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Where to Stay in Palm Springs – a neighborhood guide

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Palm Springs has several picturesque neighborhoods, from upmarket areas with designer boutiques and fine dining, to family-friendly residential areas with local charm and kid-friendly attractions. Surrounded by mountains, Palm Springs has spectacular views wherever you decide to stay, and you can choose from central locations with small town charm, or rural retreats with golf courses and hiking trails nearby. It’s no wonder it's been a favorite holiday destination since Hollywood's golden age.
Hotels in Downtown

 

 

Downtown has a wide selection of inns and lodges, including both chain and independent properties. Some are grand affairs, with Mediterranean-styled facades and gleaming red roofs, along with amenities like outdoor pools and lodge-like guestrooms with antique furnishings. Large, chain outposts are also here offering comfort and convenience.

 

Uptown Design District

 

 

The hip Uptown Design District is the perfect spot to stay for those who want to shop and enjoy the latest fashions. It features many art galleries, homeware stores, and boutique outlets selling clothing from innovative, up and coming designers. There are also a mouthwatering selection of the city's best restaurants in this sleekly gentrified area, with steakhouses and Californian cuisine on the menu.

 

Hotels in Uptown Design District

 

 

Close to many areas of natural beauty, the Uptown Design District features resort-style hotels with shimmering outdoor pools, indulgent spas, tantalizing restaurants, and other top notch facilities. Some of the hotels are boldly designed as well, taking inspiration from Europe and the Middle East to give an exotic vibe.

 

Palm Desert

 

 

Just east of Palm Springs, the small town of Palm Desert is a charming vacation spot, and is popular with winter sports enthusiasts who visit in the colder months for cross-country skiing in the state park, as well as snowshoeing, and other family-friendly activities. The warmer months also make the town attractive for hikers, with guided nature walks, and camping nights available where you can sleep under the stars.

 

Hotels in Palm Desert

 

 

Many upmarket chains have created vast resorts in the Palm Desert area. You can expect high end accommodation here, with some hotels offering their own championship golf courses as well as vast lake-like swimming pools and ravishing gardens to relax in on the hot sunny days. Even the more modest pads look A-list thanks to the surrounding palm trees and fantastic weather.

 

Cathedral City

 

 

A swinging city during the Prohibition era, and a hot spot for nightclubs during the Depression, Cathedral City has a long and fascinating history, and this small and diverse town is now popular with the LGBT community, as well as having a dynamic multicultural population. Many people visit to pay their respects to Frank Sinatra's grave, and the local cemetery has many other famous internments.

 

Hotels in Cathedral City

 

 

The north of Cathedral City has a good share of exclusive country clubs and golf resorts, and whether you're after high end resort-style accommodation with pools and palm trees, or would prefer to have a quieter time in a villa, there's plenty of pads to choose from.