Driving into Palm Springs is like turning up at a city-sized resort – spick-and-span streets, low-slung mid-century architecture and soaring palm trees that stand sentinel on either side of the road. And all of this in an amphitheatre formed by California’s often snow-capped (even on a blisteringly hot day) Coachella Valley mountains. In the Palm Springs of your imagination, there’s always a swimming pool. And on that front this revamped hotel doesn’t disappoint. Located in the recently spruced-up area of south Palm Springs, the motel-style retreat has two swanky pools with day beds and sun lounges – the perfect place to relax in this desert town less than two hours’ drive east of LA. Once you’ve had your fill of sun and sangria, retire to your Pool View Room with those dramatic mountains in the distance.

333 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs

SEE ALSO: Our review on The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

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