Go to Palm Springs for the Sun, Stay in Palm Springs for the Hotel Pools
Think for a second. Why do people go to Palm Springs, CA? There's the colorful culture, gambling here and there, the sun so hot it takes like ten minutes to tan and mmm...mid-century modern style. Also: affordable hotels in the middle of all this with great pools.
Recently, taking advantage of a cheapie deal on JetSetter.com, we hightailed it to the Riviera Palm Springs to soak in the sun, yes, but also their free-form pool. By free-form, we mean that it's not rectangle-shaped, or a perfect circle or even kidney. It's kind of like a goopy blob shape if viewed from above, but this irregular form has its serious advantages.
The Riviera PS is known as being the most Vegas-y of all the Palm Springs hotels, which makes sense considering it shares a name (and historic Rat Pack-favorite history) with The Riviera Hotel and Casino in actual Vegas. The demographic in PS, however, skews younger and hipper...and therefore hotter. The swimming pool's shape allows for groups to essentially occupy their own little blob end of the pool, while buff dudes and girls in their bikinis may opt to sit where all can admire them.
As for the rest of the Riviera, it's not much to write home about. Crash the pool and call it a day.