Palm Springs has undergone a renaissance from vintage resort town to thriving artistic community. It’s a haven of temperate weather created by mountains on three sides that enclose the spot in rugged beauty. Architecture enthusiasts flock to see the town’s mid-century modern structures, low-slung buildings blending in and highlighting the rise of the Sonoran Desert, while others simply enjoy its palm tree-lined streets bordered by boutiques and bistros. Home to hot springs and hiking trails, the city draws those looking to relax and discover as well as those seeking a perfect spot for an upcoming celebration. Here we highlight our favorite event spaces, from outdoor locales surrounded by desert flora to ballrooms with glorious mountain views.
This luxury Palm Springs venue sits in the picturesque foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains and the Indian Canyons. Colony 29 boasts six acres of botanical gardens with meandering paths creating perfect photo spots amid palms and cacti. Two separate wedding and event spaces offer lots of flexibility. The Amphitheater is perfect for ceremonies with an open lawn and an elevated stage while The Gardens, with its built-in sound system and lighting, is well-suited for receptions. The two spots are linked by a beautiful arch-lined walkway.
Amphitheater Capacity: up to 250
The Gardens Capacity: up to 250
Designed by Jonathan Adler, this 13-acre property features chic and modern decor throughout. Beautiful lawn and garden areas, accessible through The Ballroom, provide lush settings for outdoor events. The Ballroom space features gorgeous, modern light fixtures, blond wood paneling and a glass wall that floods the room with natural light. In addition, Gene Autry’s estate is situated on the property and it offers another spot for celebrations. The singing cowboy once inhabited a home that boasts two large, beautiful lawns perfect for parties. A full-resort buyout is also available.
The Ballroom Capacity: 200 (seated) – 400 (standing)
The Gene Autry Estate Capacity: 250 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Previously a Westward Ho complete with a Denny’s, The Ace Hotel & Swim Club space is a renovated, re-created mid-century desert modern resort. With an organic, bohemian feel and fireplaces scattered about, the spot is perfect for hosting celebrations. The Commune space features walls that open up to a circular pool and an intimate amphitheater with views of the mountains. Meanwhile, The Clubhouse is a brand new space spread between two floors; it’s first level features a private patio while the larger second level offers a partially-covered balcony.
The Commune Capacity: 150 (seated) – 200 (standing)
The Clubhouse Capacity: up to 200
The tastefully rainbow-hued Saguaro Palm Springs is an oasis in the desert with its low-slung bright and modern aesthetic and fun feel. Tailor-made for celebrations, the Jacinto Lawn offers a wide flat space ringed by colorful balconies and palm trees and topped by sky. It’s a perfect spot for dreamy evening events or bright daytime soirees. The Sago Ballroom is an all-white, industrial space with warm wood floors and a terrace overlooking the pool for an event that flows in and out of doors.
Sago Ballroom Capacity: 240 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Jacinto Lawn Capacity: 180 (seated) – 250 (standing)
Internationally recognized as one of the top small hotels in the world, the Korakia Penisone is housed in two beautifully-restored historic Moroccan and Mediterranean-style villas. The hotel consists of bungalows, guest houses, pools and gardens perfect for pleasant wandering. Surrounded by the San Jacinto Mountains, Korakia offers a dramatic outdoor setting for intimate celebrations with stunning views, breathtaking architecture, gorgeous fountains and stone waterfalls.
Outdoor Event Space Capacity: up to 130
Commissioned by crooner Frank Sinatra in 1947, Twin Palms is a sprawling mid-century masterpiece perfect for architecture enthusiasts or fans of ol’ blue eyes. Recent upgrades have been carefully selected to preserve the spot’s style and Hollywood charm. Host a celebration on the lawn running alongside the piano-shaped pool or out in the circular motor court — the very spot where once-upon-a-time the Rat Pack rides squealed to a stop for a carousing weekend.
Circular Motor Court Capacity: up to 150
Lawn Space Opposite Pool Capacity: up to 150
This Spanish Colonial-style hotel, originally dubbed “The Colonial House” in 1936, features historic buildings rich in mosaics and beautiful detail. Plus it was the first health spa to open in Palm Springs — a city now renowned for its hot springs and spas! With seven event spaces available to host as few as 16 guests to as many as 250, Colony Palms has options galore. The pool terrace offers a picturesque spot surrounded by lush greenery backed by mountains while the charming courtyard features cobblestones in dappled shade.
Pool Terrace Capacity: 200 (seated) – 250 (standing)
The Garden Capacity: 120 (seated) – 200 (standing)
Built in 1952 by renowned architect William F. Cody, L’Horizon attracted guests like Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable during Hollywood’s golden era. After a multimillion-dollar re-envisioning by celebrity designer Steve Hermann, L’Horizon has re-emerged anew as a luxury boutique hotel with twenty-five bungalows spread out over three acres. Open air venue SO-PA features fire pits, fountains, and statement chandeliers for a space that adds style to any celebration. Meanwhile, the property’s main pool and lawn are the perfect spot for a soiree under the stars, ringed by palm trees and luxe cabanas.
Main Pool and Lawn Capacity: 100 (seated) – 150 (standing)
SO-PA Capacity: 66 (seated) – 100 (standing)
The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort
Fashioned in 1959 in the style of Vegas resorts like The Sands and The Stardust, The Riviera was rebranded and reopened in 2015 as a Tribute Portfolio Resort. The spot, now referred to as “The Riv,” still exudes Hollywood glamour and bohemian cool. It plays host to 40,000 square feet of flexible event space, including 11 ballrooms and 24 landscaped acres of courtyards, gardens and terraces. Its largest space, The Grand Ballroom, can accommodate up to 700 guests with floor-to-ceiling windows providing natural light and a majestic views of the mountains and landscaping.
Royal Ballroom Capacity: 180 (seated) – 570 (standing)
El Dorado Ballroom Capacity: 240 (seated) – 650 (standing)
The Grand Ballroom Capacity: 200 (seated) – 700 (standing)
La Quinta Resort & Club
La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria resort, provides the impeccable service and style you’ve come to expect from the Waldorf brand. With a secluded location, expansive grounds, and seven event spaces spread over 45 acres, La Quinta offers spots for every type of celebration. Host an intimate party by a waterfall or an extravagant gala in a ballroom with majestic views of the Santa Rosa mountains.
Fiesta Ballroom Capacity: up to 1800
La Casa Patio Capacity: up to 600
Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
This newly-opened hotel in the heart of Palm Springs offers beautiful sunsets from the only rooftop pool in the city and a chic desert glam vibe. The Rowan offers ten event spaces for every type of gathering from small company meetings to well-attended weddings. Their Sky Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows that feature gorgeous desertscapes, while their rooftop terrace offers expansive views under a slice of arid sky
Sky Ballroom Capacity: 150 (seated) – 200 (standing)
Rooftop Terrace Capacity: 150 (seated) – 300 (standing)
With striking architecture that utilizes a palette of rusted steel, wood and concrete to echo the nearby mountain ridges, this 32-room boutique hotel prides itself on being an immersive local experience. Even its spaces are rooted in local history like the PS Fan Club, named as a nod to the wind farms outside of Palm springs and featuring unique light fixtures that look like vintage fans. The Arrive Pool Area boasts eight private cabanas and two communal fire pits, perfect for warming up chilly desert evening celebrations.
PS Fan Club Entire Site Capacity: 100 (seated) – 150 (standing)
Arrive Pool Area Capacity: up to 250
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