Descanso Resort
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Over 70 years ago, movie stars, producers, and agents began escaping to the desert to take a break from the chaos of show business. Today, Hollywood makes its presence felt here in a whole new way, with a casual yet modern take on the legendary style of that time, updated for the savvy traveler of today.

This is Descanso, a newly refurbished, completely reimagined men’s resort in Palm Springs. Here, the lush garden blooms, the pool water sparkles, and more than one guest has been known to extend his stay. “The ambience says “California garden patio.” Your inner voice will say “What took you so long?”

Let our seamless blend of indoor/outdoor living, our casual refinement, and a welcoming Hollywood Moderne vibe bring a fresh perspective to your next desert getaway. You can almost hear Cary calling you back to the pool.

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We will transport you with:

  • Fenced property for ultimate privacy and relaxation
  • Meticulous grounds featuring native plants and palms
  • Heated salt water swimming pool and outdoor spa
  • Outdoor mist cooling system
  • Luxurious poolside sun beds
  • Poolside garden shower
  • Communal fire pit
  • Continental BREAKFAST
  • Complimentary ‘stay & splash’ poolside LUNCH 
  • Cantina with complimentary snacks and beverages
  • Weekend ‘Wine O’Clock’ Happy Hour
  • Multi-speed city bicycles
  • Fast Wi-Fi with high-speed Internet
  • King-size beds
  • Refrigerator, iron, electronic safe and hairdryer in every room
  • Gilchrest & Soames luxury bath products
  • Overnight off-street parking
  • On-site electric vehicle chargers
  • Complimentary snack bag upon arrival
  • So-close-you-can-almost-touch-them mountain views
  • And of course, the attentive and personable Descanso Staff!
  • On-site electric vehicle chargers
  • Complimentary snack bag upon arrival
  • So-close-you-can-almost-touch-them mountain views
  • And of course, the attentive and personable Descanso Staff!


Descanso features spacious rooms accommodating the needs of discerning guests. Have questions? Just email or call us at 760-320-1928. We’re sure we can make suitable arrangements. Please note, all rooms are non-smoking.

Balcony Room: Upper-Level room featuring one king bed. Mountain views. Maximum two guests.

Balcony Suite: Upper-Level room featuring one king bed and daybed. Mountain views. Maximum three guests.

Balcony Deluxe Suite: Upper-Level one bedroom suite featuring one king bed and daybed. Spacious bathroom with free-standing tub. Mountain Views. Maximum three guests.

Balcony Deluxe Suite: Upper-Level one bedroom suite featuring one king bed and daybed. Spacious bathroom with free-standing tub. Mountain Views. Maximum three guests.

Poolside Room: Features one king bed. Maximum two guests.

Poolside Suite: Features one king bed and daybed. Maximum three guests.

About Us


Created by a seasoned team of hoteliers, Descanso is reminiscent of their own favorite escapes: serene, comfortable, and effortlessly sophisticated. Our trained hospitality staff, led by General Manager Kent Taylor, hold advanced degrees in Pampering.

If you have any questions or would simply like information before you arrive, please feel free to e-mail us. We are here to make your vacation the very best it can be.

Also explore Descanso’s sister property in Palm Springs, Santiago Resort.

If you have questions, special requests, or just need to hear the sound of relaxation, contact us anytime. We’re glad to help.


Descanso Resort
288 E Camino Monte Vista
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Rates are for single/double occupancy. Extra person charge is $55 per person per day. All rates are subject to a 12.5% local government room tax.

Resort Fee
A $16.00 per day resort fee covers all hotel amenities.

Check In/Check Out
Check-in time is between 3:00pm and 5:00pm daily. Early check-in requests cannot be guaranteed, but will be accommodated when possible. Arrivals after 5:00pm are “self check-in.” 

Check out time is 11:00am.

Reservations require a one night Advance Payment (deposit). The balance of the stay will be charged upon arrival using the same credit card as the advance payment. Early departures constitute a cancellation. Changes to your reservation will be considered a cancellation and new booking.

Cancellations – Non Holidays
Cancellations made 7 days prior to arrival will receive a full refund of the Advance Payment (deposit.) Cancellations made less than 7 days of arrival will result in forfeiture of the Advance Payment (deposit.)

