Palm Springs has long been known as a popular celebrity escape. From Elvis to Marilyn Monroe to Justin Bieber, this town has seen plenty of activity from celebs. This creates an exciting sense of mystery since visitors truly never know what (or who) they are going to see.
In the 1920’s, many actors signed contracts with movie studios that prohibited them from traveling more than two hours outside of Hollywood, in case they had to re-shoot with little notice. This made Palm Springs the ideal getaway. Though the rule was short-lived, Palm Springs continued to grow. Today, the town embraces a unique mix of nostalgia and trendiness with tried-and-true hangouts still appreciated, but fresh offerings sprouting up throughout the area. The celebrities that visit Palm Springs seem to embrace both the old and the new.
Popular Hotspots for Celebrity Sightings
Just like the celebrities in the early 1900’s had their favorite hangouts in Palm Springs, so do today’s stars. While celeb’s hotel preferences vary, one thing seems to be consistent: they all love to hang out by the pool. Frank Sinatra used to frequent small poolside bars while Katy Perry prefers relaxing on loungers after a quick dip. Iconic couples like Jay Z and Beyonce and Angelina and Brad have also been known to enjoy their Palm Springs vacations poolside. Visitors that spend time swimming and tanning at Palm Springs hotels are likely to witness celebs doing the same.
To see stars in a more upbeat environment, your best bet is to head over to the famous LGBT nightclub, Toucans Tiki Lounge. Stars have been known to enjoy the Sunday shows, stop by for drinks, and even show off their skills on the dancefloor.
Celebs You Might See Around Town:
From a casual McDonald’s lunch to a private dip in the Rancho Mirage pool, Justin Bieber has been one of the most frequent celebrity sightings in Palm Springs over the years. The desert seems to be his preferred getaway destination as he has been known to enjoy a relaxing visit after large events, like his 22nd birthday party.
Leonardo DiCaprio bought his Palm Springs estate for 5.2 million in 2014 and now rents the place for $4,500 per night. He’s been spotted a few times in recent years shopping in boutiques on Palm Canyon Drive and walking and biking around town with his girlfriend.
Robert Downey Jr.
Notorious for his drug scandal at The Parker Hotel in 2000, Robert Downey Jr. has since been spotted enjoying happier moments in the desert. He’s still known to frequent The Parker despite it being the location of his arrest. He has also been spotted enjoying local restaurants and attending events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Local hangouts like Toucan’s Tiki Lounge have been popular locations for John Mayer celebrity sightings, and he was even rumored to have shown off a few moves on the Toucan’s dancefloor. The singer has also been known to attend parties at the Avalon Hotel among other popular celeb hangouts around town.
The Kardashians and Jenners
These famous sisters are often spotted in Palm Springs during event weekends like music and film festivals. However, they have also been known to take random road trips, stopping at the typical tourist hotspots and eateries along the way. In May of 2017, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe documented their Palm Springs girl’s trip including a shopping spree at Thirteen Forty-Five and lunch at In-n-Out.
Celebrity Attended Events in Palm Springs
Perhaps the strongest force that attracts celebrities to the desert getaway is the various festivals and events that take place throughout the year. The flat desert city is the perfect canvas for events including Coachella, Stagecoach, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Stars often choose to stay in boutique hotels in Palm Springs that offer shuttles to the events. Parties and dinners are thrown at exclusive locations throughout the town. During these major events, it’s not uncommon to see a celebrity (or five) casually strolling down Palm Canyon Drive.
The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs offers events year-round that attract visitors and celebrities alike. For an experience equal parts relaxing and exciting, head down to the Hard Rock pool for REWIND: Poolside Sundays where you can find anything from live DJs to elegant dinner parties. The Hard Rock Hotel is the perfect place to catch a celebrity in vacation mode!
Consistently star-studded since it catapulted into popularity in the 1920’s, Palm Springs provides celebs with a much-needed break and tourists with the opportunity to mingle amongst them. Some celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio and Barbara Streisand adore the town so much that they purchased homes in the area. Others choose to stay in the swanky boutique hotels. Although stars have been known to visit the oasis year round, a more concentrated pool of celebs flock to the town during major events like Coachella and Stagecoach. No matter what time of the year they come, visitors are greeted with the infectious energy of the potential celebrity sightings.