Palm Springs, United States

L'Horizon Resort & Spa

Rates from (inc tax)$405.00

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Bygone bombshell


Scorching hot Mojave

Lights! Camera! Relaxation… L’Horizon Resort & Spa’s lavish, retro-cool bungalows (designed by mid-century modern master William F Cody) have hosted Hollywood legends, including Marilyn Monroe – and a few presidents. Built by Jack Wrather (big-time 1950s movie producer and owner of the original Disney hotel – as a holiday home, the resort’s retained its exclusivity; designer Steve Hermann has fitted rooms with must-have gadgetry, a new restaurant serves an artistic tasting menu, and guests will be fawned over as if they had a string of credits to their name.  

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

US$25 a day towards food and beverages and a one-way transfer from Palm Springs airport; GoldSmiths get an extra room upgrade and cheese platter on arrival


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Need to know


Twenty-five bungalows.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from $405.00, excluding tax at 11.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $35.00 per room per night on check-out.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD451.58), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates don’t include breakfast. The á la carte menu is an all-American feast (waffles, biscuits, pancakes, French toast) with dishes starting from US$10.


There’s nothing so pedestrian as a door number here; much like a legendary star’s dressing room, guests names are engraved into door plaques.

At the hotel

Gardens, terrace, sunlounger pavilion. In rooms: 40” Smart TV, Apple TV, free WiFi, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, 600-thread-count Frette linens, and Le Labo bath products. The Premier Bungalow and Premier Pool suite each have a terrarium, and the Residence has a full kitchen and private pool.

Our favourite rooms

Aspiring big-wigs should check in to the Residence, where original owner Jack Wrather stayed with his family – naturally, it’s the best. Unlike Wrather, you may not own the Disneyland hotel or the rights to Lassie, but the private pool and Fifties-fabulous surroundings will put a swagger in your step. The starriest stay is the Fireplace Junior Suite Bungalow –despite its unromantic name, it has VIP pedigree (a certain Ms Monroe once stayed here as Wrather’s guest).


The main swimming pool is the heart of the hotel, surrounded by trim and tidy lawns – you won’t have to wander far for a cooling dip. The peaceful, sky-reflecting spot is flanked by white pavilions shading banks of sunloungers.


Treatments are carried out in four air-conditioned outdoor cabanas. Therapists will bring you freshly squeezed juices and ready you for your close up with a range of facials, body scrubs and massages, using gentle Naturopathica products.

Packing tips

Bring your favourite face mist to combat the blue-sky-high temperatures.


On request, a personal trainer can put you through your paces in the elegant grounds. Bungalows are spacious and are all on one level.


Dogs can stay for US$150 a night (all rooms are pet friendly), and they get a little gift – a snazzy bandana, doggy doughnuts or a pet bowl – on arrival. See more pet-friendly hotels in Palm Springs.


No child stars; the hotel is strictly for over 18s.


Eco-friendly cleaning products, use of natural gas, and LED lights show a healthy concern for the environment.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Romance seekers, sit under the trees by the fire pit near the back of SO.PA’s courtyard. Or, mingle with fellow guests at the communal perch.

Dress Code

Marilyn-style pin-up by day, Gilda after dark.

Hotel restaurant

SO.PA restaurant’s alfresco tables are arranged around fire pits and fountains in a tree-dotted courtyard, lit by Lindsey Adelman’s  chandeliers: globular lights and metal rods fused into chemical-compound-mimicking shapes. Its centrepoint is a tree-pierced walnut table set for communal dining amid the more intimate spots. Chef Chris Andersen has devised a seasonal pick-and-mix tasting menu, and the à la carte has foraged vegetables from the Coachella Valley, wagyu beef, Maine lobsters and more, all zhuzhed up with gels, purées and a sprinkling of Kaluga caviar. Breakfast – a menu of comforting US favourites – and lunch are served here too. 

Hotel bar

The rustic wooden bar pavilion at SO.PA has tables laid out under chandeliers, but you can take your craft cocktail or glass of Napa Valley wine away, to drink in a pool cabana or on your terrace.

Last orders

Breakfast and lunch are served from 7.30am–2pm; dinner is from 5pm–9pm, Monday to Thursday, and till 10pm, Friday to Sunday.

Room service

SO.PA’s inventive dishes can be whisked over to your room anytime, day or night.


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L'Horizon Resort & Spa
1050 E Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs
United States


If arriving from Canada or within the US, fly to Palm Springs International Airport with American Airlines, just a 10-minute drive from the hotel. San Diego International and LAX are both around a two-and-a-half-hour drive; British Airways, American Airlines or Iberia all fly direct to both; Virgin Atlantic runs a direct service to Los Angeles.


Amtrak trains stop at Palm Springs Station, a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Board the Sunset Limited route from New Orleans to LA, or the Texas Eagle from Chicago to LA.


You absolutely need a set of wheels (or a limitless Uber budget) for exploring America’s very great outdoors – expansive national parks, highways to the horizon, desert vistas aren’t made for walking. Hire a car at San Diego, LAX or Palm Springs airports. The drive from Los Angeles is about two hours via Route 60, and it’s two-and-a-half from San Diego via Interstate 15. Want something befitting the hotel’s old-school glamour? Roll up in a classic Caddy, Chevy or T-Bird from Regency Car Rentals in Beverly Hills. There’s free valet parking onsite.

