Family-friendly hotels in Palm Springs
By Michelle Rae Uy
Ace Hotel & Swim Club (Courtesy Ace Hotel & Swim Club)
From hip and edgy lodgings to traditional, oasis-like resorts, Palm Springs is a haven for family-friendly hotels that offer not just comfort and family-friendly amenities but also a lovely place to escape to, an unforgettable mixture that complements the city’s kid-friendly attractions perfectly.
Here are our five top picks of Palm Springs hotels for that sizzling family vacation in the “Playground of the Stars.”
Hyatt Palm Springs
Hyatt Palm Springs (Courtesy Hyatt Palm Springs)
Hyatt Palm Springs is the only all-suite hotel in town and located right in the middle of downtown Palm Springs – both fantastic reasons to choose the modernist, newly rebranded spot for your family vacation. Family-friendly in-room amenities are the cherries on top and include two flat screen cable TVs, plush beddings, pull out sofa, WiFi access, a furnished balcony and plenty of space for kids to run around in. There are delightful extras, too, like the marble flooring in the bathroom, courtesy calls from room service before delivery and turndown service available on request. The pool area with its cabanas, the fire pits and onsite restaurant HooDoo Cocktail Garden’s delectable offerings are extremely popular when guests are not exploring the town on their hotel rental bikes.
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa (Courtesy The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa)
Extremely kid and pet-friendly, Westin Mission Hills provides the perfect retreat for families in search of the quintessential desert oasis. The Rancho Mirage resort boasts oversized guestrooms and suites, furnished private balconies, luxurious sheets and the trademark Westin bed. At extra but minimal cost, rollaway beds may be provided as well. Kids will adore the pools with waterslides, the kids club and Discovery Room, the Hideaway stocked with arcade games, the Desert Rangers Program, and the resident tortoise named Scooter. You never have to leave the resort, as there are five great dining options there; but you can stay active with all the onsite activities that include golf, fitness classes, yoga, tennis and sand volleyball. Make sure to check the Family Movie Matinee schedule upon check-in so you don’t miss out on a movie under the stars.
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club
If hip and trendy is what you’re looking for, the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is the obvious pick. Mid-century modern furnishings and colorful, desert-inspired accents complete its guestrooms and suites, which welcome guests of all ages with a homey feel. Book a Patio with Garden or a Patio with Fireplace room if you’re staying with the kids, and cool off in one of the two pools onsite. The Stargazing Deck is pretty at night and perfect for young astronomers while the outdoor fireplaces are great for s’mores and cooler nights. Young families will adore this hotel.
Palm Mountain Resort & Spa
Palm Mountain Resort & Spa (Courtesy Palm Mountain Resort & Spa)
The lovely colonial-style Palm Mountain Resort & Spa located in downtown Palm Springs boasts all the essential kid-friendly amenities at a fraction of the cost. The best value rooms offer luxurious linens, complimentary WiFi, refrigerator and microwave, and a private balcony or patio. The spacious pool area has a relaxing spa, striped lounge chairs and bougainvillea trimmings. When you’re not lounging by the pool, you can attend fitness classes or spend a couple of hours de-stressing with an in-room massage or a facial (or both).
The Saguaro Palm Springs
The Saguaro Palm Springs (Courtesy The Saguaro Palm Springs)
This Joie de Vivre hotel is eye candy, thanks to its colorful aesthetic inside and out. Kids will love the fun and vibrant rooms, each of which includes amenities like an HDTV, a sitting area and workstation, and a private balcony or patio to name a few. Organic bath products and linens are a real treat, as are the Olympic-size pool, hot tubs, onsite restaurants and cruiser bikes available for rent. The shuttle service to downtown Palm Springs makes it easy for families to explore the town. As an added bonus, the hotel is pet friendly too.
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.