Aiming for an upscale experience, the concierge service at male-only, clothing-optional The Hacienda is impressive. If you wish to impress a certain special travel companion, or just love knowing a certain brand of wine or type of flower bouquet will be waiting in your room, their staff enjoys creative requests and providing personal service. Guests may even check-in to find a pillow embroidered with their first name has been placed on the bed.
Truly a boutique experience, the hotel has only 10 rooms, almost all of them suites. Rooms have Wi-Fi and offer a romantic coziness. The exotic mix of decor includes French doors and hand-crafted Indonesian teak headboards. All rooms offer patio access; Deluxe type suites include kitchens.
Each bathroom is a little different, though all have spacious vanities and showers. In the Patio room and Deluxe suites, for example, the Spanish-tile counters, floors, and showers add warmth against the white and chrome fixtures, while the Junior Suite has a basin sink resting atop a charming antique cabinet.
Guests enter the gated grounds through a large wooden door, under a pergola, and walk through gardens, past the pools, and a fountain before entering the building. As with most Palm Springs hotels, the flow between indoor and outdoor is effortless, so a breezy seating area that’s technically indoors is just feet away from the outdoor fountain with an open cutout separating the two.
The swimsuit-optional pool area boasts two pools, an in-ground hot tub, and a fireplace.
There’s no on-site spa, but in-room massages in a variety of styles (Swedish, deep-tissue, sports) can be arranged with hotel staff.
Served daily is an extensive continental breakfast of fresh fruits, juices,
European-styled pastries, bagels and cream cheese, cereals, eggs, cheese
and ham and fresh-brewed coffee. Included in the room rates is a catered
restaurant-prepared lunch with a broad selection of freshly prepared salads,
wraps and sandwiches, each with interesting sides, and an accompanying
beverage (fresh-brewed iced tea, lemonade or wine). Lunch is served on
china plates either poolside or in-suite.
Parking is free and The Hacienda is just four minutes drive (or about a 20-minute walk) from the restaurants, shops, and bars of downtown Palm Springs, including a cluster of gay bars and clubs on Arenas Rd.
For a taste of old Palm Springs, pay a visit to Melvyn’s Restaurant & Lounge (4-minute drive), a collared-shirt-required restaurant and piano bar. High brow hot dogs and sausages can be found at Frankinbun (4-minute drive), while Watercress Vietnamese Bistro (6-minute drive) dishes up Vietnamese and Thai dinners popular with locals.
It wouldn’t be Palm Springs without tiki bars or without gay bars and Toucan’s Tiki (9-minute drive) is both a gay bar and a tiki-themed bar. For a night at the club, Hunter’s Nightclub (4-minute drive) has a DJ and different theme nights (like drag bingo or Underwear Wednesdays). The RetroRoom Lounge (6-minute drive) has karaoke every night, but check out happy hour for a charming cocktail in a place that adores old Hollywood style.
- Gay. Exclusively or almost exclusively gay men
- Air conditioning
- Non-smoking area
- Parking available
- Guestrooms with television
- Outdoor seating, terrace or garden
- Swimming pool
- Whirlpool / Jacuzzi / Hot tub
- Free extra towels
- Massage on offer
- Daily menu
- Overnight guests allowed
- Vegetarian meals on the menu
- Reservation advisable
- Free WiFi
open: All year / room US$ 149-339 / suites US$ 189-459 /
breakfast from 8-10h & lunch included / number of rooms: 10
586 Warm Sands Drive | Palm Springs