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First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

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First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

So we really wanted to do a mexico trip but zika virus is keeping us from going out of country to somewhere warm this winter. So someone suggested Palm Springs as a winter getaway from Colorado snow in February.

So we need your help and suggestions. We are traveling Feb 22-26. We are on tight budget ($1000 - $1200) for four nights / five days.

People suggested finding a place with a great pool to lay around during day. They said some places have hot springs or something to chill in at night. And something close enough for uber or walk to nightlife, things to do, etc.

ANY SUGGESTIONS?

Hotels, resorts, things to do, cheapest flight airports nearby, how to handle transportation, etc.

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1. Re: First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

Keep in mind that all hotels and motels have resort fees on top of room rates (and high taxes). Start with the search engines and apps for lower hotel rates, focus on the downtown area, only (so you can walk to restaurants and shops), and call the hotel directly to see if they'll match the lowest rate you're finding but book with them. Some will match, some won't. It's always best to not use a third party, if you can avoid it.

February may or may not be pool laying out weather, but it will be beautiful, and nice enough to swim.

Cheapest flight are probably Ontario, but you'd still need a car or shuttle to get to Palm Springs. PS has its own airport, too. LAX flights from Denver might be low, you'll have to do the research. All airports involve needing a rental car, except the PS airport.

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2. Re: First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

Found two plane tickets for $407 direct non stop into Palm Springs on Frontier!

Staying Friday, Saturday, Sunday - go home Monday.

Now I need to find a hotel -- $150 per night or less - just gotta pick the best hotel (coolest vibe, good location, nice pool, hot tubs, near places to eat and drink.

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3. Re: First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

We stayed this year at both the Welk Resort as well as the Embarc. Welk Resort was very nice to stay at with lots of activities. Its at a good location. Embarc was very upscale and very nice swimming pool areas.

There is lots of choices in the Palm Springs area.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32…

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32…

If you have a car you can easily drive and see various things in the area such as Joshua Tree National Park, Living Desert, downtown Palm Springs, arial tram, and so forth. I don't find it as important to find a place close to walk to things as there is things to do throughout the Greater Palm Springs area (i.e. shopping, parks, scenic drives, and so forth).

There are fun things to do such as the Thursday night festival in downtown Palm Springs

(Villagefest)

http://www.palmspringsvillagefest.com/

And if you are fine with just a moderate motel,, I very much liked the Best Western Palm Desert I stayed at in October as I was just there just for a night. Nice balconies. They included breakfast in the morning. One can order from the menu and the chef cooks your breakfast. Very good. Nice patio and indoor dining so given your budget you might want to check that too.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32…

There are NOT additional resort fees and good location.

For air flights, we generally tly into Ontario, California versus Palm Springs There is always a huge price increase to fly into Palm Springs (although there is a nice air museum to see there so you might want to visit even if not flying into Palm Springs.)

Ontario is about a 70 to 90 minute drive (depending on traffic). One can rent a car or take a shuttle from there. I am in favor of renting a car so you can see the area.

If you want to stay where there are hot springs, look at Desert Hot Springs area. We've stayed there way bsak but like the other cities more.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g32293-D…

Look at the things to do for Palm Springs as well as well as look at other scommunities.

We;ve enjoyed going to concerts and comedy (i.e. Gabe Iglesias "Fluffy: at the theater at Agua Caliente Casino for example.)

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g117…

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4. Re: First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

We like staying at the small hotels in downtown Palm Springs in walking distance to restaurants and the Thursday night Village Fest(street fair/farmer's market)

Any of the hotels in this map would be great:

https://goo.gl/maps/mwSvva9bFum

Check the reviews and prices

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5. Re: First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

Definitely choose one of the small boutique hotels in downtown Palm Springs, that's what makes it a unique place. What are your dates? Hopefully not during Modernism Week when rates are super high.

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6. Re: First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

>>We are traveling Feb 22-26. We are on tight budget ($1000 - $1200) for four nights / five days.<<

Oh no... Modernism Week is February 15-25, 2018.

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7. Re: First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

Grab whatever you can find in your budget since it’s modernism week.

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8. Re: First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

Look into taking the rotating aerial tram car (one of only two in the world, the other is in Cape Town) and visiting historic sites like Sunnylands.

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9. Re: First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

What the hell is modernism week?

Should we go a couple weeks earlier for better rates?

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10. Re: First time in Palm Springs - need suggestions?!

Dan... Palm Springs is the epicenter of Mid Century designs and Modernism Week celebrates that.

http://www.modernismweek.com

If you can go before, definitely do. Check the hotel rates to see the difference. I thought you had booked the Frontier flight already.

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