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Places to stay in Palm Springs

This Palm Spring newcomer (it opened in October) sits behind the city’s Design District and has taken the location to heart. Attractive and sexy, the Alcazar offers a winning combination for guests. Its 34 rooms are eye-catchingly designed and boast flat-screen TVs, fluffy white duvets, mini fridges and other amenities that don’t usually come in this price range. The grounds are similarly attractive, with soaring palms, a stunning view of the mountains, a saltwater pool and several areas for lounging, snacking or sunning. Pets allowed in some rooms ($50 fee). (Christina House)
622 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (866) 877-8733 or (760) 318-9850, High-season doubles from $79 (weekends $129); off-season rates from $84. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Built in the 1920s, Casa Cody qualifies as the oldest operating small hotel in Palm Springs; it also has among the lowest prices on our list. The Southwestern-style complex, once owned by Buffalo Bill Cody’s niece Harriet, includes studios and one- and two-bedroom suites; many come with kitchens, and some have fireplaces. Furnishings are Santa Fe-style with splashes of color. There are two courtyards, each with swimming pool. The large grounds feature lawns, fruit trees and bougainvillea. Free continental breakfast is served by the pool. Kids and pets allowed (pet fee $15). (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
175 S. Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs; (800) 231-2639, (760) 320-9346, High-season rates for doubles from $99-$189, no additional charge on weekends; off-season rates start at $79. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Walk into the lobby of the Chase and you’ll notice the pluses right away: home-baked chocolate chip cookies at the front desk, ‘50s decor worthy of HGTV, and an eye-catching landscaped courtyard and pool just outside the picture window. This retro two-story hotel, in the historic Tennis Club District of Palm Springs, has spacious rooms, most with kitchenettes, and is polished in a Sinatra/Rat Pack sort of way. Free continental breakfast served each morning in the lobby. Kids and pets allowed (pet fee $10). (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
200 W. Arenas Road, Palm Springs; (888) 320-8867 or (760) 320-8866, High-season doubles from $119 ($139 with kitchen), no additional charge for weekends; off-season doubles from $79. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Retro fans will love the Del Marcos Hotel, where the Midcentury Modern design features vintage furniture, not knockoffs. “We cater to people who know and love the design,” said Laura Ramstead, the manager. Designed in 1947 by desert architect William F. Cody, Del Marcos Hotel has a long list of amenities, including continental breakfast, complimentary bicycles, welcome drink, robes, saltwater pool, private patio or balcony and poolside cabanas with TV. No kids, but pets allowed in some rooms. (Pet fee $25) (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
225 W. Baristo Road, Palm Springs; (800) 676-1214 or (760) 325-6902, Winter rates for doubles from $139, weekends $149; off-season doubles from $79. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Don’t confuse this mellow boutique hotel on the eastern edge of town, built in 1951, with the contemporary (and pricey) Riviera on the north end of the city. Desert Riviera’s attractively landscaped courtyard looks as though it could have been the subject of Sunset magazine’s cover story, circa 1965. The hotel’s lowest rate, $149, barely makes our survey, but its fun style and many extras add value. Going shopping? Call the stretch limo for a free ride. Want to dine in? Prepare dinner in your own kitchenette. A bike ride, perhaps? Check out the tandem cruiser. Hungry when you arrive? Dig into the goodie basket you get on arrival. No children or pets.

610 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (866) 270-8322 or (760) 327-5314, High-season rates for doubles from $149, no additional charge for weekends; off-season from $109. (Christina House)
Hotel California, also new to the Palm Springs scene, has only 13 rooms. But its diminutive size gives it intimacy. This classic California Mission-style hotel was built in 1940 and updated before its reopening last year. Rooms are stylish, and amenities are interesting, including a large kitchen guests can share. As a sister property to Desert Riviera, the Hotel California also offers the stretch limo to guests needing a ride to dinner or the airport. (Christina House)
424 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (800) 642-7079 or (760) 322-8855, High-season doubles from $149, no additional charge for weekends; off-season rates from $109. (Christina House)
Looking for a romantic hideaway? This recently renovated hotel hides behind high walls and seems insulated from the outside world. It has an old California feel with dark woods, tile floors and sunny colors on the bedspreads and drapes. There’s a courtyard pool and an adjacent El Mirasol Mexican restaurant. No pets. (Christina House)
784 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 459-3605, High-season doubles from $138 weekdays, $168 weekends; off-season rates from $108. (Christina House)