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Where to stay: Palm Springs

From a chi-chi house to a chic B&B, sleeping in this cool Cali city must always be done in style

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The Lautner
Step back into the 1940s with this gem by architect John Lautner in unprepossessing Desert Hot Springs. Four self-contained studio units — each surrounded by a walled cactus garden and with its own theme — sit within a larger compound with an event space and 1950s bungalow next door. Units from £186.

No 444
Palm Springs doesn’t get much more iconic than this. This chi-chi Racquet Club Estates-based home built in 1958 by the Alexander family and designed by William Krisel. The two-bedroom house has been brought back to its prime with Eames and Saarinen furniture, Warhol prints, and a private pool in the garden. From £197.

The Willows
A posh B&B, The Willows has been hosting Hollywood’s great and good — plus Albert Einstein — since 1924. The eight antique-filled rooms are named after famous guests, while breakfast and a daily wine hour turn the luxury up a notch. Doubles from £299, B&B.

Ocotillo Lodge
This one-bed condo combines 21st-century mod cons and a 1960s feel with period furniture and artwork. Elizabeth Taylor is rumoured to have stayed here. There are communal grounds and the famous fan-shaped pool. From £78 per night.

Published in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)