Worth getting out of bed for

Palm Springs’ innate cheeriness gives the resort town a kitschy Pleasant Valley Sunday feel – its mid-centry-modern houses evoke the Fifties American Dream but, beyond the artifice, a wild desert beauty lends a magical air, with perfumed breezes, cacti clusters and mountain vistas bathed in blush-tinted light. Day trips require sunscreen and a tolerance for high temperatures – laze around starlet style by the pool or play a gentle game of petanque on site if it’s sweltering. Putt about on the Cathedral Canyon golf course (+1 760 328 6571, US$39 for non-residents), a 10-minute drive away, or saddle up and ride into the Santa Rosa Mountains at Smoke Tree Stables (+1 760 327 1372), just a five-minute drive away, where a one-hour trail rides are US$50 a person (leaving on the hour from 8am–3pm). The hotel is just one of the iconic architectural wonders in the area – take Michael Stern’s two-and-a-half-hour The Modern Tour (+1 760 904 0904) to see the city’s best (US$150 a person); or time your trip to coincide with Modernism Week (11–21 February each year), a celebration of retro design with talks and exhibitions. Then, furnish your home in similar style: Hedge Palm Springs (+1 760 770 0090) and notNeutral (+1 760 464 2982) sell old-school statement pieces, and the Uptown Design District has cool contemporary wares. Culture comes in the form of Palm Springs Art Museum (+1 760 322 4800); however, the artwork can’t quite compare to the natural panoramas seen from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to the top of Mount San Jacinto (check the weather – it snows up there). Each year, cutting-edge music and pseudo-hippie hedonism can be found at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (14–16 and 21–23 April 2017), around a 30-minute drive from the hotel.   

Local restaurants

It’s not just the heat that drives Palm Springs’ residents indoors – a superb range of restaurants covers global cuisines and offers hearty portions. Dish Creative Cuisine (+1 760 322 7171) isn’t just tooting its own horn: each dish is delicately composed and guests can get interactive with pipettes of sauce, brioche ‘eggy’ dippers with caviar, and pudding pops – the ‘bacon flight’ is frankly genius. Set in an old movie theatre, recast as a slick industrial-chic eatery, Workshop Kitchen and Bar (+1 760 459 3451) serves high-quality farm-to-table fare, with excellent steaks. Las Casuelas (+1 760 325 2794), a casual Mexican diner has south-of-the-border signature dishes (ceviche, carne asada) and a lengthy maragrita menu. The Purple Palm’s (+1 760 969 1818) tempting menu – with applewood- and hibiscus-roasted salmon, short ribs and spiced lamb – is dished up in coolly colourful surroundings. For the town’s best french toast (no exxageration) pull up to Avalon Palm Springs hotel; its Chi Chi restaurant – all sleek yellows and golds with a glamorous garden area – also does a superb cochinita pibil (a slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península).

Local cafés

Duck-confit hash; ‘red, white and blue’ waffles; squash blossom, corn and pepperjack scramble: Cheeky’s (+1 760 327 7595) arguably serves the best brunch in Palm Springs. It’s something of a delayed pleasure: queues are intolerably long. Lulu California Bistro’s (+1 760 327 5858) breakfast menu could keep you going all day, with sections for crêpes, omelettes, Belgian waffles and variations on eggs Benedict. Ernest Coffee (+1 760 318 4154) is a cool independent café with a row of cherry-red stools in a bright open space – alongside a buzz-generating brew, their pastries, wines and craft beers are worth checking out too. 

Local bars

Keep good company at elegant old-school restaurant and bar Melvyn’s (+1 760 325 2323) – Frank Sinatra and Clark Gable’s favoured drinking den. Bar (+1 760 537 7337) , on 340 Palm Canyon Drive, brings things up to date with a sultrily lit wood and leather clad space, decorated with graffiti murals. The Tropicale Lounge (+1 760 866 1952) isn’t subtle, but it’s good fun with unnaturally hued drinks in a kitschy laid-back setting.


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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 historic mid-century modern hotel and unpacked their thrift-store trinkets and Trina Turk bikini, a full account of their sun-kissed desert break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, let’s replay the rushes for l’Horizon Resort & Spa in Palm Springs…

L’Horizon Resort & Spa may sit in Palm Springs’ desert heat, but perfectly manicured, surreally green lawns and a Versailles’ worth of water features make it seem somewhat mirage-like. Perhaps this dream-like detachment is why its noted guests and the Hollywood elite felt so at home here; its three acres feel more like a clubby – yet chilled-out – neighbourhood. The bungalows have changed a little with the times (iPod docks and Apple TV are welcome upgrades), but the past feels very present, and the scene is set in an especially picturesque spot – William F Cody’s elegant architectural features sit pretty in front of sunlit bluffs. It seems possible that a cavalcade of bulletproof Cadillacs or a coterie of chauffered glamourpusses, besuited or bespangled, could pull up to frolic by the central pool or carousing till late in a chandelier-lit courtyard with no one to yell ‘cut’ or cue the rolling credits. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in L'Horizon Resort & Spa’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The inner courtyard layout. Workshop Restaurant in downtown Palm Springs is worth a visit.

Don’t expect

Good lighting, especially in the bathroom. Pet-free environment or fast service. The hotel feels understaffed.


Stayed on 22 Sep 2016