Palm Springs - where to stay?

  • ac416

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    Sep 17, 2012 11:38 PM GMT
    So may go to Palm Springs soon and looking for advice on which area/ neighborhood to stay . I'm looking for a place with a pool and walking distance to the Downtown. The friend I'm going with wants a resort that has a golf course. Anyone know if these are possible together or are all the resorts with golf courses miles away from the downtown? Hard to tell from the maps how big the city is or if it's easy to get around. Thx icon_smile.gif
  • jperfit

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    Sep 18, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    Palm springs is a small town but very, very spread out, u will not finf a golf course type of resort close to downtown, probably palm dessert, Wherever you stay make sure u hang at the starbucks right on palm canyon accross from the Marilyn Monroe statue, only place open after 10pm
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    Sep 18, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    ugh i wanna go- its always sunny there icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    yes, it's hard to get everything you want in one spot. It's super easy to get around Palm Springs, though, so no worries about that. I'd check out the Riviera (www.psriviera.com), just because it's a midcentury classic that's been remodeled and is really beautiful!

    Parking isn't too hard to find downtown--there's an empty lot right across from Hamburger Mary's on Palm Canyon that almost always has space--and from there you can do the downtown stroll.

    Have fun! Palm Springs is laid-back and fun. Oh, and Pinocchio in the Desert has a 3.95 all-you-can drink champagne special every day ;-)
  • jperfit

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    Sep 18, 2012 2:19 AM GMT
    You should also check out the Ace hotel, not in downtown but very cool place to stay something always going on at the ace
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    Sep 18, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
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  • SF2PS

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    Sep 18, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    First of all, almost every resort will have a pool. The gay resorts are mostly clothing optional.

    Walking distance to downtown probably means the Warm Sands Area for gay resorts. Warm Sands resorts run from high-end to bath house. Personally, I think the Hacienda is the nicest of the bunch (romantic, low-key, mainly couples). Inndulge is fun and friendly.

    There is a good chance you will want to rent a car with things so spread out. If so I can also recommend the Santiago (although it isn't walking distance to much of anything) - it has a great pool and nice rooms.

    Of the hotels, the Ace Hotel is LA Trendy and very metro-sexual, chic and fun. The Riviera is a big hotel and a nice property. Lately I've heard they have had trouble filling it, so the crowd is young, mostly straight and usually inebriated. Both are long walks from downtown, but the Riviera at least has a shuttle.The

    If you are interested in golf, you should look into Escena - the restaurant there has a great lunch/brunch and some of the best views of the valley.

    By the way, for coffee the friendliest crowd and most the locals go to Koffi. There are two locations. One is on North Palm Canyon with a great outdoor seating area. The one on South Palm Canyon is across the street from the Ace Hotel.

    Restaurants you may wish to try:

    - Escena for lunch or brunch.
    - Tropicale for a fun mid-century modern atmosphere.
    - Roscoe Grill is in my opinion the best kept secret in the valley.
    - Johannes for foodies (a bit expensive but worth it)
    - Wang's on a Friday night for the boys.
    - Matchbox downtown for pizza and such.
    - Tapas and drinks outside at Azul
    - Thai Smile if you are craving asian.

    World Gym easily has the best facility and equipment in the desert - it is also the gayest of the gyms.

    There is a lot of great hiking nearby. You can take the tram up Mt. San Jacinto for fun views and great hiking if there isn't snow at the top. If you are looking for down time, laying by the pool and maybe some bar hopping you will have fun. Weather is a bit unpredictable in December and early January, but most the rest of the fall, winter and spring are spectacular.

    Hope this helps . . .
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    Sep 18, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    I have a place in PS and am in town right now.

    Hotel Zoso, Best Western, and the Hyatt are all downtown. Zoso is very close to Arenas where the bars are. The Spa Resort Casino hotel is also very close to Arenas and is fairly inexpensive. Renaissance is also in walking distance of downtown. Gay resorts are all over, with a lot of them at both ends of downtown- just to the north and in the warm sands area just to the south.

    Besides what has already been mentioned (and Wangs on Friday evenings for happy hour at 5 is something every out of towner should do), check what events are happening the week or weekend you come. Last night I went to a fundraiser gay pool party at the Saguaro and there is often something like this happening instead of the usual nightlife.

    And you do need a car to get around Palm Springs.

    Here is me at the latest tourist thing to see:

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    Sep 18, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    Hey, my bf and I are headed there the first week of October. We have a timeshare on Palm Canyon but might take advantage of a resort for the day rather than the timeshare for laying out. Also will be hiking, thinking of the tram and Indian Canyon.

    Anyone around that week that wants to grab a drink, let me know.
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    Sep 18, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    ac416 saidSo may go to Palm Springs soon and looking for advice on which area/ neighborhood to stay . I'm looking for a place with a pool and walking distance to the Downtown. The friend I'm going with wants a resort that has a golf course. Anyone know if these are possible together or are all the resorts with golf courses miles away from the downtown? Hard to tell from the maps how big the city is or if it's easy to get around. Thx icon_smile.gif


    Oh I just came from Palm Springs! Gorgeous and perfect sun for that nice dark tan and oh yes...the men.

    As for places to stay....there are so many but if you prefer a resort atmosphere with men only and not to be bias here...stayed at the La Vita Dolce Resort...clean and nice comfty atmosphere...two pools...jacuzzis...free breakfast..free wifi...steamroom

    Also try the Tortuga Del Sol...it looks great and plan on going there soon.

    As for nightlife...there's plenty to do....nice and modern shopping centers the further you go on Palm Canyon Drive...and the scenery is beautiful...
  • ac416

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    Sep 18, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    Wow, Thanks for all the great info icon_smile.gif. Going with the Hyatt downtown for their location and amenities. And 3.95 all-you-can drink champagne? That's bad news, lol.
    -and I didn't realize the large Marilyn Monroe was there, that pic is too funny.
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    Sep 18, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    The Riviera is always a popular choice amongst the gay crowd and it has a kinda retro feel to it, though the main entrance is super modern and glitzy. Check it out if you want to try something different than the typical Marriott/Hilton etc...
  • jperfit

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    Sep 18, 2012 7:40 AM GMT
    While your their check out a place called"The River" palm desert, its spectacular
  • Koaa2

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    Sep 18, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    My favorite place to eat is Trios, you can walk to it from the Hyatt. They have a great happy hour and early bird dinner special. Mostly gay, gay owners who are great. The atmosphere is one of the best in the city. Have fun.

    http://www.triopalmsprings.com/

    There is also a good Mexican restaurnat close to the Hyatt: Blue Coyote.
    Hamburger Marys is also within walking distance.