How to pick the perfect vacation rental in Palm Springs
With a history of welcoming celebrity visitors such as Elvis and Frank Sinatra, followed by a new
identity catering to golfers and spa-goers, Palm Springs has experienced quite a few reinventions as a city. The tropical destination, just 100 miles from Los Angeles, is a modern, luxurious getaway for everyone from snowbirds to hipsters—not to mention outdoor enthusiasts. It’s also home to one of North America’s largest film festivals, not to mention the bucket-list music fest, Coachella.
Whether you’re planning a relaxing, sunny vacation or that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Coachella, here’s everything you need to know about securing the perfect vacation rental in Palm Springs.
- Where to stay for rest and relaxation in Palm Springs: The town has nearly a dozen spas and massage parlors in one central area—the Historic Tennis Club neighborhood—making this the perfect neighborhood to rent a vacation property for a little rejuvenation. Popular spas include Salon 119 & Spa and the all natural Cetina Salon & Spa. Another option for relaxation is Palm Springs’ Movie Colony neighborhood. Rent a condo or home in Movie Colony for spa options such as Grounded Bodyworks Studio & Spa or the upscale Azure Spa and Salon, which includes a Watsu (aquatic therapy) pool.
- Where to stay for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival: If you’re hoping to attend Coachella—one of the most iconic music festivals that’s drawn global crowds since 1999—book a vacation rental house or condo in the adjacent Indio or La Quinta neighborhoods. As you’d imagine, this area gets pretty busy come April, so the earlier the better when it comes to booking your Coachella vacation rental.
- Where golfers should stay in Palm Springs: Golf clubs abound in the Palm Springs metro area, which is home to five of California’s top 30 golf courses. The best areas for golfers to rent vacation homes in Palm Springs include Palm Desert, home to the challenging Desert Willow Golf Resort and Shadow Ridge Golf Club. To golf at the legendary TPC Stadium Course at PGA West—rated the fourth toughest course in America—rent a vacation home in the La Quinta neighborhood.
- Where to stay for hiking in Palm Springs: With close proximity to the San Bernardino National Forest, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts should rent vacation homes in the Tahquitz area for easy access to trailheads. Additional options for Palm Springs vacation rental properties with nearby hiking include the southern end of Old Las Palmas and Araby.
- Where to stay for Modernism Week in Palm Springs: In mid-February, Palm Springs sees an influx of visitors for Modernism Week, an event that celebrates architecture, design, art, and culture. If you’re heading to the area for this annual 11-day event, you have two convenient options for Modernism Week vacation rental homes: the Palm Springs’ Historic Tennis Club neighborhood (near the Modernism Week central hub) as well as downtown (near the convention center, a prime event location).
- Where to stay for the Palm Springs International Film Festival: With a star-studded guest list and screenings of top global features and documentaries, this is one of North America’s largest film festivals. The event includes screenings at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and the convention center, so your best bet for Palm Springs International Film Festival lodging is to rent a home or condo in downtown, particularly the Baristo and Sunmor neighborhoods.