Cancellations – Holidays
Cancellations made 14 days prior to arrival will receive a full refund of the Advance Payment (deposit.) Cancellations made less than 14 days of arrival will result in a forfeiture of the advance payment. Holidays are: Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Modernism Weeks, White Party, Coachella Music Festival, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Leather and Gay Pride Weeks, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Parking is for registered guests only.

The Pool and Spa are open 24/7. No glass is allowed anywhere in the pool & spa area. In consideration of other guests, no noise or music after 10:00pm.

Minimum Age
Sorry, Descanso is not appropriate for guests under 18.

Certified ADA Service Animals are allowed on the property (no pet fee.)

Certified E.S. Animals are allowed on the property with advance notice ($100 pet fee applies.)

With the exception of designated areas, all rooms and outdoor areas are non-smoking. A $200 cleaning fee will be charged for smoking inside a room.

Please feel free to show visitors around the property, but understand that the use of the property is for registered guests only. There is limited space intended exclusively for our guests.


We’re going to make you glad you decided to stay with us. Like these guys are.

Oohs & Aahs

“What a magical place! The large rooms, crystal clear pool and landscaped grounds are all absolutely beautiful. Every detail has been so thoughtfully designed. Truly one of the most delightful boutique hotels my husband and I have ever experienced.”

“An amazing stay at Descanso. I’m not sure I’ve ever relaxed so completely. Attention to detail shows everywhere. And the staff is so friendly and welcoming. I can’t wait to book my next stay.”

“Glorious mornings mesmerized by the mountain views. Warm nights spent moving between dips into the spa and the firepit. And days spent sunning by the pool on some of the most comfortable lounge chairs ever. With breakfast (and lunch!) provided, we barely left the resort.”

See full reviews and our ranking at  TripAdvisor


1501 Uptown Gastropub

A new lively casual dining environment with elevated pub cuisine, crafty cocktails, artisan draft beers. 1501 is open dinner only, seven nights a week, open late on weekends. Also open for Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Reservations recommended. (.4 miles from hotel) 760-320-1501

533 Viet Fusion

A very thoughtfully created menu of delicious modern Vietnamese inspired food – from pho to a spring roll bar, paired with unique twists on classic cocktails, beer and wine. This South Palm Springs hip dining room is a guest favorite for both food and decor. 760-778-6595

Al Dente

Downtown Italian-Tuscan restaurant that has a cozy patio with twinkling lights and is great for people-watching. Everything is homemade with the freshest of ingredients beginning with flavorful antipasti, fresh salads and a variety of soups and made from scratch pasta. Open Late on weekends, until 10PM. 760-325-1160

Azúcar Restaurant @ La Serena Villas

Farm-to-table Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired menu. A beautiful poolside dining area, and also a roof deck dining with spectacular mountain views. A guest favorite! Reservations recommended. 844-932-8044

Bill’s Pizza

With great takes on classics and clever specialty pizzas, this local pizzeria is highly regarded by locals and visitors alike. Gluten free and vegetarian options. 760-325-5571

Billy Reeds

Opened in 1975! Billy Reeds is considered by many a true comfort food haven here in Palm Springs, complete with kitschy red velvet wallpaper interior. Billy’s grandmother taught him all her secret family recipes, specializing in Sunday dinner classics, and her award-winning baking recipes that are all still made fresh daily. (.4 miles from hotel) 760-325-1946


Amazing hip Italian, Neapolitan pizzas, small plates, killer cocktails. Open until 10PM. Weekends will be busy! (.7 miles from hotel) 760-327-5678


Besides being a super-hip cocktail bar, with a perfect ‘people watching’ open patio, they also serve yummy bar food until ‘late’ every day.
Happy Hour everyday 4-6PM 760-832-8497

Bongo Johnny’s

Most famous for breakfast, brunch, and hamburgers. They also have a great menu of comfort food, salads, etc. Very casual. One of the great services at Bongo Johnny’s is they deliver hot and fresh, for free, right to the hotel.  So if you decide you want to have some food brought in, and do not want to use a delivery app, this is a great alternative option. 760-318-3960


Super hip popular breakfast & brunch place. the delicious food focuses on local & organic. Has become famous for their ‘bacon flight.’ Expect very long waits, especially on weekends, but many consider the 90+ minute wait to be worth it in the end! 760-327-7595

