Most Palm Springs accommodations are well-kept and quite pleasant, but it can still be difficult to choose from so many options. Here is a list (in alphabetical order) of some of the best exclusive gay and gay-friendly resorts in this beautiful desert oasis.
Ace Hotel Palm Springs
The blatantly modern Ace Hotel (701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., 760-325-9900) has quickly earned a reputation as one of the world’s premier accommodations. Gay spots in Palm Springs. This elegant and eco-friendly, the whimsy property has 179 rooms (many with private patios and fireplaces), a Comfortable spa, a glamorous pool and sundeck, a restaurant-style restaurant, and an eclectic Amigo Room bar. Furniture pays homage to the hotel’s mid-century modern aesthetic. The clientele leans toward young revelers, and this well-located property is also pet-friendly.
Alcazar Palm Springs
The well-established, albeit dated, Pepper Tree Inn, located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs and close to gay nightlife and restaurants, underwent a complete rebuild to become the Alcazar (622 N. Palm Canyon Dr ., 760-318-9850). It’s a 34 room, well decorated sleek, minimalist style: white walls and floors, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, contemporary corner desks, and furniture hotels. A big plus here are the two great restaurants out front: Birba serves sophisticated small plates and main courses and has an excellent selection of cocktails and wine (and a beautiful patio). And Cheeky’s, where I’ve enjoyed some of my favorite Palm Springs meals, serves lunch and, famously, breakfast. Even if you don’t stay at this cozy gay mini-resort, be sure to have breakfast at Cheeky’s (don’t miss the “bacon flight” sign).
All World’s Inn Exile
This expansive, well-landscaped property (actually comprises four smaller, connected buildings) with a pair of hot tubs, five pools, private cabanas, a steam room, sauna, community shower, and two well-maintained and well-used play areas (with sling booths and sling) gives the facility a ‘gay sauna’ atmosphere that is highly appreciated by both overnight guests and those who play by themselves for a few hours (day passes, good from 10 to 5 and night passes), available from Friday to Sunday from 5 pm to 5 am; They’re available). Pool parties on Sundays, with DJs and go-go boys, are a huge hit. If meeting other guys and being in the center of the action is important to you, book one of the rooms around the central pool (back in the 100’s). Other units surround smaller pools and provide a more intimate experience. Room rates are moderate for the simplest rooms, but suites with in-room hot tubs and kitchen facilities are also available. The friendly and welcoming staff has done a good job in improving public areas and around the friendly and welcoming staff has done a good job over the years to improve the public areas and rooms clean.