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We may not be able to travel right now, but we can still dream and plan for the future. And California is a pretty wonderful place to start…
Palm Springs, the playground for LA hipsters, is well known for its distinctive mid-century architecture and kitsch, playful style. People have gone all out creating their dream homes, and on Airbnb you have the chance to stay in one and experience the true Palm Springs lifestyle.
Here’s my round-up of the best Palm Springs Airbnbs. And if you’d prefer a hotel, we also have a guide to the best hip boutique hotels in Palm Springs too. Plus you might be interested in these Joshua Tree Airbnb cabins as well (including one of the best cabins we’ve ever stayed in).
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The Best Palm Springs Airbnbs
Dazey Desert House
Experience some of the best of Palm Springs’ famous md-century design at this striking getaway designed by William Krisel. The home has featured in many interior design publications and is regularly used for photoshoots. The garden is a highlight with a gas-powered fire pit, cacti, sun recliners, hammock and outdoor dining space. It’s like stepping into a slice of the Palm Springs you’ve dreamed of from the pages of glossies.
What the guests say: “The house has so much to offer – I think it’s beyond just a simple need-somewhere-to-stay-in-PS experience. If you love mid-century architecture and interiors, this is a must. I wish we had more days in Palm Springs to really enjoy the lovely garden and the spaces. All the necessities were there, had one of the best nights of sleep despite the wind and checking in and out was easy. Great experience!“
Dome house on five acres
This gorgeous dome house is just 15 minutes outside of Palm Springs and the ideal creative retreat for groups of up to six guests. Nestled on a hill, the geodesic dome has 360-degree views of the surrounding desert through plenty of panoramic windows. The interiors are stylishly sleek with three comfy queen-size beds. And added bonus is the options to order an in-house massage or sound bath.
What the guests say: “Wow. This place lives up to the pictures. An incredibly designed spacious and calm space that accommodated 6 of us for several nights. Epic sunrises and romantic sunsets. We enjoyed dinner on the well-lit porch, with meals prepared from a fully equipped kitchen with great quality appliances and tools. Every corner of this place has been thoughtfully designed. We loved it.“
Frey Steinmeier house
For a super luxury stay in Palm Springs, stay at this architect-designed house, Frey Steinmeier in the Historic Tennis Club Neighbourhoods, which is known for its plush and unique homes. The 1964 house has lots of period details and fun pops of colour to add a modern twist. The house sleeps six, with private bathrooms for all three sleeping areas, plus there’s a pool and outdoor living space with beautiful mountain views. It’s just a short stroll from Palm Canyon Drive.
Just 10 minutes’ drive from Palm Springs at the base of the Snow Creek Mountains is this stylish and serene home, offering accommodation for up to six guests in a quirky A-frame house. Enjoy clear views of the night sky from the pretty garden or even from the outdoor bath. It’s the vibe of a particularly calming yoga studio, all decorated in calming pastel shades and natural woods against a white canvas.
Meiselman Mid-Century Retreat
The style of this house is reminiscent of some of the hip Airbnb cabins typical of Joshua Tree. Sleeping six, the light and airy house has an open-plan living space and outdoor areas where you can enjoy evenings around the firepit or relaxing in the hammock. And as a bonus, there’s a pool.
What the guests say: “Beautiful, well-equipped, sparkling clean house. Lots of lovely outdoor space with comfy seating. It was perfect for our stay!“
Sleeping up to eight guests, this mid-century home is popular with bachelorette parties and has all you need for a group stay, including a lush patio area and heated pool. Inside is bright and modern in the typical vibrant Palm Springs style, with lots of artworks and the modern Airbnb staple of a vinyl player.
What the guests say: “We stayed here for a bachelorette and had the perfect stay! The pool was heated and the hot tub was excellent. Robbie was quick to respond to all our questions. This is the perfect house for a Palm Springs Bachelorette!“
Key selling points at this Palm Springs home include a heated pool, mountain views, games room complete with ping pong table, and the chance to stay somewhere with its own quintessential Palm Springs doorway (your perfect Instagram shot is right there on the doorstep). It sleeps up to six and is just a five-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs.
What the guests say: “Exceptional stay. Comfortable house tastefully decorated. Nice amenities and game room. Large lot with mountain views. We enjoyed every moment!“
Tiki Island Retreat
Bright pink flowers and lush foliage by the pool set the scene at this Hawaiian style casa, which extends the colourful theme inside with bright paintwork and bold design. The home accommodates two guests in a private double room with bathroom, and the rest of the home, including kitchen, lounge and pool is shared with the owners.
What the guests say: “Really beautiful home and fantastic hosts. We couldn’t have felt more welcomed. Mark and Barry thoughtfully provided a breakfast spread and snacks for us to take with us which was the icing on the cake. Would stay here again in a heartbeat.“
This colourful one-bedroom home has a good price tag for somewhere that comes complete with a private pool. Other highlights include full indoor and outdoor kitchens, bright interiors, bikes for guests, and some very photogenic bright yellow patio doors.
What the guests say: “Steve’s place is stylish, colourful and well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. We especially enjoyed the pool area which was private and perfect for a sunny afternoon. Thanks for a great stay and we hope to come back soon.“
Earthy modernist pool home
This stylish home takes a departure from the classically vibrant Palm Springs style and instead opts for earthy tones and pastel shades, creating a calming, desert-vibe space. Sleeping up to 10 guests, and with an added private casita, it’s ideal for big groups. The pool has gorgeous mountain views.
What the guests say: “Our family of 10 with guests ranging from grandparents to babies stayed for a week. The pool was a major hit, and the house flow worked perfectly, as did the casita for the babies. Would highly recommend!“
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