Palm Springs is an iconic destination, so if you plan a visit there… shouldn’t you choose an iconic hotel? We recently spent a weekend at the Riviera Palm Springs (A Tribute Portfolio Resort) and think it fits the bill! It’s one of the most storied resorts in the desert. Past guests include Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Carson, and Elizabeth Taylor, to name a few. The property has received a modern update but its vibrant past is still at the forefront.
The lobby is a glamorous combination of retro nostalgia and modern decor trends. Think velvet seating, mid-century silhouettes, and plush patterned rugs. (So pretty.) Just past the reception area is a “lobby arcade” — which is a hallway filled with several distinct, well-designed lounges. It’s a lot of fun to admire each vignette with a cold beverage in hand — a dream for design-lovers! As for outdoors? The manicured grounds are truly a world away from reality. Walking from your room to dinner (or from one pool to the other) is the quickest way to feel like you’ve left the hustle and bustle of your daily routine for an actual vacation.
During our visit, we made sure to stop into the spa. Pro tip — arrive to your treatment early so you can enjoy a soak in gorgeous Buddha Lounge. Our massages were relaxing, which is an ideal way to start a day where the only other appointment is to hit the pool. One thing we really loved during our stay was that the Riviera has two different pools, which meant we could choose our experience for the day. The Soleil Pool was a little more energetic, with music, a few bachelorette parties, and lively groups of friends. The Chiki Pool was a bit further from our room but was honestly more serene and nap-friendly. (It’s worth noting we chose the latter.) Even though the resort was pretty busy the weekend we were there, there was so much seating that it didn’t feel like you had to fight for prime pool real estate.
For dining, the Riviera has a few great options. Cafe Palmetto has great breakfast selections (the acai bowls are fantastic) and a totally Instagrammable interior. Next door is Cantala, which is tucked in the trees and the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. While both restaurants are on-site and close to the pool, the experiences are cozy and intimate. It doesn’t feel like you’re eating “at the hotel.” Finally, we’d be remiss not to mention Gypsy Rose for a nightcap. With dark walls and plush pink seating, you feel like you’ve stepped into another era. Maybe it’s just the stiff cocktails?! Either way, we love it.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or planning your bestie’s birthday getaway, this is for sure a spot to keep on your radar.