Palm Springs is one of the hottest gay destinations in the United States – and one trip to this oasis in the Sonoran Desert will show you exactly why. 

The beautiful town of Palm Springs has a relaxed and welcoming vibe, with towering palms and lush greenery dotting the popular destination in the heart of the Southern California desert. People come here to unwind poolside in luxurious hotels and resorts, shop upscale brands, experience the region’s natural hot springs and get back to nature with outdoor activities like golf, horse riding and hiking. 

With the San Jacinto mountains as it’s backdrop, Palm Springs is truly magical, and it’s a hotspot for the LGBT community. So much so, many of its accommodations are now gay-only and clothing optional! It’s a place you can completely be yourself. 

Palm Springs is an amazing destination all on its own, or a great location to unwind PMs the way home from the madness of Coachella or other nearby So-Cal festivals. 

I’ve rounded up a list of the 24 best Palm Springs gay resorts and hotels. While some are open to all guests, there’s a few that are just for the boys. 

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So without further ado, let’s jet away to a desert paradise….


The Best Gay Resorts in Palm Springs

Fancy a relaxing resort atmosphere to ease yourself into your Palm Springs escape? These Palm Springs resorts are all gay friendly, while not exclusively for gay travelers. 

 

 


1) The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort

Riviera Palms - Gay Friendly Hotels in Palm Springs 2020.

An Asian inspired luxury Palm Springs retreat 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $200+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/riviera-resort-spa.en-gb.html

Inspired by South-East Asian design elements, this stunning gay-friendly resort in Palm Springs is first class all the way. A gorgeous lagoon-style pool surrounded by palms, an enormous full-service spa and the best of the area on your doorstep are just a few of the features that await you. Plus, it has the rare benefit of being pet-friendly, so bring your pooch along for the stay! While it may not be strictly a gay-oriented resort, it’d provide an amazing relaxation stay for your Palm Springs trip!

Visitor review: “Swimming pool area, superb with a very relaxed vibe. Great food at the pool and at breakfast (I didn’t eat in the restaurant in the evening) Service; outstanding, nothing was too much trouble. Stayed here before and would definitely revisit.” – Ann, United Kingdom


2) Vista Mirage Resort

Budget-friendly accommodation with a mountain view 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $100+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/vista-mirage-resort.en-gb.html

Save your cash for gambling at Palm Springs epic casino and enjoy a stay at the Vista Mirage Resort. It offers spacious rooms, an amazing outdoor pool with great views of the San Jacinto Mountains, hot tub, a spa and a gym. You won’t believe the value for money this resort offers! You’ll leave feeling a million bucks. 

Visitor review: “Our accommodation was spacious with a living and dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. The bedrooms and bathrooms were roomy and comfortable. More than met our expectations and we were very happy. Staff were very helpful. The pools and hot tub were a good size and very welcome in the hot sun.” – Faye, United Kingdom 


3) Parker Palm Springs

 

The best 5-Star Palm Springs resort! 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $500+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/parker-palm-springs.en-gb.html

Splash your cash and book your stay at the Parker Palm Springs, just minutes to central Palm Springs. With service, facilities and a location that totally live up to its 5 star rating, the Parker is simply stunning. Take a dip in one of the three saltwater pools, soak in the spa, enjoy a treatment at the wellness center, or eat at one of the two on-site restaurants. As a bonus for gay visitors to Palm Springs, there is also a 24 hour adults-only pool! 

Visitor review: “Super cool people in a stunning location. A lot to do and enjoy. Wonderful food and staff. Incredible interior design – if you love mid century modern – it’s a must see and experience.” – Carly, United Kingdom 


4) Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa – Adults Only 

 

The oldest hot springs resort in the USA! 

Location: Desert Hot Springs 

Price: $300+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/two-bunch-palms-resort.en-gb.html

An adults-only resort in the region of Desert Hot Springs just 10km from Palm Springs Airport, this slice of paradise has thought of everything to make your stay the most luxurious one possible. Set on 77 acres, this amazing Palm Springs resort is all about wellness and self care. Mineral rich hot springs, an enormous yoga dome, a gourmet restaurant with live entertainment, pools, a hot tub, tennis courts, fitness classes, a gym, a wellness spa… it’s all there for the taking at Two Bunch Palms. Bliss! 

