Riviera Palm Springs

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If any hotel captures the glitz and glamor of Old Hollywood and the Rat Pack era, it’s Riviera Palm Springs. White leather seats against the warm orange glow of the lattice-lined lobby set the scene for this retro hotel, a setting where it isn’t hard to imagine Frank Sinatra and his crew sipping cocktails and crooning show tunes on the white grand piano.

Funky design picks from the ’60s and ’70s define the rest of the hotel’s public spaces, from Warhol-esque artwork to shag carpets and a jewel-covered pool table inspired by Liberace. Paintings of Marilyn Monroe adorn each of the hotel’s 406 guest rooms, while black and white photos of famous guests like Bob Hope, Desi Arnaz and Sonny Bono line the walls of Circa 59, the onsite restaurant.

Whether you spend your time enjoying live jazz at the bar or soaking up the sun by the pool, you’ll feel a bit like Hollywood royalty while at the Palm Springs hotel.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Originally built in the 1950s, Riviera Palm Springs continues to embrace mid-century modern design and the Hollywood glamor that has come to define Palm Springs. The hotel’s lounges and public spaces embody both chic modern style and funky vintage design.
  • The lobby and lounge are marked by orange lattice walls, mirrored tables, oversized leather seating and Guatemalan coin art of celebrities such as Cher and Phyllis Diller. Retro furnishings, a crystal-encrusted pool table and a white grand piano add to the hotel’s fabulous design.
  • The quirky shops, designer boutiques and art galleries of the Uptown Design District are a few blocks away from The Riviera, and the restaurants and shops of downtown Palm Springs are only about a mile away.
  • The hotel also offers a convenient home base for those looking to explore nearby attractions such as the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Palm Springs Art Museum or the hiking trails of the Indian Canyons.
Things to Know
  • When it comes to the best time to visit Riviera Palm Springs, Palm Springs offers sunshine and warm weather year-round, making the desert destination a popular pick for travelers looking to escape colder climates. 
  • Palm Springs rarely sees a rainy day, but the triple-digit summer heat can be a bit too extreme for out-of-towners.
  • Temperatures hover between the low-70s and mid-80s between November and April, making these the peak months to enjoy the Palm Spring hotel’s pools, as well as nearby attractions.
  • If you don’t mind a little heat, the 90-degree weather in May and October typically means fewer crowds at the hotel and around town.
  • July and August are the hottest times of year, when temperatures can soar above 100 degrees.
The Rooms
  • The monochromatic guest rooms at Riviera Palm Springs feel like they were designed for Marilyn Monroe herself.
  • Spaces are outfitted with black and white retro furniture, including leather headboards, egg-shaped chairs and patterned carpet.
  • The guest rooms embrace the straight lines and geometric designs synonymous with mid-century modern design, and striped pillows, accent walls and Marilyn paintings add pops of red and orange hues to the nostalgic areas.
  • Private patios and balconies offer views of the nearby pool or San Jacinto Mountains, while modern and luxurious touches like flat-screen televisions and marble bathrooms complete the Riviera experience.
The Restaurants
  • The hotel’s full-service restaurant, Circa 59, channels Old Hollywood’s charm with oversized red leather booths and chairs, crystal chandeliers and backlit lattice walls that create a nostalgic ambience fit for Ol’ Blue Eyes himself.
  • Circa 59 serves contemporary breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes, ranging from celebrity-inspired omelets (The “Sammy” comes stuffed with asparagus, peppers, tomato, mushroom and feta) to lobster mac and cheese with truffles.
  • Sidebar is the best bet for cocktails and tapas, while the retro-inspired Starlite Lounge in The Riviera’s lobby offers live piano music and themed cocktails such as The Pink Panther (Tanqueray, lavender syrup, muddled blueberries, lime juice and soda) and The 007 (Stoli, Tanqueray and Lillet Blanc).
Getting There
1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262
PSP (8 min)