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Inn at Palm Springs is a lovely little boutique hotel offering a laid-back, comfortable experience at a modest price. It’s located at the north end of town, between Little Tuscany and the Uptown Design District and close to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (which is not to be missed).
Owners Samantha McDermott and Paul Kurdian live in an upstairs apartment onsite and have certainly put their heart into this charming venture.
A Boutique Hotel in Palm Springs with a Funky, Bohemian Vibe
The Inn is a funky, bohemian place which the owners have filled with colorful accents. It’s ideal for travelers looking for a casual vibe. I kept smiling as Sam walked me through the shared spaces decorated with vibrant paintings and colorful chairs. Plenty of greenery throughout gives it the feel of a little oasis set against the dramatic background of San Jacinto’s jagged mountain peaks.
A long room just off the main office has a coffeemaker that makes one very welcome cup of morning joe. There’s also a book sharing library with a bunch of interesting titles. A pair of cruising bicycles is ideal for exploring the nearby neighborhoods full of iconic mid-century and celebrity homes.
And the Inn at Palm Springs welcomes your four-legged friend too. Check out their website for more details and specials, like “spend five nights and your doggie stays free.”
Cute, Comfy Rooms with Everything You Need
Rooms at the Inn at Palm Springs are comfortable and clean, with an abundance of fresh air. As I was in Palm Springs on a road trip, I found my queen bed quite cozy and really appreciated the mini-fridge and microwave. A shop in the lobby carries beer, wine, spirits, and snacks for purchase.
While the weather was a balmy mid-70s during my visit, the room’s A/C units would come in handy during the sweltering desert summer months. And I loved how well-lit the property is at night—no dark nooks or crannies here, making me feel very much at ease.
Take Advantage of 24-Hour Pool Access
The lovely pool area has a deck painted with whimsical dots. The comfortable deck furniture and umbrellas against a spectacular desert mountain backdrop make for an inviting space. A barbeque is available for poolside afternoons. Though the area is open 24 hours, guests are asked to be respectful of others staying at the hotel.
This casual gem is a wonderful spot, and Sam and Paul are open to renting out the 18-room property for small private gatherings. It would be a fun place for a reunion of family or friends where you can party on and have an establishment all to yourselves.
In an added touch, guests are free to hang out on the grounds after checkout—quite handy if you’ve got a later flight. Just leave the key in the little box at the office.
Breakfast: An Added Bonus
There’s a lovely breakfast option in which guests receive tickets for a meal at Rick’s Restaurant & Bakery, about five blocks away on N. Palm Canyons Drive. A neighborhood staple for 28 years, Rick’s is a family-run diner serving Cuban and American fare, and it’s delicious. You can stop in anytime from 7am-2pm, a nice change from the normal breakfast hour restrictions.
The Inn at Palm Springs is a member of a special network, the Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels. These boutique hotels of under 50 rooms offer unique experiences, each with their own personality and character. They are run by hoteliers dedicated to maintaining the independent and creative culture of this desert resort town. They’re places that you can feel good about patronizing, knowing that you’re supporting small businesses and local economies.BoutiquedesertPalm Springs