Visitor review: “Nice & private spa area. A very good place for meditation. The hot spring water is particularly comfortable and surrounded by nature. This is a paradise away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The service staff near the SPA area is super friendly.” Kai, USA 


5) Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

 

 

Poolside digs a stone’s throw from the casino 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $100+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/palm-mountain-resort-spa.en-gb.html

10 minutes walk to Palm Springs’ casino, its best restaurants and opposite a large shopping plaza, the Palm Mountain Resort & Spa is welcoming and cheerful. It features an outdoor pool, a terrace to catch some of that beautiful Californian sun – plus fantastic mountain views. The value for money is exceptional and you will love your stay here. 

Visitor review: “The hotel was stunning didn’t disappoint at all, the rooms are lovely and spacious, nice and modern, the parking is so easy and convenient. The pool area was beautiful and relaxing. I will book again on my next trip to America.” – Tanya, USA 


6) WorldMark Palm Springs

 

 

Stay in the heart of downtown Palm Springs 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $150+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/worldmark-palm-springs.en-gb.html

Live it up in the heart of downtown Palm Springs and enjoy access to some of the best restaurants, bars and shops on your doorstep at the WorldMark Palm Springs. The rooms are available in a range of sizes and are all comfortable and spacious. Be sure to take full advantage of the pool and hot tub on site! 

Visitor review: “Really enjoyed being in a walkable area to the north end of the main hub of Palm Springs. Could walk to restaurants, shops and galleries. I didn’t have high expectations of the hotel but it over delivered. Room was spacious, comfortable and fitted with everything we needed.” – Vanessa, Australia 


7) Desert Isle Resort

 

 

Get back to nature in cozy desert surrounds 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $150+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/desert-isle-resort-palm-springs.en-gb.html

A highly-rated Palm Springs favorite, the Desert Isle Resort is located on 7 private acres and offers fully-equipped, spacious units for guests. Some rooms even have fireplaces for adding to the cozy atmosphere of those chilly desert nights! They have thought of everything here. Unique bocce courts, a gym, hot tubs, sauna, health club, outdoor pool and tennis courts. When you can tear yourself away from the comfortable surrounds, enjoy hiking, horse riding or golf all available a stone’s throw away. 

Visitor review: “The accommodation was lovely and clean. Great location. Free complimentary coffee was a good touch. Swimming pool was a good size and an extra bonus was the tennis courts and table tennis facilities.” – Peter, United Kingdom 


The Best Gay Hotels in Palm Springs 

Palm Springs is full of amazing hotels, and these gay friendly Palm Springs hotels, while open to all visitors, are some of the most popular gay lodgings in the desert hotspot. 

8) East Canyon Hotel and Spa – Adults 18+ Only

A friendly downtown Palm Springs stay

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $200+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/east-canyon-and-spa.en-gb.html

A Palm Springs hotel reserved just for adults, the East Canyon Hotel and Spa is charming, cheerful and a place to meet like-minded travelers looking to unwind in a beautiful setting. The staff are world class and stop at nothing to ensure your stay is the best of the best. Enjoy the pool, a shared lounge and even a complimentary cocktail hour each evening! And if you need any other reason to book a stay here, its location in the heart of the hubbub of downtown Palm Springs is second to none. 

Visitor review: “The owners and the facility were perfect! The hospitality was beyond anything that I have experienced at any hotel! So clean and charming! I would highly recommend this spa to anyone!” – John, USA 


9) Bluebird Cottage Inn

Cute and cozy rooms in the mountains 

Location: Idyllwild 

Price: $80+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/bluebird-cottage-inn.en-gb.html

Cheap and cheerful, the Bluebird Cottage Inn is located in the town of Idyllwild, just an hour from central Palm Springs and in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains. Their pet-friendly rooms all have their own patio and offer a cozy setting to spend some time getting away from it all. The staff are welcoming and so helpful. A great pit stop on your way to or from Palm Springs!

