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What's Your Vacation Vibe? Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels Celebrates LGBTQ Travelers

by Kelsy Chauvin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday April 3, 2022
Originally published on April 1, 2022

Canyon Club Hotel, one of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels' boutique hotel collection.
Canyon Club Hotel, one of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels' boutique hotel collection.  (Source:Canyon Club Hotel)

It may seduce you with romantic desert air. Or energize you with mid-century style. It might even soothe you with mellow charm. There's only one way to discover which Palm Springs boutique hotel has the vibe that fits your style.

And Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels has an actual vibe gateway to that Coachella Valley bliss, where you can browse dreamy boutique resorts with fewer than 50 guest rooms. Some properties are adults-only or clothing-optional, inviting LGBTQ+ travelers to relax and unwind in their own unique ways. Check out which Palm Springs hotel satisfies your need for the perfect escape.

NAKEDLY CONFIDENT

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Vacay is a time to strip away your inhibitions and, at certain boutique hotels, your clothes. In Palm Springs, gay travelers find liberation comes easy at clothing-optional resorts. The city has long been a welcoming destination for the gay community, and accommodations for au naturel guests are easy as the valley breezes.

The recently renovated 12-room Desert Paradise is a favorite for its spacious, shady sundeck, oversized pool with spa, steam and sauna rooms, fire pit, and outdoor shower garden. Breakfast is included at this slice of paradise, as are gorgeous views of the San Jacinto Mountains. If the only thing you've packed is sunscreen, here's a full rundown of where to soak in the sun.

UTTERLY TRANQUIL

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Not many destinations ooze tranquility like Palm Springs. The key to maximizing your own chill vibes is unwinding in just the right preferred small hotel.

For lodging that translates midcentury inspiration into contemporary design, book your retreat at The Weekend Palm Springs. The updated 1960s resort is enchantingly serene, with just 10 suites, cozy furnishings, private patios, and a courtyard pool.

Enjoy the luxury of the Old Las Palmas neighborhood north of downtown, where dining and shops are near The Weekend, yet far enough away for the resort to feel blissfully secluded. Click here for Palm Springs' most serene hotels.

FABULOUS & FUN

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When your Palm Springs getaway is built on fun, a boutique hotel can make all the difference. Personalized attention, exceptional amenities, and the chance to buy out an entire resort can create the perfect group vacay, reunion, or bachelor/ette party. With a Preferred Small Hotel, Palm Springs can be the answer to all your fabulously fun desires.

Downtown, the Canyon Club Hotel is where gay men can relax in a clothing-optional setting that's home to a giant pool, oversized spa, and other on-site workout and lounge areas. Plus, it's just blocks from downtown, where LGBTQ+ restaurants, bars, and clubs come alive, keeping the desert heat aflame. Want more ideas for fun and fab? Look no further, we've got plenty.

CULTURALLY QUEER

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As a swinging mid-20th-century retreat for some of Hollywood's brightest stars, Palm Springs culture is infused in the warm desert air. Better still, this urban oasis is one of the most inviting for LGBTQ+ travelers, inviting them to join sparkly nightlife, explore local arts and architecture, or kick back for a mellow poolside afternoon.

Fans of the iconic Palm Springs style will find Holiday House irresistible for its original 1951 vibes, reimagined with 21st-century details. Artworks by David Hockney, Roy Liechtenstein, Herb Ritts, Alex Katz, and Mr. Brainwash, plus the Donald Sultan sculpture garden, elevate this 28-room boutique hotel's style, and adults (only) can enjoy the tranquility of a TV-free getaway. Need more ideas to get your creative juices flowing? You'll find them here.

DO NOT DISTURB

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When checking in means you're checking out of everyday stress, your hotel must be heavenly. And distinctive boutique resorts of Palm Springs feel a world away from real life, many with unique amenities to enhance guests' relaxation.

In that spirit, Descanso Men's Resort, a newly refurbished, completely reimagined resort caters (oh-so-beautifully) to gay men. Here, verdant gardens bloom, the pool entices, and the hospitality is beyond exceptional, which makes it perfect for wooing and rekindling. A brother property to the legendary Santiago Resort, the Descanso is all-inclusive, which means that breakfast, lunch, and cantina access are included. Shhh... our little secret: Here are more romantic hotels to unplug and unwind.

STYLE & DESIGN

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From desert vintage and Hollywood glamour to Mediterranean romantic and urban chic, boutique lodging in Palm Springs serves up a rainbow of styles and design. But it's the timeless charm of mid-century modern motifs that make Coachella Valley's hotels and resorts a design destination.

Discover one of the ultimate 1950s preferred small hotels in downtown Palm Springs at the Orbit In. With just nine rooms, the hotel's retro design transport guests back to 1957 modernism, perfect for sipping a Boomerang Bar "Orbitini" cocktail, listening to vintage vinyl, or checking out a cruiser bike for a spin through the Uptown Design District.


Whether you gravitate towards its unique design aesthetic or sun-filled natural wonders, Greater Palm Springs is a bespoke adventure of your own making. Preferred Palm Springs Small Hotels embrace this rich history as a mid-century desert oasis to a timeless paradise of iconic style and rejuvenating leisure. So, travelers... pick a vibe, or maybe two. Sunshine awaits. And that's just the beginning.


Kelsy Chauvin is a writer, photographer and marketing consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in travel, feature journalism, art, theater, architecture, construction and LGBTQ interests. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @kelsycc.