Palm Springs, United States

Colony Palms Hotel

Rates per night from$126.75

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD126.75), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Palm-dotted pool scene


Desert oasis

A time capsule of California cool, Colony Palms channels the best of Palm Springs. Welcoming visitors to its palm-shaded gardens since the 1930s, the property radiates vintage Southern California charm. The rooms draw from Moroccan and Spanish influences, with mosaic tiles and vividly patterned textile wall hangings. By day, guests dip into the saltwater pool, itself a destination, for a break from the sun. Pause from the swimming action for lunch at one of Purple Palm’s terrace tables, for ceviches and salads. Even spa treatments conjure the best of the region, using local botanicals for scrubs, massages and hydrating facials.

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Need to know


Fifty-seven, including five suites.


Noon, but late check-out can be arranged for a $100 fee. Earliest check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from $126.75, excluding tax at 14.695 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $45.88 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates do not breakfast, which is available a la carte at the Purple Palm each day.


Pedal off on one of the hotel’s free cruiser bicycles to explore Palm Springs.

At the hotel

Spa, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Minibar, flatscreen TV, robes and CO Bigelow bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each of the rooms has vibrant art inspired by Indian wedding blankets.The Winner's Circle Suite, on the top floor of the main building, is a bright space with a claw-foot tub, mountain views and a pool-facing balcony. The suite is named for Seabiscuit, a famous race horse owned by past owners of the hotel.


The adults-only heated saltwater pool is flanked by sunloungers and romantic private cabanas, with prime views of snow-capped mountains.


With six treatment rooms, the spa offers massages, scrubs and facials inspired by desert botanicals, including a salt scrub made with locally grown dates. Couples massages can be arranged in the garden.

Packing tips

Oversized sunglasses will match the hotel’s silver-screen swagger. Leave room for treasures from the city’s renowned vintage and antiques shops.


The common areas, including the lobby, pool, restaurant and spa, are wheelchair accessible, along with rooms 10, 21 and 25, and Casita 2.


Desert-loving dogs under 40 pounds are welcome, for a charge of $100 per night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Palm Springs.


The hotel is a serene adults-focused getaway, but well-behaved children of all ages are welcome. There aren't any services or amenities for children.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Nab a table on the patio by the pool, which is dramatically lit for Cali-cool dinners.

Dress Code

Punchy prints will match the social media-ready design.

Hotel restaurant

Purple Palm, open daily from breakfast through dinner, is popular all day for its bold flavours, beautiful design and poolside setting. The inventive international menu includes ceviche, Japanese crab fritters, duck dumplings and a 12-hour pork shank with truffle. The space is decorated with vibrant patterned wallpaper, Spanish tile flooring and circular mediaeval-inspired chandeliers.

Hotel bar

The restaurant has a bar with an array of refreshing cocktails, like the Purple Gang with vodka, muddled grapes, lemon and a red wine float. There are also house-aged cocktails made with whiskey and mezcal.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am to 11am, lunch from 11:30am to 3pm, and dinner from 5 to 9pm (or 10pm on Friday and Saturday).

Room service

The full restaurant menu is available for delivery.


Photos Colony Palms Hotel location
Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs
United States

Colony Palms is in the heart of Palm Springs, on bustling Indian Canyon Drive.


Palm Springs International Airport is a five-minute drive away. Direct flights are available from New York (Alaska Airlines, JetBlue) and Chicago (United Airlines), along with all major West Coast cities. The flight from Los Angeles is a brisk 55 minutes.


The Palm Springs Amtrak station is a 10-minute drive from the hotel ( Direct service is available to Los Angeles three times a week and takes two and a half hours, and there are connecting trains from San Diego.


The drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs is one of the most iconic routes on the West Coast, and a rite of passage for many Californians. A car is an excellent way to explore the desert, and a must for anyone planning to hike Joshua Tree National Park. Parking at the hotel is free, and most destinations have sizable parking lots. Traffic in Palm Springs can get congested on weekends, so plan to set off on foot to explore the area right around the hotel on beautiful weekend days.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Colony Palms pool is worth a full day. After all, Palm Springs is legendary for its restorative desert heat, and there are few better places to enjoy it than on a sunlounger by the 65-foot saltwater pool, facing the nearby mountains.

