The Paloma Resort Review
Okay, so technically, up until recently, I’ve never “been” to Palm Springs before. And by that, I mean I’ve only visited for Coachella a few times and happened to stay in the city of Palm Springs. However, if you’ve ever been to Coachella, you know that you don’t have a ton of time to explore the surrounding area, and Palm Springs has been a city that I’ve wanted to revisit and explore even more in-depth for a while, sans music festival.
When the folks at The Paloma Resort invited me to check out their newly-opened property a few weeks ago, I knew I had to jump at the chance. And my friends, it did not disappoint: it was lively, colorful, charming, and was the boutique hotel of my dreams.
The Paloma Resort Review
If you’re visiting Palm Springs in the near future, here’s why you should stay at The Paloma Resort.
The Paloma Resort: Getting There & Getting Around
If you’re flying into Palm Springs, you’re in for a treat: The Paloma Resort is less than 10 minutes away from the Palm Springs International Airport — which is surprisingly charming for its small size. However, if you wanted to save a bit of money on airfare or explore other parts of Southern California, you could fly into a bigger SoCal airport like LAX and drive the rest of the way.
Palm Springs is about a 2-hour drive east of Los Angeles and San Diego, without traffic. From LA, it was a straight shot down I-10. It’s a beautiful, scenic drive into the desert that goes by quickly, so this is another excellent option to get to Palm Springs.
The Paloma Resort offers complimentary valet parking if you’re bringing a car, as well as the use of bikes. The resort is about 10 minutes away from Downtown Palm Springs. If you don’t feel like driving your own car downtown, you could have the resort coordinate transportation to the downtown area in one of its sister resort’s iconic beach cruisers.
There are a limited number of Ubers and Lyfts in the area if you don’t want to drive, but if you’re going to travel outside of Palm Springs proper, I would recommend renting or bringing a car to get to other cities or landmarks in the area.
The Paloma Resort: Rooms & Suites
The Paloma Resort offers a variety of spacious bungalows and one and 2-bedroom suites, making the resort ideal for couples, families, and small groups. My partner and I opted to stay in The Palm Desert Premier One-Bedroom Suite, and we loved how vibrant and roomy it was.
Each room features its own unique theme and mural, a full-sized fridge, a private balcony or outdoor garden space, and a dining area with seating for 2-4 people. We also loved the SuitePad tablets that were in our room, which allowed us to request housekeeping, research things to do in the area, order room service, and much more with the touch of a button.
The Paloma Resort: Dining
Sol Y Sombra Restaurant
The Paloma Resort is home to the Sol y Sombra restaurant, located inside a historic Adobe on the property. Here, you can enjoy delicious tapas-style dishes made with locally-grown ingredients. Currently, they offer dinner service Thursday-Sunday and a Sunday brunch.
My partner and I loved pretty much everything on the menu here. Still, some dishes that stood out include Paella (they offer both traditional and vegetarian options), Pan Con Tomate, and Croquetas.
Poolside Cocktails and Tapas
Is it really a pool day in Palm Springs without some snacks and drinks? I think not!
The Paloma Resort also offers small bites and cocktails at the pool bar throughout the day. The bar program here is excellent, and we loved their unique beverage offerings and the incredible presentation. You have to try their iconic Paloma cocktail, and the Purple Hat if it’s available!
P.S. — want a cool spot to enjoy your cocktails? There’s a speakeasy located in the Adobe on the property. Check near the restaurant for an unmarked door!
The Paloma Resort: Amenities
One of my favorite amenities at The Paloma Resort has to be the pool. Here, you can enjoy drinks at The Poolside Bar, reserve a daybed to relax, or live the VIP life and book The Citrus Suite for the ultimate pool party experience. I honestly could have spent hours at the pool: it was beautiful and luxe, and I enjoyed the poolside menu they offered.
Some of the other amenities that the resort offers include:
- Spa Services
- Room Service
- Fitness Center
- Mini Golf
Other Things to Do in Palm Springs
Palm Springs has a lot to offer — whether you like to travel for food, enjoy the great outdoors, or shop til you drop, it’s an excellent place for groups and couples to travel to.
Some things to do in Palm Springs on my list:
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Shopping in Downtown Palm Springs
- Drag Brunch at Roly China Fusion
- Salvation Mountain
- Cabazon Premium Outlets
I enjoyed my experience at The Paloma Resort, and I’m already planning my next stay at this gorgeous property. From the food to the pool to the incredible service, my partner and I had a great experience here, and I want to visit with friends for a girls trip in the near future!
If you’re planning a trip to Palm Springs, this lovely boutique hotel definitely needs to be on your list.
Have you ever visited Palm Springs before? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos by Tom McGovern
Thank you to The Paloma Resort for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.