Visitor review: “Fantastic reception staff. Everything you could possibly need in the room, comfortable stay. BBQ outside but didn’t get chance to use. Early check-in as soon as room is ready. Looked after bags before check-in. Friendly, would recommend!” – Danielle, United Kingdom 


10) HOTEL PASEO, Autograph Collection

A brand new Palm Springs experience  

Location: Palm Desert 

Price: $250+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/paseo-autograph-collection.en-gb.html

Only recently opened, the Hotel Paseo is brand new, glistening and beautiful. Enjoy the pristine outdoor pool, hot tub, sun terrace and onsite restaurant and bar with regular live entertainment. Located in the neighboring town of Palm Desert, you can even use their free bikes to take a journey into the heart of Palm Springs if you’re up for it, which is 14 miles away. 

Visitor review: “Brand new hotel (5 weeks) our view to road not as gr8 as rooms that face the pool area. Rooms are beautiful, beds & pillows comfy and cozy to have an amazing night’s rest. Staff very friendly and helpful. Restaurant AC3 gr8 happy hour. El paseo hot spots all over.” – Jen, Canada 


11) Ace Hotel and Swim Club Palm Springs

Swim, spa and sleep in modern luxury 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $200+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/ace-and-swim-club.en-gb.html

Beautifully designed and decorated, the contemporary Ace Hotel and Swim Club is the place to be. Two huge outdoor pools, a full-service spa, fitness centre, restaurant and modern rooms offer a guest experience like few others in Palm Springs. Some of the region’s best shopping and golf courses are right nearby, so make the most of your epic road trip to this beautiful part of California. 

Visitor review: “Fantastic hotel in Palm Springs. Great deco, amazing beds. We stayed 2 nights but could have easily spent a week there!  The pool is really lovely, also enjoyed the spa for a massage. Would love to go back.” – Marie, South Africa 


12) Alcazar Palm Springs

A stunning poolside desert oasis 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $200+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/alcazar-palm-springs.en-gb.html

Chic and artfully decorated, the Alcazar Palm Springs is the perfect base for some R&R in the Californian desert. They have a pool, patio, hot tub and modern, tasteful rooms, and also offer free refreshments and pastries every day for guests! Hire a bike from the front desk to explore the local area, which includes a museum 1km away and the Spa Resort Casino a breezy 15-minute walk. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all available at the hotels two restaurants, which also host weekly live entertainment. 

Visitor review: “Very pretty hotel with extremely comfortable and spacious bedroom. Charming friendly staff and good pool. Close to the heart of Palm Springs.” – Victoria, France 


13) Hotel Zoso

Contemporary lodgings near Palm Canyon Drive 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $200+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/hotel-zoso-palm-springs.en-gb.html

The epic Hotel Zoso will put you as close as possible to the centre of Palm Springs, with the hotspot of Palm Canyon Drive just one block away. A luxury hotel that offers a world class setting and service, there is a pool and hot tub, gym, restaurant and spacious, air-conditioned rooms. Some of the best Palm Springs shopping is right on your doorstep, including The Vineyard Shopping Centre, or you can choose to hike or bike your way around the region and fully immerse yourself in the beauty of this desert oasis. 

Visitor review: “Staff was SO friendly and accommodating Room was large and clean Allowed early check in Check out is at noon! Pool was clean and perfect temperature. Lounge beds accessible during weekdays without a fee.” – Rachel, USA 


14) Skylark Hotel

Value for money that will blow your mind 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $120+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/skylark.en-gb.html

With some of Palm Springs shopping malls and outlets – plus some leading golf courses – on your doorstep, you’ll love your stay at Skylark Hotel. There’s a spacious outdoor pool and hot tub with a view of the mountains, and the rooms are modern and clean. If keeping your budget in check is a must on your visit to Palm Springs, you can’t get much better value for money. 

Visitor review: “Amazing amazing amazing. For the price I would never have expected such a fantastic hotel. I was on business but I would not hesitate to bring my family next time. Incredibly the hotel is under renovation and yet my room – yet to be done – was modern, fresh decoration and spacious.” – Neil, Kenya 


15) The Westcott

A pool with a view you won’t believe

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $200+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/posh-palm-springs-inn.en-gb.html

One of your favorite parts of your stay at The Westcott will be stepping directly from your room out to the stunning outdoor pool and hot tub area – lots of comfy sun loungers included! Neat and chic, this lovely hotel has great views of the mountainous horizon, the rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the centre of Palm Springs is just two minutes away. Pet-friendly and with food facilities on-site, this humble abode also hosts happy hour and movie nights regularly. 