Reverse the view with a trip on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The massive rotating tram car rises up the mountainside along a two-and-a-half-mile track, for panoramic views of the valley. There are two restaurants atop the cliff, along with a gift shop and hiking trails. There are numerous hiking options in the area, including Joshua Tree National Park, home to the strangely craggy Joshua trees and assorted desert animals. The visitors’ centre is a 45-minute drive northeast of the hotel. The hotel can also arrange for jeep tours of Joshua Tree and the famed San Andreas Fault Line, or a high-speed race around the track of the BMW Performance Driving School, in nearby Thermal.

Palm Springs itself is a regional destination for mid-century-modern furniture and vintage clothes, with some of the best shops near the hotel, on North Palm Canyon Drive. The Frippery has tropical-themed vintage attire for men and women, including billowing kaftans and luxury purses. Popular furniture store A La Mod is packed with vintage cocktail carts, swivel chairs and other furniture to channel mid-century style.

Local restaurants

For refreshing food on a hot evening, head to the ultra-popular Rooster and the Pig for Vietnamese-inspired fare, including spring rolls, lettuce wraps and tangy green papaya salad. Copley’s, in what was once Cary Grant’s guest house, is popular for alfresco dinners of wood-fired dishes, like steaks, chops and seared scallops with basmati rice.

There’s nearly always a line to get into Cheeky's, open only for breakfast and lunch. The menu includes Mexican-inspired breakfast dishes, and popular corn pancakes. Don't miss the flight of bacon, with flavors that change regularly, but can include spicy jalapeno bacon and sweetly smoky fruit-rubbed bacon in addition to the classic.

Local cafés

Fuel up on caffeine at Koffi, a popular local shop, where beans are roasted in-house for espresso drinks and iced and frozen coffees to bust the mid-day heat. Many years ago, Palm Springs was packed with palm trees, yielding most of the country's dates. Grab a taste of the bounty at Shields Date Garden (Look for the sign, on a shield, held by a massive pointing knight.), in nearby Indio. The retro cafe and gardens are home to a gift shop and a tiny theatre showing a video about dates. Stop for breakfast or lunch, and be sure to try a date shake, which taste surprisingly like chocolate.

Local bars

Channel the retro side of Palm Springs with tiki cocktails at Bootlegger Tiki, in the space that once housed the famous Don the Beachcomber restaurant. There are plenty of potent drinks, including punch bowls, a house mai tai, and a few potent enough to come with a two-drink limit. Pair them with a small assortment of snacks, like sriracha-coconut popcorn and chilli-lemon mangoes.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the desert and unpacked their sunglasses and mid-century style guides, a full account of their California break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Colony Palms in Palm Springs…

Forget the nightclubs and parties. When it comes to a Palm Springs scene, there’s no better place to hang out than the glamorous pool at Colony Palms. Surrounded by lounge chairs and shaded daybeds, the saltwater pool has the time-capsule flawlessness of a Slim Aarons photograph, with a striking mountain backdrop, a strong sun hat scene and impeccably suited swimmers cooling off from the desert rays. The hotel has lured sun-seekers since the mid-1930s, when Hollywood starlets would escape to read scripts and relax. Today, the hotel is renowned for its stellar California cool, including vintage Spanish touches and fantastic food. When it comes to great food, Guests needn’t stray far from the water: Purple Palm’s shaded terrace overlooks the pool for vittles with views. The locally beloved restaurant specialises in California cuisine, using California-grown fruit and vegetables for flavour-packed salads, grilled entrees and even creative cocktails. It’s a stellar tribute to the classic cool of Colony Palms.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Colony Palms Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location is fabulous – the ability to walk into the centre of town for drinks and food being a huge asset. The staff were friendly too.

Don’t expect

Any bargains. The countless amounts of tax on top of the basic room cost is hard to swallow. Disappointed that there was only one dressing gown…


Stayed on 24 Feb 2019

We loved

The pool area – a place of tranquility in a fun city. Very comfortable and spacious bedroom bathroom. Lovely relaxing massages


Stayed on 9 Oct 2018

We loved

Palm Springs is a great place. Just not in July. Too hot. It is clearly their low season so it felt very deserted. Great hotel, but be aware it is a small one. Don't go in the Summer months. Just too hot and you cannot do anything.


Stayed on 8 Jul 2018

We loved

We loved the staff at The Colony Palms. The guys working in the restaurant were just so fab and really made our stay memorable.


Stayed on 12 Jun 2018