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The 8 Best Under the Radar Palm Springs Hotels

Leah Charney | April 23, 2018

These under the radar Palm Springs hotels offer an opportunity to enjoy and indulge in unique memory making. Ranging from hotels where the paved road ends and cell service is spotty to those that are secretly nestled right under your nose, the properties on this list are bursting with the possibility for adventure. After all, some of the best trips take place a little off the beaten path.


Smoke Tree Ranch

Why it made the list

Once you turn off the paved road and head through the private gates of Smoke Tree Ranch, you might forget that the glitter of downtown Palm Springs is only a few minutes away. Though guests stay in private cottages spread across the 375 acres of private land, meals are held in the community hall of the Ranch House. Unless you took a wrong turn, you might never know this little spot—a favorite of Walt Disney's—was waiting to welcome you to a truly western experience.

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The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Why it made the list

Though this high-class property isn't far from Palm Springs, you'll have to drive up a mountainside to get to it. The privacy, the views, and the access to exclusive hiking trails offer an under the radar experience that's hard to compare to anything else in the Coachella Valley.

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Campbell House

Why it made the list

A high-end bed and breakfast is a bit of an outlier this far out in the desert, but the luxuries at Campbell House sit in stark contrast to the dust, heat, and sweat you'll work up hiking and exploring nearby Joshua Tree National Park. About an hour's drive from Palm Springs, the hotel is less than five minutes from the park entrance at the Oasis of Mara.

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Two Bunch Palms

Why it made the list

Shhh . . . that sound you hear is your stress level returning to normal. Two Bunch Palms, an under the radar hotel in Desert Hot Springs, is only open to those 18 and over. The grounds and pool, filled with natural mineral spring water, will have you relaxed in no time. Though the hotel and resort are a gem, the on-site restaurant is also a rare find of culinary delights on this side of I-10.

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29 Palms Inn

Why it made the list

This under the radar hotel isn't in Palm Springs but is right next to one of the entrance gates for nearby Joshua Tree National Park. Though an international destination, hotel offerings near the park range from funky road-trip motels to the downright depressing. Not so at 29 Palms Inn, a cheery collection of cabins that's been family-run for almost a century. The restaurant offers fresh-picked produce straight from the on-site farm and birdwatchers young and old will adore being in the Oasis of Mara.

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La Quinta Resort & Club

Why it made the list

The upscale town of La Quinta isn't so far off the beaten path if you're in town for the nearby Coachella or Stagecoach music festivals, but folks visiting (or residing in) Palm Springs rarely head this far down valley. Once you turn off 111 and finally onto the private drive of this plush and historic resort, you'll feel as if you've entered a little village all its own.

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Sagewater Spa

Why it made the list

For travelers expecting the pop culture pizazz of Palm Springs, traveling across the highway to Desert Hot Springs and into the Spa Zone to find Sagewater Spa might have you asking, "Where am I?" Truthfully, you're minutes from a desert town and only a few minutes more to downtown Palm Springs. But, those minutes in the car mean time away from the relaxing oasis of this intimate boutique spot where visitors are encouraged to unplug and go device free for at least some of the time.

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Rimrock Ranch

Why it made the list

It used to be that only famous cowboys, celebrities, and cowboy celebrities hung out up here, but now Rimrock Ranch is open to the rest of us. The collection of cabins abuts the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve and, though Palm Springs and Joshua Tree are both less than an hour's drive away, feels truly out there.

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