Chi Chi

Fun California inspired healthy food served by the pool at Avalon Hotel. Dinner can be very romantic ny the pool, and they have a great “all day” menu that is very brunchy if you are looking for a fun place to have lunch. 760-318-3005

Copley’s on Palm Canyon

Part of the former Cary Grant estate, this romantic restaurant offers elevated American dishes. Beautiful outdoor patio with stunning mountain views! (.8 miles from hotel) 760-327-9555

Del Rey

A beautiful and intimate, wood paneled room in the beautifully renovated Villa Royale Hotel, the Del Rey has becoming a popular place to enjoy craft cocktails and delicious food. The whimsical tapas inspired menu offers different plate sizes, making a sharing food night quite easy and fun. Late Night food, open until 10PM. 833-536-7189


Not a far walk from Descanso, With its huge patio, and cozy small dining areas inside, Eight4Nine is considered to be one of the more beautifully designed restaurants in town. Fun playful California cuisine, brunch is a locals favorite. Reservations are highly recommended. 760-325-8490

El Mirasol

Just a short walk from Descanso, El Mirasol North offers artfully prepared regional Mexican cuisine and some of the best margaritas in Palm Springs. Beautiful patio. Reservations are recommended, but they do take walk-ins as well. (.7 miles from hotel) 760-323-0721

El Patio

Palm Springs newest Mexican restaurant, locally owned and known for it’s delicious homemade food and huge shady patio. They have full bar that serves several festive margarita selections! 760-832-6332


Intimate country-chic eatery serving farm-to-table Provencal fare. Best known for fantastic breakfast & lunch. The Chef’s tasting dinner menu is incredible, always fresh with market ingredients and delicious. The Friday through Tuesday dinner books weeks in advance with reservations, book early for dinner, you will be happy you did! 760-322-2724


Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant has gone from a Palm Springs local favorite’s secret spot, to one of the best hole in the wall Mexican places in town. Serving food from generations of traditional family recipes, using the freshest ingredients and no skimping, no skipping steps, in anything. 760-318-9277

Fisherman’s Market

An extremely casual seafood favorite in downtown. Definitely a great place for fish and chips, grilled seafood. Served fresh and quick. 760-327-1766

Grand Central

A New American Restaurant right on the plaza, serving seasonal, fresh farm to table food. Recently started serving dinner, but already a hit for breakfast and lunch! People talk about prosciutto benedict, sweet potato gnocchi and tomato salad. 760-699-7185

Il Corso

Absolutely authentic Italian cuisine, including homemade pastas, gourmet wood oven pizza, seafood and roasted leg of veal. Chef Mario also prepares nightly specials from all over Italy like the gnocchi, and seasonal dishes. Big on flavors, but portions tend to be on the smaller side, think multiple courses when you order. 760-341-6700


Hip, casual American bistro, charming courtyard or intimate indoor dining room. Delicious chef-inspired originals and gourmet comfort foods, full bar and great wine list! (.7 miles from hotel) 760-327-4400


Modern European Cuisine from Austrian born Chef Johannes Bacher, Upscale casual ambiance that has become a local favorite. 760-778-0017


This tiny ice cream shop offers up HUGE flavors, including quite a few dairy-free options. Kreem is the perfect way to cool off on those warm Palm Springs nights, located in the South end.

L’Atelier Cafe

This adorable cafe offers traditional French made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch options at an affordable price. Perfect spot for a couples brunch. 760-778-7895

La Bonita’s

This family-owned local Mexican eatery in Downtown Palm Springs utilizes fresh ingredients to create flavorful scratch-made dishes at a modest price.

La Tablita

A great ‘off the path’ local Mexican restaurant in Cathederal City. Absolutely a local favorite. This amazing, hidden gem is an actual sit down restaurant with very reasonable prices for delicious homemade food, in generous portion sizes. 760-321-5935

Loco Charlie’s Mexican Grill

Quickly building a reputation for the best street tacos in Palm Springs, Loco Charlie’s provides authentic Mexican food at a modest price point. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. (1.3 miles from hotel) 760-832-6474


Large menu of California Cuisine. Know in town for being fast paced dining room, hip crowd, great for people watching. Open Late 760-327-5858

