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Friendly Hotel under $150 a night in Palm Springs, Santa Monica, & Venice?

We're looking for a hotel under $150 a night in Palm Springs, Santa Monica, and Venice. Things to do in Palm Springs in June for a couple of days would be appreciated as well!

4 Answers

answered by
Fritzi from San Francisco

Since you already have some suggestions for hotels in both Santa Monica and Palm Springs, I'd like to mention the great architecture on display in and around Palm Springs.  It is the epicenter of mid-century modern construction and has many iconic 1950s built homes.  Before you travel sign up for the Palm Springs Art Museum  newsletter.  They have many architectural tours, festivals and special events around whole neighborhoods.  The historic districts are unique and attracted some of the most talented designers and builders who respected and enhanced the desert landscape.  If you have any interest in mid-century modern you will be thrilled to see how the homes have been preserved and restored.  It is a unique feature to this area and not to be missed,

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  1. Santa Monica (city)
  2. Palm Springs (city)
  3. Palm Springs Art Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Spencer from Los Angeles

If you find a hotel in Santa Monica or Venice for under $150, then I'd immediately go and buy a lottery ticket. Not that they don't exist, but it's more like motels quite a ways off the main areas, though you may get that at Seaview Hotel or Sea Shore Motel. This was a guide I wrote that outlines staying in Santa Monica:

For Palm Springs, I love their hotels. The Saguaro Palm Springs, a Joie de Vivre Hotel is my favorite and you can find rates for probably $150-$200. For things to do, I'd recommend going up to Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

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answered first by
Sally from Los Angeles

I can't offer much assistance regarding where to stay in Santa Monica or Venice, but in terms of Palm Springs, I recommend looking at Groupon Getaways to see some options - they usually have some killer deals on there for PS.

Alcazar Palm SpringsLos Arboles Hotel and Riviera Palm Springs are all great options under $150 / night. Palm Springs has a lot of great boutique hotels which is really fun. 

Restaurants & things to do:

Mikado Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar: you get taken to this teppanyaki restaurant via a mini ferry from the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Cork & Fork: a bit of a drive outside of Palm Springs but absolutely delicious fusion-food tapas and very reasonable prices. 

Bar: Cool new bar with a backyard that's a pool converted a croquet court. And yes you get to play croquet!

Hacienda Beach Club has DJ day pool parties on the weekends and is next door to a delicious Mexican cantina next door.

The Lights at Indio GC - if you like golfing, Palm Springs has several large courses! This one is open until 8pm. 

Golf Outlets of AmericaDesert Hills Premium Outlets - tons and tons of shops. Easily a day's worth of shopping to be done. 

The Living Desert: Huge zoo and gardens with lots of cool desert animals and hiking trails. 

But really, Palm Springs is for poolside relaxing, boutique shopping, and lots of food.

Have fun!

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answered by
Jake from Los Angeles

Palm Springs in June should have good choices under $150, since it's close to summer/off-season. The city has great architecture, with small hotels in a variety of styles: mid-century modern Del Marcos Hotel, Spanish-colonial Colony Palms Hotel or southwestern Hotel California. For a taste of friendly, old Palm Springs, visit Moorten Botanical Garden, a local treasure started in 1938. Across the street isMr. Lyons steakhouse, 233 East Palm Canyon Drive. Started in 1945 and renovated by the long-time chef, until recently Mr. Lyons could still be found, walking the dining floor and greeting guests, every dinner, age 101. For outdoor activities, Indian Canyons has a nice hike and a natural oasis. To escape the heat, as others suggested take the arial tramway to the top of Mount San Jacinto or hang out by the pool. If you want a golf resort, most of these are found further east, in Rancho MiragePalm Desert and La Quinta.

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  1. Del Marcos Hotel (hotel)
  2. Colony Palms Hotel (hotel)
  3. Hotel California (hotel)
  4. Moorten Botanical Garden (attraction)
  5. Mr. Lyons (restaurant)
  6. Indian Canyons (attraction)
  7. Rancho Mirage (city)
  8. Palm Desert (city)
  9. La Quinta (city)

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