I am ready for a weekend (or week) staycation in a hotel in Palm Springs, CA. And I know the one I want to go back to first – The Colony Palms Hotel and Bungalows. Why this hotel? We loved it. It was also the place we were visiting on March 11-13, 2020, when we found out that Los Angeles was going into lockdown. So, we didn’t get to enjoy all the amenities. We did, however, get to enjoy some spectacular scenery, delicious food, and a quiet retreat before the craziness started. So, if you are looking for a Palm Springs, CA, hotel for a vacation or staycation, read on!
We were in Palm Springs for my birthday in 2020. We kept hearing things that were pretty unsettling about the virus, and we almost canceled the trip. But because we were driving (it’s only a 2-hour road trip from Los Angeles), and we were staying in our own contained bungalow, we felt pretty safe. We also had a feeling that this would be the last vacation for a while – and wow, we were right.
The Colony Palms Hotel and Bungalows
The hotel grounds are stunning. With the mountains in the background and the mist rising in the morning, you feel like you are living in your private oasis (that also happens to be close enough to town to walk).
Mature palm trees shade manicured courtyards, and around every corner, there seems to be another amenity. You’ll love taking a dip in the huge pool, sitting by one of the many fire pits, or lounging on your private bungalow balcony. There is so much space that even those of us who are immunocompromised can enjoy being out and about without being crowded. There’s even a spa – although, at the time, we didn’t take advantage of it.
At the time we were there, the Purple Palm was the name of the restaurant. We indulged in happy hour, breakfasts, and even dinner while we were there. The food was fantastic, and we loved hanging out by the pool and inside by the doors – even when it was raining. I understand that they have entirely redone the restaurant since we were there in 2020, so I can’t speak to the current restaurant, but I’m confident you’ll want to give it a shot at least once.
The Hotel Bungalows
For my birthday, we splurged on a private bungalow. Initially, we opted for a hotel bungalow with a fire pit on the terrace, but the space was too close to the road, and Andy thought it might be loud. So, we ended up in a bungalow with a deep soaking tub on the private patio that also boasted a comfortable seating area and spectacular views of the night sky. Desert nights, even in March, can be quite chilly, so enjoying a jetted tub with indulgently hot water was a perfect way to retreat and relax in the evenings.
Inside, the hotel’s bungalow was spacious and incredibly clean. Little details, from the cute pillows to the well-stocked mini-bar, took the experience up a notch. Also, the bathroom was huge and perfectly appointed. We had everything we needed, and then some, to enjoy this last escape before Covid kept us home.
Location Near Downtown Palm Springs, California
Under normal circumstances, one of the first things we consider when spending a couple of days in Palm Springs, CA, is how far the hotel is located from downtown. There are a couple of wine bars and restaurants that we always go to when visiting (like Truss & Twine), so we wanted a hotel that would allow us to walk to our favorite spots in Palm Springs. The Colony Palms Hotel and Bungalows is an easy walk to everything we wanted to do. In fact, I think we only retrieved the car once the entire time we were there.
Palm Springs, CA, Weather
Palm Springs, CA, can be blisteringly hot during the summer, but we are coming up on a beautiful time of year to visit. Early November generally sees temperatures in the 80s still. That means you can take full advantage of that gorgeous pool during the day, but you can also enjoy morning hikes. Night temperatures are in the low 60s, so you’ll love sitting by the fire pits or taking a soak in your bungalow’s outdoor tub. Honestly, from late October through late April/early May, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Palm Springs, CA.