Manhattan In The Desert

A New York Style Delicatessen carrying on the tradition of a New York style Deli right here in the heart of Palm Springs. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving up big comfort food portions in their old-school diner setting. Don’t forget to hit the dessert case! 760-322-3354

Mid Mod Cafe

Mod Café is Uptown Palm Springs’ organic alternative for healthy breakfast, lunch. A local favorite for fresh and delicious food. 760-699-7714


Always a guest favorite since opening in 2003, recently re-opened after an extensive renovation, and rumored to be better than ever! 760-323-5199

Monsoon Indian Cuisine

This is definitely a local off-the-path favorite! A truly wonderful Indian restaurant with surprisingly amazing food. Serving up a medley of sizzling Indian dishes, all done in traditional spices and cooked with hot and delicious sauces Many organic, vegetarian entrees are also available. They also an extensive Lunch Buffett. 760-325-2700

Mr. Parker’s

Shhhh…it is a secret restaurant. You’ll find Mister Parker’s, an eclectic bistro, behind a velvet curtain. Inside, there’s old-school decor that includes dark-wood paneling, a mirrored ceiling, and seductive artwork. Classic French cuisine is served here, including escargot, pan-roasted duck, and steak au poivre. If you’re splurging, ask for the restaurant’s traditional caviar service. 760-321-4629


Brightly colored open-air Terrace restaurant in the Parker Hotel, that serves breakfast & lunch all day and night. Fun and hip place to grab a meal, especially if you like breakfast for dinner! 760-770-5000

Palm Greens Café

Whole, organic. Daytime smoothies and salads, nighttime pan-Asian. 760-864-9900

Palmina Italian

Brand new to Palm Springs, this is a truly authentic Italian restaurant. Homemade pastas, delicious homemade crust pizzas, many delicious sauces from scratch, you feel the love in every bite! They even do a traditional family recipe carbonara prepared tableside. (1 mile from hotel) 760-898-9255

Paul Bar

Hidden in an unassuming strip mall on the edge of Palm Springs, this speakeasy style bar offers expertly-crafted cocktails and late night bites until 12AM.

PS Underground

Offering one of the most unique dining experiences in Palm Springs, PS Underground is an ever evolving supper club featuring gourmet meals and world class entertainment. No two dinners are ever the same. 760-636-8442

Purple Room

The sophistication and glamour of the Rat Pack era come alive here, the desert’s premiere supper club. Live music Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. No Cover. Ticketed Shows Friday through Sunday. 760-322-4422

Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

Home to Palm Springs original Drag Brunch, Rio Azul serves fantastic Mexican cuisine in a traditional style and rumored to have some of the best margaritas in town. Great for brunch! 760-992-5641

Roly China Fusion

Amazing Chinese fusion in the North End. The food is really fantastic! The appetizers, although smaller in size they are big in flavor! The menu is a great selection of fusion and traditional options. The traditional are just ‘traditional’ enough, with a twist. Quickly becoming known for the seafood entrees. Great place to order and share family style. 760-548-0041

Ruben and Ozzy’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Relaxed, open-view kitchen with an eclectic menu specializing in seafood, delicious small plates. Known for their amazing seafood tacos and pasta dishes. Big outdoor seating area. Open Late. 760-325-8800

Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey Bar

Creative selection of hand-crafted sushi and whiskey pairings. Considered to be one of the best sushi restaurants in the valley, that is literally a 5 minute walk away from the hotel. Open until 10PM and reservations are highly recommended. 760-537-1022

Sandwich Spot, The

Fun concept sandwiches. Not your standard sub shop. 760-778-7900

Shame on the Moon

Shame on the Moon Restaurant serves classic American food in a supper-club style dining room. This restaurant gets consistently great reviews by repeat customers and food critics alike, but don’t expect surprises, they specialize in classics that include seafood, steak, pasta. Full bar.and great wine list. Reasonably priced pre-fixe menu. 760-324-5515

Shanghai Reds Oyster Bar

Shanghai Reds Oyster Bar, tucked away in a small alleyway behind Fisherman’s Market, opens in the afternoon but truly comes to life at night with live music Thurs-Sat. Famous for fish tacos (as featured on the Food Network), fresh seafood, small & large plates and cold beers. Late night happy hour begins every night at 9 p.m. and goes until closing. 760-322-9293

Sherman’s Deli

Since opening the first location in 1953, Sherman’s has become a landmark in Palm Springs for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, reminiscent of a New York style deli. Specializing in Jewish comfort food & huge portions! The homemade desserts are famous throughout the valley. 760-325-1199


A local favorite, this South End, family run Italian eatery offers authentic “just like mom used to make” food in a very casual plastic red check tablecloth setting.


