The Independent Stay

If you love staying at independently-owned small hotels, you’ll adore The Independent Stay. From tips on what to do, see and eat in Palm Springs, to interviews with hoteliers, it’s the insider’s guide to everything great about Palm Springs and its iconic boutique hotels.

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Where art deco meets the desert

Mathew Westcott grew up in the hospitality business, and now with The Westcott Hotel, he's making his mark in Palm Springs.

"Palm Springs has been a favorite vacation spot for me for many years and the city has continued to grow and develop — I wanted to be part of that journey," he says.

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The Westcott

How to plan the perfect Palm Springs retreat

PALM SPRINGS, California (April 5, 2018) — Like real estate, planning a retreat is all about location, location, location. Whether it's a yoga, writing, or intimate corporate retreat, if it's not held in the right place, it won't yield results. That's what makes Palm Springs the perfect spot for a retreat — it's easy to get to by car and airplane, the weather is ideal year round and because the town has such a laid-back vibe, it’s easy to eliminate distractions. And with so many boutique hotels, retreat planners can readily find one that offers the perfect retreat experience for their audience. Read More
Monkey Tree

How to choose a men's clothing-optional resort

The city is home to more than 20 men's clothing-optional boutique hotels, where guests are free to roam the property sans attire. These resorts are known for their gorgeous pools and spas, steam rooms, gardens, and comfortable accommodations. For first-time visitors, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a clothing-optional hotel.

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Tortuga Del Sol

Quintessentially Gay Stays in Palm Springs

Don’t bother looking for the gay district in the desert resort town of Palm Springs. That’s because LGTBQ culture is the back bone of all of Palm Springs life. From night clubs to restaurants, boutique hotels to well, boutiques, Palm Springs may be the queerest, gay-fueled resort town on the planet.

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Pool

Meet The Westcott

A Palm Springs classic boutique hotel --Posh Palm Springs-- has changed management and its name. Now known as The Westcott, this stunning hotel provides a timeless art deco style retreat in a relaxed adults-only atmosphere. Read More
Westscott

Chasing the Heat

My boyfriend Paul and I just couldn’t get it together. We’ve been dating for close to four years, and with opposing schedules, separate houses and part-time kids, being able to spend quality time alone is rare. So when the miraculous happened and we had a week to ourselves, we decided to get out of town for a romantic getaway.

We wanted to go somewhere special, somewhere sexy: hot even. “What about the desert? We could go to Palm Springs.” I suggested one night.

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La Maison

Cruise your way through Palm Springs

There's no better way to see Palm Springs than by bike, and several boutique hotels in the city offer complimentary use of cruisers during the day. Just off of North Indian Canyon Drive, The Avanti Hotel is a short ride away from the shops, restaurants, and nightlife in downtown Palm Springs. Hop on and hit such hotspots as Copa, Tropicale, and Jake's. The Avanti Hotel, 354 E. Stevens Road, Palm Springs. 760-327-3866. Read More
Movie Colony

Spending time in Palm Springs? Insider Tips: Must Dos

Who knows Palm Springs better than the men and women who own and operate or manage the city's boutique hotels?  Here are a few recommendations on must-do activities and places to see during your trip. Read More
Air Meseum

Calling all Architecture Aficionados

Palm Springs is known for being a haven for mid-century enthusiasts, but there are so many different architectural styles scattered around the city. The Del Marcos Hotel was designed by famed architect William F. Cody, his first independent commission in Palm Springs. This modernist hotel launched his career in the desert, and received an award from the Southern California chapter of the AIA for its cutting edge design. Read More
The Willows

Eat your way through Palm Springs

Foodies looking for a place to stay with on-property dining are in luck — several boutique hotels in Palm Springs have their own restaurants with menus that appeal to everyone. The Ingleside Inn's iconic Melvyn's Restaurant has served everyone from Frank Sinatra to Liza Minnelli. Gourmet dishes are prepared table side, like Sinatra's favorite, the Steak Diane, and delicious desserts like Crepes Suzette and Cherries Jubilee. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, there's also a bar and special weekend brunch menu with endless champagne for just $9 a person. Read More
Elmirasol