. 

Desert Riviera Hotel

Desert Palm Springs Hotel

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This mid-century modern, boutique hotel in Palm Springs with San Jacinto Mountain views looks much as it did when it opened in 1951. Designed and built by Herbert W. Burns, one of the desert’s first modernists, Desert Riviera Hotel features a Mad Men vibe thanks to its period furnishings and original wall clocks. Rooms encircle the heated pool, and an outdoor gas BBQ grill and conversation fire pit encourages communal gatherings under the soft illumination of tree-dangling lights.

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