One of the most romantic patios in the city, serving delicious California classic food. Also a hot spot for Brunch. 760-327-3446


In the heart of Uptown Palm Springs, Tac/Quilla offers a fresh take on Mexican inspired classics as well as some creative originals. Steer yourself towards some of the more creative dishes to truly stimulate the senses. (1 mile from hotel) 760-417-4471


Traditional sashimi, nigiri, and tempura is the name of the game. The fish is fresh, the prices are reasonable, and the place has been packed since day one. Be prepared to wait at peak dining hours! 760-600-5806

Thai Smile

Authentic Thai food right in downtown Palm Springs, a family-owned restaurant serving Thai dishes that are considered by many to be the best in the Coachella Valley. They have a great selection of vegetarian dishes too. 760-320-5503

The Tailor Shop

Just a short walk from the hotel, this unusual craft cocktail bar is considered to be more of an experience than a bar. They do have a ‘small bites’ menu of tasty bar tapas as well. A great place to have a cocktail before heading out to dinner. 760-537-7227


No frills at this inexpensive taqueria. A delightful alternative to the touristy cantinas of downtown. 760-325-1125

Truss & Twine

Carefully crafted cocktails and a diverse small-plates menu make this a must stop when going through Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District. Food served until 11PM on weeknights and 12AM weekends. 760-459-3451

Tyler’s Burgers

Considered by many, the best burger in Palm Springs. Fantastic homemade sides! Lunch only. Seasonal. 760-325-2990

Wilma & Frieda

Breakfast and lunch comfort food with a twist. Dishes reminiscent of childhood favorites with a grown up flavor profile. Awesome farmhouse inspired 2nd floor café setting, and try to save room for the homemade baked goods. 760-992-5080

Workshop Kitchen

James Beard award winner. Farm to table focus using local ingredients and craft cocktails. The menu focuses on locally-sourced small plates, while entrees skew heartier but all still filled with culinary surprises. Considered a “foodie” favorite. 760-459-3451

Architecture and Design Center

The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion is located in downtown Palm Springs. It is the country’s first historic structure to be transformed into a free-standing architecture and design museum that is housed in a modern building. The 13,000 square foot building, is a classic mid-century international style structure, that will showcase architecture and design exhibitions, a store, and curatorial offices. 760-423-5260

Asia SF / Palm Springs

AsiaSF’s spectacular interiors, calling to mind a “1930s Shanghai” is the backdrop to an evening of great pan-asian food and stunning transgender beauties lip-syncing drag classics. The 6PM show includes a multi course dinner. Great place for large parties or events. Reservations are required
6PM- Wednesday-Sunday Dinner & Show $68
8:30PM- Friday-Saturday Cocktails & Show $35 760-249-2766

Big Wheel Tours

Big Wheel Tours offers Bicycle, Jeep and Hiking Tours in Palm Springs California – Joshua Tree National Park, San Andreas Fault and Mojave Desert. 760-779-1837

Bike Rentals

Even though we have complimentary Townie Bikes available at the hotel for all the guests to use, sometimes we have guests that are looking for a racing bike or long distance road bicycle. This is the place to go. Open seasonally. 760-832-8912

Cabazon Dinosaurs

From the interstate highway I-10 you will see the uncommon view of two giant dinosaurs. When you arrive, Cabazon Dinosaur odd yet iconic adventure includes a dinosaur exhibit featuring over 50 lifelike dinosaurs, a dinosaur dig, fossil panning, and access to climb inside Mr. Rex all the way up to his mouth! 951-922-8700

El Paseo Shopping District

A unique shopping district filled with over 200 delightful discoveries… Shops, restaurants, art and more! Don’t miss all the special events like Art Walk (1st Friday, Nov-May), Cruise Night (1st & 3rd Fridays through April), Jazz Concerts (Jan-Apr), Fashion Week (Mid-March) and so much more! 877-735-7273

Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, Palm Desert

This is a satellite location of the Palm Springs Art Museum located in Palm Desert. It is always free, and open daily from Sunrise to Sunset. This consists of a 4 acre garden features 14 sculptures, and over 60 desert plants! 760-346-5600

Gay Desert Guide

This is an impressive resource of activities, events, and happenings all over Palm Springs. The local GDG team work very hard to have one of the most comprehensive and currents LGBT lists in the city. Definitely worth checking out before you arrive.


