East Canyon Hotel & Spa: Affordable Luxury In Palm Springs

By: Scott Ragan

With so many great places to stay in Palm Springs, it's sometimes difficult to distinguish one gay boutique hotel from another, but somewhere between "most popular" and "best kept secret" is the exceptional East Canyon Hotel & Spa.

Awarded Out & About’s Five Palm and Editor’s Choice Awards for five consecutive years, the hotel consists of 15 rooms and suites that are comparable to many luxury hotels. Room sizes range from Junior Suites to the magnificently appointed one and only Grand Suite. Room rates are some of the most affordable in Palm Springs for this amount of luxury, and many specials and packages are offered throughout the year.

The focal point of any great Palm Springs resort is the swimming pool, and East Canyon's pool and grounds are truly a desert oasis. The pool is centered in a lush courtyard with green vines that meander around the buildings, giving the entire outdoor space just a hint of a romantic Napa Valley appeal.

Equal parts sun and shade, the pool and courtyard manages to be intimate and spacious at the same time. Aside from the luxury and great service, East Canyon is further distinguished by a unique “modesty” policy that requests all guests to remain clothed while on the pool deck. The staff encourages you to "let your fellow guests use their imaginations" so that all feel comfortable. Of course, tiny Speedos and sexy swimwear are perfectly acceptable - they just respectfully ask that you enjoy clothing optional time in a private setting.

To see more great offerings from East Canyon Hotel & Spa, including seasonal specials, award-winning spa services and more photos of the property, go to www.eastcanyonps.com.