The Independent Stay

If you love staying at independently-owned small hotels, you’ll adore The Independent Stay. From tips on what to do, see and eat in Palm Springs, to interviews with hoteliers, it’s the insider’s guide to everything great about Palm Springs and its iconic boutique hotels.

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Walk of the Inns, a Palm Springs Holiday Tradition

One night each winter, several distinctive boutique hotels in Palm Springs take part in the Walk of Inns, opening their doors to welcome all visitors.

This annual event, now in its 23rd year, is a free, self-guided walking tour and fun way for the public to get to know the eclectic properties in the neighborhoods between Ramon Road and Tahquitz Canyon Way.

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Amin Casa is decorated for the holiday Walk of the Inns.

The Palm Springs Hotel: A deep love for Palm Springs

Growing up in Los Angeles, Denise Adams grew up vacationing in Palm Springs. She loved those visits to the desert, and when she sold her greeting card business and the opportunity came up to purchase an older hotel for sale on North Palm Canyon Drive, she jumped on it.

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Discover The Palm Springs Hotel

Steps in the Right Direction. Discovering what nature-lovers get so excited about with a visit to Palm Springs

Author: Andrew Schaeffer

I’m not an outdoorsy guy. I’m in my element when I’m lounging on the couch binging something on Netflix. But, I needed to change that habit and get out and get moving—and what better way to do so than by going somewhere with plenty of outdoor activities?

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Escape Resort, the perfect place to stay when going on Palm Springs adventures

My Normal Gay Life: J. Harvey’s Palm Spring Gay Guide

Let’s visit gay Palm Springs! — That’s right! Palm Springs is totally gay! The city is described colloquially as the oasis of the Coachella Valley desert and it is a city unlike any other offering a respite from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life with the perfect amount of kitsch. Located approximately two hours by car from Los Angeles and surrounded by desert and multiple mountain ranges, this modern city offers the perfect combination of nature and urban sophistication. Read More

J. Harvey’s Palm Springs Gay Guide

A Palm Springs Getaway That You May Not know About

We always love it when travel writers visit Palm Springs and stay in one of our uniquely beautiful, independently-owned Palm Springs boutique hotels. But it is particularly heartening when a writer like Joanna visits us and is completely captivated by the charm of her hotel and Palm Springs. Joanna recently stayed at the Alcazar and here’s what she had to say about her trip. Read More

Surprising Perks of a Palm Springs Getaway

How To Enjoy Three Palm Springs Gay Resorts In One Week

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

Our Palm Springs adventure began as we stepped off our plane into the Palm Springs International Airport. The first thing we noticed was the aroma. The open air design of the airport means that passengers are immediately greeted by the fresh, clean Palm Springs air. After six hours on a plane, it is a simple pleasure. Read More

Tortuga del Sol Image by Thomas Routzong

Tortuga Del Sol - One of the most beautiful clothing optional gay resorts we have ever experienced

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

We were invited to Palm Springs to learn more about the privately owned boutique resorts catering to gay men. After meeting one of the owners of Tortuga Del Sol at an old Frank Sinatra hangout for dinner, we spent three incredibly relaxing days enjoying Tortuga Del Sol. It is one of the most beautiful clothing optional gay resorts we have ever experienced. Read More

Tortuga del Sol Image by Thomas Routzong

Pride Week: Stay Independent & Diverse!

If you’re heading to Palm Springs for Pride Week, forget the big hotels and experience what community is all about. Palm Springs has dozens of charming, independently-owned boutique hotels that are just as unique as you.

And that’s important because Palm Spring Pride is like no other.  Here, community is defined very broadly and allies are enthusiastically celebrated.

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Stay at the Triangle Inn Palm Springs, a men’s clothing optional resort for Palm Springs Pride Week 2018

Holiday House is going back to its roots, while embracing modern style.

The Herbert W. Burns-designed luxury hotel was built in 1951, and has been reimagined by interior designer Mark D. Sikes. After several years as the Chase Hotel, the new Holiday House opened on May 1, 2017, with 28 guest rooms and calming shades of blue throughout the property. All of the completely remodeled rooms have oversized showers, Waterworks bath hardware, and Malin +Goetz bath amenities, and some have private outdoor space and Smeg appliances. Read More

Hotel room with blue and white decorations and wooden panel wall