Hotel Review: Hyatt Palm Springs
Reviews on hotels written by travelers like you By Michelle Rae Uy
Hyatt Palm Springs (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy)
The desert slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains flank Hyatt Palm Springs’ western edifice, as if sheltering it from the harsh desert elements. To the east of this family-friendly hotel is Palm Springs’ main strip - the main hangout, looking every bit Californian, complete with its own version of Hollywood’s popular Walk of Fame. It’s on this eastern side where the modernist hotel welcomes travelers as well as weekenders, offering a much needed respite from the desert sun.
Located right in the middle of the strip and with bespoke, family-friendly amenities, Hyatt Palm Springs is the ideal base for families looking to explore and experience one of Southern California’s favorite playgrounds.
A Mod Hotel in the Desert
Hyatt Palm Springs lobby (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy)
A modern yet undeniably stylish hotel, Hyatt Palm Springs is certainly not what one would expect in a hotel in the middle of the desert. But it’s Palm Springs, after all, LA’s little sister, and it’s only right for one of its most popular hotels to reflect its character.
Retro furnishings and splashes of color soften the modernist architecture, while a long hall next to the lobby displays a series of large, beautifully captured photographs of the film industry’s most beloved – from Clint Eastwood to Jennifer Lawrence, reminding guests that the desert oasis was and is still very much an extension of Hollywood.
Rooms & Amenities
Suite at the Hyatt Palm Springs (Courtesy Hyatt)
There’s no place for regular guest rooms at this hotel. It is, in fact, the only all-suite hotel in the area. Every single accommodation at the hotel is a suite with its own living area and separate bedroom, giving families more than enough space to spread out and feel like they’re home. First floor cabana suites are available for those who plan on spending plenty of time at the pool.
A large, sectional sofa, desk, 42" flat screen TV with basic cable, refrigerator, coffee-maker and Starbucks coffee furnish the living area; while the bathroom features marble flooring and a spacious tub. The bedroom boasts plush beddings, flat screen TV, and a spacious, furnished balcony that offers views of the mountains, pool area or the bustling street below.
Restaurant patio seating at Hyatt Palm Springs (Courtesy Hyatt)
A newly rebranded hotel deserves a refreshed culinary experience to offer its guests. And this 2015, Hyatt Palm Springs enlists the help of newly appointed Executive Chef James Wallace to redesign the menus for the hotel’s two dining spots, HooDoo Cocktail Garden and Share Small Plate Bistro.
Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Share Restaurant & Lounge offers fine yet family-friendly dining selections that include the popular West Coast Crab Omelet, Gulf Prawn & Noodle Salad, Griddled Bay Boat Scallops and Pistachio Crusted Pacific Salmon.
Parents can enjoy a night off dining at HooDoo Cocktail Garden, whose menu boasts delicious meat and seafood dishes as well as cocktails made with seasonal, organic ingredients and the finest spirits.
Staying in for the day? The hotel’s room service offers a wide selection – from fruits and pastries for breakfast to pizzas and pasta for dinner.
Pool and Hot Tub
Pool at the Hyatt Palm Springs (Courtesy Hyatt)
Pools are pretty much a prerequisite in Palm Springs, and the Hyatt Palm Springs boasts a trapezoid-shaped, outdoor pool ideal for those warm, desert days and a hot tub for the cool, desert nights. This pool and hot tub area is fully appointed with lounge chairs, umbrellas, poolside cabanas, fire pits and a seasonal bar.
What We Love
- The shaded balconies provide plenty of space, if you wish to unwind and enjoy the outdoors while avoiding the harsh, midday sun.
- Room service gives you a courtesy call in the morning to make sure you’re up before they send breakfast up to your room.
- The space! Each suite has more than enough for a family of four.
- Location, location, location! Hyatt Palm Springs is literally only a few steps away from the shops and restaurants, and it’s only a few minutes drive away from most of Palm Springs kid-friendly attractions like the Living Desert, Wet n’Wild, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
- The complimentary shuttle to and from the airport is a wonderful amenity for families flying in/out of the Palm Springs International Airport, which accepts seasonal, direct flights from the East Coast.
- If you’re visiting in the summertime, spend your days cooling down at the pool or at the nearby waterpark and explore the town at night when temperatures are cooler.
Michelle Rae Uy contributed this to MiniTime. She is a travel writer based in Los Angeles and MiniTime's Head of Content, who spends her free time on adventures and film photography.