This LGBTQ-friendly hotel features both a spa and a poolside bar. Previously a gay-only resort, East Canyon Hotel & Spa is under new ownership as of 2017 and open to friendly couples of all kinds. There’s an emphasis on community here, with nightly cocktail hours, daily breakfast, and other opportunities to meet like-minded vacationers.
A small, boutique property, East Canyon’s rooms are all suites. Rooms are cozy and clean, with traditional white linens, but stocked with a few techie amenities like Bluetooth speakers and flat screen televisions. Bottled water and WiFi are both included.
Bathrooms, remodeled recently, offer rain shower heads, thick waffle robes, and products from Gilchrist & Soames.
The pool is heated and provides lovely views of the San Jacinto mountains. The surrounding deck area features misters and a hot tub, situated under a gazebo.
A wide variety of massage types, along with body wraps, body scrubs, and facials, are offered at the on-site spa.
A complimentary continental breakfast is provided and lunch options, like sandwiches and salads, are available for purchase.
Guests receive a complimentary drink during the poolside cocktail hour (5-6 p.m., daily).
Free parking is available directly in front of the hotel, with some spaces reserved for spa guests. The location on the edge of downtown Palm Springs means that walking or the free Buzz shuttle are also easy options for getting to nearby destinations.
Travelers and locals are both obsessed with Workshop Kitchen + Bar (12-minute walk; 3-minute drive), a buzzy spot housed in an old movie house; Workshop recently won a James Beard Award for the restaurant’s design. For a gorgeous patio and delicious Asian fusion (mostly Thai and Vietnamese), visit Watercress Vietnamese Bistro (4-minute drive). Eight4Nine (12-minute walk; 3-minute drive), in the Uptown Design District, is a pretty place to have dinner, with white walls, furniture, and pops of pink and flowers everywhere.
Bootlegger Tiki (8-minute walk), in a space that once housed the original Don the Beachcomber, is a Palm Springs must do, especially for those who adore tiki culture and retro vibes. For terrific drinks with ingredients plucked from the desert, check out Truss & Twine (12-minute walk; 3-minute drive). For a lively night, the bulk of the city’s gay bars can be found on Arenas Road, like Street Bar (6-minute drive), which hosts karaoke and comedy nights.
WHY WE LIKE IT
East Canyon Hotel and Spa is LGTBQ-friendly, but it's important to note straight couples are invited to stay! This is a cozy, contemporary hotel with convivial aesthetic. It encourages mingling, with an emphasis on couples looking for romantic or relaxing getaways.