What’s New in Palm Springs

Resort Openings and Renovations 

Azure Sky – 1611 S Calle Palo Fierro

Azure Sky, an intimate 14-room, 21 and over, luxury boutique hotel is open. Dating back to 1959, the South Palm Springs property offers wide-open views of the San Jacinto Mountains and is enveloped by desert landscaping, providing a sanctuary with a residential feel. Azure Sky features a premium cocktail bar; cozy fireplace; two wide open courtyards with fire pits; pool and jacuzzi; and lounge seating throughout the property. Twelve of the rooms include small, fully equipped kitchenettes; coffee and continental breakfast is served in the morning; and guests are within walking distance of several neighboring boutique hotels and restaurants. Azure Sky is part of Acme Hospitality and Eastern Real Estate’s award-winning, innovative collection of boutique food, beverage and hotel concepts in Santa Barbara and Nevada Counties.

Azure Sky room

Blackhaus Hotel by Avantstay – 421 S Calle Encilia

A one-story hybrid hotel consists of four 1,655-square foot buildings. This is a Chris Pardo design, who also designed the Arrive Hotel. While zoned an hotel, it operates more like an Airbnb as there is no onsite registration. It’s an adults only hotel for those 25 years or older. The Blackhaus offers a wide variety of booking options, from 1-bedroom rooms to 2, 4, 8, or even a 16-bedroom buyout. The 1 bedroom option is the only listing that does not have a kitchen, laundry, Bocce Ball court, firepit/fireplace, or private BBQ access.

With a Buyout of two buildings, you will get a total of 8 bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. Between them, each building features a bright living and kitchen area, as well as tons of outdoor entertainment and lounge space. Stay cool near the central pool area, play a round of bocce ball, or gather around an outdoor fireplace. The terraces outside each living room are perfect for al fresco meals, while each bedroom comes with an ensuite bathroom, flat-screen TV, and a small private patio.

CA_Blackhaus hotel

Drift Hotel Palm Springs – 284 S Indian Canyon Drive

The newest boutique property to join TMC Hospitality’s Drift brand portfolio, Drift Palm Springs is slated to open in early 2023 in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The 30-key hotel consists of 84 guest rooms ranging from single units to four-bedroom suites catering to the fast-growing group travel market. Designed in partnership with O2 Architecture and Folklor, the property celebrates Palm Springs’ aesthetic through its neutral color scheme and modern design, with architectural themes including Spanish Colonial Revival and Moorish modern visible throughout. Amenities to note include an iconic resort style pool home to a poolside bar and custom cabanas, Maleza, an all-day dining experience serving elevated Baja-inspired fare, an event lawn with fire pits and a yoga studio.

drift pool

Hermann Bungalows – 1050 E Palm Canyon

This is an extension to L’Horizon Hotel owned by Steve Hermann. It has 24 rooms appointed with midcentury modern furnishings as well as design features and natural color palettes that draw inspiration from the surrounding landscape. The bungalows feature private seating areas and outdoor bars, which look out toward the pool and the mountains beyond.  Inside, the bungalows boast floor-to-ceiling windows, Venetian marble floors, and stone walls. The property includes two studio suites and two one-bedroom suites. Among these accommodations are four rooms featuring a fully fenced backyard, three rooms with jacuzzi tubs, and 12 rooms with both indoor and outdoor showers.

Hermann Bungalows

Mahala Hotel – 1777 North Palm Canyon

Guest experience starts with comfy quarters in this 14 room hotel. Unique, custom-designed furnishings, ample platform beds, high-end electronics, large, luxurious rain showers, and original art are featured in every room.

Mahala hotel patio

Twin Palms Resort – 1930 S Camino Real

Giving new life to the historic Twin Palms Resort has long been a dream of the ownership team. Combining their love of the desert, passion for art and design, and desire to preserve a bit of Palm Springs’ history, they’ve created a unique and thoroughly modern resort for gay men. We hope you find this one-of-a-kind destination both relaxing and unforgettable. Please take a look at the complete portfolio of distinguished properties in Palm Springs, including Santiago Resort and Descanso Resort.