Hiking trails are abundant in Palm Springs. From easy walking trail to difficult terrain, spectacular mountain vistas, waterfalls, natural streams, rocky gorges and unusual rock formations.This Website is a great resource for hiking in Palm Springs and surrounding areas. Don’t forget to always bring water!

Historical Society Walking Tours

Historical walking tours focusing on Palm Springs’ historic neighborhoods, with a combination of the celebrities and local pioneers. 10 different walking tours, all about 2 hours of strolling with a well informed local carefully chosen for their wealth of information, and facts they have to share. 760-323-8297

Indian Canyons

Home to the world’s largest California Fan Palm oasis, the Indian Canyons feature over 60 miles of hiking trails and offers twice daily guided tours that touch on the rich history of the once home of the Agua Caliente Indians. 760-323-6018

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree, lies at an ecological crossroads, where the high Mojave Desert meets the low Colorado Desert. The result is amazing desert flora, including those wacky namesake trees. An incredible full day experience that everybody must do see least once.

Living Desert, The

The Living Desert offers an experience like no other. A wondrous 1200 acre zoo and gardens experience filled with amazement. The Living Desert’s mission is desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. They frequently do ‘night walks’ when the entire zoo comes to life in a nocturnal way. Great for all ages.

McCallum Theatre

Considered one of the very best for music, theater and dance, the McCallum Theatre is the premier venue for entertainment. Located in Palm Desert, this beautiful auditorium is the spot for performance in the Valley. Definitely worth checking the Calendar to see who is here during your stay. 760-340-2787

Mid-Century Architecture Tours

This is a smart phone tour that is a self-driving audio multimedia tours. Drive in your own car from stop to stop and hear all about the iconic buildings that make Palm Springs, California the center of midcentury modern architecture. It is a great way to go at your own pace and see many iconic buildings throughout Palm Springs

Mogo Silent Disco

Mogo Disco is a 70 minute headphone dance party at rotating disclosed spots to dance and have fun with others in Downtown Palm Springs! It is only on Friday & Saturdays, and is a quickly spreading craze here in town. Participation is limited, so advance tickets are required. For more info check out the website.

Moorten Botanical Garden

This fairly small botanical garden is well maintained and quite interesting. There is a lot here, considering the over all size of the gardens. This is a pleasant spot for visitors and even more so for people who want to learn more about the vegetation of the desert in the area. 760-327-6555

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

A fantastic view of the valley from over 8,500 ft, extensive hiking and nature trails. Facilities feature a restaurant, bar and cafeteria.

Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum is rated as one of the top 14 Air Museums in the World by CNN Travel. Visit the 65000 sq. ft. non-profit housing over 40 vintage airplanes, models, uniforms and endless photos. The museum has and incredible volunteer team, all of which are ready to share knowledge, history and sometimes even a story or two. 760-778-6262

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs has a surprisingly amazing Art Museum, for a small town. The major exhibits change frequently. The permanent collection is incredible. There is a newly opened sculpture garden and an excellent cafe. Free on Thursday nights, closed on Wednesdays. 760- 322-4800

Palm Springs Cultural Center

There is always a lot going on at the Palm Springs Cultural Center! We highly recommend checking out the calendar to see what might be happening while you are visiting. This amazing non-profit center is the hub for independent films, live musicians, one night events, film festivals of all kinds, the types of activities are endless. Check out the events page, and make some plans! 760-880-4921

Palm Springs Flea Market and Food Fest

7-acres with over a hundred vendors, food trucks, SoCal local farmers market booths, and live performance! Every Saturday and Sunday from 8AM to 4PM. Only $2 admission

PS Museum of Art – Free Thursdays

Every Thursday night, You can browse contemporary artworks and museum for free. 5-7PM

PS Underground

Offering one of the most unique dining experiences in Palm Springs, PS Underground is an ever evolving supper club featuring gourmet meals and world class entertainment. No two dinners are ever the same. 760-636-8442

Rock The Park

Every first Wednesday of the month, Palm Springs Downtown Park hosts a free music concert. Each month a tribute band will be there to entertain at 7PM. Very popular with locals and visitors, we recommend you get there early to get the best seats, a great place to bring a park-picnic. Check out the website for the tribute bands that will be playing.

