Les Cactus, a hotel that opened just prior to the pandemic is raising the bar for design in the chic-as-it-is hot city of Palm Springs California. Located in the Warm Sands neighborhood, just minutes from famed Palm Canyon Drive— it is unofficially the most Instagramable hotel in town.
Named after the 60’s French rock ‘n roll hit by Jacques Dutronc, the property was built in two different phases between the 1930s and 1940s. After going through different owners and a variety of iterations over the years, the most current is likely the last.
Owner and designer Matthew Kurtz came up with the concept to fill a gap he discovered in the marketplace during this own travels. “Living in Los Angeles, my wife Solène and I would often look to visit Palm Springs for a quick weekend getaway. Unfortunately, the well-designed boutique hotels we wanted to visit: Sparrows Lodge, Korkia Pensione, the Colony Palms, were routinely charging well over $400 per night, which was out of our reach.”
In addition to being less expensive than most hotels in the area, Les Cactus is also an adults-only experience. Due to the intimate size of the property, Kurtz wanted the hotel to be as quiet and relaxing as possible.
A Stylish Experience
With just 27 guest rooms, the single-story hotel has a very exclusive feel. There are three different room types: Cozy (250-300 square feet), Comfortable (300-350 square feet), and Suites (350-400 square feet), all of which are unique in terms of size and design.
Although the property isn’t large, the six-month-long renovation was quite labor-intensive. “Our main challenge revolved around staying in budget,” Kurtz tells me. “With our goal of delivering great design while charging guests less per night than our competition, it was imperative to keep our spending in check. We were very fortunate not to hit any roadblocks or find skeletons in the closet during this process.”
Kurtz intentionally decorated the space without any of the commercial-grade furniture typically found at most hotels. Items were purchased from a variety of well-known vendors including CB2, One King’s Lane, Rejuvenation, Hay, and Selamat. “In addition to placing importance on the design of the hotel, during our planning process, we also wanted to make sure our hotel and guest rooms were extremely comfortable and felt familiar,” he explains. “We hoped that by sourcing furniture from well-known sources, our guests would feel as if they were staying at a good friend’s home versus an unfamiliar or sterile place.”
The only design element repeated in each room is a framed square of floral Gucci wallpaper as well as a piece of spin art.
Select rooms also feature custom wood headboards, nightstands, console tables, shelving, and desks.
A Charming Lobby
The lobby is of equal caliber with