Les Cactus Palm Springs, a 27-room boutique hotel named after the 60s French rock ‘n roll hit by Jacques Dutronc, is a new “Airbnb-meets hotel” experience unique to the Palm Springs desert. For travelers concerned about social distancing (which is required in Palm Springs), the hotel is the perfect hideaway since it’s intimate and accommodates fewer guests than larger hotels in the area.
But there are other reasons to book a room at Les Cactus Palm Springs beyond the safety protocols. Centrally located in the Warm Sands neighborhood, the historic 1930s property has been refreshed under the direction of upcoming LA-based hotelier Matthew Kurtz in partnership with local hoteliers Richard Crisman and Jeff Brock. They created a cool vibe with minimalistic yet chic design (expect a clean and eclectic California aesthetic, which includes the hotel’s signature pink exterior with green and white striped accents).
Take a look at 5 great reasons to book Les Cactus Palm Springs if you’re heading to the famous desert oasis.
1. Complimentary Food and Beverage
While there is no restaurant on property, breakfast baskets are delivered daily to your room filled with fresh pastries (from a local French bakery), yogurt, and juice, and there’s a complimentary coffee bar daily with Palm Springs’ Canyon Coffee.
The hotel also includes a pineapple-themed dining room attached to an open-kitchen stocked with a variety of grab and go snacks to enjoy.
2. You can bring your pet
Guests are not only welcome to bring their pets, but the pet-friendly hotel also has a variety of areas within the property for pets to enjoy and relax from the rock garden to the grassy lawn near the fire pit.
The hotel provides water bowls on request and has treats in the lobby as well.
3. It feels more like home, less like a hotel
Hotel Les Cactus Palm Springs is unobtrusive, comfortable, and low key, and it blurs the lines between traditional hotel operations and mom-and-pop short-term rentals. Guests don’t receive keys or key cards, and instead, each of the guestroom doors is electronically programmed to the guests’ favorite four-number sequence for the duration of their stay.
The hotel allows guests to enjoy their own space with a variety of outdoor niches, including an outdoor heated swimming pool with lounge chairs, plush pink and white towels, and shade umbrellas in the center courtyard.
There’s a cool gift shop with curated products, custom bikes, and free wifi.
4. Unique room packages and special rates
The hotel caters to the growing demographic of travelers (21+) who are increasingly self-sufficient and place more value on design and experience—and affordable rates (rooms start at $209 per night). The hotel also offers well thought-out packages.
For instance, with Vote & Vacay, guests will receive 10 percent off reservations with valid proof of voter registration, encouraging everyone to go vote. The promotion is valid until November 3.
5. Amazing Instagram backdrops
Due to is sprawling canyon landscape, Palm Springs is one of the best destinations for Instagram photos, and Les Cactus is a beautiful spot in itself. The warm pink exterior of the single-story building, with green and white accent colors, is photogenic against the commanding backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains.
True to its name, guests are welcomed by assortment of cacti upon arrival, including the 25-foot “Pistol Pete,” which can be seen from blocks away and destined to be a focal point.
From the lobby, guests can take snapshots with the sparkling pool behind them while sipping on their welcome glass of wine. Other Instagrammable areas include the hammock garden, an intimate rooftop with great views and the lobby, featuring a piano.
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