Smoke Tree Stables

Experience a few quiet hours of “getting away from it all” on over 150 miles of convenient riding trails that provide both solitude and breathtaking beauty. Located in Palm Springs near the Indian Canyons, Smoke Tree Stables offers guided rides by the hour or for the entire day! 760-327-1372


Sunnylands offers visitors a beautiful, tranquil, and environmentally sustainable space to learn about Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg, their history at Sunnylands, the famous people who visited, and the contemporary retreat program. Guests can watch a film, enjoy art exhibitions, explore over a mile of walking trails through the 9-acre gardens, which are free to see. House tours requires advance ticket purchase. (see website) 760-202-2222

Tahquitz Canyon Waterfalls

Take an easy two mile hike out to this beautiful 50 foot waterfall in Palm Springs. A must visit for anyone who wants an escape from the town or connect with some desert landscape. Within walking distance from the hotel, so grab a water and head towards the Visitors Center at the end of Mesquite. Admission $12.50 760-416-7044

Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve

Enjoy some of the 30 miles of trails, picnic areas, cool oases and wildlife and wildflowers and take a walk into the past in our rustic Visitors’ Center, the Palm House, a palm log cabin built in the 1930’s. Free admission, but donations are appreciated. 760-343-1234


Every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs they block the traffic for 6+ blocks on Palm Canyon, and make way for a diverse array of local artisans, live entertainers, fresh fruits & vegetables, flowers, jewelry, art, and much more. There is also a large section of food booths and food trucks at the North end of the fair. 6PM-10PM

Wandering Mojave Hiking Services

Wandering Mojave is a locally owned and operated hiking guide service that operates exclusively within Joshua Tree National Park. Lead Guide Travis Puglisi has spent the last 20 years wandering, on and off the trails, learning the secrets of the landscape and how to respectfully move through it. 1/2 day or full day hikes are available 760-492-5576

Windmill Market

I know you are asking, why is a little market in ‘activities’ – It is because going here is a bit of an adventure, but one that might just be of interest to you. Windmill Market has the honor of winning the best Date Shake in Coachella Valley 4 years standing. It is typically in the #1 position of customer reviewed restaurants in Desert Hot Springs on Trip Advisor. And the perfect pit stop for lunch if you are going out to see the Windmills up close. 760-251-4489

Asia SF / Palm Springs

AsiaSF’s spectacular interiors, calling to mind a “1930s Shanghai” is the backdrop to an evening of great pan-asian food and stunning transgender beauties lip-syncing drag classics. The 6PM show includes a multi course dinner. Great place for large parties or events. Reservations are required
6PM- Wednesday-Sunday Dinner & Show $68
8:30PM- Friday-Saturday Cocktails & Show $35 760-249-2766

Barracks Bar, The

Named one of the top 25 fetish bars in the world by Alpha Tribe magazine, The Barracks Is the Desert’s Leather/Boot/Fetish destination.
Sundays 2pm-2am Beer Bust
Regular DILF Parties 760-321-9688


Besides being a super-hip cocktail bar, with a perfect ‘people watching’ open patio, they also serve yummy bar food until ‘late’ every day.
Happy Hour everyday 4-6PM 760-832-8497


Modern hip dance club, with cute go-go boys and occasional drag celebrities, great patio looking out onto the street. A cool nightspot in the little Arenas Road gay-bar neighborhood.
Wednesday 8-12 Karaoke
Saturday 12-3PM -Bingo
Sunday 8-10PM Drag Show 760-327-1079

Happy Hour Finder

This is a great list on Gay Desert Guide! It is only bars that pay to advertise on GDG, but still a very handy and comprehensive list of the different happy hours, days and times.