This completely reimagined desert retreat beautifully balances the striking natural environment surrounding the property with the iconic architecture this Palm Springs neighborhood is famous for. Even the shape of the resort’s centerpiece, a stunning new swimming pool, mirrors the rooflines of the midcentury modern homes nearby. And of course, swimsuits are always optional. Includes complimentary continental breakfast, poolside lunch, snacks and drinks.

Twin palms resort

Spirit of Sophia – 1491 Via Soledad

Spirit of Sofia is framed by the backdrop of mountains, palm trees, and midcentury modern homes. Step outside your room/cabana and right into the pool. S.O.S. has it all with heated pool, hot tub, grill, outdoor kitchen and dining, floaties, neon signs, bright colors, rainbows, road bikes, and ample cozy spaces.

Reservations are for a complete hotel buy-out. Private accommodations for up to 38 – 55 guests. The entire place is yours, including unrestricted access to the pool area and other amenities. Upon entry into one of the 19 flats, guests will find bright, airy interiors complemented with chic, desert inspired décor.

Spirit of Sophia pool

Fleur Noire Hotel – 1555 N Indian Canyon Drive

Fleur Noire Hotel is a boldly re-imagined historic boutique Palm Springs hotel in the city’s Uptown Design District that opened last summer.  Its 21 uniquely-designed casitas and suites have had their exteriors transformed with giant-sized California flower murals hand-painted by Detroit-based muralist Louise Jones (@ouizi) and interiors feature floral wallpaper from wallpaper artist Ellie Cashman (@elliecashmandesign). Interior design by Chris Pardo (@chrispardodesign), a founder and designer of ARRIVE hotels and Palm Springs’ Ernest Coffee, Bootlegger Tiki bar, and other notable retail and restaurant projects.  This is a perfect desert getaway for couples or a terrific location for weddings and special events. This is a buy out only property

fleur noire guestroom

Trixie Motel Palm Springs – 210 W. Stevens Road

Trixie Motel is a pink paradise named after owner and drag star, Trixie Mattel. They offer seven custom themed rooms, including three suites, three queen rooms, and a honeymoon suite.

FLOWER room at TRIXIE. motel

Yara Hotel – 221 E Sonora Road

The Yara Hotel is a 21+, 10-room boutique desert oasis nestled beneath the San Jacinto mountains. Revived and redesigned, this Spanish-style hotel has emerged as a serene retreat for slow living. Inspired by the natural beauty of the desert, the Yara Hotel creates a far-away feel with intentional details reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

The pool is the heart of Yara—an intimate yet inviting space where you’ll find yourself friendly with those traveling from near and far. Lounge on any of the cushy day beds and vibe with the eclectic tunes. The space is neutral in color but lavish in texture. No detail has been spared lightly, all perfectly accenting the breathtaking Spanish architecture.

Yara offers complimentary breakfast, poolside drink service with a curated natural wine list, premium cocktails, and a boutique selection of beers and seltzers. For dinner, Yara will soon offer an exclusive communal prix fixe chef’s tasting menu with wine pairing.

Yara Hotel Front

New Palm Springs Dining

Acai Oasis

Açai Oasis brings the tastes of Brazil to the sunny Palm Springs. The Acai Palm Tree, native to Central and South America, produces a deep purple fruit. It has long been an important food source for indigenous peoples of the Amazon region and parts of South America. You can now enjoy it in downtown Palm Springs, along with a variety of other refreshing fruit, smoothies, and menu items.

Acai Oasis

Casa Blanca Palm Springs – 140 S. Palm Canyon

This is located in La Plaza. They are proud to open their 4th location in Palm Springs. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. One of the only Mexican restaurants that open early at 7:30 am and close late at 10:00 pm. The Palm Springs location will stay open until midnight Thursday – Saturday.  Happy Hour, Monday – Friday, 3 – 6pm.

Clandestino Palm Springs – 175 N. Palm Canyon, Suite 160

From the owners of Farm and Tac/Quila, Clandestino becomes the third installment featuring Mexican cuisine. It features a dialed-down food menu and larger bar menu that Tac/Quila. Think more tacos, fajitas and nachos. Less salmon and shrimp.

clandestino exterior

The Front Porch at Farm – 117 La Plaza

The Front Porch at Farm is an expansion to the very popular Farm restaurant. It includes healthy bites and craft cocktails in an intimate setting.

front porch at Farm cocktail

Low Desert – 1775 E. Palm Canyon, #405

Low Desert serves modern Mexican food and is located in the Smoketree Plaza. Open 11 am – 9 pm. Closed Mondays. Starters include brussels sprout mix with cotija cheese, jalapeno mayo, and panela cheese. Entrees include tacos, tortas, huaraches, quesadilla, burritos, and tostada. There are also veggie options.

