The Independent Stay

If you love staying at independently-owned small hotels, you’ll adore The Independent Stay. From tips on what to do, see and eat in Palm Springs, to interviews with hoteliers, it’s the insider’s guide to everything great about Palm Springs and its iconic boutique hotels.

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Quintessentially Gay Stays in Palm Springs

Don’t bother looking for the gay district in the desert resort town of Palm Springs. That’s because LGTBQ culture is the back bone of all of Palm Springs life. From night clubs to restaurants, boutique hotels to well, boutiques, Palm Springs may be the queerest, gay-fueled resort town on the planet.

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Meet The Westcott

A Palm Springs classic boutique hotel --Posh Palm Springs-- has changed management and its name. Now known as The Westcott, this stunning hotel provides a timeless art deco style retreat in a relaxed adults-only atmosphere. Read More

Chasing the Heat

My boyfriend Paul and I just couldn’t get it together. We’ve been dating for close to four years, and with opposing schedules, separate houses and part-time kids, being able to spend quality time alone is rare. So when the miraculous happened and we had a week to ourselves, we decided to get out of town for a romantic getaway.

We wanted to go somewhere special, somewhere sexy: hot even. “What about the desert? We could go to Palm Springs.” I suggested one night.   Read More:

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La Maison

Cruise your way through Palm Springs

There's no better way to see Palm Springs than by bike, and several boutique hotels in the city offer complimentary use of cruisers during the day.

Just off of North Indian Canyon Drive, The Avanti Hotel is a short ride away from the shops, restaurants, and nightlife in downtown Palm Springs. Hop on and hit such hotspots as Copa, Tropicale, and Jake's. The Avanti Hotel, 354 E. Stevens Road, Palm Springs. 760-327-3866

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Movie Colony

Spending time in Palm Springs? Insider Tips: Must Dos

Who knows Palm Springs better than the men and women who own and operate or manage the city's boutique hotels?  Here are a few recommendations on must do activities and places to see during your trip.

Kathy Friedle, owner of The Monkey Tree Inn:

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Air Meseum

Calling all Architecture Aficionados

Palm Springs is known for being a haven for mid-century enthusiasts, but there are so many different architectural styles scattered around the city.

The Del Marcos Hotel was designed by famed architect William F. Cody, his first independent commission in Palm Springs. This modernist hotel launched his career in the desert, and received an award from the Southern California chapter of the AIA for its cutting edge design. The Del Marcos Hotel, 225 W. Baristo Road, Palm Springs. 800-676-1214

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The Willows

Eat your way through Palm Springs

Foodies looking for a place to stay with on-property dining are in luck — several boutique hotels in Palm Springs have their own restaurants with menus that appeal to everyone.

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Summer Revelry in Palm Springs

Summers in Palm Springs sizzle, but there are ways to stay cool that don't involve cranking up the air conditioner — think homemade gourmet ice cream, sparkling pools, and mile-high fun. Read More

Perfect rejuvenation at the best small hotel spas in Palm Springs this fall

Staying in a boutique hotel is always a special experience. But staying at one with spa services takes relaxation and escape to an entirely different level. In fact, this fall, some of the finest spa services in Southern California can be found inside Palm Springs legendary boutique hotels. Read More