The self-proclaimed “center of gay nightlife” in Palm Springs, Hunters hosts numerous themed events throughout the week and late night dancing on the weekends.
Wednesday 6PM Drag Bingo
Thursday 9PM Durbin’s Daddies
Fridays 5-7:30PM Fur Fridays Happy Hour
Sunday 9:30PM Drag Show 760-323-0700

Jazz on the 2nd Floor

Live Jazz, every Tuesday from 5PM-7:30PM at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, in the upstairs VIP Lounge. Settle into the arms of your old favorites or find something new  to tempt the heart- each week features a different song list with a rotating quintet of the finest So-Cal Jazz musicians. No cover / 2 drink minimum.

One Eleven Bar

Relaxed cocktail lounge in Cathedral City. Under new ownership and offers a warm, welcoming environment with weekly events.
Thirsty Thursdays ALL Day Happy Hour
Fridays 8pm-midnight Karaoke 760-328-2900

Oscar’s Cafe & Bar

Local favorite that is known for a robust Cabaret calendar and very popular Sunday afternoon Tea Dance.
Sunday 4:30PM 80s Tea-Dance 760-325-1188

Purple Room

The sophistication and glamour of the Rat Pack era come alive here, the desert’s premiere supper club. Live music Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. No Cover. Ticketed Shows Friday through Sunday. 760-322-4422


Sister to the QUADZ bar in Las Vegas, fun social atmosphere.
Monday, Friday & Saturday 8-10PM Broadway Show Tunes Videos
Thursday 9PM- Karaoke 760-778-4326

Roost Lounge, The

Gay bar and video lounge in Cathedral City. A comfortable place with lots of atmosphere “to roost” and talk with friends and make new ones.
Tuesdays 7:30-11:30 Karaoke
Thursdays 6-11 Show Tunes 760-507-8495


A “Low-Key” bar catering to a mature crowd who enjoy the bar’s cheap, strong drinks. Karaoke nights Sunday thru Wednesday, and friendly staff make this a Palm Springs staple! 760-320-1266

Tool Shed

Just a short walk from Santiago, the Tool Shed is known for its down-home, unpretentious, levi/boots/leather vibe.
Wednesdays and Saturdays 12-3pm Bingo
Thursdays 10pm Underwear Night and Underwear Contest


Tiki Lounge known for its high energy, diverse crowd, and multiple weekly drag shows.
Wednesdays 8pm Karaoke
Saturdays 3pm Bingo
Sundays 8pm & 10pm Drag Shows

Trunks Cathedral City

“Where the Spirits are High and the prices are Low!”
Fridays 8pm Divas On The Dance Floor Drag Show
Saturdays 7-8pm Dance Lessons 760-321-0031


Dimly-lit dive bar on the cusp of Arenas Road, complete with pool, darts, cheap drinks and heavy pours.

Western Exposure’s Dadfest

Dadfest is a celebration of, you guessed it, daddies! The perfect way to be celebrating your 4th of July Palm Springs weekend all day pool parties, BBQ’s, and great music.
June 30 to July 4, 2022

Modernism Week – Fall Preview

The Fall Preview is a four-day long “mini-Modernism Week” featuring more than 50 events, including tours, talks, and parties.
October 12 to October 15, 2022

Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend

A 3 day celebration of leather events, day and night parties, and leather contests.
October 27 to October 30, 2022

Halloween Block Party

All of Arenas Road celebrates this huge costume party, with live entertainment, costume contest, bar events and so much more. On Sunday the 30th this year. 4PM-10PM. The event is free but VIP tickets are available.
October 29, 2022

Palm Springs Gay Pride

As one of the last Pride Celebrations, Palm Springs is know for doing it right! The entire city comes alive with the 3 day Pride Weekend. Dance parties, special events, live performance, block parties. It is one of the busiest weekends of the year, plan early!
November 3 to November 6, 2022

The Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Three days of activities that include balloon tether rides, nighttime balloon glows, romantic dinners, live musical entertainment, gourmet food trucks. Admission is free, but many activities have a cost. Fun to go down and just see all the amazing hot air balloons! Ranked as one of the top 10 balloon festivals in the Nation. 760-321-5154
November 18 to November 20, 2022

International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming over 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents.
January 4 to January 15, 2023

Modernism Week

Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. Modernism Week features more than 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.
February 15 to February 25, 2023

International Bear Convergence

The International Bear Convergence (IBC) is the premier event for Bears and Admirers. The four-day event will come to life with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe.
February 22 to February 26, 2023