Low Desert dish

Palmina By Puglia Italian Restaurant – 2500 N. Palm Canyon, D2

For those looking for an old-fashioned tableside show, Palmina by Puglia offers pasta caronara made at your table with owner Antonello Zio. For dessert, they also offer a flaming tiramisu made with 20-year-old rum. The menu includes authentic Southern Italian dishes, including traditional Neapolitan style pizzas. Salads are topped with fresh mozzarella that Zito makes himself.


Reforma – 333 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Unit 2

From the owners of Chill Bar, Reforma is a nightclub and supper club in downtown. Co-owner Rob Giesecke describes the menu as “being inspired by Latin America, from Mexico to Chile and Argentina.” DJs get the party started on Friday and Saturday nights. Those who prefer a relatively quieter evening can enjoy food and drinks in lounge areas away from the dance floor.  333 S Palm Canyon Drive, Unit 2.

Reforma patio

Sancho’s / La Fern – 411 E. Palm Canyon

Sancho’s is a new restaurant located at Caliente Tropics Resort. It resides in the location of the former Sambo’s Pancake House and plays off the 1964 history of the former coffee shop that operated there through the mid-80s. Sancho’s is a play on the name.

This casual eatery offers a lively atmosphere and a menu filled with classic Mexican dishes. It features a variety of traditional appetizers, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas, as well as house-made salsas and guacamole. Happy Hour 2 – 4 pm, M – Thursday.

Next to Sancho’s is a cool, dark, tropically-inspired bar with midcentury drop lights called La Fern bar.  “Fern bar” is an American slang term for an upscale or preppy (or yuppie) bar or tavern catering to singles, usually decorated with ferns or other greenery, as well as such decor as fake Tiffany lamps. The phrase came into common regional usage in the late 1970s. Classic bar menu items include wings, loaded tots, blooming onion, and grilled cheese served with tomato soup. Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, M – Thursday.

This joins their established tropical libation bar, The Reef.  Together they offer three themes – tropical, Mexican, and a fern bar. Happy Hour at The Reef is Noon – 5pm, M – Thursday.

Owner Rory Snyder co-authored “The Cocktail Compendium” with SHAG in 2013. He is also the creator of the annual Mod Palm Springs event which celebrates midcentury style with a Tiki twist at Caliente Tropics Resort.

The Heyday – 1550 N. Palm Canyon

Heyday has been operating from a tent to a truck at VillageFest, then to The Cole Hotel, and most recently The Hilton lobby. Now they have a permanent home in the Uptown Design District – 1550 North Palm Canyon, across from Arrive Palm Springs. They have taken over the space that was JJs Mexican restaurant, who has retired. Heyday is know for their famous smash burgers, but also have a killer fried chicken, wings, a sandwich and salad. Vegan’s can enjoy their  house-made patty with vegan cheese, caramelized onions, vegan special sauce, on a griddle sourdough bun.  Their Heyday special is the Martini & Burger for $18.75.

Opens at Noon. Closed on Tuesday.

heyday double smash burger with onions

Impala Bar & Grill – 333 S. Palm Canyon

Impala Bar & Grill is a new bar, grill and nightclub on the strip in downtown Palm Springs (next to Reforma). The restaurant primarily serves Tx-Mex food, but also offers an array of American grill staples like sandwiches and salads. The space features two patios, with seating for 90 guests, a large dining room, large horseshoe bar, with seating for 32, six TV screens, including a feature wall with 18 foot by 12 foot screen.  333 S Palm Canyon Drive.

impala front

Freddie’s Kitchen at The Cole – 2323 N. Palm Canyon

Freddie’s Kitchen is a Modern Bistro and Bar serving French California cuisine with global flavors. A fun, social, and comforting place to feel welcomed and fulfilled. Freddie takes the best locally grown and sourced food and mixes it with his creativity to re-imagine it into perfect bites. Prepared with love and made to be shared with family and friends over cocktails, conversation, and relaxation.

