There’s one (big) reason guests stay at this fun, hip hotel, just outside of the Palm Springs downtown strip: The pool! This hopping boutique spot tends to skew to younger travelers and always seems to be busy busy busy. Housed in a cool mid-century building, the solid white stucco is incredibly impactful, especially juxtaposed against the bold sculptural elements and bright splashes of color.
All 244 rooms (including 16 suites) have a balcony or patio. Many also have views of the crown-shaped pool and vibrant patio. Room decor, similar to the rest of the property, is colorful, with handcrafted Mexican furniture and bright blankets.
Bathrooms are standard, with a combination tub/shower and complimentary organic bath products.
Gentle community gathering spaces, filled with rustic cedar and leather Mexican furniture, are just as inviting as the bold hanging panels that double as art.
This is indeed a happening pool party. Reserve a daybed by emailing the concierge and enjoy the spoils of the pool bar, open 12-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. The pool is the focus here.
Spoil yourself: The Saguaro also hosts an in-house spa where guests can book massages, facials, nailcare, wraps, and other body treatments.
If you need a break from the pool, the fitness center, open 24 hours, is stocked with plenty of basic equipment for your workout needs. Or, hop on one of the hotel’s cruiser bikes and take a short ride into downtown Palm Springs.
Two restaurants are inside The Saguaro for your breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner needs: El Jefe and Rocco’s Electric. You might run into locals, snowbirds, or travelers from other hotels at El Jefe; people rave about the tacos and the tequila list.
There are ample places to park as a parking lot surrounds the building. Folks who want to travel light can use the city’s free Buzz trolley, a shuttle whose last stop actually picks up and drops off across the street from The Saguaro and runs a 15-minute loop through downtown Palm Springs.
Get your Jewish deli fix at Manhattan in the Desert (2-minute drive; 11-minute walk), where you’ll also find an enormous selection of cakes and deserts. Locals love the deep dish Chicago-style pizza and intense list of Italian items at Giuseppe’s Pizza and Pasta (1-minute walk). For a filling breakfast at a casual diner—a must-do if you’re planning to spend the day hiking nearby Indian Canyons—try Elmer's (1-minute drive; 10-minute walk), a Pacific Northwest chain of no-frills pancake houses.
The swinging Purple Room Supper Club (2-minute drive) is just around the corner from the Saguaro. The city’s best options, like Bootlegger Tiki (9-minute drive), a crazy cool tiki bar, are around the bend in downtown Palm Springs.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Every room has a balcony at this upbeat and friendly hotel with a focus on organic (linens, toiletries, and food). The vibrant design attracts equally vibrant guests and the popping pool party appeals to a young, hip crowd. It’s an accessible offering in terms of price, especially by Palm Springs standards.