The Ultimate Palm Springs Travel Guide



Where to stay


Alcazar Hotel 


Alcazar hotel is one of the many boutique hotels you will find in Palm Springs, California. Located just off of the main street, it’s centralized location makes reaching all of the other places on this list so easy. 

I am in love with the vibe and decor of Alcazar and want to bring some of that inspiration home to our house in Halifax. Alcazar has minimal and modern furniture while keeping everything white and clean. There is lots of greenery on the property and smack dab in the middle is the pool and hot tub.


Alcazar is a small hotel with only a few rooms. Many of the rooms have unique layouts. Some include fireplaces, perfect for fighting that Palm Springs evening chill in the winter, while others have a corner jacuzzi tub. Regardless of what room you get, a stay at Alcazar is a guaranteed good place to rest your head.



They also have free bikes you can rent from the front desk. Biking is a great way to see the city. Palm Springs is really flat so biking is easy, just look out for the heat!


The Calla Lily Hotel

The Calla Lily Hotel was recently purchased by new owners. They are revamping it completely and let me say, they are doing an amazing job. This is an adults-only hotel, which makes it the perfect place to unwind without pesky kids. I love to spend as much time as possible by the pool, but screaming children make relaxing really hard. The hotel only has 10 rooms and each looks out on the pool, which is filled with massive floaties. What more could you ask for really?




La Serena Villas

La Serena Villas are pure magic. This hotel looks like it is off of the pages of an interior decor magazine. These villas have a fun Spanish feel and are super luxurious. Rooms even have their own outdoor claw foot tub next to a fireplace. If that isn’t the life of luxury I don’t know what is. 

The on-sight Spanish and Mediterranean restaurant Azucar offers a wide variety of plates. You can either opt to sit poolside, inside or on the rooftop patio to have your dinner.



Where to Eat

Lulu California Bistro

It can be hard finding places to eat as a vegetarian. Most of the time we end up eating fries or some veggies. But Lulu California Bistro had a full vegetarian menu and delicious desserts. They have great deals for multicourse meals you should definitely check out.


Cheeky’s is THE place to have breakfast or brunch in Palm Springs. Located on the main drag of Palm Canyon drive it is easy to get to, but you will almost always encounter a bit of a wait. Don’t worry, it is totally worth the wait. 



Cheeky’s has a rotating menu, meaning there is always something new to try. Every single week half of their menu will be different, so it is difficult to get sick of this place. 



The Ice Cream Shop(pe)

The Ice Cream Shop(pe) is hands down the most adorable ice cream shop I have ever been to. First and foremost the ice cream was delicious. They make their own homemade ice cream and had cool flavours like avocado and lavender, which were the flavours we had. Be warned that there is not much inside seating and you might not want to sit outside in the Palm Springs heat.



There is also an attached store. It had really fun novelty items. This is a great spot to grab some bright, fun floaties to lounge in on your pool days. They also had some adorable Palm Springs memorabilia.




Birba is owned by the same people that run the popular breakfast joint Cheeky’s and the boutique hotel Alcazar. Nestled between the two, it has a perfect central location on the main strip of Palm Springs.



Birba is known for their delicious, shareable food and craft cocktails, their impeccable decor, and their fun vibe. Most of their seating is outside, giving the perfect opportunity to soak up the Palm Springs weather. 


Where to play


Palm Springs Art Museum

We love seeing art. Fun fact we actually had our first date at an art festival. The Palm Springs Art Museum is an absolutely stunning museum. It was recommended to us to start on the top floor and work your way down. Don’t forget to check out the two statue gardens. You have to go to the lowest floor of the building to get to these gardens. If we hadn’t known they were there we would have missed them!



The Acoustic and Global Lounge Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel

We love live music but haven’t been able to find many places in California that fit our chill vibe. We heard about an event at the Hard Rock Hotel with free live music! It is put on every Friday in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. There is lots of seating and a bar, so you can have a cocktail while you listen. The event has a really fun vibe and you need to stop by if you are in Palm Springs!

If you feel like having more of a night out after this chill session whines down attached is the Club, open Fridays and Saturdays to fill all of your dance floor needs!


Tram ride

The Palm Springs Tram ride has been on my bucket list for a while and during our recent trip, I finally got to check it off. Allie chickened out and waited for me at the bottom, but I had a lovely experience!

This is the only rotating tram car in North America and it will take you 8,000 feet above sea level up the side of a mountain. The view is unbelievable. Not only can you see all of Palm Springs but you can see all the other desert towns, the Coachella Valley, and the San Andreas fault. Because the tram car rotates you get an amazing view regardless of where you stand (so no need to fight over spots).

Once you reach the top there are miles and miles of pristine walking and hiking trails. If walking or hiking is not your thing, there are numerous lookouts from the building at the end of your ride that allows you to see out over the valley and into the wooded mountain area surrounding you. There is also a gift shop and a restaurant where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat with an amazing view.



Palm Springs may feel like it is in the middle of nowhere, but there is actually an airport! If you are coming from away and want to spend your entire trip in Palm Springs it makes so much more sense to fly into here than LAX and drive. 


Palm Springs is also only a 2-hour drive from LA and Orange County. We drove since we were already in California. Approaching Palm Springs there are TONS of windmills. It makes for a beautiful view, but the wind can be pretty intense. So drive safe!


Once you are in Palm Springs, most things are within walking distance. We walked from our hotel to most places on this list!




Best Photography Spots


Moorten Botanical Gardens

I have seen SO many amazing photos from Moorten Botanical Gardens but to be honest we didn’t get to go on this trip. Turns out that the summer hours are from 9 am to 1 pm. We arrived around 3 pm and were very disappointed that it was closed. So make sure you check the hours ahead of time!


The Pink Door

There is a 10 foot tall, pastel pink door in Palm Springs. This place is an Instagram hot spot, but we were a little scared to take photos here! We didn’t want to be trespassing… We did get some fun photos here though! I feel like this door belongs to Barbie’s dream house. The rest of the houses on the street are pretty cool too!




Have you been to Palm Springs? What are your favourite things to do there?


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