Freddie's Kitchen

Cafe Mon Amore –

The owners of Café Mon Amour are a lovely couple direct from Normandy. The offer a brief but well-chosen menu of French classics sandwiches – including a croque monsieur (a hot sandwich with ham and cheese), a killer mushroom soup, quiches, and salads. They have terrific pastries and 100% genuine baguettes. Especially welcome is their well-chosen assortment of French delicacies, including specialties like rillettes de porc and glorious French butter. It is also the first place in California to serve Malongo coffee, a roughly 90 year old French brand that is organic.

They’ve take over the space that used to be an Italian restaurant named L’Olivo and turned the interior into cozy smaller spaces. The terrace is a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

333 N. Palm Canyon Drive

Rooftop 262 Bar & Grill – 262 S. Palm Canyon, Ste. 200

This bar & grill has taken over the former Moxie Palm Springs location, located above Sol Agave . It’s a family run business by owner Carlos Lechuga. The menu is fresh ingredients with classic bar bites like potato skins, Mexican pizza, chicken tenders, wings, tacos, and chili cheese fries. They also have a popular cheese burger. They show all major sporting events 356 days a year and is pet friendly.

Sol Agave – 262 S. Palm Canyon

Sol Agave began as an upscale Mexican food truck in San Juan Capistrano. Lead chef and co-owner Oscar Parez created the business with two friends. They now have six restaurant locations with the addition of Palm Springs. This isn’t just the traditional Mexican dishes like burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. Their menu include things like rack of lamb with mole, Chilean sea bass, and carnitas made from scratch. The quality extends to the drinks where they use it proprietary tequila mix and fresh-fruit purees to make signature cocktails. Complex flavors such as spicy mango, watermelon basil, tamarindo and cucumber cilantro margaritas.

Open for lunch and dinner daily. 262 Palm Canyon Drive

Sol Agave Rack of Lamb

Tailor Shop – 140 W. Via Lola

Craft Cocktail Lounge in the Palm Spring’s Uptown Design District from award winning chef Engin Onural, owner of Sandfish. Purveyor of fine spirits. Conversation and camaraderie are the pinnacles of the Tailor Shop. A dedication to artistry and their craft fuels our passion. They commit themselves to exceptional service to ensure a superior bespoke experience for their guests.

New Spa

Spa at Sec-he – 200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

For generations, our sacred waters have soothed, healed and transformed. Discover the history of this ancient hot mineral spring and why it is one of the most important cultural resources protected by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

Read more about Spa at Sec-he

spa at sec he pool

New Retail

Distinctive Discoveries – 105 S. Indian Canyon

Distinctive Discoveries is a full service Personal Property and Estate Sale Management Company. They provide clients with a full service program for liquidating and/or reselling either yours, or your family’s possessions “in part” or “in full” by conducting local full service “individual item sales” or “complete estate sales”. Distinctive Discoveries will manage the entire process removing the emotional attachment you may have to yours or family’s items and we make the process stress free for you. We will simply hand you a check at the conclusion of the sale!

Hyphen – 1007 N. Palm Canyon

A new natural wine shop.

Market Market – 1555 S. Palm Canyon

A 40,000 square foot emporium of fine vintage & repurposed goods including apparel, accessories, housewares, furniture, art & design. Located in the prior Stein Mart building.

Out West Trading – 100 N. Palm Canyon

Clothing and accessories inspired by the great out west. This is the gem visitors explore when they want to take a piece of the west home with them.

Out West Trading Co clothing

Sunny Days

A woman’s clothing boutique with styles from Bella Dahl, Johnny Was, Z Supply, and more. Next to Destination PSP downtown. 174 N Palm Canyon.

The Best Bookstore – 180 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

Remember the fun of going into a bookstore and just browsing all the new titles? We’ll it’s here and open in Palm Springs. Find something fun to read poolside.

The Pit – 258 N. Palm Canyon

Founded in 2014 by artists Adam D. Miller and Devon Oder, The Pit is a contemporary art gallery representing emerging and mid-career artists.  The Pit is a gallery member of New Art Dealers Alliance and represents eighteen contemporary artists, while participating in international art fairs.  The gallery’s program creates historical conversations and connections between emerging and mid career artists with canonized alternative art histories such as self-taught artists, psychedelia, the graphic arts, underground comics, and the intersections of craft and fine art.

