Nestled on a quiet block in perhaps the only town that evokes Hollywood more than Tinseltown itself, Viceroy Palm Springs plays up the glam factor without sacrificing the California-casual vibe the boutique resort has perfected since first opening as an inn in the 1930s. The grounds are immaculate — three pools are lined with beckoning citrus trees — and the 67 bungalow-style guest rooms and villas shine in a lacquered-up black, white and yellow Hollywood Regency color palette.
Viceroy Palm Springs’ intimate but lively restaurant, Citron, offers contemporary American cuisine in its chic dining room, on its patio or poolside; healthful and flavorful offerings such as hamachi crudo, quinoa salad and tamarind-glazed prawns will surely remind you where you’re vacationing if the endless sunny days and celebrity sightings do not. Estrella Spa, the hotel’s full-service aromatherapy escape, is an equally lovely haven with its own outdoor space. There’s nothing like a poolside pedicure or cabana massage to make you feel pampered.
If you can tear yourself away from Viceroy Palm Springs’ 4.5 idyllic acres, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring town — simply borrow one of the complimentary resort bicycles and head a few blocks north to downtown Palm Springs. Don’t hesitate to work up a sweat: The oasis that is Viceroy Palm Springs and its refreshing pools will be a welcome sight after a day spent exploring.