This Palm Springs boutique hotel is in the heart of the action, sandwiched between Movie Colony and the Uptown Design District. The two on-site restaurants are two of the hottest dining destinations around, with the breakfast spot Cheeky’s boasting bacon flights and two-hour waits. With low-cost rooms and cruiser bikes guests are free to use, this is a wonderful spot for younger travelers or first-timers to Palm Springs.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There’s a daily resort fee, which covers parking.
The 34 rooms include poolside or courtyard options and a scant few suites. The Spanish-style property is rustic chic, with terracotta roofs, and homey yet modern indoor and outdoor spaces. Some rooms have fireplaces or private patios. The linens, including bed linens, towels, and robes, are imported from Italy.
Bathrooms feel very modern, white all white vanities, walls, and walk-in showers. As a bonus: The bath products are eco-friendly.
Guests enter through a delightful patio area before entering what looks like a villa to check in at the indoor Arrive Desk. The flow between indoor and outdoor spaces is glorious, so guests can grab a complimentary water, juice, or espresso beverage in the morning and then enjoy the veranda. Guests can also purchase additional beverage options, including booze, at the Arrive Desk.
The saltwater pool and hot tub provide cooling misters and are also adjacent to a courtyard.
Cheeky’s is THE spot for brunch, whether you’re a hotel guest or not. The other on-site restaurant, Birba, is a swanky, popular Italian joint with a charming contemporary feel.
Birba includes a bar, with a solid cocktail program and a lovely outdoor patio.
Though you don’t need a car if you plan to only explore the main commercial and cultural area of Palm Springs, parking is included in the daily charges. Travelers from Los Angeles and Orange County can use the Tesloop car service—Alcazar is an official Tesloop site.
The James Beard Award winning Workshop Kitchen + Bar (4-minute walk) is a favorite among locals, winter-only residents, and travelers. A reservation is recommended for dinner in this hotspot, housed in the gorgeous former El Paseo movie theater. If the wait at Cheeky’s is too long, the courtyard at Jake’s (2-minute walk) is not only cute, but the food (for brunch or otherwise) is delicious. The energetic orange dining room at Trio Restaurant (2-minute walk), is good for a group.
Take the tiki tour and pay a visit to Bootlegger Tiki (8-minute walk) and The Tonga Hut Restaurant and Tiki Bar (9-minute walk); both make a mean Mai Tai, but you’re in good hands to branch out and try something new.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The plush Alcazar is situated between the two one-way thoroughfares, so this is prime real estate. It’s an especially handy location during Modernism Week and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. This hip, modern, and affordable spot evokes old-school glamour while being tailored for the modern age and will definitely appeal to younger travelers.