Coming Soon

Alice B. – New restaurant at Living Out – Summer 2023

Living Out is excited to announce the name of its on-premises restaurant led by world renowned chefs and restaurateurs, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. The menu will showcase the latest and greatest ingredients discovered on their travels with a seasonal Southern Californian approach. The name, Alice B., was inspired by the legendary California-born author Alice B. Toklas, who wrote, amongst other things, a memoir disguised as a cookbook chronicling her life with partner Gertrude Stein. Alice and Gertrude shared a publicly acknowledged and enduring relationship for nearly four decades and, as members of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th century, hosted regular salons attended by relative “unknowns” who would go on to become some of the world’s most influential and celebrated artists and writers.

Hotel Las Palmas – 120 W Veredasur

For fans of midcentury architecture, the Hotel Las Palmas is for you. This property, formerly known as the La Posada, was designed in 1952 by Herbert Burns, and new owner Ben Storck is making sure that the hotel retains its charm. “It is in remarkable condition and retains almost all of its original fixtures and details,” Ben says. “We are doing a sensitive, historical restoration and have Steven Keylon, who wrote the book on Herbert Burns, as a consultant.” He can’t wait to open the Hotel Las Palmas’ doors, promising it will be “the premier boutique hotel of Old Las Palmas.”

Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza 

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians unveiled plans for a 5.8-acre cultural center in the heart of downtown Palm Springs that celebrates the history, culture and traditions of the Agua Caliente people. The cultural center will feature an envisioned Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, a new Agua Caliente Spa and Bathhouse that celebrates the Tribe’s ancient Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, a Gathering Plaza, gardens and an Oasis Trail. This was put on hold in early 2020 due to COVID. It is scheduled to open Spring 2023.

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Churrasco Brazilian Steakhouse – Late July/Early Aug. 2023

Churrasco will feature a sleek modern décor with inside seating for 140 and additional outdoor patio seating for another 30. There will be a large imported fresh market table filled with favorites including an assortment of fresh chilled salads and hot sides, sauces, imported cheeses and their famous mushroom risotto.  But the star of this Brazilian steakhouse is the all you can eat meats, rotisserie roasted to perfection on a wood charcoal grill. Churrasco will offer 15 meat selections including Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Lamb chops, Beef Ribs, Picanha (House special), Filet with bacon, Leg of Lamb, and Top sirloin.

Churrasco Brazilian steakhouse

Creme Restaurant – 777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

This restaurant is an expansion from the owners of the popular Oscar’s in downtown Palm Springs. It’s taking over the space of what used to be Blame It On Midnight.

Pink Palm Clothing Boutique

Look for this opening on Tahquitz Way.

Clamatos Palm Springs

Look for this new business serving ice cream and other sweets opening on Tahquitz Way.

Dream Hotel Update – 5.11.2023

Construction remains halted at the project on Amado Road across from the Palm Springs Convention Center. Plans call for a 156-room hotel, 40 condo units and an event space. City Council has not approved project’s layout due to a proposed height increases, which would block some neighbors views. It would allow 24 units to be added, increasing the height from 24 feet to 38 feet. It would also add 20 feet to a planned structure containing 12 condo units, raising the height from 26 feet to 46 feet.

Dream Hotel Revised Plan 9-28-22

Thompson Hotel Update – 4.3.2023

This was originally built under the Andaz brand and has since changed to the Thompson Hotel brand. There will be  a total of 168 guest rooms.  Perched in the heart of the Design District, Thompson Palm Springs will bring a fresh spin to its rich cultural heritage, boasting an iconic midcentury modern design that embodies the Rat Pack-era style the neighborhood is famous for. This chic urban oasis will offer unique rooms, suites with private pools, and unrivaled amenities—available to locals and visitors alike—including a signature restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine helmed by an award-winning chef, two large outdoor pool venues, gourmet ice cream and coffee shops, plus wellness and fitness memberships. Opening in phases beginning late 2023.

Thompson PS_Main Pool

Palm Springs International Airport to double the number of eateries.