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Business travelers, golfers and family vacationers typically gravitate toward large resorts — La Quinta Resort & Club and The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa — in neighboring cities. Within Palm Springs city limits, the quintessential stay is at a spa hotel like the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs or at an inn of Mid-Century Modernist design such as Orbit In or the Movie Colony Hotel. If the names Bertoia, Breuer, Eames, Frey, Nelson, Neutra, Noguchi, or Saarinen mean anything to you, you'll be in your element.
If you want a touch of Palm Springs' more lurid history, try the lavishly renovated Colony Palms Hotel, first opened as The Colonial House in 1936 under reputed mob control, with an underground speakeasy and brothel — both now gone. In addition, the newer, larger hotels near the city center — including the Parker Palm Springs or the Riviera Palm Springs — have added a bit of big city style. The Saguaro, a splashy-hued hotel and former Holiday Inn, is another Palm Springs's hip and haute destination for the desert bound.