Palm Springs is one of the best destinations in the USA for gay travelers. As well as being a gay mecca, it’s also very stylish. Straight people are actually in a minority in Palm Springs! It proved to be very popular as a discreet getaway for the Hollywood elite – it’s just under a two-hour drive from LA. The presence of so many big stars made Palm Springs a very upmarket destination. It was once the stomping ground of Frank Sinatra and Greta Garbo.
This desert city is a must-see – it’s especially popular for staycations. There’s a huge gay scene to explore. There are also many hotels geared exclusively towards LGBT+ travelers. Most Palm Springs hotels can be found in the Warm Sands district. Here’s our lowdown on the best gay hotels in Palm Springs.
This is the most luxurious gay hotel in Palm Springs. It has just ten suites so it’s very intimate – more like a private home than a hotel. The Hacienda is surrounded by the sweeping desert landscapes of Palm Springs. It opened in 2000 and it’s been highly popular ever since. This would be a great place to bring a significant other for a romantic trip. It could also be a good place to find a rich husband – you never know!
Every aspect of this hotel is high-end, from the bathroom amenities to the quality of the service. The Hacienda may well be the most stylish gay hotel in the whole of the USA.
Santiago Resort is another well-established gay resort in Palm Springs. You’ll find this hotel at the at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains. You can come to the Santiago Resort to unwind in the sun and enjoy some serenity, or you could use it as a launch base to explore Palm Springs buzzing gay nightlife.
The rooms are spacious, chic and decorated in lightly accented colours. All very in keeping with the desert vibes of Palm Springs. The heated pool in also a winner – it’s also swimsuit-optional. Breakfast and lunch are included in the price.
INNdulge is a mid-century-style hotel in Palm Springs geared towards gay men. It was sold in December 2020 to new owners – on the condition it stays gay. The hotel has been serving gay men since 1995. If the walls could talk.
It’s a fixture in the Warm Sands gayborhood and it often gets busy. The pool area is clothing optional. INNdulge is more popular with guys over 35. It’s a place where you can have fun but it’s also a place where you can relax. The entrance has an impressive mid-century design.
The Bearfoot Inn is geared towards the bear community (hi guys) and their admirers. The building is also a fine example of mid-century architecture. The pool area is surrounded by dramatic desert landscapes.
It’s located in the Movie Colony area – Palm Springs Uptown Design District is just up the road. You’ll also be close to the gay scene around Arenas Road. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed. Breakfast is served each morning and you’ll have access to the hotel’s gym.
The Triangle Inn is one of the more intimate gay hotels in Palm Springs. It hails itself as “romantic, relaxing and frisky”, which does sound appealing. Enjoy the tropical gardens and take a swim in the pool.
The rooms are spacious and very well maintained. Some are more like private apartments than hotel rooms, featuring full kitchens, living rooms and separate bedrooms. It’s not as close to central Palm Springs but you can easily get back and forth in a taxi. You can also take a hike from the nearby trails if you like walking. The Triangle Inn is charming and budget-friendly.
Canyon Club Hotel
Located in downtown Palm Springs, this is one of the bigger gay resorts in Palm Springs. It has 32 rooms, 8 with private patios and 8 with full kitchens. It’s within walking distance of the gay bars.
This is also a notable mid-century building – there are quite a lot in Palm Springs. The style is classically Palm Springs and it’s been carefully restored by owners John and Chris. This is the only gay resort you’ll find downtown so it’s the preferred choice you want to be in the heart of the action.
All Worlds Resort
This is one of the more playful hotels geared towards gay men in Palm Spring, so to speak. It’s a gated building with both outdoor and indoor mazes. It’s open to non-residents looking for fun times – for ticketed weekend access.
Coffee is available but this isn’t really a foodie resort. It’s more geared towards fun. There are plenty of places to get tapas in Palm Springs. This is a place to tap-ass.
Published: 14-Sep-2021 by Alex | Last Updated: 17-Sep-2021
On: Gay Palm Springs