Orbit In Palm Springs, California

designed by Herbert Burns
Orbit In, Palm Springs, California | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • Hotel
  • Units 10
  • from $ 129 nt
What we like about this property

Celebrating the artistry of mid-century desert style, very little has changed here since 1957 and that’s a good thing. We love the throwback glamour and vintage beauty that makes this a bit of a time machine experience. Wander in, peruse the many vintage treasures and grab an Orbitini poolside while you take in the breathtaking mountain views.


Designed by architect Herbert Burns, the Orbit In originally opened in 1947 as the “Town & Desert” and was one of three in a series of commercial developments by the designer. Cited as the pioneer of the “ultra-modern motor court” it was later that Burns designed the second structure then known as “The Village Manor.” Discovered by a husband and wife team who enlisted local architect Lance O’Donnell to renovate the entire compound, the faithful restoration is stylistically almost undetectable from the originals and thanks to diligent research, it retains many of its original features including Vintage Dwyer metal kitchens, flagstone fireplaces and metal wall clocks along with a carefully curated collection of authentic period furnishings and decor. Having become the favored desert getaway of former guests Kevin Miller and his wife Jinny Park, their enthusiasm for the property led them to purchase it in 2007. 

Now combined, the two distinct environments are laid out in the classic courtyard orientation with poolside and mountain views. Both the Orbit In and adjacent Hideaway feature nine rooms each, many in the large studio style with sitting rooms and kitchenettes overlooking the pool. Each room is individually decorated with the special Frey Lounge honoring famed Palm Springs architect Albert Frey being one of the highlights (from the outdoor shower on the rear patio you’ll have a majestic view of his Frey House II). Architectural photographer Julius Shulman first photographed the property with Burns and his many original photos are scattered throughout along with a display of vintage treasures and collectibles.

Designed by O’Donnell and Seattle based artist Kevin Spitzer, The Boomerang Bar overlooks the pool and spa where you can dine and lounge with an “Orbitini” cocktail around the fire pit.

A smart and sophisticated update, the Orbit In recreates the best of an era and the chic modern vacation experience.


24 hr. concierge services, extensive continental breakfast and gourmet coffee served daily with complimentary poolside “Orbitini” cocktail and wine hour, sodas and snacks. Luxury robes and linens, wifi throughout with HDTVs and DVD players and vintage-style record and CD players in each room. Complimentary cruiser bikes for guests use (daytime). Parking.


Located at the base of Mt. San Jacinto in the Racquet Club district, Orbit In is just blocks from the bustling center of town. Further afield, the San Jacinto mountains rise above the desert floor and are lined with miles of hiking trails at a cooler elevation. Joshua Tree, Indian Canyon and Palm Canyon are also within driving distance of the city for the rural getaways. (See Guide)


Palm Springs, California. Nearest Airport: Palm Springs International Airport (2.5 mi)


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Orbit In

from $129/ nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Rooms / Houses9 Rooms and The Hideaway
Accommodate20 Total Occupancy; 2 Guests per room
Restaurant / self cateringContinental breakfast with French Press gourmet coffee & the poolside Boomerang Bar
KitchenSome units have full kitchen, others have only a refrigerator/wet bar
Bed TypeKing or Queen
Kid Friendly
Pet FriendlyNo pets allowed
InternetFree indoor/outdoor wi-fi
PoolRelaxing salt water pool: heated in winter and cooled in summer!
ViewSpectacular San Jacinto Mountain views
Rates$129-$259 per night depending on room and season
Minimum Stay1 night

Advance Reservations Required / Adults Only / No Pets / Specific room choices not guaranteed.

All rooms are subject to an added 11.5% city room tax.

Tariff / Subject to change without notice.

Must mention and secure weekday special at time of booking.

Weekday special gift certificate to be used Sunday-Wednesday only w/ a 2-night minimum stay and may not be combined with any other offers or discounts.

Holidays, certain Holiday weeks and Modernism week excluded. Guest pays any difference if rates are higher.

Not redeemable for cash or rate reduction.

Third nights stay subject to 11.5% TOT tax for full room rate.

Gift certificates for weekday specials are valid for one year from date of issue.


1 Review

  • Ryan Cooper, May 28, 2014

    Can’t praise this enough, pricey yes, but can you put a price on perfection? This place is my idea of heaven. Plus great hosts!

    Ryan Cooper

    Exeter, United Kingdon

BoutiqueHomes Collection # 71373

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