7 Romantic Palm Springs Getaways

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By Michele Koh Morollo
Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your special someone? Plan a trip to Palm Springs for rest and relaxation in retreats that evoke the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Palm Springs is home to hip, revamped boutique hotels with interesting histories, and architecture and interiors inspired by midcentury and Spanish revival styles. 

We look at seven beautifully designed escapes that are perfect for a party of two.

1. La Serena Villas 

Built in 1833 and renovated by award-winning architect May Sung in 2016, the 18 villas of La Serena each have their own private outdoor patio with fire pit and claw foot bathtub. Set against the backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains, the hotel’s interiors were thoughtfully furnished by Avenue Interior Design. | Book Now 

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2. Del Marcos Hotel 

Built in 1947, the Del Marcos Hotel was architect William Francis Cody's first independent commission, and a project that launched his career as one of the most influential desert modern architects. Located close to Downtown Palm Springs, in the historic Tennis Club neighborhood, the hotel’s 17 rooms are furnished with midcentury modern furniture, and décor that complement’s the building's cheerful facade. | Book Now 

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3. The Rossi Hotel 

In between the majestic San Jacinto Mountains and Downtown Palm Springs, The Rossi Hotel was original a well-known hotel named The Wigwam in the 1920s. The eight generous suites here each have their own mountain view private patios with Jacuzzis, and are decorated in different themes. | Book Now 

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4. Sparrows Lodge

Built in 1952, and originally called Castle’s Red Bar, the property was previously owned by MGM actor Don Castle, and was a popular resort among the Hollywood elite. In 2013, it received an extensive overhaul, and is now Sparrows Lodge, a modern rustic retreat with russet red walls, floors with inlaid pebbles, exposed beam ceilings, and bathrooms with horse trough bathtubs. | Book Now

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5. Arrive

Designed by architect Chris Pardo, co-founder of Pasedena-based hospitality group ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants, this hotel features furniture and artwork by local artists and craftspeople from Coachella Valley. | Book Now

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6. Holiday House

Located in Downtown Palm Springs, Holiday House was designed by Palm Springs modernist architect Herbert W. Burns as a hotel in 1951, before undergoing a modern transformation by interior designer Mark D. Sikes. Staying true to its midcentury roots, the 28-room hotel has a Tropicana feel with Gio Ponti-inspired tile work in the bar and dynamic artwork that includes pieces by David Hockney, Roy Liechtenstein, and Herb Ritts. | Book Now

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7. Ingleside Inn

Built in 1925 as the home of the Humphrey Birge family, owners of the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company, this property changed hands a number of time. Its second owner Ruth Hardy, was a Palm Springs councilwoman that opened the Inn as an elite private club, with guests that included Howard Hughes, Salvador Dali, Norman Vincent Peale, and Spencer Tracy. After Hardy passed away, New York businessman Melvyn Haber took over in 1975, and made the property a restaurant and lounge. In 2016, San Francisco-based hospitality management company, PlumpJack Group, acquired the Inn along with Melvyn’s restaurant, and turned the property into a cozy and modern hotel that embraces elements from its past. | Book Now    

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