Friday May 24, 2013 at 6:06 AM | 2 Comments
A trip to Palm Springs, California is all about enjoying the desert landscape, as well as pool time, cocktail time, dinner time and spa time. At least those are my Palm Springs vacation priorities. At the Saguaro hotel in Palm Springs, from the hotel lobby, to the pool deck and patio, wild flowers bloom year round. In fact, 56 shades of wild flower colors can be found in the vibrant splashes of paint throughout the Saguaro Palm Springs.
Coachella Valley found in Saguaro Palm Springs
In my travels to Palm Springs, I have found this sun-drenched Southern California city similar to the phoenix rising from the ashes of its predecessor. In this case, the Saguaro Palm Springs hotel was formerly home to a Holiday Inn. Fortunately for us, the bon vivant hotel company, Joie de Vivre, took over this 245 room property and fanned some hot coals back to life. From the Olympic-sized swimming pool to the croquet area and outdoor patio, the Saguaro is about bringing the outside in. You’ll see what I mean when you check in at the flower-powered front entrance, or pick up a ping pong paddle to smash a few balls across the table in the open lobby.
Outdoor fun at Saguaro Palm Springs
In addition to the outdoor heated pool that showcases the San Jacinto Mountains, the Saguaro offers two outdoor hot tubs and poolside bar and food service served Monday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until sunset. From the comments on my Twitter feed, the Saguaro is the place to hang out, kick back and enjoy Palm Springs. There is a fitness center onsite, but I’d rather be enjoying the Saguaro Spa.
Rooms at the Saguaro Palm Springs
My room, #368, with a king bed and over-looking the swimming pool, was nothing short of colorful. From the neon green front door to the green headboard, the room pops with the colors of a Mojave wildflower. A little bird told me that the second and third floor rooms were nicer than the first floor; all rooms have sitting areas and work stations. Nearly every room has a balcony or patio, and all hotel rooms include 32″ tv, iPod docking station, in room safe, robes, Lather brand shower gel, mint thyme shampoo, bamboo lemongrass body wash and lavender lime moisturizer.
Easily accessible from every room, the heated pool and hot tubs are surrounded by cabanas and a fire pit.
$149 + tax + $18 nightly resort fee FYI, June 1- September is considered low season for the best rates. AAA rates are available, as well.
Saguaro Palm Springs dining
Restaurants: El Jefe and Tinto (Basque regional cuisine of Northern Spain and Southern France) Iron Chef Jose Garces offers pintxos, similar to tapas and California and Basque wines.
Complimentary shuttle on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to downtown Palm Springs (155 South Palm Canyon Drive)
Need to know:
There is an $18. daily resort fee that covers secure hotel self parking, wi-fi, daily yoga & complimentary local transportation.
Check in: 4:00 p.m.
Check out: 12:00 p.m
The Saguaro Palm Springs is pet-friendly, we’re talking no pet fee! Now that’s a tail-wagging deal. For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow theSaguaroPS on Twitter.
The Saguaro (760) 323-1711 or (877) 808-2439
1800 East Palm Canyon
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Article written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of The Saguaro, Palm Springs Visitors Bureau and Palm Springs Restaurant Week.