Luxe Boutique Hotel, Palm Springs: L’Horizon Resort & Spa


Palm Springs is rich with iconic, mid-century modern architecture, links to Hollywood past, endless blue skies, trendy boutiques and now, L’Horizon Resort and Spa – it’s first luxury boutique hotel (opening 12th June 2015).

Built in 1952 by renowned architect William F. Cody, this historic mid-century modern hotel was a favorite celebrity destination spot in the 50s and 60s, attracting guests of Hollywood’s golden era including Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable and several U.S. Presidents.

It has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar re-vamp by celebrity designer Steve Hermann (who has designed for Christina Aguilera, Courtney Cox and Vera Wang) and is now the only property in the area to receive the Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) distinction, so needless to say we were excited to take a look inside and share the design details with you.

If you are expecting to see crystal chandeliers and flamingo pink walls, you won’t find them here. The interior design is stylish in it’s simplicity and combines mid-century modern elements with a surprisingly masculine color palette. Accents of brass, smoked glass, marble and cow hide create a luxurious yet calming space.

This is a resort is clearly geared towards relaxation and rejuvenation and features twenty five bungalows spread out over three acres (that’s practically a village!), each with private patios and outdoor showers that overlook the infinity pool.  There is also a three bedroom residence with a private pool and a spa with four private treatment rooms with connecting outdoor showers.

We take a look at some of the luxury design details below:


The rooms feature a mix of bespoke and high end vintage furniture in mostly neutral and metallic color palette.  We love the ‘Riddle’ pendant light in brass and matte black by Bert Frank and the luxurious Frette Linens.


A pool is a must in Palm Springs and when you are not swimming in the infinity pool there are plenty of places to relax and umbrellas to shade you.


The architecture is distinctly mid-century and original features like the tongue and groove ceiling, floor to ceiling windows and large copper hooded fireplace. Wide plank oak floors run throughout and bedrooms are softened with geometric patterned hide rugs in neutral tones.


The modernist landscaping is in keeping with the property and features drought resistant native cactus and palms. Read more about Modernist Garden Elements: Modernism Week


The bathrooms are packed with stylish details including marble countertops and walnut cabinetry, brass hardware by Buster + Punch, an exposed bulb hanging pendant light by Brendan Ravenhill and toiletries by LeLabo.


Accents of brass, smoked glass, marble and cow hide lend themselves perfectly the the masculine, mid-century design palette.  We love the simplicity of the cord sconce light on a pivoting steel arm (middle picture) by Brendan Ravenhill, the vintage chair (top left of picture) by Brazilian Modernist Pervical Lafer as well as the trellis pattered window treatments.


And did we mention the cool set of wheels available for use during your stay?  Choose from custom designed bicycles by Sole or custom electric motorcycles (shown above) by Vintage Electric. Both make getting around a breeze!

In addition to the relaxing rooms and spa, there will be a 66 seat al fresco dining in the “secret garden” which we can’t wait to experience ourselves. Headed up by Giacomo Pettinari, Executive Chef, Michelin Star rated from famed el Bulli (Spain) the menu will feature Southern European creations with a Californian twist and a mostly West Coast wine list.

So many reasons to jet off to Palm Springs for a little R&R. The sunglasses, swimsuit, kaftan and floppy hat are packed and ready to go! Who’s in?

For more information visit L’Horizon.

Jill Brandenburg is a Freelance Interiors Writer & Stylist and Co-Editor of Design Lovers Blog.
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2 Responses to “Luxe Boutique Hotel, Palm Springs: L’Horizon Resort & Spa”
  1.' Karolina says:

    Wow, I love the materials in the bathroom. At the end of the day natural materials sit best next to each other. Wood, metal and stone! Great combo!

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