While Palm Springs boasts some fantastic hotels, you don’t have to stick to traditional lodgings to get the whole lounging-poolside-with-a-drink-in-hand experience. There are dozens of Airbnb rentals in Palm Springs that include a pool, a cool Old Hollywood vibe, views of the surrounding mountains, and plenty of space to stretch out—but you will probably have to serve as your own cabana boy. There are some truly luxe accommodations up for grabs here (like Bing Crosby’s old place), and whole-house rentals currently average $312/night, but we’ve tracked down 10 Palm Springs Airbnbs for $150 or less.
1.Micro Apartment 2.Guesthouse 3.Modern Apartment 4.Technicolor Apartment 5.All-new 6.Two-bedroom 7.Modern Studio 8.Two-bedroom Condo 9.Petite Casita 10.One-bedroom
Paste’s Airbnb columnist Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia.
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This turquoise-hued micro-apartment at The Wesley condo complex feels like a resort thanks to a large common pool area with lounge chairs and daybeds, floats, and an outdoor bar and kitchen. Guests also have access to bikes and laundry facilities, and "luxury" toiletries are provided. Downtown Palm Springs is within easy walking or biking distance, while the town's free Buzz Bus picks up and drops off two blocks from the apartment.
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With access to the owner's private pool and tented gazebo, this guesthouse has the feel of a serene and secluded retreat. Situated in a neighborhood of midcentury homes convenient to the airport and downtown (less than five minutes either way), the rental doesn't have a kitchen, but past guests say it's well-stocked with coffee, snacks, toiletries and high-quality linens.
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Just across the street from the Palm Springs Visitors Center, this modern apartment includes access to five community swimming pools and tennis courts. The kitchen was recently renovated and is well-stocked with cooking supplies, and the spa-like shower features four different massage functions.
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Live like the Rat Pack in this Technicolor apartment in the Ocotillo Lodge, one of Palm Spring's landmark hotels that was converted into condos in the 1990s. There's a full kitchen, a two-vanity bath with walk-in shower, and a patio. Plus, guests can access one of the largest pools in town, which happens to be shaped like a champagne cork. It's an easy walk to local restaurants and shopping.
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This all-new apartment near downtown Palm Springs has a full-size kitchen, a dining area, and room for four guests with a bedroom and sofa bed. Past guests say Superhost Jordan keeps the place spic 'n' span, while the neighborhood is quiet and convenient. The complex has a small pool and tennis courts.
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This two-bedroom apartment is part of a three-unit complex a few blocks from downtown Palm Springs. The shared pool, hot tub, and lounge chairs overlook the mountains, and there's also a private patio with a table, chairs, and a grill off of the master bedroom. The other bedroom has full- and queen-size beds, and there's also a sleeper sofa, which means this place can comfortably accommodate eight guests—quite a bargain at around $100/night.
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Part of a 17-apartment building located between the Uptown Design District and the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, this modern studio has a private patio, a king-sized bed, and a kitchenette. Guests have access to mini putt-putt, a pool and hot tub, beach cruisers, and a grill. The rental is intended for self-catering guests, but there is a host on-site to assist anyone who needs help settling in.
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Located in a classic midcentury modern building in downtown Palm Springs, this two-bedroom condo has more than 1,200 square feet to spread out. There's free parking, plus guests have access to the shared pool, spa, saunas, fitness center and other common areas. It's just a block from vintage shops and restaurants, and past guests have called the place "spotless" and "outstanding."
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This petite casita is located in a private gated backyard in the Uptown district near Ruth Hardy Park. Guests get a king-sized bed with Hotel Collection sheets (and a mountain view), a bathroom with rainshower and toiletries provided, and a kitchenette with a stocked mini fridge. The backyard, shared with the owners, has a saltwater pool, multiple seating areas and Zen landscaping.
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With rates starting at just $90/night, this one-bedroom apartment is one of the best values on our list. It's got all the basics, plus it's located in a complex with five heated pools and tennis courts with views of the San Jacinto Mountains. It's just across the street from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which will take you into Mount San Jacinto State Park, or a quick drive from downtown.