Visitor review: “This hotel was an amazing choice at the end of our road trip. If you arrive late you can easily do self check-in. There is a great cozy atmosphere and it’s perfect to chill. Pool is always open to guests and breakfast was really tasty!  We will definitely come back one day!” – Laura, Italy 


16) The Willows Historic Inn

Rustic charm and elegance in Palm Springs 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $400+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/palm-springs-412-west-tahquitz-cayon-way.en-gb.html

Inspired by the design of Mediterranean hotels, The Willows Historic Inn is a luxe 4 star establishment just two blocks from downtown Palm Springs. Surrounded by lush gardens and views of the San Jacinto Mountains, your stay here will be first class all the way. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast, in-room spa services, a large outdoor pool with jacuzzi and elegant rooms with coveted features like freestanding baths. A stay here is worth every cent, and will give you just what you came to Palm Springs for –  complete relaxation and decompression. 

Visitor review: “This place was perfect. It feels like a big home not like typical hotel or resort. quiet and peaceful time with nice mountain view. room was not that big but everything was thoughtfully prepared. I would like to visit this beautiful place again.” – Haengy, South Korea 


17) Hotel California 

Welcome to the Hotel California…

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $200+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/california-palm-springs.en-gb.html

Warm, welcoming and with a rustic-chic aesthetic, the Hotel California is located in the heart of Palm Springs. But unlike the song, you can check in but you won’t want to leave! 

Take full advantage of the outdoor pool, shared lounge, terrace, BBQ and hot tub, all surrounded by lush green gardens that only add to the vibe of it truly being a private oasis. There’s a shared kitchen on-site for a poolside meal, and has a business centre to assist you if you’re in Palm Springs for work. They even have free bikes available to explore the region on two wheels. 

Visitor review: “Fantastic welcome with cold beers and a walk around the hotel. Absolutely cool and chilled place to stay. We stayed in the Townhouse which is beautiful. Very friendly and accommodating. Absolutely recommend this hotel.” – Stuart, United Kingdom 


18) The Monkey Tree Hotel

Monkey around in bright and friendly retro lodgings 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $250+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/racquet-club-road.en-gb.html

This is a three-star gay-friendly Palm Springs hotel with a retro design that has made it one of the top-rated and widely-loved accommodations in the region. With 16 spacious and delightful rooms, this boutique hotel is equipped with four pools (you read that correctly), which includes two outdoor heated pools. There’s also a sauna, hot tub and cold plunge pool. A complimentary continental breakfast awaits you each morning before you head to the sights of Palm Springs, which is just minutes away. Transport yourself back to the rockin’ 60’s with a stay at The Monkey Tree Hotel. 

Visitor review: “Everything! Genuine ’60’s style and atmosphere, just wonderful. Fabulous pool, room, breakfast and hospitality. Wish we stayed longer…so we’ll go back again!!” – Warren, Australia 


19) Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

Stellar service and facilities with the best views 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $200+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/kimpton-rowan-palm-springs.en-gb.html

The only gay hotel in Palm Springs with a rooftop pool to enjoy the epic mountain views, the luxurious Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel doesn’t stop there with the guest inclusions. There’s a sun terrace, a bar, social hour each evening, a fitness centre and free use of the hotel bikes. The rooms are plush and come with the best complimentary toiletries and fluffiest robes ever! The best of Palm Springs shopping is right nearby, as is the Palm Springs Convention Centre for if you’re here on business. 

Visitor review: “The staff were so amazing and helpful, there was a complimentary free wine hour as well as free iced coffee and tea. Pool was beautiful and relaxing, perfect location. Had a very lovely stay! Will be back!” – Amy, United Kingdom 


 The Best Clothing-Optional Men’s Only Gay Resorts in Palm Springs  

Palm Springs is the place to be if you’re a gay man looking to spice things up while unwinding in comfortable surroundings. These epic clothing-optional Palm Springs resorts and hotels are just for the boys. 


20) Triangle Inn – Clothing Optional Resort for Men

 

A favorite for Palm Springs lovers 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $150+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/triangle-inn-palm-springs.en-gb.html

Surrounded by towering palms and lush gardens, the Triangle Inn is one of Palm Spring’s most popular men’s only “clothing optional” resorts. Enjoy the pool, hot tub and sun terrace or meet like-minded travelers in the full kitchen and dining area. The rooms are equipped with all you need, including air-conditioning. There’s tons of activities to take part in nearby to the hotel, including tennis, golf, hiking and horse riding. Pets are also more than welcome here!

