With 325 days of sunshine a year, over 50,000 pools and lots of old-Hollywood charm, it’s no wonder that Palm Springs has the highest per capita gay population in the US. This daring desert town is home to numerous LGBTQ+ events including gay pride, White Party and the infamous Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Known as “Hollywood’s Waiting Room for Heaven,” Palm Springs has been a destination for closeted queer folks in the entertainment industry since the early 1930’s. Besides a few other destinations in the US like Fort Lauderdale, Provincetown and Key West, Palm Springs is among these top cities with the most gay and clothing options resorts in the country.
With its warm desert climate and abundant sunshine, this is the perfect place to do absolutely nothing at all. Sipping cocktails by the pool while working on your tan is Palm Springs’ official past time (or at least it could be). But if you can’t sit still, there is an infinite assortment of boutique shops, art galleries, fine dining, golf courses and adventurous hikes to keep you entertained. While out and about, you may even sight a celebrity as Palm Springs is the second home to some of Tinseltown’s biggest stars and gay icons. Although you’d be hard pressed to find a place to stay that isn’t LGBT-friendly, we’re excited to share our top picks for gay properties and perhaps even a clothing optional resort. Here’s the list to our top 5 gay hotels and resorts in Palm Springs.
Clothing Optional Gay Hotels and Resorts in Palm Springs
InnDulge – a clean and welcoming place to stay with a great pool and friendly staff. They offer a 12-person jacuzzi and heated/chilled saltwater pool, both open 24 hours a day. Enjoy the morning breakfast and evening social hours, Thursday pizza and weekend pool parties.
Santiago Resort – this men-only, 4-star property offers a year-round outdoor pool. Santiago Resort is located in south Palm Springs near downtown and is one of the nicest clothing-optional resorts in Palm Springs.
All Worlds Resorts – only a few blocks walk to the ‘Arenas Road Entertainment District’ for enjoying great bars, parties, karaoke and dining. Guests can enjoy a daily complimentary breakfast and restful amenities including a heated pool and a soothing hot tub. Day and night passes are also available.
Canyon Club Hotel – this property is near popular attractions and also features a swimming pool and a sauna. The hotel provides access to a golf course, bicycle rental and a business center. A fitness center can also be accessed by guests who want to stay active while travelling.
La Dolce Vida Resort & Spa – another clothing optional resort with Jacuzzi an outdoor pool. The resort is near both the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium is also just a 10-minute walk away.
There are many sites for apartment rentals in Palm Springs, with AirBnB probably being one of the most popular. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment. Book AirBnB →
There are even a few LGBT-oriented booking sites like misterb&b with listings from gay hosts for gay guests where you can either rent a whole apartment or a private room in a shared apartment. Understanding Palm Springs’ gay scene is much more easily done with the help of a local and apartment sharing is one of the best ways to meet someone living in the city who knows how things work, where and when are the best nights to go out, and what places to eat at and which to avoid. If you're visiting Palm Springs, why not extend your trip for an extra couple of nights and visit the beautiful Joshua Tree National Forest. You can find some great Airbnb's near Joshua Tree during your stay.