Visitor review: “Quiet, away from the crowds, perfect size at 8 rooms. The owners took such good care of me and all of the guests were very fun to chat with. Mellow atmosphere that’s perfect for true relaxation, no crazy parties or nonsense. Wish I could’ve stayed much longer!” – Anonymous, USA 


21) Bearfoot Inn – Clothing Optional Hotel for Gay Men

A men’s only escape in the heart of Palm Springs 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $150+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/bearfoot-inn.en-gb.html

A gay men’s only Palm Springs hotel, the Bearfoot Inn has a “clothing optional” policy for its guests and ensures complete comfort, relaxation and privacy. With a blended modern yet retro appeal, the hotel is 1.6km from the Palm Springs Town Centre, but who would want to leave with all that this hotel offers? Features include an outdoor pool, hot tub, BBQ, free gym access and a generous complimentary breakfast each morning. The rooms are cool, contemporary and comfortable. You’ll love it! 

Visitor review: “The location was great, easy walking to all points downtown, Sunny Dunes and Arenas. I spent many hours lounging around or in the pool. I was in decompression mode. I left rested and happy.” – David, USA 


22) Santiago Resort – A Gay Men’s Swimsuit Optional Resort

Comfortable rooms with beautiful pool views

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $200+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/santiago-resort-a-gay-men-39-s-clothing-optional-resort.en-gb.html

Treat yourself to a stay at the premier Palm Springs men’s resort, The Santiago Resort. Embracing a “swimsuit optional” policy, the 4 star hotel is the height of upscale lodgings for gay men in the California desert. There’s a lagoon pool surrounded by tropical palms and lush gardens, a hot tub, sun loungers, spa services and bikes for hire. The deluxe suites are roomy and beautifully decorated. If you can tear yourself away from your beautiful lodgings in uptown Palm Springs, you’ll find some of the best shopping and cultural experiences just a short distance away.  

Visitor review: “The property was so beautifully landscaped with lovely vegetation and views. The staff were also incredibly nice and friendly and helpful. Room was nicely furnished. Great pool and hot tub.” – Derek, Canada 


23) CCBC Resort Hotel – A Gay Men’s Resort

Enjoy the pool, sauna and spa in good company 

Location: Cathedral City 

Price: $150+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/ccbc-resort.en-gb.html

A much-loved gay men’s resort hotel, the CCBC Resort Hotel offer “clothing optional” lodgings just a short drive from downtown Palm Springs. The hotel is budget-friendly and the service and experience is superb. There’s a pool, hot tub, Turkish steam bath and a range of lovely rooms, including some with a terrace with pool views. Pets are allowed too!

Visitor review: “The staff were very friendly and helpful. The new restaurant/bar that has opened is a fantastic addition. A great place just to relax by the pool, enjoy the company of fellow travellers, and forget the world. Its very easy to completely forget there is Palm Springs outside the resort!” – Ashley, Australia 


24) Vista Grande Resort – A Gay Men’s Resort 

An oasis with two pools and a 16 man hot tub 

Location: Palm Springs 

Price: $180+ USD per night 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/vista-grande-resort-a-gay-men-s-resort.en-gb.html

The Vista Grande Resort is truly one of the best gay resorts in Palm Springs – and you’ll have no doubt why after your stay there! Exclusively for gay men and with a “clothing optional” policy, it’s equipped with two outdoor pools, a 16 man hot tub, a dry sauna, a steam room, a waterfall lagoon and a fire pit! There’s even complimentary adult film channels in every room! The suites all have additional dining and living arenas. Enjoy a free continental breakfast before heading out into epic Palm Springs. The hotel is located just 1km from central Palm Springs. 

Visitor review: “The staff are outstanding – helpful and charming – go out of their way to ensure your comfort  The grounds are attractive – three swimming pools The catering was exceptional served by the hard working staff.” – Roger, United Kingdom


Am I Missing any Fabulous Palm Springs Gay Resorts or Hotels?

Have you been to Palm Springs lately and stayed at an awesome hotel that you think should be on this list? Let me know! I’d love to keep this article as-up-to date as possible!


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